Research Shows Athletes Benefit from Chiropractic Care

January 28, 2014

Despite the many benefits of participating in sports, athletes often suffer trauma to their muscular-skeletal systems while training. These injuries are caused by physical impact and repetitive motion. Although most people think of doctors of chiropractic as specialists in neck and back pain, studies have shown that chiropractic care can treat many different sports-related injuries. The following are just some that may surprise you:

  • Headaches caused by the neck- With 60 to 90 percent of headaches caused by misaligned vertebrae in the neck, manipulation therapy from chiropractic care can provide significant relief.
  • Shoulder problems- Shoulder manipulation with a chiropractic care plan can reduce the time required to heal a shoulder injury, while relieving associated pain.
  • Ankle pain- Sprains can heal faster and a greater range of motion can be achieved with chiropractic care.
  • Injury prevention- Athletes that receive regular chiropractic care are less prone to injury than those who do not. Proper alignment of the spine allows supporting structures and limbs to move more freely and with more strength.

Chiropractic care for athletes can involve several different methods. Spinal manipulation is one of the most common. However, there are several others that may be combined to provide maximum benefit:

  • Active Release Technique – This involves moving the affected joint through range of motion exercises, massage therapy and stretching.
  • Graston Technique – This technique uses specialized tools to break down scar tissue that impedes movement and causes pain.
  • Functional Dry Needling – A technique that stimulates the muscles at deep trigger points¬†to relieve tension.
  • Electrical Stimulation- A technique that uses an electrical current to stimulate and contract the muscles to relieve tension.

Athletes that wish to perform at their best and those who have suffered injury can greatly benefit from a chiropractic care plan. As one of the largest networks of hand-picked doctors in America, Chiropractic Lifecare seeks to help everyone gain access to affordable chiropractic care. Call us at 800.775.7900, or contact us to learn more today!

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