You may or may not know, but Dr. Bret and I work out at a Crossfit gym here in town and basically beat up our body on a regular basis. I have always said that I don’t know how people do Crossfit without being adjusted regularly. The same can be said with any sport that is practiced with any type of regularity, but how does chiropractic help?
Well, as I was thinking about it, five things came to mind when looking at the benefits of care – whether you are a high school student, or a weekend warrior.
First, chiropractic care helps undo the punishment the body takes in sports, regardless of what it is. If you are doing repetitive motions while the structure of your spine is in question, it will limit your ability to recover properly, which is essential.
Second, chiropractic care helps a variety of sports injuries – and we’ve seen a lot here! Most people are unaware that we adjust any part of the body that has a joint space – ankles, shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees – you name it. Sprained ankles actually heal faster after being adjusted because we allow the ankle and foot to be in the correct and ideal position for optimum healing to take place.
Third, chiropractic care is a non-invasive, drug free option. While icing is also very important, adjustments speed up recovery time and allows your body to do it all over again without having to use drugs.
Forth, chiropractic care helps with injury prevention as well as performance enhancement. With regular chiropractic care, you can prevent potential injuries by aligning your spine and body BEFORE performing your sport. We have some golfers in the office that have improved their driving distance by 20 yards after coming into the office for care. If you have subluxations that are causing restricted range of motion, they can severely limit your performance.
Finally, chiropractic care can decrease pain. I think this one is pretty obvious, however, the more in tune you are with your body, the more you know when it’s sore from overuse and muscle work, or from an alignment issue.