It’s not uncommon for professional athletes to have trainers, physical therapists, and even orthopedists on speed dial. After all, sports-related injuries or pain during play can seriously hamper training efforts, if not sideline the athlete altogether.
But increasingly, pros are turning to certified sports chiropractors as their first resource for pain relief and rehab because of their more proactive and less invasive sports medicine approach.
In fact, sports chiropractic is known to be so effective that most major NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB franchises have a team chiropractor on staff, and many world-class golfers, tennis players, and swimmers regularly seek chiropractic care. New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady has been quoted as saying chiropractic care not only makes him feel better but keeps him “one step ahead of the game.”
While orthopedists and other conventional practitioners are necessary for certain circumstances, such as when surgery is required, after that surgery, or when it’s not needed, traditional rehab protocol often involves a lot of resting and waiting for the pain to subside, outsourcing rehab to a physical therapist, and/or prescribing potentially addictive pain meds and injections.
Resting and waiting is hard to do for athletes with a goal (or on a payroll,) especially when experience has shown them that returning to activity means returning to pain, and prescription medications can leave players groggy and lethargic. Neither is ideal for staying in training mode.
Studies show that chiropractic care for athletes is actually better — and faster — at reducing pain and restoring mobility, flexibility, and range of motion than other more traditional treatments. That’s because chiropractors focus not just on the painful joint or limb, but on the body as a whole.
Sports chiropractors begin with a thorough evaluation of an athlete’s posture, skeletal alignment, and when, where, and how a movement causes pain to effectively assess which, of a number of specialized therapies, might be beneficial. These include myofascial release, dry needling, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, and spinal and limb adjustments, among others, to break up scar tissue, release muscle tension and restore body balance for pain-free activity.
These techniques often allow athletes to continue training/playing during therapy. The clinical interventions of sports chiropractic care can speed healing and lessen the likelihood of re-injury, whether following surgery or in lieu of.
But sports chiropractic care is not just for treating athletes who are hurt. It is an excellent way for them to proactively work to prevent injuries in the first place, as well as significantly boost their athletic performance.
Chiropractors address issues related to postural imbalances, skeletal misalignments, and strength deficiencies to increase strength, speed, balance, and flexibility. Many also report better hand-eye coordination after alignment. Through hands-on manipulation of the spine and joints, in tandem with other drug-free, non-surgical interventions, chiropractors enhance the functionality of all bodily systems with noticeable results.
Every athlete can benefit from the natural, non-invasive therapies that sports chiropractic care offers. If you want to train like the pros and take your game to the next level, let us show you how sports chiropractic care can reduce your pain and keep you injury-free.