Chiropractic care is the perfect addition to any athlete’s wellness routine because it helps the body naturally heal and recover by focusing on the relationship between structure and function. During a basic adjustment, a chiropractor examines the body for signs of spinal misalignments (the body’s “structure”) that could be affecting the nervous system (the body’s “function”). By working to restore proper spinal movement as well as fix any displacements – known as subluxations – the body is able to recover more efficiently. When it comes to athletes, there are three important benefits of proper recovery:
Injury rehabilitation and prevention
Any athlete knows the impact an injury can have on their training and performance. Not only can regular adjustments help the body to heal more quickly and effectively, but they have actually been shown to help prevent injuries by keeping the musculoskeletal system balanced and strong. This allows the body to better handle the demands that most sports can instigate, even with less healing time.
When it comes to searching for a competitive edge, many athletes have found that chiropractic care gives them the extra boost that they need to excel at their sport. One of the main goals of regular adjustments is to prevent nervous system interferences; by allowing the nervous system to stay healthy and efficient, our body is better prepared to consistently perform at a higher level.
Increased training productivity
By reducing injury and increasing performance, there is nothing stopping an athlete from reaching their peak potential. Incorporating regular chiropractic adjustments into their health and fitness routine offers them the opportunity to stay one step ahead of the game and enjoy all of the perks that come from performing at their best.
“I would estimate that in excess of 90% of all world-class athletes use Chiropractic care to prevent injuries and to increase their performance potential.”
– Sean Atkins, PhD, Exercise Physiologist
Is Chiropractic safe for young athletes?
Children are among some of the most important athletes to treat, as they are still experiencing physical developments which can lead to increased emergency-related injuries (such as broken bones, strained muscles, concussions, etc). These types of overuse injuries can greatly affect a child’s tissues, joints, and spine, which – if left untreated – can lead to chronic health conditions in the future. Chiropractic adjustments help to ensure that a child’s spine is optimally positioned to protect the rest of the body. They also focus on assessing potential misalignments or issues that may be keeping the nervous system from functioning properly – something that can greatly affect a child’s overall growth, development and ability to heal efficiently.
At Summit Chiropractic Center, Dr. Tilyr recognizes the value of helping each patient achieve their individual wellness goals. Whether you’re a collegiate athlete or someone who just enjoys an occasional game of pick-up basketball, the main benefit of chiropractic care is the same: being able to participate in and enjoy the activities that you love.
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