Regular physical activity is an essential part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. However many sports activities also carry the risk of injury. Many amateur and professional athletes are sidelined with injuries that could be avoided. Others sit it out on the bench because their injury does not respond to ordinary treatment. Still others are playing, but at less than peak efficiency, simply because their structural system is not balanced.
Most sports involve body contact, fast starts and stops, and positioning that places an unusual amount of strain on the neuro-musculoskeletal system of the body. Spinal injuries can restrict range of motion, reduce strength, slow reflexes, shorten endurance and decrease performance. Problems can start with the spine and affect extremities, or begin with an extremity, like a knee or ankle and then create further compensation problems in the spine. Chiropractors pay special attention to the spine, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves that become compromised from these activities. Chiropractic is a natural health care method that stresses the importance of keeping all the systems of the body functioning efficiently so the player enjoys peak performance, minimum risk of injury, and fast recuperation.
Coaches, athletes, and doctors are progressively realizing that pain-killing drugs are not the answer as they merely cover up the symptoms, deceiving the athlete into actions which could make the injury more serious. Probably more than any other health profession, Chiropractic’s approach to health closely relates to the needs of the sports participant.
Many professional sport teams and athletes use Chiropractic to help them perform at their best.