When people are seeking chiropractic care, one of the most common problems they are coming in for is low back pain.
What do Donavon Bailey, Joe Montana, Dan O’Brien, Mark McGwire, Michael Jordan, Steve Smith and Tiger Woods all have in common?
They all receive regular chiropractic adjustments to improve their health and overall athletes performance.
People who have never been treated by a chiropractor might wonder how a chiropractic adjustment improves athletes performance. Most people know that chiropractors are great at helping people recover from injuries, but there is an aspect to chiropractic care that affects much more than just musculoskeletal injuries.
Chiropractic adjustments help to improve the overall function of the nervous system, which improves the communication between the brain and the body. When just a fraction of a second means the difference between gold and silver, many of today’s top athletes are adjusted regularly during training and before each event.
After the “controversy” of the 1996 Olympics regarding who was really the fastest man in the world, a race was held at the Sky Dome in Toronto between Donavon Bailey and Michael Smith to settle the score. Just before lining up at the starting blocks, Donovan Bailey was adjusted on television by his chiropractor. Donovan Bailey won as Michael Smith “experienced a hamstring injury”. Could it be due to the chiropractic adjustment Donovan Bailey was given before the race?
How do chiropractic adjustments help to improve athletes performance? The answer lies in the nervous system. In our bodies, the brain controls everything that we do and is regulated by nerve impulses that are sent from the brain out to the body through our nerves. The vertebrae protect the spine and allow our bodies to move, but they can become fixed.
The chiropractic term is subluxated and these subluxated vertebrae can cause inflammation which in turn puts pressure on the nerves as they exit the joint complex. This added pressure on the nerves can restrict the impulses that are sent from the brain to the body. This in turn can reduce the body’s ability to function at its best, thereby reducing the quality of athletes performance. Chiropractic adjustments improve the movement of the vertebrae and help to take the pressure off the nerves as they exit from the spine. With the release in pressure on the nervous system the brain is able to communicate with the body more efficiently, leaving the body to function with more precision.
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