Chiropractic care for athletes
Treating athletes is one of my favorite chiropractic health care specialties. Growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario there were not many kids who did not play hockey. I was four when I started playing. I liked the skating, the speed, and the competition.
I was a small player and got hit around quite a bit. When I was 16-17 I played mostly left wing, and I developed back pain. It wasn’t debilitating but it was painful enough that it kept me from wanting to play hockey—it took the fun out of the game.
Chiropractic treatments relieved the pain and allowed me to continue playing hockey in high school and college, which is one reason I was inspired to become a chiropractor.
Four years ago I started playing again, in the Brainerd Hockey Association leagues. I still play once a week. I get regular maintenance adjustments to keep my forty-year-old body playing, and also get treatments if I take a good fall.
Contrary to popular belief, chiropractors today do not realign spines. We adjust to restore proper biomechanics—proper movement—in the vertebra and in all the body’s joints. I can’t think of anything more essential to being an athlete than proper movement.
Proof that chiropractic benefits athletes
The Palmer College of Chiropractic reports that 90% of all world-class athletes routinely use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and boost their performance. All NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff. So do 72% of PGA golfers and the majority of MLB, NBA and NHL teams. The pros are pros for a reason — they are better at their sports than anyone. And one of the things they do is visit chiropractors. If you’re serious about your sport, you should, too.
5 Reasons chiropractic benefits athletes
1. Chiropractic is non-invasive and drug free — Many studies have shown that chiropractic treatment helps athletes recover from injuries without the need for pain killers or invasive surgery. Drugs and surgery and two of athletes’ worst enemies.
2. Chiropractic decreases pain — It simply is not true that pain is good for us. Untreated pain can cause a downward spiral into chronic pain, and that can actually effect a person’s brain chemistry and change the rewire the nervous system, leading to depression, lack of focus, and sleep irregularities. For that reasons it’s always best to treat pain early. As I’ve already mentioned, chiropractic pain treatment is non-invasive and drug free.
3. Chiropractic increases range of motion and strength — Chiropractic adjustments allow the body to move the way it was designed to, with freedom and flexibility. Relieving misalignments reduces tension, reduces pain, relieves muscle spasms and thereby improves mobility, which improves form. And that leads to being able to train in a way that optimizes strength. At its core, athleticism is all about fluid, powerful movement.
4. Chiropractic prevents sports injuries — An Australian study concluded that football players who received regular chiropractic care experienced fewer leg injuries than those who did not. Alignment issues unnecessarily stress the body and can often lead to injury. At Family Chiropractic we use evidenced-base biomechanics science to keep the musculoskeletal system functioning smoothly.
5. Chiropractic enhances sports performance — Injury prevention, proper biomechanics, and increased range of motion will naturally lead to better performances. Better performance leads to more enjoyment of your sport, as well as greater success. Why do people become athletes? To have fun and to win, of course.
Many young athletes, adult athletes, and even those who just enjoy playing recreational sports are seeing chiropractors to improve their performance, manage pain, and recover from injuries. If you want assistance with your athletic performance or relief from sports-related pain or injury, please call Family Chiropractic for a consultation.