Chiropractors are most often associated with back pain and are very popular among people with chronic back and posture problems. However, that’s far from all they can help with. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders associated with the musculoskeletal system – the network of bones, joints, and muscles – as well as the effects that these disorders can have on your general health and wellbeing.
As an athlete, you want and need your body to be functioning optimally at all times. Unfortunately, when you push yourself and your body to the limit, strains, pains, and more serious injuries can occur more frequently than you’d like. If these aren’t treated correctly and quickly, you could find your performance is impeded for weeks, months, or even years. Fortunately, chiropractic care can greatly benefit athletes before and after they practice and perform.
Let’s check out some of the main benefits of chiropractic care for athletes.
Injury may seem like par for the course for athletes, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Research has shown that regular chiropractic appointments can reduce your risk of suffering from a sports injury. This is because chiropractic techniques help to relax your muscles, increase your circulation and send vital oxygen and nutrients to areas of the body that need them for healing. This also optimizes your other body systems, helping them to function more efficiently, and, along with the proper alignment of the musculoskeletal system, can make future injuries less likely.
It is a common misconception that athletes don’t experience pain in the same way that more sedentary people do. Even the strongest athletes can experience discomfort and pain, particularly in their lower back. Unfortunately, being in pain has been proven to slow down your natural rate of healing, and living with pain can be very detrimental to your mental health. Chiropractic techniques are highly effective at reducing both short-term and chronic pain caused by physical activity and sports injuries.
Many athletes are keen to avoid taking prescription pain relief. Fortunately, regular chiropractic treatments have been proven to help reduce the need for pain medications in athletes and non-athletes alike, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and cortisone shots which are extremely common treatments amongst sportspeople. Instead, chiropractic treatment is a non-invasive, drug-free alternative that has no side effects and no risk of addiction.
Repeated strain on certain joints and issues with spinal alignment caused by overuse or injury can severely limit your ability to move without pain and your range of motion, and stiffness and pain in your joints can be very difficult to overcome without support. The good news is that chiropractic treatments can reduce the inflammation and swelling associated with sporting injuries and simply following your chosen activity, which could improve your range of motion and enhance your physical capabilities.
With so many benefits, it’s little wonder that so many athletes turn to regular chiropractic appointments to keep their bodies strong, healthy, and ready for action. For more information about the benefits of chiropractic care for athletes, visit USA Sports Medicine at one of our locations in the Burbank area. Call (818) 841-4100 to schedule an appointment.