Athletes increasingly rely upon Sports Chiropractic
The primary goal of any athlete is to push their body to achieve maximum performance. Whether a high impact athlete (football, track) or a low impact athlete (golf, bowling) the goal is the same. To increase muscle strength, flexibility and endurance in order to increase performance and win the game. Many athletes and sports teams are including and relying upon sports chiropractic in their arsenal of health care professionals to achieve that goal.
Prevention Is A Big Deal
Chiropractors are specialists in neuromusculoskeletal conditions. This means that we know how nerves, muscles and bones should interact when properly aligned and we know how to get you in alignment. In addition, sports trained chiropractors have extra training in
- sports related injuries
- injury prevention.
In the arena of alternative health care, meaning non-medical, prevention is a big deal. Why wait until you are injured or hurting? Take care of your body now to continue performing at your best and not miss out on playing time.
How Do Chiropractor’s Assess An Injury?
Chiropractors use orthopedic tests, measure your range of motion, and use their hands to see what your muscles feel like. We evaluate range of motion in the joints and individual segments of your spine (your vertebrae) to make sure they are moving through their full range of motion. This allows you maximum flexibility, motion and nerve function.
What does a chiropractor do to rehab a sports injury?
Chiropractors have a variety of tools to use to treat athletes.
- Electrical muscle stimulation
- Soft Tissue (aka massage)
- Evaluation of the movement or technique and corrective exercise or advice.
- We can also help develop strength and conditioning programs or point you in the right direction.
- Taping (aka Kinesiotape)
- Active Release Technique – Dr. Waggoner is certified in this soft tissue technique to increase mobility and decrease pain.
The thing that sets chiropractors apart, however, is the adjustment. Adjusting (aka popping or cracking) the joints increases range of motion in the joint but also increases blood flow and usually you get an immediate release of endorphins.
What Can I Do To Prepare For My Athletic Lifestyle?
Good self-care for an athlete should always include proper hydration, good nutrition and sleep. Using a foam roller, stretching, massage and chiropractic adds immeasurable benefits for your body beyond good performance. It can actually add pain free mobility and increase your quality of life.
Remember Your Student Athlete
Kids are never too young to receive chiropractic care. What better way to keep chronic conditions at bay than with regular preventative care? And remember that kids are not miniature adults. They have growing bones and their developing bodies are prone to overuse. In a world of year round, specialized sports it’s important to cross train; and give their bodies a break. There’s a reason why kids have lower pitch counts then college or major league baseball players.
If you have questions on how Active Family Chiropractic can help you with your sports and performance goals please don’t hesitate to ask. Remember, consultations are always free.