When you're regularly participating in sports, chances are you will be all too familiar with injuries. The very nature of sports requires us to push our bodies to the limit in order to achieve our very best performance. However, sometimes we push our bodies to the breaking point. If this happens, we can experience anything from a minor injury that resolves itself within a few days to a more serious trauma that requires a professional to help resolve it. Getting the right treatment is essential to have a fast recovery and get back to your usual activity and continue to do well. However, this isn’t the only type of recovery that is important.
Athletic recovery is a term used by athletes to describe the physical and psychological processes that enable them to reset their bodies so that they can train again shortly after a sports session. As we know, athletes tend to push their bodies to their maximum capabilities when they train in order to produce the best results – whether that is the highest or furthest jump, the fastest time, the most points scored, etc. Athletic recovery is becoming increasingly important to high-performing athletes who want to overcome fatigue and enhance their performance each and every time.
Chiropractic care is a whole-body approach to health. It centers around the musculoskeletal system, which is the main structure that is affected by movement and comprises the spinal cord, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and more. All of these are interconnected, meaning that if one area is adversely affected, such as by injury, then others may follow. Chiropractic care seeks to restore complete balance to the body by alleviating stress placed on the nervous system. As a result, patients can enjoy the ease of movement, improved health, and better quality of life.
Regular chiropractic visits to align the spine and balance the musculoskeletal system has a number of benefits for athletes. These include boosting athletic recovery, which is made possible because:
Chiropractic care increases the rate of healing, which is expedited due to the increased circulation of oxygenated blood around the body created by bringing the musculoskeletal system back into alignment.
Chiropractic care increases joint strength which can increase the rate of recovery and improve athletic performance. It can also reduce the risk of future injury.
Chiropractic care helps to naturally reduce chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can limit mobility and make joints stiff and painful. By addressing this issue, athletes can enjoy a full range of motion in their sporting activities.
Chiropractic care helps to alleviate chronic pain without the need for medication.
Chiropractors don’t only perform chiropractic adjustments. They can also provide valuable information about diet and nutrition, physical therapy exercises you can perform at home, and other holistic approaches to whole-body health and wellbeing. All of which can also aid athletic recovery.
For more information about how chiropractic care can help with athletic recovery, please contact our office in Nashville, TN where our team will be happy to help