Chiropractors are most commonly thought of as only offering treatments for back pain and other issues that affect the back and spine. While the treatment techniques used by chiropractors do often focus on the spinal column, they are actually designed to benefit the entire musculoskeletal system, as well as the patient’s overall health and condition.
Athletes regularly push their bodies to the limit in their chosen sport. However, in order for them to be able to do this, and to achieve their optimal performance goals, their bodies also need to be working as efficiently as possible. While diet, hydration, and exercise are important, so too is ensuring that their musculoskeletal system – the complex network of bones, muscles, and connective tissues that allow for structure and movement within our bodies – is also strong and functional. That’s where chiropractic care comes in.
Chiropractic care has been proven to be particularly successful at helping athletes, whether they participate for fun or on a professional basis. In fact, professional athletes and sports teams usually have their own chiropractor that they rely on to help them to prepare for and recover from the stress that they put their body under when they participate in their chosen sport.
Here are some of the top benefits of chiropractic care for both amateur and professional athletes.
One of the biggest benefits of chiropractic care is that it can help athletes to manage any discomfort that they experience without the need for pain medications. Many people, especially athletes, prefer to avoid taking pain medications at all costs, particularly as some can cause unpleasant side effects. There is also the risk that patients will become reliant on their pain meds to help them get through each day, especially if they are prescribed one of the varieties known for causing addiction. Chiropractic treatments prompt the body to release natural pain-relieving endorphins which can counteract both short and long-term discomfort.
When you regularly push your body to the max, injuries are to be expected. Nevertheless, they can spell disaster for an athlete if they aren’t treated properly. You could be out of action for weeks or months, and it may be impossible to reach the same performance level as you were before. Fortunately, chiropractic care has been proven to be effective at treating a huge range of sporting injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system, from sprains and strains to broken bones. Increased circulation facilitates more rapid healing, enabling you to get back on your feet more quickly. Regular chiropractic treatment can even strengthen your body so that your risk of injury is reduced.
Whether slow and methodical or rapid and unpredictable, all sports require those participating to be able to move freely. Unfortunately, repetitive strain on certain joints, as well as any sort of spinal misalignment can severely inhibit your ability to enjoy a full range of motion in your body. You may also experience significant pain that makes it difficult to move around as you need to. Much of this is down to inflammation and swelling that inhibits the joints from being as flexible as they should be. Chiropractic treatment can reduce inflammation and restore your range of motion.
Research has found that regular chiropractic appointments can balance your body, increase the strength of your musculoskeletal system, and even improve your overall wellness. All of these will help to optimize your athletic performance so that you can achieve your best every time you play.
Still got questions about the benefits of chiropractic care for athletes? Don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and knowledgeable chiropractic team today.