Many athletes swear by regular chiropractic adjustment, not only because it’s a boon for sore bodies, but also because of the benefits it offers in terms of increased performance. Chiropractic can help to increase range of motion, flexibility, balance, coordination, and even reaction times and speed. It can help keep joints healthy, and improve the condition of the entire musculoskeletal system. You probably don’t need the flexibility of a gymnast or the range of motion of a star athlete, but everyone could stand to be a little more flexible, with healthier joints, particularly as we age.
Why is flexibility important? Poor flexibility has a negative impact on your strength and endurance. If you’re injured and you heal without good flexibility, your chance of re-injuring yourself is increased. Knowing that, we should always be working toward better flexibility.
So how do you do that? A good exercise program is one part of the equation. Flexibility elongates your soft tissues, through the motion of your joints, and stretching these tissues can help alleviate aches and pains. Chiropractic adjustment is another factor, realigning the bones and joints, effectively reducing pain, restoring range of motion, and improving flexibility. Along with manual adjustment, chiropractors use other techniques, like ultrasound, trigger point therapy, and electrical stimulation to increase circulation and further improve function. In addition to helping improve your flexibility and coordination, your chiropractor can recommend exercises for you to do at home to continue this improvement.
Often, people stop exercising because they’re in pain. By addressing this pain, chiropractors can help people get moving again, which in turn will help prevent future aches, pains, and injuries! Because treatments like chiropractic work to improve the function of the whole body, rather than just focusing on pain relief, it helps get the body into better shape and decreases the chance of future injury. In fact, regular chiropractic treatment can be the key to eliminating back and joint pain, and keeping you active throughout the course of your life.
At our practice, we offer chiropractic as part of a holistic healing strategy that helps patients achieve optimal wellness. Working together with our patients, we devise a treatment plan that works with their lifestyle and is beneficial to the whole body. To learn more, or find out how we can help you live your best life, call today to schedule your free consultation.