Chiropractic care for Sports Performance

 Here is a analogy. Think of how the inside of your body works as if your body was a lightbulb.  The brighter the light, the healthier you are.  Bright light equals optimal function, performance and health.  Less light equals poor function, distress and ill health. Chiropractic care, specifically the spinal adjustment, would be akin to a light switch.  The spinal adjustment enhances or improves your nerve flow to all the systems, organs, tissues and cells , increasing your inner light allowing your body to function as nature intended it to.

So, yes, chiropractors provide a service that helps correct spinal related neck, back and other musculoskeletal related conditions and symptoms, but chiropractic's greatest virtue is in preventative health care and performance. Periodic spinal adjustments from the chiropractor can help the body maintain health by improving nerve flow from blocked and fixated spinal joints. Increased, improved or maintained nerve flow is what keeps the body working properly.

This is one of the main reasons that athletes use chiropractic care on a regular basis. The chiropractic adjustment is like a tune-up for a high performance sports vehicle. The car races better when it is firing 100% on all cylinders just as the body performs athletic and sports events at a higher level when the nerves are firing their neural impulses at 100%.

The majority of people that enter a chiropractors office, walk in the door with a back or neck pain. Once there, they learn that a properly functioning nervous system is good for everyone with or without symptoms.  It is one of the main reasons that some chiropractors specialize in pregnancy care, pediatrics and sports performance.

In a research study, athletes under chiropractic care were found to have a 16% advantage in sports related skills then non-chiropractic users. Researchers took three groups of athletes and placed one group in the chiropractic group, another group in the "sham" chiropractic group (received fake chiropractic care, no adjustment given) and the third group was given nothing. The athletes were seen by the chiropractors weekly. They tested all 3 groups in core athletic skills monthly. The results at the end of the study were that the group under chiropractic care improved their athletic core skills 16% better then the non-users.

Author
Dr J. Zimmerman, Chiropractor Dr. Zimmerman is a practicing chiropractor from Galloway, NJ with 30 years of chiropractic practice.

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