Whether you are high school/college athlete, a professional athlete, or even just someone who loves to play sports to stay in shape – injuries will happen. If we are in the latter, or even an amateur athlete, most of the time we will just use some combination of ice and rest to remedy our injury. While this seems like the most common practice, it may not be for the best.
It is important how we treat our injuries. Of course, the better the treatment the faster we can return to our sport, but the quality of treatment can also help prevent future or recurring injuries due to body imbalances. There is a reason why most professional sports team have a team chiropractor. In fact, Dr. Beebe was the team chiropractor of the Portland Lumberjacks professional lacrosse team, as well as has worked with other professional athletes and Olympians.
Here are 3 ways Chiropractic treatments benefit athletes:
1. Spinal Adjustments
This will help with return bodies to optimal mobility and improve overall mobility by rebalancing the body.
With spinal manipulation, manual impulses are performed to needed joints. This releases pressure in the joint and aligns muscles and joints so they are able to work together properly. Spinal mobilization is used for athletes that need a more a gentle approach, which use tools or simple stretches to release pressure in joints.
2. Pain relief
While spinal adjustments may relieve pain from tension for any further pain, chiropractors utilize natural and drug free methods to reduce pain involving ice, heat, and electro-therapy.
3. Injury Prevention
Even if an athlete is not notably injured or feeling any intense pain, they still may be prone to injury. Chiropractors can check muscles and spine to find imbalances and alleviate tension strengthening the athlete leaving them less likely to injure themselves or to limit the damage of an injury.