By: Dr. Ryan Lee
Did you know that according to the American Chiropractic Association, about 90% of professional and Olympic-level athletes use chiropractic care to improve performance and decrease injury risk? Professional sports teams in the NFL and MLB also employ full-time chiropractors to serve their athletes. In recent years, chiropractic care has gained popularity among athletes as both an effective treatment option and as a preventative measure. While you may not be a professional athlete, if you’re active, play sports, or just work out regularly, you can get the same benefits from chiropractic care. Chiropractic care can help you restore and maintain normal functioning joints, which then helps you on improve mobility by keeping your body’s joints and muscles in check.
Your activity of choice may make you more prone to injury, whether you’re training for your first triathlon, playing on soccer team, or just working out for enjoyment or health. Thankfully, chiropractic care can help with your activity. We’ve put together the top reasons why athletes (or anyone who is active) should see a chiropractor.
No matter your skill level, you always want to strive to get better at your sport of choice. Your muscles and bones need to be in top form for you to achieve your highest potential and reach new goals. In order to accomplish this, all of the body’s joints must be in good working order. With the help of a chiropractor, you can maximize the functionality of your entire musculoskeletal system. Any existing restrictions can be freed up, and dysfunctions addressed, to help you get more out of every training session or workout.
With regular chiropractic care, you may also find that your muscles build more strength and your joints have greater flexibility. A chiropractor can optimize your musculoskeletal system. When everything is aligned, your body will function better, which will help you perform better.
Flexibility and range of motion are important elements of your overall fitness and can be crucial for any sport or activity you do. Good flexibility helps you to stay physically active and strong, improve your endurance, and maintain a higher quality of life. To remain flexible, you have to use your entire range of movement and keep moving. Chiropractic care can help reduce muscle and joint stiffness, increase your range of motion, and even help reduce pain. Additionally, you can improve your strength, address inflammation, and take care of any misalignments that may be limiting your current range of motion.
Reduce the Risk of Injury
Sports are a great way to boost your health and fitness, but they can sometimes cause injuries. Studies have indicated that athletes who receive regular chiropractic care have a lower incidence of sprains, strains, and other common sports injuries. All of this is connected to the fact that chiropractic care can help people perform better and have more flexibility. Joints that are not restricted in their range of motion are less prone to cause injury in the event of a fall or overextension.
Faster Restoration Time
While chiropractic can help reduce your risk of injury, it can’t prevent or eliminate injuries. However, if you do suffer an injury such as a hamstring pull, ankle sprain, or tendinitis, your visits to the chiropractor can help aid in a speedy recovery. When it comes to sports injuries, chiropractors offer comprehensive care that’s tailored to each patient’s individual needs. When you have a skilled doctor looking out for you, you can rest assured knowing you’ll get the finest possible treatment and advice for when you get home.
Schedule Your Next Visit to the Chiropractor
Whether you’re a world-class athlete, play youth sports, or are just a health enthusiast with an at-home gym, regular chiropractic treatment can provide many benefits. At Reach Health and Wellness, we work with you to understand your unique needs and determine a care plan that will help you feel and perform your best.
Dr. Ryan Lee is the practicing chiropractic physician at Reach Health and Wellness Chiropractic. For his full bio, click here. *This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Ryan Lee and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Dr. Lee does not take responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.