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Why Athletes Rely on Chiropractic Care
Dec 1, 2016

Why Athletes Rely on Chiropractic Care | AICA ConyersIn competitive sports, the difference between losing and winning is sometimes measured in nanoseconds. Athletes need every last bit of strength, speed and flexibility they can muster.

That’s why, when injuries occur, many turn to the Chiropractors at AICA Conyers for treatment and pain relief.

Prescription medications can dull reaction times and carry the risk of dependency, while surgery can leave an athlete benched for months.

A certified Chiropractic sports physician, on the other hand, is able to alleviate pain and discomfort without surgery or drugs —all while keeping the body balanced, flexible and performing optimally.

Chiropractic Care for Athletes In Conyers

Chiropractic therapy provides proven pain relief to a wide range of common sports injuries, from recurrent shoulder instability in hockey players to groin pain in soccer players to tennis elbow. It also helps with:

  • Ankle and knee injuries
  • Back and shoulder pain
  • Headaches from head and neck injuries

Pain relief aside, here are some of the athletic benefits a certified Chiropractic sports physician can offer:

Enhanced Performance

A misaligned spine can inhibit the functions of all other systems, causing athletic performance to suffer. Regular spinal adjustments keep the spine working efficiently, which in turn improves the body’s overall performance.

In one study, athletes showed a 6.12 percent performance increase after completing a course of Chiropractic therapy. Another study found a 30 percent improvement in hand-eye coordination after 12 weeks of Chiropractic care.

Examples of athletes who can benefit include:

  • Baseball players: Routine Chiropractic treatment helps major league baseball players significantly improve muscle strength and long jump distance.
  • Basketball players: For those in the NBA, regular Chiropractic care helps boost speed, flexibility, range of motion, strength and balance.
  • Football players: Chiropractors give 16,320 to 27,200 adjustments to NFL players over the course of a single football season.

More Meaningful Training

Many athletes find that Chiropractic treatment helps them train more effectively. In one study, 100 percent of runners with joint problems were able to maintain—and in many cases improve—their training mileage.

More than 75 percent of athletic trainers refer their players to a Chiropractor, while all of them report that many of their clients seek Chiropractic treatment on their own.

Fewer Injuries

Alignment issues cause undue stress on the body and can often lead to injury. A certified chiropractic sports physician keeps the musculoskeletal system functioning smoothly so the body is less susceptible to injury.

For example, chiropractors help golfers correct postural imbalances in their swing that have the potential to lead to injury.

Shortened Recovery Times

By relieving the irritation between misaligned vertebrae, Chiropractic care helps minimize the healing time required for injuries. One research team found Chiropractic treatment helped a group of injured long-distance runners recover rapidly.

Sports Chiropractors use several techniques to promote expedited healing, including:

  • Electrical muscle stimulation to release tension near the surface
  • Functional dry needling to release deep muscle tension
  • and stretching, combined with range-of-motion movement
  • Stainless steel tools used to break down scar tissue

Chiropractic care helps athletes at all levels achieve optimum performance. That’s why so many athletes—from high school players to professional sports teams — regularly see a Chiropractor to stay in top shape.