Many athletes, amateur and professional alike, claim that Chiropractic care is their secret weapon - allowing them to stay healthy, strong, and competitive. Most professional sports teams have their own chiropractors on staff to keep their athletes healthy and performing at their peak. Chiropractors use specific adjustments to restore alignment and function to the spine and extremities, helping injuries heal faster and better. This keeps athletes on the field and in the game. Chiropractic care also gives them a performance edge. Sean Atkins, Ph.D. Exercise Physiology estimates that at least 90% of world-class athletes use chiropractic care on a regular basis to prevent injuries and to improve their performance.
When the spine is subluxated (misaligned), especially in the cervical spine, it slows down the transmission of nerve impulses from the brain, traveling downward, through the spinal cord, and out into every single cell of the body. This interference can make the difference between winning and losing. Athletes rely on optimum reaction reflexes to perform at their highest potential. Exciting new research published in the journal Gait & Posture, March 2020, shows that when an abnormally decreased cervical curve is restored to a more normal curve, the speed of nerve flow from the brain into the body increases by 20%. They also found significant improvement in the functioning of the autonomic nervous system, including balance, proprioception, and coordination. This is great news to everyone, and especially athletes.
Maintaining optimal spinal function with chiropractic care is a vital component of athletic performance. Whether you are an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, chiropractic can improve your game.