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Chiropractic for Athletes

Chiropractic for Athletes
The Natural Performance Enhancer?
Whether you’re an elite athlete or just a weekend warrior like most of us, what if I told you there was a way to enhance your athletic performance naturally – and legally – simply through chiropractic care? Chiropractic is a commonly used – and arguably essential – therapy for injury prevention & recovery as well as increased athletic performance. Let’s look at the reasons why.
When we move, energy is transferred through every joint involved in order to accomplish a goal (throwing, jumping, lifting, sitting, standing, etc). In a perfect world, these joints should move in a nearly frictionless manner. But throw in factors such as stress, poor diet, poor posture, and a lifetime of major/minor traumas, and the resilience and mobility of these joints becomes compromised. If there is a relative lack of motion in a joint or joints, energy cannot be efficiently transferred. This results in an increased demand for energy and less effective performance.
If these motion restrictions are not corrected, the surrounding tissues (i.e. muscle, fascia, ligaments, etc) end up absorbing the excess force and become overloaded over time. Exceeding the tensile strength of a structure results in injury to the structure, followed by clinical symptoms, functional deficits, more tissue overload, and further injury (Dolbin, DC: Diagnosis of Sports Injuries, Powerpoint, 2013). Our bodies “stiffen,” our muscles ache, our ligaments weaken, and we think that this is just part of “getting older.” Furthermore, balance, power, agility, coordination, accuracy, and strength are hindered, and demands on the cardiovascular system are increased.
As you probably guessed, chiropractic treatment helps restore optimal joint glide for proper shock absorption and efficient movement. It makes sense that when you eliminate factors that impede normal motion, three things happen: 1) Acute injury and chronic degeneration is prevented via the reduction of excess load on muscles and ligaments, 2) Optimal healing can occur, and 3) The body moves more efficiently and athletic performance is enhanced. Don’t believe us yet? Go ask Jerry Rice, Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods, or any of the millions of athletes who get adjusted regularly, and then try it for yourself! You’ll be amazed at how much better you move.


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