Many people think that a visit to the chiropractor simply involves getting their back cracked to relieve pressure and pain and to enable them to move around more freely. While chiropractic care can most certainly help alleviate many back problems, there is much more to it than that. A chiropractor is trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders associated with the musculoskeletal system – which comprises of the bones, joints, and muscles – as well as the effects that these disorders can have on your general health and wellbeing.
Athletes rely on their body being in peak physical condition for them to achieve their best performance. However, as they regularly push themselves and their bodies to the limits, strains, pains, and more serious injuries can occur that, if not treated properly, can inhibit their performance or cause them to quit the professional sport altogether. Fortunately, chiropractic care can greatly benefit athletes before and after they practice and perform, enabling them to enjoy superior results every time.
Here are some of the key benefits of chiropractic care for athletes.
Yes, you read that right. Research has found that regular chiropractic care can actually reduce your risk of being injured. This is because chiropractic care helps the muscles to relax and blood to flow optimally around the body benefitting all body systems, enabling athletes to perform safely and successfully.
It is a common misconception that athletes and other very fit, active people don’t experience pain in the same way that more sedentary people do. This isn’t true, and even the strongest of athletes can suffer from pain, particularly in their lower back. Being in pain can inhibit the body’s natural healing process as well as making life pretty miserable. Chiropractic care has been shown to be very effective in reducing both short-term and long-term pain, making it easier for you to function day to day as well as reach peak performance in your chosen sport.
Another important benefit of this pain reduction is that athletes are less reliant on prescription pain relief, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and cortisone shots which are extremely common amongst those who are involved in sports. Many athletes understandably have concerns about developing a reliance on pain meds so chiropractic care provides a suitable, drug-free alternative that has no side effects.
One of the most important benefits of chiropractic care for athletes is that the process can improve your range of motion. 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. Stiffness and pain in your joints can be very difficult to overcome without support. Fortunately, chiropractic care has been shown to reduce the inflammation and swelling associated with these issues, and in addition to also reducing your pain, can make it far easier for you to move around.
With no pain and your body functioning optimally, you are more likely to reach optimal performance levels every time you set out to participate in your chosen activity – who doesn’t want that?
Want to know about the benefits of chiropractic care for athletes? Please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced, knowledgeable team at USA Sports Medicine in Sherman Oaks, Arcadia, Woodland Hills, or West Hills who will be delighted to give you more information about how chiropractic care can help you address your general wellness and athletic goals so that you are on top form every time you perform 310-853-0127.