Chiropractic Care for Athletes
Experts estimate that 90% of all athletes use chiropractic care to prevent and treat injuries to increase performance. In Fact, every team in the National Football League, (NFL) has a chiropractor on staff, and leagues that don’t have a DC on staff, refer players to outside chiropractic offices. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to see the value of regular visits to a chiropractor. If you’re physically active and want to ensure that you can stay healthy and perform at your best, you should have a chiropractor on your team!
INJURY PREVENTION & PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT
An experienced chiropractor knows that when you’re treating athletes or any physically active person, you’re going to have to focus on more than the back and neck. Though the back and neck are the main focus, your chiropractor will examine and treat all areas of the body to ensure optimum performance and lower the probability of injury.
According to a Canadian study, chiropractic care can make a significant difference in recovery from injury and enhance overall performance in athletes. This particular study contained 16 injured female long distance runners. The portion of recovering runners under the care of a chiropractor recovered from injury faster, some even scoring personal bests after healing. While the other runners in the study that did not have chiropractic care, experienced a longer recovery time and did not feel as though they returned to an optimal performance level.
NON INVASIVE DRUG FREE TREATMENT
Athletes are pushing the limits of their bodies everyday, so aches, pains, and injuries are inevitable. It can become easy to reach for a bottle of pills to make it through the next game, or ease the pain from yesterday’s game.
Chiropractic care can be an effective alternative to drugs or surgery. Though there are many methods a chiropractor could use to treat athletes, here are just a few and most common:
- Chiropractic Adjustments
- Electronic Muscle Stimulation
- Cold Laser Therapy
EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR INJURIES
Both high and low impact athletes can benefit from regular visits to a chiropractor. For high impact athletes, such as football and hockey players, it increases performance, flexibility, lowers the risk of injury, and promotes faster healing when injuries occur. Lower impact sports such as golf and tennis, routine adjustments can help boost your game by perfecting your range of motion. Just think how much better your golf drive would be if your spine was aligned.
Chiropractic care helps to prevent and treat many common injuries athletes are faced with:
Headaches – This is especially true for Football and Hockey players. These full contact sports can create injuries due to collision, similar to an injury caused by an automobile accident. Gentle manipulation of the spine can result in instant relief from headache pain that originates in the neck. Since 60 to 90 percent of headaches are linked to facet joint pain, chiropractors can deliver significant pain relief.
Shoulder Pain – The shoulder is a complicated joint, and it can easily become a pesky injury. Chiropractors can regularly implement gentle shoulder manipulation to ensure the joint is working properly, to prevent future injury, and relieve shoulder pain.
Ankle Injuries – Studies show that chiropractic care for ankle sprains created better range of motion, decreased pain, and provided better overall ankle function.
Injury Prevention – It’s fantastic that chiropractic care can help an athlete when an injury occurs, but it’s even better when we can prevent an injury from taking place. An Australian study showed that rugby players under chiropractic care experienced less injuries than their teammates not under chiropractic care.
WHAT’S THE TAKEAWAY?
Athletes train hard to achieve their goals, but they don’t get there on their own. They have teammates, coaches, and doctors on staff that all help to maximize results. Without this assistance, athletes would never be able to develop their skills, or stay healthy enough to continue playing.
The same is true even if you’re not training for the Olympics. If you’re someone who likes to stay active, possibly involved in local organized sports, you have to maintain your body to play well and stay healthy. Your local chiropractor is the perfect ally! He or she can help prevent injuries, and also get you back up and running when injuries occur. Your body is a highly sophisticated piece of machinery, you need someone on your team who can help you run smoothly.
If you are in search of a chiropractor in Brick, Toms River, or anywhere in Ocean County NJ, the Back and Neck Center of Brick can help. Our team of doctors have been helping patients for over 28 years, and we’re confident we can help you too!
Come see why the Back and Neck Center of Brick has been Voted Best Chiropractors in Ocean County 9 Years in a Row! From 2009 – 2017, by Readers of the Asbury Park Press!