Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Why Chiropractic and Sports Are Best Friends

Did you know that the NFL hires a chiropractor for every team? Or that Tiger Woods visits a chiropractor during training?

It may not be well known, but chiropractors are some of the most important parts of any major league sports game, and it’s because their strategies help sore muscles repair faster than most other medical treatments.

If you’re an athlete, you need to be seeing a chiropractor. Let’s look at why.

Chiropractic in Sports

Chiropractors like Dr. Gil of the Dr. Gil Center in Franklin, TN are being seen more and more by athletes. In fact, chiropractic is becoming such a viable option for treatment of athletic injuries that the NFL is opening up to chiropractic as its go-to treatment.

Take Minnesota Vikings’ Munnerlyn. In 2014, he had an injury to his hamstring that traditionally would have had him in recuperation for a month. But he was back on the field in a week, convincing him of the virtues of chiropractic.

Sports chiropractic has recently become a specialty in the chiropractic field, involving extra schooling and certification. You can go see a sports chiropractor for both conditioning—to help your body get ready for the rigors of sports—and for faster injury recovery.

What Chiropractors Can Do for an Athlete
What exactly does a sports chiropractor do that a regular chiropractor does not?

For one thing, sports chiropractors target body parts that receive the most impact from athletic activity, such as joints. They learn how to manipulate these joints to eliminate scar tissue, which can build up and cause pain. Manipulation of joints also increases their mobility, reducing future risk of injury.

For another thing, chiropractic keeps the spine in alignment so that the body is better able to recover from impact. In high-impact sports like football, this is especially appealing. Spinal alignment is helpful for any athlete who has a history of overuse injuries to joints (like tendonitis) because it keeps the body in balance. Tiger Woods uses chiropractic to improve his golf swing without letting repeated matches ruin his ability—and since balance is key for achieving low scores in golf, why would he turn anywhere else?

Teams with Chiropractors
Over the years, chiropractic has gained its footing in the sports world, namely football. Every professional football team in the NFL has a chiropractor or two on staff, and these chiropractors give 30 to 50 adjustments per week during football season. Football coaches have learned that anesthetizing pain only makes injury worse, so the quandary they have faced is how to get their players back on the field in the fastest way possible, without making their injuries worse. The answer is chiropractic.

The Major League Baseball organization also has a pool of chiropractors it draws from, and the NBA is in the same boat. The results can’t be denied. The conclusion is that chiropractic is the best treatment available for getting athletes back in action quickly.

Has a chiropractor ever visited your games?
Do you play professional sports? As you can see, if you don’t have a chiropractor available, it would be best to find one. And if you’re not a professional, that doesn’t matter—you probably still want to get back on the field! Chiropractic is a fast, natural solution (that’s right—no medication or surgery) for getting players back out there.

Do chiropractors ever visit your games? Even if you go to a chiropractor instead of having one available on site, leave us a comment. We want to know how well sports chiropractic works for the average amateur athlete, and your comment will help get the word out that chiropractic is one of the best solutions for sports injuries.

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

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