Does Chiropractic help Athletes and Active Lifestyle People?
Doctors of Chiropractic detect and correct vertebral subluxations by physically adjusting the spine. Chiropractic adjustments restore the spine and nervous system to an optimal level of function which helps maximize performance, healing and recovery for all types of sports and injuries. Training may not only create stress on the spine but it can also create stress and/or misalignments of the feet, knees, hips, neck and jaw, shoulders, elbows and hands. Chiropractic can address these areas as well. In fact, the movement or limited movement of the feet impact the entire body’s range of motion and overall function. The pelvis is another major area effected by training. Chiropractic restores balance to the pelvis which is huge for athletes. There are so many muscles attaching to the pelvis that are stressed from the pelvis not moving correctly. A tight hamstring may actually be coming from a rotated pelvis so all the stretching in the world isn’t going to create any change until the restricted motion in the pelvis is addressed. The bottom line, everything is connected. The body follows Newton’s 3rd Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. “I would estimate that at least 90% of world class athletes use Chiropractic on a regular basis to prevent injures and to improve their performance.” Sean Atkins, Ph.D Exercise Physiologist.
When I go to a chiropractor do I have to keep going back?
The hands-on-nature of chiropractic is what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. There are also different phases of care which are decided on by patient and the chiropractor determines the amount of visits required to meet the patient’s goal. The phases of care are acute, chronic and/or preventive. Here is something to think about. When you go to the medical doctor, you may go once, but you are usually sent home with plan to be executed daily, such as antibiotics everyday for the duration designated etc. When you go to a PT, the treatment is usually a couple of times per week for a while with an exercise plan sent home to do daily. When you get your braces off, are you done or do you have to wear a retainer for the rest of your life? When you exercise, does it only take one or two times to get in shape and how long does it take to get out of shape if you stop? The body is constantly needing correction due to daily wear and tear. Staying in good health takes constant good input, whether that be the food you eat, brushing your teeth, exercising, or keeping the skeletal, spine, and nervous system in great health. After all the skeletal and muscular systems are what take us around in life. We were just never taught to address these important systems.
What type of education does a chiropractor have?
According to the American Chiropractic Association, Doctors of Chiropractic are educated as primary-contact healthy care providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system and the nerves that supply them. A four year undergrad with pre-med emphasis is required followed by 4-5 years of doctorate study including orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis, laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition, rehabilitation, and clinical training for a minimum of 4,200 hours. Many chiropractic programs also incorporate an entire year of PhD-level advanced nutrition training.
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