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WHY SHOULD EVERY ATHLETE HAVE A CHIROPRACTOR? 

If chiropractic is good enough for every professional team, it's probably good enough for you!

 

Athletes know they need to keep their bodies in good physical condition to excel, but many don't know how to do this.

Although there are many ways for athletes to increase their performance, such as weight training, resting and recovery, many athletes might be unaware of additional alternatives for treatment, such as chiropractic care.

Many professional athletes, including NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball stars and professional golfers, include chiropractic care in their training regimens. The American Chiropractic Association estimates that almost 90% of Olympic and professional-level athletes use chiropractic care to improve performance and lower the risk of injury.

All NFL clubs and the majority of MLB teams employ a chiropractor full-time. Chiropractors are frequently on the road full-time with professional golfers. This is not by accident. 

Many professional athletes understand the value of chiropractic as a preventative and practical way of treating and/or preventing injuries. Chiropractic treatment focuses on preserving joint and muscle movement and balance to enhance movement patterns and to avoid injuries.  

 

WHY SHOULD EVERY ATHLETE HAVE A CHIROPRACTOR?

Prescription drugs slow down reaction speeds, provide an addiction risk, and only temporarily relieve pain from injuries. If the athlete opts for surgery, they could miss months of competition.

On the other hand, a licensed chiropractor can treat the discomfort without using medication or surgery, enabling athletes to recover faster and compete at their best.

Chiropractors can treat several injuries, including:      

  • Strains & Sprains    
  • Shoulder Injuries    
  • Knee Injuries     
  • Hip Injuries
  • Back & Neck Pain   
  • Tendonitis
  • Disc Injuries
  • Dysfunctional Movement
  • Balance Training

These are just a handful of the most common sports injuries chiropractors treat, but they can handle lots of other sports injuries as well.  

There are several reasons why chiropractic care benefits athletes, even if they are not currently experiencing pain. Some of the potential benefits include the following: 

1.    Prevent Injuries Before They Occur

Many people wait until they are injured before they see, treatment. The truth is chiropractic care should be done regularly before pain strikes. Visiting a chiropractor can help athletes prevent injuries from happening in the first place.

As an athlete, when you have musculoskeletal conditions, you can have a whole list of issues arise through a sporting season. In addition, when you have dysfunction in your basic movements (discovered through Functional Movement Screening), it can cause symptoms that impact your performance and power. Musculoskeletal dysfunction and movement dysfuncitons can lead to issues like:      

  • Unsteady movements
  • Decreased strength in certain movements
  • Dizziness·     
  • Balance issues·     
  • Limited range of motion in the neck, back, or legs·     
  • Tingling in the feet, arms, or hands·     
  • Nausea

You may not instinctively link these symptoms to spinal issues, but sometimes they are caused by bulging discs or herniated discs. If these symptoms are left untreated, they worsen and make it difficult to manage.

 

2.    Improved Performance

Since all bodily components are interconnected, a knee injury or a back that's not moving well can affect how well all other systems operate. Athletic performance may deteriorate as a result. Regular visits to the chiropractor, especially during the season or during heavy training, can help the whole body operate more smoothly.

Chiropractic doctors know how the body's various components interact and function. Regular visits can benefit athletes because they enhance the body's general functionality, enhancing sports performance. 

 

3.    Increased Range of Motion

The range of motion of an athlete has a direct impact on their athletic performance. Every athlete has to be flexible and have easy mobility.

Muscle stiffness, on the other hand, limits mobility and may, for example, prevent a football or baseball player from throwing as effectively or running as fast. When your body is struggling for movement, performance is what suffers.

These problems can typically be addressed by an evidence-based, movement-based chiropractor.

 

4.    Reduce recovery time 

The temptation to try to resume performance as soon as possible after a sports injury is common. Unfortunately, doing so may cause the athlete's condition to worsen and postpone their return.

Chiropractors provide comprehensive treatment plans to help patients in recovering from sports-related injuries. Most chiropractors use additional forms of therapy, including laser therapy, heat therapy, ice packs, massage therapy, and other approaches.

These procedures speed up the healing process while lowering swelling and inflammation, allowing players to return to their sport as soon as possible. 

 

5.    Non-Invasive and Drug-Free

Drugs may not always be the best course of action when an athlete has a serious injury. According to research, they don't speed up your recovery, and they also run the danger of making you addicted. In fact, anti-inflammatories can SLOW healing.

They are only temporarily covering up the pain. Numerous studies have demonstrated how chiropractic care speeds up athletes' healing from injuries without requiring invasive surgery or medications.

Non-invasive means that, unlike surgery, which necessitates a recovery period for the body, this method allows the athlete to resume activity immediately.                                                                                                     

To wrap up here, the most pressing concern for athletes is how they can reach and hold onto optimal performance. Competitive sports aren't always about talent but about the athlete who can gain an edge on their competition and consistently improve on their skill, avoid setbacks, and emerge victorious.

Don't wait until you are injured or allow your injury to keep you on the sidelines from playing your favorite sport. Chiropractic care ensures that athletes of all ages can keep playing the sports they love.

We offer comprehensive treatments that ensure athletes are always at their peak performance and get the most from their bodies.

Contact us today at 806-355-3000, set an appointment, and make the most of your athletic goals.         

 

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Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP, FMS is double Board Certified as a Fellow in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedics as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals, Certified in Functional Movement Systems, expert witness in personal injury cases, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.

Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020 & 2021. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Medical at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.  

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Jeff S Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP

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