How Can Chiropractic Care Help You Be a Better Athlete?

An athlete's body goes through more strain than usual. They put extreme pressure on joints and muscles through: 

 

  • Running

  • Jumping

  • Lifting

  • Tackling

  • Throwing

  • Kicking



These activities leave athletes more susceptible to injuries. 

 

Chiropractors help to treat sports-related injuries, providing personalized treatment for athletes. The care helps to strengthen the overall body, rehabbing them from their current injury and preventing future injuries. Chiropractic adjustments can also help to increase proprioception and coordination, helping to improve athletic performance. Find out below how chiropractic care can help you be a better athlete. 

 

Drug-Free, Noninvasive Care 


 

Many athletes use medications to deal with pain resulting from sporting activities. Medications may have harmful side effects. The drugs mask the pain instead of dealing with the underlying cause. 

 

Chiropractors help to relieve pain naturally, treating the cause of the pain rather than simply treating the symptoms. It allows athletes to heal quickly and perform at peak levels. They treat conditions such as:

 

  • Strains and sprains

  • Knee injuries

  • Shoulder injuries

  • Tendonitis / Tendinopathy

  • Overuse injuries

     

Improved Athletic Performance 


 

The body is connected and works as a unit. Factors such as weak hip muscles could increase the risk of knee injury. When athletes get chiropractic care, their chiropractor works to keep the joints moving optimally which allows the body to function smoothly. Regular chiropractic adjustments help to ensure the body functions properly, improving athletic performance. 

 

 

Helps to Prevent Injuries 


 

Injuries as well as patterns of weakness and tightness can cause undue stress on other areas of the body, which can lead to further injury. A chiropractor helps to keep the musculoskeletal system in good condition, making the body less susceptible to injuries. 

 

Chiropractors help to tailor injury prevention to the specific needs of each athlete. Correcting posture, enhancing strength, and improving balance are a few areas that they may work on. For athletes, investing in regular chiropractic care helps them to achieve and sustain optimal performance levels. 

 

Reduced Recovery Times 


 

In addition to adjustments, stretching, massage, and electrical muscle stimulation can help to release tension, improve range of motion and heal injuries. This can help to reduce recovery time and get athletes back to their sport as quickly as possible.

 

Can Help to Increase Coordination, Accuracy, and Reaction Time


 

When your joints are adjusted, the receptors in the joint are stimulated and send a signal to your brain that helps to fine-tune your movements. The adjustment, through the activation of the same receptors, also improves proprioception which is the awareness of where the parts of your body are in space, so for example, you will better be able to tell where your hand is in relation to the rest of your body without needing to look at your hand. Thus, adjustments can lead to improved accuracy, coordination, reaction time, and other important factors required for optimal athletic performance.



 

For more on how chiropractic care can help you be a better athlete, visit Atlantic Chiropractic Associates. Our offices are in Milford, Georgetown, and Lewes, Delaware. Call (302) 309-9900 to book an appointment today. 

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