4 Ways Chiropractic Care Benefits Active Lifestyles
Updated: Sep 2, 2019
The world of chiropractic care is always evolving to better provide healthcare solutions to the millions of people with spinal and musculoskeletal issues. Millions of people each year suffer from issues ranging from back and neck pain, all the way to debilitating conditions that limit bodily movement. Unfortunately, our bodies go through a lot of wear-and-year. Our muscles get sore and joints start to ache, which can reduce our overall standard of living. There are many different situations that can lead to various physical ailments.
This can be especially true for those who are physically active. Athletes and those who engage in physical activity often suffer some musculoskeletal issues brought on by physical stress. By adding extra stress to their bodies, athletes increase the risk of tears, fractures and other injuries. If these issues aren’t remedied quickly, further physical activity can make the problem even worse. Here are four ways chiropractic care can benefit active people.
Athletes and those who engage in physical activity often suffer some musculoskeletal issues brought on by physical stress.
1. Increased Range of Motion and Flexibility
Chiropractic care, including chiropractic massages, can dramatically increase athletes range of motion and flexibility. Vising a chiropractor for an adjustment or massage can have an enormous impact on joints. When joints become relaxed, they also become more agile and responsive during periods of physical stress. Hip joints in particular benefit from chiropractic care. By increasing mobility in the hips, athletes can improve physical performance and help get to the next level. Research has even shown that spinal manipulation of the cervical spine can increase active range of motion.
2. Less Healing Time Between Injuries
By utilizing chiropractic adjustments and massages, athletes can decrease the healing time between injuries. Unfortunately, injuries are a fact of life for athletes. Living a very physically active lifestyle opens people up to a higher chance of injuries and other wear-and-tear on the body. This is especially true for runners, which is a very popular form of exercise. Physical exercise such as running can put excess stress on joints and muscles, leading to injury. Loosening muscles and joints with chiropractic care and massages can help athletes reduce their recovery time and get back to a healthy lifestyle.
3. Less Chance of Injury During Physical Activity
When the spinal cord is out of alignment, the chances of injury during physical exercise increases. Regular visits to a chiropractor can help align athlete’s spines and reduce overall injury rates. Many athletes know this well. In fact, a study revealed that up to 31 percent of professional NFL teams have a chiropractor officially on staff, with up to 77 percent of NFL trainers referring players to a professional chiropractor. Many other professional athletes also use chiropractors for bodily maintenance and injury recovery to boost physical performance.
4. Reduce Pain
It may sound far-fetched, but research has shown that chiropractic care, in particular spinal cord adjustments, can have a profound impact on pain. The data suggests that spinal manipulative therapy can reduce pain in healthy young adults. This means that athletes can have shorter recovery times and get back into the game more quickly. By reducing the pain associated with injuries, athletes can begin stretching and receive physical therapy more quickly, leading to a better recovery time. There are also positive psychological impacts from reducing pain associated with injuries.