One of the most common sports to use chiropractic care is football. NFL players such as Aaron Rodgers, Vernon Davis, Jerry Rice, Patrick Willis, and Justin Smith praise chiropractic care with helping them to play at the best of their ability and without aches or pains. Takeo Spikes, a former football linebacker has been adjusted by chiropractors for 15 years during and after his football career. Several golfers including Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, see chiropractic as a key part of their success. Joardan Spieth the most recent and one of the youngest Masters Tournament winners, recently thanked his chiropractor, Troy Van Biezen, DC, ART in his acceptance speech for the green jacket. Whether you are a professional, amateur or youth athlete, you can experience the same benefits from routine chiropractic care. And it is just as important for you to include as a key part of your overall health routine.
Heightened Body Awareness
Your brain communicates with your body through a pretty cool function called proprioception. This uncommon word comes from Latin meaning, “one’s own perception.” proprioception is a distinct sensory modality guided by receptors in our skin to let us know where our body parts are in relation to one another, and the effort needed to accomplish simple tasks. One area of importance where proprioception is used is in maintaining your sense of balance. Your body is filled with proprioceptive receptors that tell your body where you are in relative space. Because athletes are so active and participate in high impact sports, they tend to be more prone to injury. Adjustments restore functions to the body and nervous system.
Chiropractic adjustments not only allow improvements in ranges of motion, but can also affect the efficiency of how you move. Studies have shown that in an athletic population, movement and reaction time were increased through chiropractic adjustments, mainly by improving the brain’s communication with each movement. This shows how chiropractic adjustments can help improve an athlete’s ability to react to situations and improve on their movement in a game. For instance, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics study that included 105 patients discovered that chiropractic adjustments successfully increased range of motions in participants. The study included three stages: no adjustments, placebo adjustments, and actual adjustments. In each phase of the study, participants who received actual adjustments showed significant improvement in range of motion compared to those with sham adjustments or no adjustments.
When it comes to keeping the body balanced, chiropractic care is an excellent place to start. A chiropractor may be able to align your spine properly. Why is this important? Because the spine is a huge part of your central nervous system, which is the command center for your body. When the spine is healthy and in line, it promotes the rest of the body to be in better health as well. Flexibility is often increased, the immune system boosted, digestion flows, metabolism speeds up, and the body just functions better in general. This is a great way to keep your physical body working, balanced, and feeling healthy. Balance is important, especially in sports that require constant changes in position. When the brain isn’t able to communicate with your body in regards to position sense and balance, it makes you more susceptible to injury while you’re active.
Stretching can already be a challenging task, but the value of flexibility far outweighs the time required. Chiropractic Lifestyle Care allows your joints and tendons to be aligned correctly, facilitating progress in flexibility. Not only has chiropractic been shown to increase range of motion but ensuring an optimum functioning nervous system helps you to be more aware of your joints’ movement through space, to reduce discomfort and to ensure correct joint and muscle alignment while building that important muscle memory. When your body isn’t in its proper alignment, muscles and ligaments start to conform to these changes. This can cause imbalances in the tone and function of our tissues. This will not only help reduce pain and discomfort from playing, but can be important in improving your performance in any sport.
Many athletes’ bodies are treated as valuable commodities only when young. With the odds of you living to 80, 90 and 100 years and beyond are increasing every day, taking care of your spine, joints and nervous system as a priority can help you stretch the number of active, quality years you enjoy.
Our doctors will provide top-notch chiropractic care that can improve your athletic abilities. We are devoted to improving our patients’ health and putting your body and nervous system in optimum health.
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About All Star Chiropractic
Unlike conventional medicine, which focuses on attempting to treat disease once it occurs, All Star Chiropractic and Rehabilitation emphasizes improving your health in an effort to reduce the risk of pain and illness in the first place. Most people would rather be healthy and avoid illness, if they could. This is one of the main reasons for the big surge in the popularity of our wellness center.
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