Practicing a sport, as an amateur or at a high-level, can generate significant muscle and joint stress. The repetition of technical gestures during training and competitions can bring the body to its physiological and mechanical limits. These physical constraints can cause dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system of the athlete who can feel pain. They also lead to imbalances that affect optimal performance.
These days, every athlete serious about their sport will have foundations that allow them to succeed. For example, it starts with a training plan, then moving on to nutrition, mental attitude, and several other elements. In recent times, more athletes have decided to introduce chiropractic to their lives and they’re reaping the benefits of doing so.
Furthermore, many professional sports organizations recognize the value of chiropractic care and the ability of chiropractors to treat sports-related injuries. This is especially true in the United States where every National Football League (NFL) team and most Major League Baseball (MLB) teams have a chiropractor on staff. Many professional sports routinely incorporate chiropractic care into their training routine, as well as during competitions. Closer to us, this is the case of the Belgian national football team, The Red Devils, which has a chiropractor on its staff.
WHY CHOOSE A CHIROPRACTOR?
Of course, one of the main features of chiropractic care is maintaining a healthy spine and this is the first area in which chiropractors can help athletes. With proper spinal alignment, the body has the right environment to enjoy training and competitions. Meanwhile, recovery is also more effective, and you won’t be aching for days afterwards.
1) Boost Strength and Conditioning
Chiropractic care can ensure maximum joint and muscle performance by restoring joint mobility. An improved joint mobility will help you use your energy in the most effective way. Moreover your recovery time will be significantly decreased.
2) Limitation of pain
It can relieve pain related to the overuse of certain joints or muscles. Joints are relieved and muscles are relaxed and reconditioned. Regular chiropractic care can significantly reduce the intensity and frequency of pain.
3) Injury Prevention
Chiropractic care can prevent injuries, by identifying, for example, posture or support problems. With an optimal spinal alignment you are set on a path of muscle strengthening. With the body in a great position, the risk of injury reduces, you benefit from the improved flexibility, and your muscles and tendons won’t cause discomfort either during or after training.
4) Injury Care
It treats certain injuries such as tendonitis, muscle stiffness, spinal and joint pain. Regular chiropractic treatment for athletes can reduce recovery time after certain injuries. If you’re feeling strained after a training session, it could be symptomatic of a larger underlying issue and this is something that should be explored.
With regard to injury care, there are some benefits to choosing a chiropractor:
No unnecessary drug
Aims to boost long-term health
5) Improve Sleep
Although the real reason for sleep hasn’t yet been discovered, we do know that the body recovers and regenerates during this time. If your body is aching and causing pain every time you lay in bed, you’ll find it harder to recover after training and you’ll never feel at your best.
With a chiropractor, many problems that are preventing you from sleeping can be dealt with quickly and effectively. As well as physical intervention, your chiropractor can also provide advice regarding mattresses, sleeping positions, and more.
6) Maintaining a Healthy Diet
For all those who exercise regularly or want to lose weight, it’s now common knowledge that nutrition plays an essential role. Did you know that chiropractors take nutrition very seriously and can provide you with some advice ? With the nervous system, digestive system, and all your joints working in tandem, it won’t be long before you see results with your training.