Chiropractic Benefits For Athletes
Chiropractic is steadily becoming a prominent figure in the sports medicine arena. Chiropractic can be of enormous benefit in not only treating and preventing sports related injuries, but also improving and enhancing athletic performance. At Cornerstone Chiropractic of Hortonville LLC, we strongly believe that the function of an athlete closely follows their structure. If the structure of an athlete is impaired, then their function will be decreased as well. All athletes can benefit from a balanced spine and a healthier nervous system. Understanding the biomechanical principles involved with athletics allows us to help in the possible prevention of injuries as well as restore functional integrity and stability.
The nervous system controls every activity in the body by sending and receiving nerve messages and is protected by the bones of the spine called vertebrae. When the spine is in its optimal structural position, the nerves are protected and optimal communication exists between the Central Nervous System and the rest of the body. The vertebrae of the spine are susceptible to certain stresses and forces, which can cause them to lose their proper position. These minor misalignments of the spine, which are known as vertebral subluxations, can cause nerve interference and weaken the entire structure of the spine. Athletic training and competition can often jar and misalign the spinal column due to the fact that the spine is at the center of the body. Impact to the legs, feet, hands, shoulders, and torso often radiates to the spine.
Doctors of Chiropractic detect and correct these vertebral subluxations by adjusting the spine. This restores the spine and nervous system to a more optimal level of function, which maximizes the body’s performance and healing potential.
Anyone who engages in athletics can benefit from regular Chiropractic care to ensure that their spine is balanced and free from structural stress and vertebral subluxations. When the spinal column is brought into balance and alignment, the body’s nervous system and body biomechanics (posture) are maximized.
Chiropractic’s focus on the nervous system and postural biomechanics allow the body to function properly and heal itself. The healing process always occurs from within the body, but research has shown that Chiropractic has an amazing potential to assist the body in the recovery process.
Most sports related injuries involve, to some degree, stress to the spine which can lead to vertebral subluxation as well as stress to the joints of the body. If left untreated, these stresses can lead to less thorough and slower recovery time. Schedule an appointment today at Cornerstone Chiropractic of Hortonville so that we may help your student athletes maintain optimum function and performance. Allow us to keep your student athlete one step ahead of the competition!
“The quality of healing is directly proportional to the functional capability of the nervous system to send and receive nerve messages.”
Edwards, J. PhD. Journal of Neurological Science. August 1994, Page
“I have to have my 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 chiropractors to get that extra edge.”
Evander Holyfield, Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
“You obviously cannot compete at your fullest if you are not in alignment and your body cannot heal itself properly if your spine is not in alignment. Chiropractic is essential for running. If I could put a percentage value on it, I would say that I compete 8-10% better from regular Chiropractic care.”
Dan O’Brien, Olympic Decathlete
“I definitely try to get on a basis where I use Chiropractic at least twice a week. I would definitely say that it helps me to perform at a higher level.”
Emmitt Smith, Former Pro-Bowl Running Back For The Dallas Cowboys
18,355 Career Rushing Yards In The NFL
31 percent of NFL teams use Chiropractors in an official capacity as part of their staffs and a full 77 percent of the trainers have referred to a Chiropractor for evaluation and treatment. A survey of certified NFL trainers revealed that 100 percent of them agree that players will use Chiropractic care without referral from the team medical staff.
Stump, J, DC. Redwood, D, DC. JMPT. March/April 2002, Volume 25 – Number 3
Dr. Eric Clausen was a three-sport athlete throughout his four years at Shiocton High School where he participated in Football, Wrestling, and Baseball. He went on to play college football at UW-River Falls before transferring to UW-Oshkosh where he wrestled for three years. In addition to being a chiropractor, Dr. Clausen has also been the head wrestling coach at Shiocton High School for the past 15 years. Dr. Clausen was also an assistant football coach at Shiocton High School for two years earlier in his coaching career before taking on the head coaching position for wrestling. His extensive background in athletics allows Dr. Clausen to provide the best Chiropractic care for athletes of all ages.