Athletes thrive on achievement. Whether focused on running a faster mile, biking a longer distance, or crushing the rival team, all athletes have one thing in common: The state of their body is directly related to their achievements. Pain, injury, and lack of mobility or flexibility all have a direct impact on athletic performance, regardless of the chosen sport. This is why many athletes, professional and otherwise, make regular visits to a sports chiropractor in order to achieve optimal performance.
A sports chiropractor can help evaluate, diagnose, and treat a wide range of sports injuries or performance issues, without drugs and without surgery. And what’s even better is that chiropractic care not only helps athletes recover faster and rehabilitate following an injury, but it can also enhance athletic performance and prevent injury. Take a look below at some of the many benefits of sports chiropractic for athletes’ performance.
1. Relieves pain
While most serious athletes are willing to push through pain to finish the game or run the final mile, doing so has a negative impact on athletic performance. Sports chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug-free solution for pain relief from common sports injuries and the aches and pains that result from pushing your body to its limits. Alleviating pain is an important step toward optimizing athletic performance.
2. Corrects asymmetry
Relative differences in muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility between the left and right sides of the body are what’s called asymmetry. Asymmetry causes a shift in body mechanics, which places excess stress on certain parts of the body, often leading to sports injuries. A sports chiropractor is specifically trained to assess and address structural imbalances and abnormalities. Many athletic teams have a sports chiropractor on staff to perform regular adjustments on athletes. Chiropractic care helps maximize bodily symmetry, optimize performance, and prevent injury.
3. Improves respiratory and digestive function
Subluxations, or spinal misalignments do more than just cause pain, they impact your nerve function as well. Depending on the affected nerves, spinal misalignment can interrupt the proper functioning of everything from muscle strength to digestion to respiration. Many athletes who come to a sports chiropractor for back pain find that their digestive and respiratory systems improve as well. Only when all parts of the body are working properly can optimal athletic performance be achieved.
4. Accelerates healing
Chiropractic sports medicine is an ideal treatment for many sports injuries because a chiropractor is trained not just to remedy the injury but also to address the conditions that led to the injury in the first place. The holistic approach of chiropractic care helps to restore proper functioning to bodily systems and minimize healing time. Chiropractic treatment can result in faster recovery from muscle strains, sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and other sports injuries.
5. Enhances mobility and flexibility
The mobility of a joint refers to its ability to move without restriction. Flexibility is the range of motion in a joint or system of joints. Both are important for maximum athletic performance, and both can be significantly impacted by spinal misalignments. Chiropractic care relieves these misalignments to free up tension, increase mobility and flexibility, and improve athletic form and posture.
6. Maximizes muscle functioning
The nervous system controls how much effort our muscles will make to perform a given task. This is true whether we’re lifting weights or opening a jar of pickles. Sciatica, a herniated disc, and other conditions that interfere with nerve impulse transmission often result in muscle weakness. Chiropractic sports medicine can help maximize muscle strength by eliminating interference and optimizing nerve flow. Maximum muscle functioning is, of course, crucial to maximum athletic performance.
7. Prevents injury
High school athletes, college athletes, amateur athletes, and professional athletes can all benefit from the services of a sports chiropractor, even when they’re not injured or experiencing pain. Regular chiropractic care helps keep the body in proper alignment and the nervous system in optimal condition, thereby correcting any vulnerability before it leads to injury.
Sports chiropractic in San Diego
The body is a magnificent machine, and sports chiropractic medicine can help to ensure that all parts work beautifully together. Chiropractic care allows athletes to recover from injury faster and achieve their performance goals. Dr. Loy is both a skilled and compassionate chiropractor and an athlete who takes pride in helping other athletes reach optimum levels of capacity.
Some of Dr. Loy’s current and former patients include professional football and baseball players, IRONMAN champs, Olympic athletes, professional surfers, and more. Whether you’re recovering from a sports injury or want to enhance your ability to train and compete, Dr. Loy can help.
Give us a call today at (858) 436-7162 to schedule a consultation.