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How Chiropractic Care Helps Athletes

Did you know that every major sports team in North America has a team chiropractor? Teams in the NHL, NFL, NBA and MLB all have chiropractors as part of their team, along with a physician and orthopedist. We even see pro athletes who come into our office! But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to experience the many benefits of chiropractic care.

Just as a finely tuned piano sounds better, a finely tuned body can perform better. Chiropractic helps keep the body aligned, balanced and your joints moving properly.

Your body will be able to function efficiently for peak performance. Joints can become fixated or misaligned not only from participating in athletics but also from routine daily living activities like sitting, driving or sleeping.

Improving Performance with Chiropractic

By maintaining proper joint function your body will be more resilient and resistant to injury. I treat a wide variety of athletes, including runners, golfers, hockey players, baseball players, softball players and soccer players. We also treat people who do triathlons and run marathons. It only makes sense that someone who is invested in optimal function and peak performance would be interested in taking actions that are going to support that peak performance.

Athletes not only use chiropractic to treat injuries and overuse syndromes but also use chiropractic to prevent injuries and try to get that critical edge. If you’re functioning a 10th of a percent better than your competitor, that could be the difference between winning and losing.

Transferring Power to the Upper Body

One of the things about golf, baseball, hockey and tennis and football (if you’re a quarterback) is that all these sports require a transfer of energy from the lower part of the body to the upper part of the body. Whether you’re swinging a golf club or bat or throwing a baseball, your power comes from your legs and your hips. Those are your larger muscles. The body has to figure out a way to somehow transfer that power to your upper body. This transfer occurs through the spine.

Proper biomechanics, alignment and joint motion are going to result in more efficiency of transferring that energy which is going to result in more power. I tell golfers that once their spine is moving right, they’ll see that their drives are going farther. For baseball players, I’ll let them know that their potential to hit the ball harder or farther is better with chiropractic.

Lessening Risk of Injury

With chiropractic, your risk of injury is going to be less. If your joints are aligned properly and moving correctly you’re going to have fewer injuries and overuse syndromes. In general, chiropractic patients are going to recover faster if they do get injured.

Find out how chiropractic may help boost your athletic performance!

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