Four Ways Chiropractic Can Work for Athletes

It’s no secret that many patients choose to visit us to overcome back pain, neck pain or headaches. However, Chiropractors can also play an important role in supporting the performance and recovery of athletes of all skill levels. It is estimated that over 90% of professional athletes have access to a Chiropractor and get adjusted regularly. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, student athlete or professional, chiropractic can help you perform at your best.

Here’s how!

Improving Joint Mobility and Flexibility:

Athletes require optimal joint mobility and flexibility to perform at their best. Chiropractic adjustments may help improve joint mobility by realigning the spine, improving restricted movement and removing interference within your nervous system. This may help reduce the risk of injury and enhance athletic performance.

Enhancing Nervous System Function:

The nervous system controls every aspect of the body, including movement and coordination. Chiropractic adjustments may help improve nervous system function by removing interference. Think of a kink in a hosepipe, the kink will disrupt the flow of water, likewise in your nervous stem, if there is any interference in the form of poor spinal movement or impingement of a nerve for instance, this will affect the output and the reaction times of that nerve. Removing that interference through regular chiropractic adjustments could help athletes respond faster and more efficiently to stimuli, improving their reaction time and overall performance.

Reducing Inflammation:

Inflammation can occur in response to injury or overuse, and can interfere with athletic performance. Adjustments can help reduce inflammation by improving blood flow and lymphatic drainage, which can help speed up the healing process and reduce pain. There is a saying within Chiropractic that ‘motion is lotion’, meaning that restoring movement either spinally or in your limbs, will reduce inflammation and create a better range of movement, meaning that you perform more effectively and with less pain.

Improving Muscle Strength and Endurance:

Adjustments may help improve muscle strength and endurance by optimising joint function. This can help athletes generate more power and perform at their best for longer periods of time. In addition your muscles are innovated by your nervous system, and if this is functioning optimally then your muscles will get the information they need more effectively meaning that you can recruit your muscle fibres and your full strength faster and more completely.

In the practice we treat a wide range of athletes, from Ironmen to Weekend Warriors and everything in between. We find that we can achieve fantastic results and the clients see performance improvement also. Find out how our custom care plans could help improve your game by booking a visit with us today. We can’t wait to get started.

Rebecca and Andy Mitchell
Chiropractor and Physiotherapist
Hungerford Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Healthcare

The Croft Hall, Hungerford
01488 683 666

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