Physical activity is an integral part of any healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, whether you go to the gym, enjoy home workouts, are on a sports team, or are a professional athlete, intensive sports and repetitive movements can adversely affect the body’s musculoskeletal and neurological systems.
Chiropractors not only know how to treat sore muscles, but they can also help with injury prevention and recovery time if you do get hurt. When that happens, a chiropractor can assess the situation and treat the problem to reduce the chances of recurring damage.
Getting the most out of your training is important. A chiropractor can help you get the most out of your workouts by improving balance, agility, and coordination.
Read on to find out more about how you can upgrade your performance.
What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is a hands-on, non-invasive system of therapy that focuses on the spine, muscles, joints, and their connection to the nervous system.
Chiropractors manipulate the body’s alignment by adjusting the spine, pelvis, and other joints to alleviate pain, increase movement, restore joint function, and improve quality of life.
Benefit 1: Enables Effective Training
No matter the sport, athletes always want to improve their performance. Having optimal mobility and a full range of motion is one of the most important aspects of effective training. Flexibility allows you to work out for longer periods and offers injury prevention because the body can move without straining muscles beyond its range.
A proper muscular function is a key component of weight training because it encourages increased strength. Chiropractic care can reduce muscle inhibition, enhance hand-eye coordination, improve reaction time, decrease joint stiffness, and speed up the healing time of injuries.
Benefit 2: Prevents Injuries
The best way to avoid being sidelined from sports or other activities is to take preventative measures that reduce your odds of getting hurt.
Weight training, playing sports, and other rigorous physical activities can cause aches, pains, stiffness, and injuries related to the constant stress of overuse that can worsen over time. Improper form and extreme training can also lead to muscle imbalances. Those who spend their days sitting at a desk, and then exercise or play sports in their spare time need to think about injury prevention as they’re likely candidates for tight muscles and stiffness.
Misalignment in the spine and pelvis throws the entire body out of balance and forces muscles to compensate for the unequal distribution of weight, putting the body at risk of injury.
Athletes who regularly get treated by a chiropractor have a competitive edge. Spinal adjustments and other techniques ensure that your bones are aligned, relieving tension in the body and allowing it to perform better. Chiropractors can also help relieve pain, improve range of motion, and help prevent injuries of the back, neck, shoulders, knees, and ankles.
Benefit 3: Reduces Recovery Time
Chiropractic care not only reduces pain after an injury but can also speed up your recovery time. Improper spinal alignment leaves you prone to muscle tension and inflammation, which can derail the healing process.
Chiropractors know how to treat sore muscles with adjustments and soft tissue manipulations, which can help muscles relax and realign vertebrae that have shifted due to injury. When muscles are relaxed, it stimulates body fluids, which allows oxygen and other essential nutrients to promote healing.
Chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue manipulation can also help break up scar tissue to increase flexibility and strength. After an injury, muscles and ligaments are often shortened due to immobility. Restoring joint movement is the best way to prevent this from happening.
At Kilian Chiropractic in Vancouver, we offer chiropractic care and spinal adjustments to ensure your body functions optimally for a healthy, pain-free lifestyle.
For more information about how chiropractic techniques can improve your performance and help you keep in peak condition, call 604-688-0724 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.