If you’re like many, you think chiropractic care is only for folks who have an acute or chronic musculoskeletal issue. Back pain, neck pain, that sort of thing. What most people don’t realize is that chiropractic care is an effective treatment for athletes. “Athletes” as a term covers a lot of people. This includes competitive athletes, weekend warriors, folks training for a 5k, and anybody who gets regular exercise.
Athletes benefit from chiropractic care in two main ways:
Chiropractic care excels at improving and maintaining a full range of motion. This dovetails nicely with what athletes are after, which is a proper range of motion. When an athlete visits a chiropractor, that chiropractor will look at how the connective tissues are enabling or restricting movement. Certain techniques, like myofascial release therapy, aid in getting blood and oxygen to ares of the body previously restricted by excessive connective tissue.
Athletes, especially big men, weight lifters, and anybody who has other people hanging off them at some point (basketball, football, hockey, etc.) need to really take care of their back. Decompression therapy is a great way to relieve lower back pressure and a way to trigger the body to heal itself.
These and other techniques can be applied before an injury has occurred. Stop the problems before they even have a chance to start.
If you’re an athlete, injury is practically unavoidable. If it’s a muscle or joint issue, chiropractors can help.
When chiropractors are helping an athlete to recover from injury they’re helping in several ways:
- They can have immediate neurological effects through adjusting the neck and spine.
- They can open muscle groups that have become connected, causing pain and a lack of range of motion.
- They can relieve back pain and strain through decompression therapy.
- They can get oxygen, blood, and restorative nutrients into affected areas.
Depending on which chiropractor you see, they may offer additional therapies.
If you’re involved in sports or athletics on a regular basis, consider making chiropractic care a part of your maintenance routine.