How Can Chiropractic Help Sports Performance?
For any athlete, the ability to move freely on the field is key to performance. Whether you play rugby, football or participate in karate or dance, any top-notch athlete requires muscle strength, flexibility, proper body mechanics and technique to prevent injury and allow for optimal effort. At Chislehurst Chiropractic, we’re experts in assisting athletes with chiropractic care, joint manipulation and massage therapy to enhance sports performance.
Preventing Pain and Injury
Those who are regularly active are more susceptible to stiffness and soreness following training or a game. This is especially true for those who participate in contact sports like rugby. Chiropractic adjustments, which includes both spinal and treatment of other joints, helps promote flexibility and decrease painful movement. Chiropractic treatment can help decrease the risk of injury because it encourages flexibility and allows the athlete better range of motion to throw, catch, run or swing a bat.
Many sports require repetitive motion that can lead to overuse injuries. Many athletes need constant practice to achieve accuracy and distance. This means several arm and shoulder muscles are easy targets for overuse injuries. The muscles and joints can become painful and inflamed as well, and the player will start to limit their motions to protect the sore joint. While rest is helpful for repetitive motion injury, other techniques like massage therapy and Chiropractic adjustments can restore normal function and relieve muscle spasm and pain quicker.
As Chiropractors, we are experts in the musculoskeletal system and body movement. In particular, we recognise what optimal body function looks like. A Chiropractor can perform analyses to identify ways in which an athlete may be limiting his or her performance. We can also look for ways in which changing a particular movement can improve accuracy or distance. In some cases, we might develop a specialised and unique program to strengthen an athlete’s overall abilities.
Optimise the Nervous System
One of the subtler benefits of chiropractic care is how it affects an individual’s nervous system. The nervous system, located in the spine, connects and transmits messages from the brain to the rest of the body. If the spine and musculoskeletal structure are in place for optimal nerve function, the athlete may experience a faster healing, recovery and reaction time.
Regardless of what sport you play, sports performance hinges on the player’s ability to use his or her body to the best of its ability. Whether that means better and faster running, a stronger backhand or the ability to precisely place a thrown ball, chiropractic care and adjunctive treatments like joint manipulation and massage therapy can enhance the athlete’s overall capabilities. Contact us at the Chislehurst Chiropractic Clinic to see what we can do to help you achieve peak performance. Call 0208-295-1733 to book an assessment.