Adjustments For Our AthletesPosted by: Finlay Hewitt | Posted on: July 11, 2019
Chiropractic isn't something new to the world of athletics. Some of the greatest players known to professional sports have used chiropractic care to better themselves on and off the field for years. Well renowned players such as Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, Joe Montana, Barry Bonds and Michael Jordan have all publicly given praise to chiropractic and its positive effect on their performances. So why is the world of sports relying more and more on chiropractic care for their athletes? There are several reasons but to sum it in a nutshell, adjusted athletes react faster, show improved coordination, and execute improved precision and accuracy in fine movements.
Athletes in full contact sports are exposed to constant stress on the body and specifically the spinal column. Their days consist of training and competing for entire seasons and even during off seasons they keep their bodies in peak performance shape to prepare for their next opportunity to compete. The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord and together, combine information from the entire body and coordinate activity across the entire organism.
When athletes are subjected to traumatic stress such as contact with other players or contact with the ground from falling, the trauma often causes misalignments in the skeletal structure. When the spine encounters trauma, a subluxation (a misalignment or displacement of the bone or vertebrae in the spine) is often caused in effect. This will cause the nerves which go through narrow openings in the bone to become pinched, thereby suppressing the full function not only of the pinched nerve, but likely the area or organ that nerve goes to. Now consider the importance of peak performance by imagining your brain attempting to communicate with the rest of your body. Your brain is telling each limb when to move, but the spinal cord in which it is sending the signals through to each moving part is out of line. You can see how the signal may become slower as well as the responsiveness of each fluid movement.
The chiropractic approach to these subluxations is to focus on a noninvasive technique to correct the spinal column and free it from stress and misalignments, allowing the nervous system to communicate and operate in perfect harmony. This method often leads to improved range of motion, shortened healing time, reduced pain and a reduced use of prescription drugs. Your chiropractor balances your structural system and relieves stress on your muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
Fortunately, chiropractic care is now more accessible than ever. Sports doctors are now often trained in the practice and chiropractic offices are typically easy to find in any city. It is important to know that chiropractic care should not be solely considered for professional athletes. Subluxations often occur in intramural sports programs and youth athletics and avoiding prescription drugs for sports related injuries in young athletes should be a top priority for parents and coaches. If you are to take away anything from this article, let it be to remain conscious of your body and the effects from traumatic stress. Let your path to health and wellness be a priority for personal growth and an inspiration to others.