How do athlete's benefit from chiropractic care?
Sports chiropractic has become a very important specialty in the chiropractic field. Today’s athletes are looking for the competitive advantage to allow them to run faster, jump higher, throw further, or whatever skill they can improve. Through sports chiropractic, we are seeing many athletes increase their performance. Sports chiropractic is also being used to rehabilitate sports injuries.
Many professional and amateur teams have used chiropractic care to improve athletic performance and to rehab sports injuries. I have treated many athletes. Most of them are amateur athletes, but I have also treated professionals such as players for the Washington Redskins. Most of the athletes that I have treated are young athletes playing soccer, football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse and many other sports. My children are very involved in youth sports, and I keep them healthy with chiropractic care.
Athletes look at their body the way a mechanic looks at a car. Proper preventive maintenance will keep the car running smoothly. Oil changes and tune-ups, even when the car seems to be running perfectly, keep big problems from happening later on. No one wants to find out that they’ve blown an engine! Athletes do not wait until they are sick or injured to begin taking care of their bodies. They fine-tune their body at every opportunity. This is the idea of wellness and they realize that the best form of wellness care for fine-tuning is chiropractic.
But this is not all they understand. They understand the intimate relationship between their nervous system and every other function in their body, from cell function to organ function and everything in between.
Your brain takes in information from the environment and sends out signals to your body to let it know what to in response to the environment. If there is a block in the pathway, the brain can’t get the information correctly and can’t send out the appropriate signals to the rest of the body. With such blockages, the body cannot meet its full potential.
Removing this interference is the role of chiropractic to keep your body functioning at its best.
Finally, athletes prefer not to use drugs. In fact, world-class athletes are banned from using many drugs traditionally used for pain. Chiropractic is drug-free. The chiropractic model is not one about masking symptoms. It is one that believes the body can heal itself if allowed to work efficiently. Spinal adjustments to remove subluxations do this naturally, with no side effects. It makes no sense to add the side effects of drugs when you are trying to create a beautifully operating system, does it?
This is why athletes use chiropractic. They understand the necessity of keeping their body’s operating at optimal levels. This leads to better performance, fewer injuries and quicker recovery. If they don’t, they lose their status as a top athlete
You may not be a top athlete. You may not even be an athlete of any kind. But, you can learn from these athletes. You can make a choice to achieve wellness through chiropractic care.