Chiropractic care has become mainstream in the sports world in recent years– from the NFL to the NBA to the Olympics, chiropractors are prevalent on nearly every team’s staff as athletes look to prevent injuries and keep their bodies functioning well for top-notch performance. However, you don’t have to be a professional to get the benefits that go along with chiropractic adjustment.
One important part of performance is making sure that all parts of the body are working together harmoniously. If there is a restriction of movement in one joint, you can bet another part of the body is compensating for the one not functioning appropriately. This can lead to improper movement patterns, or worse, injury.
Adjustments work to restore the proper mobility to a joint when it is restricted or there is a decrease in range of movement. When the motion is restored the joint can freely move which is required for optimal functional movement. The adjustments also, reset the mechanoreceptors within the joint. These receptors are important for perceiving messages from the body similar to a reflex that tells our body how to react and respond when there is stimulus to a joint. In other words, when the body is moving how it should be the muscles, tendons, and ligaments will behave accordingly and will have better balance, coordination, and speed. This allows you to work toward perfecting the form and technique of the movements necessary for your specific activity.
Chiropractors work with all joints within the body including the spine, hips, shoulders, knees, elbows. Some common injury types that we care for are sprains and strains, lifting injuries, and overuse injuries. A few examples that are frequently encountered are sprained ankles, groin and hamstrings pulls, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, golfer’s elbow, and rotator cuff strains. Chiropractors use a conservative approach that offers a non-invasive and drug-free option to take care of injuries or to prevent injuries from occurring.
Whether you are a star high school or college athlete, a runner, or a mom who likes to work out at home you can improve your athletic performance and feel better physically by getting regular, customized-to-you chiropractic adjustments.