Knoxville is has some of the best athletes in Tennessee. Even the most seasoned athletes hit roadblocks sometimes in reaching their performance goals. It is easy to think one’s skill level is the only factor in reaching these goals, when in reality, a misaligned spine may be to blame for lack of range of motion, flexibility and recovery time. Fortunately, regular visits with your chiropractor can correct these issues and help performance in your favorite sports, activity or exercise.
Celebrity athletes like Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps visit their chiropractors on a regular basis. This, to them,has proved to naturally enhance their performance. Chiropractors are a medication free way to improve athletic abilities without concerns about side effects.
When your spine is properly aligned, you’ll see benefits such as:
Fewer injuries – there will be less tension in muscles, ligaments and tendons to cause an injury
Better balance – correcting subluxations also have a positive effect on balance, increasing the ability to make a save or avoid falling. During manipulations, your chiropractor uses gentle pressure to improve the alignment of the vertebrae in your back and neck.
Increased strength – Strength is an important factor in many sports that may decrease if you have subluxations in your spine. The problem may affect the ability to grip or catch a ball, make a tackle or endure long distance runs. In receiving regular chiropractic adjustments, treatments provide a natural, drug free strength – boosting option. The results of a study done by Brazillian researchers were published in the January 2012 issue of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that discovered manipulating the vertebrae in the neck offered significant increases in strength. Judo athletes who received cervical (neck) manipulations improved their grip by 16% on the left side and 11% on the right.
Quicker healing time – Chiropractic treatments will decrease inflammation, ease spasms, enhance healing and improve blood flow to the affected areas. This prevents scar tissue from forming and decreases stiffness in joints and muscles.
Enhanced performance – If your back and neck hurt, and your muscles are tight, your performance suffers as well. When you get regular chiropractic adjustments, these aches and pains will be alleviated, nerve function and reactive time will improve and will help you breathe and sleep more deeply.
Dr. Bell at Bell Family Chiropractic in Knoxville, TN can devise a comprehensive treatment plan that will help you avoid injury and improve your athletic performance. Schedule your exam today!