Athletes have unique needs and our doctors and team understand the requirements needed to help you perform optimally. Our Doctors have had the pleasure of adjusting and helping many athletes of all abilities and levels during both the on and off-season. This includes Kona Ironman Athletes, University of Nevada athletes, Reno 5000 and enDUrance Reno team members and athletes, many local high school teams, and more.
Whether it is to prevent or manage an injury, increase joint flexibility, or enhance physical performance, chiropractic care is becoming the competitive advantage that many athletes are now seeking.
Think of it this way: when your body is in better alignment your nervous system becomes finely tuned and all of the mechanics of your body are able to work properly, your body will be firing on all cylinders. This leads to better performance, fewer injuries, and quicker recovery from training and competing.
Athletes often take on rigorous training regimes that push their body to the limit. With performance being based on the health and strength of the body, athletes are able to utilize chiropractic and massage treatments to stay in shape and perform to their fullest potential.
Chiropractic care is not just for professional or Olympic athletes. Many individuals, who are new to a sport, including young athletes, can also benefit from care because of the many benefits, such as increased blood flow and better range of motion. Full range of motion is particularly important for endurance athletes and those who must employ multiple stretches into their training routine.
Seeing a chiropractor after an injury is vital, however, incorporating regular adjustments into the weekly training routine is ideal. This way injury can be prevented and less severe if they do occur. Chiropractic visits also help to remove toxins and lower stress levels naturally which are necessary for overall body health. An improved immune system equates to less sick time, the ability to ward off common illness or disease and a natural way to combat fatigue.
Some of the other key benefits for Athletes who receive Chiropractic Treatment are:
- Improved posture
- Increased recovery rates after intensive training or a game.
- Better focus and concentration
- Reduction of migraines or severe headaches
- Increased blood circulation
- Increased blood and oxygen flow throughout the body
- Reduction of pain in major joints
Many Professional Athletes get regular Chiropractic Care. Here is a small sampling of those athletes:
Seven Time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has been receiving chiropractic care since January of 1999, helping him to keep his body together for the harsh demands of the Tour de France. After last year’s Tour de France, Lance said that he could not have won without his chiropractor’s help.
Decathlon Gold Medallist “If it were not for Chiropractic, I would not have won the gold medal.”
“You obviously can’t compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment. And your body can’t heal if your back is not in alignment. It was the holistic idea that I liked about chiropractic and that is what track and field is about. Every track and field athlete that I have ever met has seen a chiropractor at one time or another. In track and field, it is absolutely essential. Chiropractic care is one of the things I think that no one has denied or refuted.”
Emmitt Smith Credits Chiropractic for Rushing Record
“Playing in a football game is like being in 30-40 car accidents.”
An article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram explains it all started after the 1994 season when Smith endured a lot of hamstring problems and he began to ask himself some tough questions. “Do I need to get more rest? Do I need to eat better? Do I need a little more training? How can I take care of my body better? Do I need to find a chiropractor? It was time for me to invest in me,” Smith said. “I found a specialist that’s really good in balancing out my body to make sure my hips are rotated right, and my body is functioning properly. I remember somebody telling me that what I put myself in during the games is like having a car wreck every Sunday. It’s against the norm. You can find yourself in awkward positions. That stuff takes its toll. But if you take advantage of the health care, balance your body back out, put it back where it’s supposed to be, you function better, and you recover faster.” ”
“You can have a Ferrari body, but your wheels need balancing. I felt if I took care of my body, I could still function when I got older.
“I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring. I do believe in chiropractic. I found that going to a chiropractor three times a week helps my performance. The majority of boxers go to get that edge.”
“I’ve been going since 1993 when I was in high school,” says 2004 Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi. “Now I try and get adjusted at least once every two weeks.” Keflezighi, like many other elites, is finding that the restorative hands of a good chiropractor are a key factor in staying healthy. Though he first went with some trepidation, Keflezighi quickly came to believe in the practice. “What I like about chiro is that they look at the whole body, not just the injury. I might have pain in my hip but the problem might be in my shoulder.”