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How Does Chiropractic Care Improve Athletic Performance?

Chiropractic treatment could boost your athletic performance if you are challenged with frequent injuries or don’t feel you’re achieving your full potential. Chiropractic care can be a valuable addition to your training regimen no matter what sport or activity you enjoy.

Have your skills peaked or declined recently? Increasing practice hours might seem like the ideal solution, but performance isn’t always directly related to practice hours. Standard sports abilities, like running, jumping, catching, throwing, and swinging, depend on flexible joints and full range of motion.

A subluxation, or misalignment of the vertebrae in your spine, could affect these abilities. Although subluxations can cause pain, that’s not always the case. While you may not feel any pain, you might notice that you can’t run quite as fast or that your throwing accuracy is off. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments tighten when you have a subluxation and can contribute to joint stiffness. Subluxations can also cause muscle imbalances, increasing your risk for injuries when practicing or playing sports.

How You’ll Benefit from Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic treatments focus on relieving pain, improving the alignment of your vertebrae, and increasing flexibility and range of motion. Treatments also keep your nerves healthy, ensuring that messages from your brain to your muscles aren’t disrupted by pressure from subluxations or tight muscles and tissues.

Your chiropractic treatment plan at Snyder Family Chiropractic may include heat and ice, trigger point therapy, soft tissue mobilization and manipulation, ultrasound therapy, flexion distraction, and spinal adjustments(chiropractic adjustments). Spinal adjustments, the most well-known chiropractic treatment, realigns your spine with quick hands-on movements or a handheld instruments. Adjustments aren’t just for the back and neck. Your chiropractor also adjusts misaligned joints.

Regular visits to the chiropractor may help you:

  • Improve Your Speed. A 50-year-old racewalker preparing for a world championship saw a 2 1/2 minute improvement in his personal best time four days after chiropractic treatment, according to a case study published in the Chiropractic Journal of Australia in 2010. The racewalker received spinal manipulation and adjustments to the tibiofemoral joint in the knee.
  • Be More Flexible: Tight, stiff joints and muscles make it difficult to run efficiently; extend your arms to catch a ball or swing a golf club, tennis racquet, or baseball bat. Chiropractic treatments, like adjustments, massage, and soft tissue mobilization, improve flexibility and range of motion. Treatments also break apart scar tissue that can affect joint mobility after an injury.
  • Increase Your Strength. Keeping your spine properly aligned is essential for good muscle and nerve health. You may find it’s easier to make gains with your strength training program when you receive regular chiropractic adjustments. It’s certainly no surprise that many professional sports teams take advantage of the many benefits of chiropractic care. The Palmer College of Chiropractic Medicine notes that about 90% of professional athletes use chiropractic to reduce injuries and enhance performance.
  • Enhance Your Balance. Good balance is essential for any sport. Without it, you may be more likely to fall and break a bone, sprain a ligament, or strain a muscle. If you play soccer, basketball, or football, poor balance may affect your ability to pivot when the direction of the action changes quickly. Balance issues also make scoring, blocking an opponent, or recovering from a hit or bump harder. Adjustments, massage, and other treatments prevent balance issues and help you optimize your performance.
  • Quicken Recovery Time. Chiropractic treatment helps you heal faster by keeping your spine correctly aligned and your soft tissues loose and flexible. Adjustments, ultrasound therapy, massage, electrical stimulation, and other treatments ease pain naturally, reduce scar tissue, relieve inflammation, and promote healing. Your chiropractor can help you recover from sprains, strains, plantar fasciitis, shoulder injuries, tennis or golf elbow, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, and back, neck, shoulder, leg, hip, knee, or ankle pain.
  • Sleep Better. A good night’s sleep is crucial if you’re an athlete. While you sleep, your body repairs tissues and replaces damaged cells. Unfortunately, it may be impossible to sleep well if you’re in pain. Chiropractic treatment relieves aches and pain, helping you get the needed sleep.

Chiropractic care isn’t just for professional athletes. Why not up your game with a visit to Snyder Family Chiropractic in Phoenixville, PA?  Call or TEXT our office at 610-935-5900 to schedule an appointment.

Sources:

Chiropractic Journal of Australia: The Effect on a Racewalker’s Sports Performance with Chiropractic Treatment: A Case Report, 8/2010

https://doc.vortala.com/childsites/uploads/312/files/The-Effect-on-a-Racewalkers-Sports-Performance.pdf

Chiropractic Economics: Top 7 Ways Chiropractic Boosts Sports Performance, 7/2/2019

https://www.chiroeco.com/sports-performance/

Palmer College of Chiropractic: Why Do Athletes Often Rely on Chiropractic Care?, 7/8/2022

https://www.palmer.edu/palmer-blog/why-do-athletes-often-rely-on-chiropractic-care/

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