A Beginner’s Guide to Athletic Chiropractic Care

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Chiropractic care is founded on the proposition that an apt nerve supply is critical to proficiently managing the various functions of the human body. Every activity in the body is managed by the central nervous system, or CNS, which sends and receives nerve messages. The CNS is protected by the vertebrae. Notably, the spine’s vertebrae are susceptible to various stresses that can alter their proper structural formation. Under an optimal structural formation of the spine, the nerves are protected, thus ensuring that optimal communication occurs between the CNS and the rest of the body. Upon minor spine misalignments due to stress, the body may suffer nerve interference, thus weakening its entire structure.  

How can an athlete benefit from chiropractic care?

Some of the ways in which an athlete can gain from chiropractic care include:

 

  • Injuries prevention

 

Numerous sport-related injuries are associated with spinal misalignments arising from unnecessary tension. The pelvis, for instance, is commonplace for the build-up of tension. Notably, since the spine terminates at the pelvis, a misalignment in the area can potentially subject other different parts of the body to tension. Athletes who regularly collaborate with chiropractors tend to boost their flexibility together with the range of motions occurring in their joints. Hence less likely to incur an injury as they play. 

 

  • Enhanced performance

 

Any athlete can gain from frequent chiropractic checkups to diagnose whether their spine is in alignment and free from tension. If a chiropractor detects any changes in an athlete’s spinal position that arise from nerve impedance caused by the destruction of joint reflexes and arc fibers, they can restore the spinal column’s balance and alignment. Consequently maximizing the body’s biomechanics and nervous system critical to athletic performance. 

 

According to Elite Sports and Spine Chiropractic, an athlete’s optimal wellness should not only be prioritized during, after, or before a tournament but throughout the year. The National Football League (NFL) recognizes this, thus making chiropractic physicians accessible to their team members to ensure that they proactively keep their bodies in their healthiest forms. 

 

  • Injury repair

 

Participating in any kind of sports comes with numerous demands among them being tackling, jumping, running, and much more. Putting the body through such repetitive motions with forceful impacts can result in injuries suffered from painful strains, sprains, and tears. Whereas muscle tension and inflammations suppress agility, misalignments compromise speedy recovery. For instance, soft tissue therapies improve blood flow to injured parts of the body whereas cold laser therapies reduce pain and inflammation levels experienced by an athlete. Regular chiropractic care protects an athlete from such factors that hinder recovery thus helping him or her resume sports within the shortest time possible. 

How to choose a chiropractic care provider for the management of different athletic conditions

As an athlete or team manager trying to understand how to best incorporate chiropractic care into your personal or team’s wellness routine respectively. One of the greatest challenges you might encounter is picking the best chiropractic practitioner with the appropriate skills to address different athletic conditions. You certainly do not want to escalate up the chiropractic ladder, and upon reaching its rung, discover that the ladder is inclined against an unfounded wall. 

 

In general, chiropractors may be categorized as either unimodal (classical) and multimodal (modern). The former is best suited for spinal manipulation only hence less experienced in managing treatments linked to all the phases of injury repair, injury prevention, or enhanced performance. A multimodal chiropractic practitioner is suitable to manage sports injuries as well as an enhanced performance by leveraging both active and passive management care strategies to meet different care requirements. 

 

Multimodal chiropractic practitioners utilize a combination of various therapy procedures that focus on high-velocity and low-amplitude manipulations, therapeutic exercises, rehabilitation exercises, stretching and soft tissue techniques, and biomechanical therapies to enhance kinetic and kinematic chain functions. Other procedures leveraged by the practitioners include acupuncture, taping, electrotherapeutics, physical therapies, nutrition, ergonomic training, and nutrition. Markedly, all treatments offered by the practitioners are usually individualized. 

Are there any risks associated with chiropractic treatment?

In general chiropractic care is safe when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner. Furthermore, serious drawbacks linked to chiropractic care are generally rare. As a precaution, before seeking any chiropractic therapies, ensure that you share with your care provider any existing medical condition. That way, the practitioner will be able to determine whether to carry out a given procedure or not. During your initial visit, a good chiropractor will make inquiries into your health history and conduct physical examinations before administering any treatment. 

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