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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas Harvey

How Chiropractic Care Can Improve Athletic Performance

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

Chiropractic care for athletic performance will help treat the mechanical disorders of your musculoskeletal system, putting you in good health to work out and compete better.

No athlete wants to live with pain. At the very least, pain is an inconvenience and an expense. Not only is it going to hurt, but when in pain, you may not be able to exercise and compete. Chiropractic care is an alternative medicine for dealing with various kinds of pain and their sources for general health. Every sporting and athletic performance requires the advantage that chiropractic care provides.

How is chiropractic adjustment done?

Chiropractors use a combination of manual therapy, exercises, and lifestyle changes to deal with neuromuscular pain, especially in the spine.

Top athletes and sports personalities swear by this treatment, and there's no reason you shouldn't try it yourself. You will hear the likes of Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, and Venus Williams saying they feel a little taller, flexible, and physically and mentally fit after a chiropractic adjustment.

When experiencing back pain, neck pain, headache, high blood, etc., the practitioner will manipulate your spine to loosen the vertebrae joints, thereby relieving the aches, throbs, and pressure.

Benefits of chiropractic care for athletes include:

Managing various forms of pain

Bad knees, neck, back, and shoulder are an athlete's worst nightmare. For example, the risk factors for osteoarthritis include old age, weight gain, and old injuries. These cause cartilages to wear down, allowing contact between bones, which leads to swelling, bone spurs, and even loss of movement when you exercise for long.

The good news is osteoarthritis is manageable. Combining exercise therapies and manual manipulations such as soft tissue mobilization athletes with osteoarthritis has been able to keep doing what they like without the need to rely on pain meds such as addictive opioids.

Chiropractic can also be used to deal with lower back pain, neck pain, and migraines resulting from pressure in the spine. By loosening the joints in the spine, pain due to pinched nerves, strained spine, etc. is reduced.

Improved flexibility

An athlete's body takes a lot of pressure, leading to stiff joints, throbs, and aches. Chiropractic adjustment can help take care of restricted joints. Usually, the specialist applies sudden and controlled force to extend the joint beyond its normal range. The advantage of loosening stiff/restricted joints is an improvement in a greater range of motion.

Improved recovery time

Spinal manipulation and stimulation of the nerves improve immunity. When muscles are relaxed, oxygen and healing nutrients can reach the injured areas more efficiently. Also, by manipulating soft tissue, scars are broken down for improved elasticity.

Prevents addiction to opioids

Most athletes become addicted to their pain meds after injury, which results in dwindling performance and a transition to heroin and fentanyl abuse. Chiropractic care helps avoid this menace. It's an alternative form of medicine involving manual therapies, exercises, and lifestyle changes. No pills and potions are used. In the end, you feel flexible, hurt less, and without the need for prescriptive meds!

Pain doesn't have to be a part of your life anymore. Speak today with experienced, licensed chiropractors to find out what they can do for you. Make sure they are specialized to handle your specific kind of pain.

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