Perhaps the part of the population that could benefit greatest from chiropractic care is athletes. To maintain that competitive edge all athletes should utilize chiropractic care.
If you’re not being checked regularly by a chiropractor, you may be neglecting muscle imbalances as well as joint misalignments. Most athletes have some joints that are either not in optimal alignment or are not achieving full range of motion. The extra forces and strains that athletes toll on their bodies make them especially prone to issues in the extremities (arms & legs). More often than not, many of us are completely unaware that they are going through their life with minor joint misalignments because we become used to feeling that way, so it seems normal. The problem is that a minor issue involving the articulations in the bones of your ankle can cause global changes in athletic performance. For example, a small bone out of place in the ankle can cause the legs and then hips to rotate out of natural alignment during walking/running and lead to painful issues like muscle imbalances
Athletes that we’ve treated have reported increased accuracy and coordination following their adjustment. This is due to the removal of interference between the brain and the fine tuned muscles of the hand. Whether small misalignments are present in the wrist or larger issues are present in the neck, they will all cause interference with the nervous system. One major disadvantage for an athlete with nervous system interference is a dysfunction of Proprioception. Propricetion is the sensation of where in space your brain thinks that you hands are located based on what the body tells the mind. These proprioceptive information signals communicate between the brain and every part of your body via the nervous system. When bones are out of place the nervous system sends misfired signals to and from the brain which can affect a skilled athlete’s hand eye coordination causing them to be less precise, less accurate and less efficient. If this information is skewed and an athlete’s sense of their body in space is off by just a few millimeters there will be significant reduction in precision of their bodily movements. That is why regular chiropractic care can lead to incredible improvements in athletic performance. Every athlete can benefit from a chiropractic sports tune up.
Quotes About Chiropractic Benefits:
"I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring. I do believe in chiropractic. I found that going to a chiropractor three times a week helps my performance. -Evander Holyfield, Heavyweight Boxing Champion
"I go to my chiropractor on a regular basis. I see him about once a week, in between my training (sessions). By getting an adjustment once a week from him, I feel I can sustain my career a lot longer." -Barry Bonds, Major League MVP and Home Run Champion
"I found a specialist that's really good in balancing out my body to make sure my hips are rotated right, and my body is functioning properly. I definitely try to get on a basis where I use Chiropractic at least twice a week. I would say definitely say that it helps me to perform at a higher level" -Emmit Smith, Hall of Fame Running Back
“I didn’t know how much I could improve until I started seeing a chiropractor. Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds, both mentally and physically.” – Michael Jordan