According to some studies, around 90% of athletes in the US rely on chiropractic treatment as a means to prevent injuries, improve athletic performance, and rehabilitate their bodies. In the National Football League or NFL for example, every team has a chiropractor on staff. There are also more than 80% of athletic trainers throughout the country who strongly recommend chiropractic treatment before, during, and after competing in sports.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how chiropractic treatment offers great benefits for athletes:
It’s drug-free and non-invasive
Chiropractic treatment is ideal for athletes recovering from injuries as it does not require the use of painkillers or invasive surgery.
Here are a few examples of common techniques used in chiropractic treatments:
- Electrical muscle stimulation – used to release muscle tension using contractions through electricity
- Graston technique – used for tissue mobilization. The technique involves using tools that can break down scar tissue.
- Functional dry needling – using stimulation, trigger points in the muscles are targeted in order to release tension.
- Active release technique – this technique focuses on massage and stretching, targeting problematic joints by moving them in different directions.
It’s effective in treating various sports injuries
Subjecting your body to high-impact sports like football, hockey, and wrestling is similar to giving it the same amount of stress normally experienced in automobile collisions. Spinal adjustments are effective in reducing irritation between the vertebrae and the nerve roots, reducing the amount of healing time for injuries while improving performance.
For athletes in high-impact sports, routine spinal adjustments can improve performance and resistance to injury, while low-impact sport athletes (tennis players, golfers, bowlers, etc.) can help alleviate the strain due to performing repetitive motions.
It helps reduce pain
Joints, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and discs are put through a significant amount of stress during sports. Misalignments in the spinal column can aggravate and put strain on these delicate tissues. According to a recent study, chiropractic adjustments were more effective than other medical treatments in restoring normal function and reducing the intensity of low back pain, improving both short and long-term effects.
It’s great for injury prevention and performance enhancement
Several studies have proved that chiropractic treatment helps athletes avoid injuries and achieve peak performance. In one such study, a number of female long-distance runners were given chiropractic care as part of their rehabilitation program. Most of the runners responded very well to the treatment, recovering quickly from their injuries. Seven runners even achieved their personal best records while under chiropractic care.
It helps undo years of “wear and tear” from sports
No matter what sport you’re playing in, your body will be absorbing impact. This can severely affect the spine, which in turn, causes irritation of the nervous system, ultimately affecting an athlete’s performance and overall well-being.
Regular chiropractic treatment can treat and prevent a variety of ailments often experienced by athletes. Chiropractic care offers a natural way of restoring range of motion and reducing pain and discomfort – very important for athletes in both high-impact and low-impact sports.