How Chiropractic Adjustments Can Prevent Sports Injuries

Chiropractic care is nothing new — it has been helping people manage pain and improve their overall wellness for many years. In fact, more than 35 million people go to a chiropractor every year to relieve the pain in their back, neck, shoulders, and head. 

What you might not realize, however, is that routine visits to your chiropractor can help you avoid injuries, especially if you’re an athlete.

Amateurs and pros, high school and college players, even weekend warriors come to see us here at Scott Wagner Integrated Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, for routine chiropractic care that gets them game-ready and keeps them off the sidelines. Here’s how it works. 

What to expect from a chiropractic adjustment 

When you come to us as a new patient, our team takes some time to get to know you and your physical condition and needs. Your first visit starts with a physical exam, and also includes questions about your medical history, lifestyle, and goals.

If you’re experiencing any type of pain or injury, we may order an imaging test, such as an X-ray, as well. 

During your treatment, you lie face down on a padded table. As you relax, we position you in such a way that we can apply pressure and then a sudden thrust with our hands that forces your spinal joints to exceed their typical range of motion. You might hear a cracking or popping sound as your joints realign. 

How chiropractic adjustment help athletes

If you’re an avid athlete, you’ve likely sustained at least one of the common aches, pains, and injuries that our chiropractic team treats regularly: conditions like back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and headaches. 

The same therapies that bring relief after you’ve been injured can actually help you prevent injuries in the first place. That’s because most injuries happen when your body is not in tip-top condition. That’s why you lift weights, run, and practice your sport, to strengthen your body’s natural support system. 

But you’re also susceptible to injury when your body is out of alignment. Regular adjustments ensure that your spine works smoothly so your training is more effective.

It’s been shown that athletes who receive routine chiropractic care have better hand-eye coordination and improve their performance by more than 6%. 

Furthermore, if you sustain an injury despite your preventive efforts, chiropractic care can speed up the healing process with massage, precise stretching, the breakdown of scar tissue, electrical muscle stimulation for released tension, and more.

When to get your chiropractic adjustment

Chiropractic therapies return your body to its optimal position so it can function at peak performance. But the process leaves some people feeling a bit fatigued for a day or two as their body makes the adjustment. 

That's why we recommend not scheduling your appointments right before a race, intense training session, or game. Keep in mind that it may take a few weeks and a series of sessions to realize the full benefits of your chiropractic adjustments. 

To learn more about preventive chiropractic care, call us today or request an appointment online, and let us help you get ready for a win.

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