Chiropractic care offers an effective, non-invasive addition to sports medicine that every athlete and weekend warrior can appreciate. Because chiropractic care is focused on holistic healing and strives to avoid the need for medications and surgery, it is ideal for those who want to keep their bodies in optimal condition without risking the unwanted side effects that often come with more invasive methods. And because chiropractic care delivers results with minimal risk of side effects, it is utilized by athletes around the world.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care in Sports Medicine
Chiropractic techniques have been used for hundreds of years to improve health, but it was only relatively recently that it was embraced by the athletic community. In the 1980s, chiropractic care was added to the U.S. Olympic medical team. Since then, the benefits of chiropractic for athletics have been recognized and embraced with increasing frequency. Not only are Olympic athletes incorporating chiropractic into their routine, but also anyone who just wants to feel better and enjoy their athletic pursuits over a lifetime.
Below we list some of the many benefits offered by chiropractic that make it worth considering for anyone who likes to have an active lifestyle.
1. Non-Invasive Healing
We all know someone who has gone through surgery for an injury. Whether it is a total knee replacement, rotator cuff repair surgery, or some other form of surgery, many people find themselves considering surgical intervention to heal an injury that keeps them from using their body the way they would like. Unfortunately, unwanted side effects can be common with surgery, which is why it is increasingly viewed as a last resort by those in the medical community. And although surgical measures are sometimes a necessary intervention, chiropractic care is often an effective option patients should first explore.
Chiropractic was developed specifically to avoid invasive medical procedures. Chiropractors work to alleviate the pressure put on the body’s joints — particularly the spine — to improve alignment, blood flow, and mobility as well as encourage healing. Instead of immediately going through surgery and dealing with months of downtime, muscle atrophy, and other undesirable side effects, chiropractic offers a way for individuals to heal efficiently and without the risks of more invasive treatment.
2. Focus on Preventative Care
An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Chiropractic care encourages regular adjustments to help the body maintain proper function. Instead of waiting until something goes wrong, your chiropractor will strive to keep your body in optimal condition on a regular basis. Injuries can still happen, but they become less likely when you are keeping your body in good shape and ensuring that all your joints are working as they should be while you train and compete.
3. Improving Body Mechanics
One of the greatest things about working with a sports chiropractor is that they can help you identify unhealthy movement patterns and correct them. Unhealthy movement patterns put more wear and tear on your joints. Instead, you can have your chiropractor look at the way you are moving and help you find better ways to accomplish your goal. That means less unnecessary pressure or harmful movements for your joints and fewer injuries resulting from overuse.
4. Strengthening Less Obvious Areas
Another area where chiropractors can help prevent sports injuries is by showing you how to strengthen support muscles —especially those smaller muscles that make a big difference but are often overlooked. Your chiropractor can identify your weaknesses, and how to strengthen muscles to support your joints.
At Legacy Medical Centers, we help patients seeking safe, non-invasive forms of treatment for injuries and everyday problems — whether you’re a full-time athlete, an occasional competitor, or just looking to feel your best. To find out more about how chiropractic care can help you, or to make an appointment with one of our chiropractors, contact us today.