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5 Benefits from Chiropractic Care for Athletes

Updated: Jan 27, 2022

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Whether you're in a league, on a team, or just want to work out and play sports on the weekends, seeing a chiropractor can help you achieve your goals. When it comes to chiropractic therapy and the musculoskeletal system, athletes and fitness fanatics encounter a number of specific challenges. You'll be hard-pressed to find a sports fan who hasn't been injured on the field at some point, whether it's due to overuse or over-extension, springs, jolts or tears. Getting therapy from a skilled chiropractor can help you heal faster and even improve your game, having eliminated the injury.

Our chiropractors at Unity Spine and Health have a lot of experience dealing with athletes of all kinds. Baseball players, tennis players, golfers, runners, cyclists, and others come to our office to help keep their bodies in top shape, reduce pain, and perform at their peak. If you're interested in learning more about the benefits of sports chiropractic.

Common Sports Injuries

You run the risk of injury whenever your body is in action, and playing sports or working out enhances that risk. Athletes are prone to injury, but you can rehabilitate and possibly prevent more harm to your body with chiropractic care.

The following are examples of common sports injuries that chiropractors can help treat and prevent:

  • Sprains of the joints and muscles

  • Shin splints

  • Pulls on the muscles

  • Knee dislocations

  • Injuries to the shoulder, elbow and wrist

  • Concussions

  • Tennis elbow

  • Over-extensions and overuse injuries

  • Sciatica

  • Injuries to the back

  • Fractures and breaks

The sports you play, and different health and lifestyle factors like your occupation and underlying medical conditions, will determine which injuries you are more prone to inducing. This is why it's critical to seek the advice of a qualified specialist who can help you design a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

5 Benefits for Athletes from Visiting a Chiropractor

Sport-specific chiropractic therapy is beneficial for a variety of reasons. The following are the most typical reasons why athletes visit a chiropractor.

1) Injury Avoidance

Many individuals think about seeing a chiropractor after an injury or when they have pain that they want to get rid of. Seeing a sports chiropractor, on the other hand, can help prevent injuries in the first place. A sports chiropractor will examine your muscles, joints, bones, and more, to ensure that your musculoskeletal system is appropriately aligned so that you can perform at your best.

A chiropractor can perform an adjustment or provide therapy if there is a misalignment or other issue present before it develops to more serious concerns down the road.

2) Specialized Assistance

Athletes and sports players have varying physical requirements depending on the stress they exert on their bodies. The best outcomes will come from a chiropractor who is knowledgeable about your sport and the specific care you require.

Tennis and golf players, for example, may require specific treatment for their upper extremity joints and muscles like their wrists, elbows, shoulders and arms. Runners frequently require ankle and knee care, while weightlifters may require assistance with muscle recovery. Find a sports chiropractor near you and work with them to design a strategy to help you enhance your athletic performance, prevent common injuries from your sport, and more.

3) Enhance Adaptability

Athletes in several sports must maintain a certain level of flexibility to perform well and avoid injury. Both of these objectives can be met with the help of a sports chiropractor who can help you increase your range of motion and flexibility while reducing muscle and joint stiffness.

You can also strengthen your muscles, reduce inflammation, and correct any misalignments limiting your existing range of motion. This is especially true in the case of joint areas, where many chiropractors.

4) Injury Treatment

Any sport, unfortunately, carries the danger of injury. It's possible to have an accident that results in harm and discomfort whether you're playing a team contact sport like football or running alone on the local trails. Seeing a chiropractor can help you recover faster, avoid or reduce long-term negative side effects, and relieve discomfort, among other things.

Chiropractors can help treat injuries like neck, to restore appropriate function to an area following a muscle sprain. Physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, and other therapies may be beneficial to you.

5) Enhancement of Athletic Performance

Every athlete and sports fan wants to improve their performance while avoiding discomfort and injury, and this can be achieved with the help of sports chiropractic care. Many athletes report considerable benefits from chiropractic care, including increased range of motion, flexibility, mobility, faster recovery times after regular exercises and minor injuries, reduced pain levels, and more.

All of these advantages allow you to play harder and longer, resulting in enhanced stamina and better performance. If soreness in your shoulder isn't bothering you, you'll probably be able to throw a baseball harder, for example. It's a win-win situation when you can do more of what you enjoy. More information about chiropractic care for athletes can be found online at Unity Spine and Health or by calling (226) 223-2437.

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