One of the key elements of being an athlete that's key to performing at the highest level is the ability to move freely when you're on the field. Whatever the sport - be it football or rugby, or even if it's dance or karate - any athlete at the top of their game needs flexibility, muscle strength, proper body mechanics and technique to allow for maximum effort and to prevent picking up an injury.
This is why Chislehurst Chiropractic is one of the best places to head to if you feel you're not able to perform at your best. They are experts in supporting athletes with chiropractic care, joint manipulation and massage therapy to enhance sports performance.
When you become a Chiropractor, you become an expert in body movement and the musculoskeletal system. A Chiropractor can perform analyses to identify ways in which an athlete may be limiting his or her performance. The team at Chislehurst Chiropractic know exactly what optimal body function should look like.
We can also look for ways to improve distance or accuracy by adjusting a particular movement, and can even develop a unique specialised program to strengthen an athlete’s overall abilities.
Those who are regularly active are more susceptible to stiffness and soreness following training or a game. This is especially true for those who participate in contact sports like rugby. Chiropractic adjustments, which includes both spinal and treatment of other joints, helps promote flexibility and decrease painful movement. Chiropractic treatment can help decrease the risk of injury because it encourages flexibility and allows the athlete better range of motion to throw, catch, run or swing a bat.
When you're at the top level of your chosen sport you can be more susceptible to overuse injuries as a result of repetitive motion. The constant practice required to get to that level can result in arm or shoulder muscles developing overuse injuries.
Joints and muscles can become inflamed and painful, and the natural reaction for the athlete is to adjust their movement in a way that protects the sore joint - but this isn't always the best strategy. Initially rest is key for repetitive motion injury, but after a little break other techniques like Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy can restore normal function and relieve muscle spasm and pain quicker.
Did you know that chiropractic can even affect your nervous system? It's one of the subtler benefits but it really does help.
That's because the nervous system which connects and transmits messages from the brain to the rest of the body is located in the spine. If the spine and musculoskeletal structure are all in alignment for optimal nerve function, then a faster healing, recovery and reaction time for an athlete is much more likely.
It really doesn't matter what sport you play either. Your sporting performance really does hinges on your ability to use your body to the very best of its ability. Whether that means a stronger backhand, better and faster running or the ability to precisely place a thrown ball, adjunctive treatments like joint manipulation and massage therapy and chiropractic care can enhance an athlete’s overall capabilities.
Contact the team Chislehurst Chiropractic Clinic to see what can be done to help you achieve your peak performance.
Call 0208 295 1733 to book an assessment.