Exercising and participating in sports is an important part of an active, healthy lifestyle. How can you boost performance in competition? Chiropractic care gives athletes the edge in performance and injury prevention. From the professional athlete to the youth or developing athlete, chiropractic care can enhance performance while preventing and managing injuries, giving athletes under chiropractic care the chance to play their best.
More and more professional athletes are speaking out about how chiropractic has helped them. Studies have shown chiropractic care can enhance performance (speed, strength, reaction time, etc) by up to 10%! Most professional athletic teams have team doctors that travel with the team to support their players.
You are never too old, or too young, for chiropractic care, especially if you are an active person! Children put their bodies through lots of stress and injuries can lead to problems in adulthood if they are not dealt with appropriately as they grow. In fact, OSHA, which is the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, stated that by the age of 13 you have already experienced over 1,000 traumas to your spine. Think of “cleaning” up your spinal injuries much like you have plaque cleaned from your teeth. If you did not keep up with that, your teeth would have more and more damage over time. If properly maintained, teeth will last your entire life. It is the same with the spine; take care of it and it will last longer!
As a parent, how often have you found yourself buying special equipment like sneakers or clothing to help your child perform better? And more than likely they grew out of it! Chiropractic is an investment in their health and their mobility… and they won’t grow out of it! Wellness is much more affordable than illness, or in this case, injury.
So how exactly does chiropractic help? The brain communicates to all parts of the body through a central nervous system. Nerves in your spine communicate between the brain and all parts of the body. That’s what determines how quickly your body moves, how quickly it reacts. The reactions are all controlled by these messages. It is essential that this communication is at 100 percent or the body cannot perform at its peak. Misalignments of the spine cause nerve interference (called “subluxation”) so that your brain cannot communicate properly to the rest of the organs and muscles of the body. The result is you have a decrease in your overall performance and in your overall response. The speed and quality of healing is also improved with proper nerve function. The Journal of Neurological Science states “The quality of healing is directly proportional to the function capability of the nervous system to send and receive nerve messages”.
We align your spine using gentle adjustments. The adjustment moves the spine back into its proper alignment so that it’s no longer irritating and interfering with nerve communication. Common areas of injuries in which chiropractic can help include: shoulders, knees, ankles, elbows, and of course, the spine. So what position should chiropractic care play in for the athlete?
- Improving performance by as much as 10%
- Preventing injuries as well as speeding healing
- Preserving future mobility
Our office in Bettendorf specializes in care for the entire family. We encourage you to make an appointment and learn more about chiropractic and how we can help you!