Achieve Optimal Performance With Chiropractic Care
Stiff. Achy. Sore.
These are just some of the ways my patients describe their ailments. Whether it’s something that’s been bothering them for days or years, they’re all striving for the same goal… relief!
So what’s going on? Why does your back hurt? Why do your legs hurt?
Before I explain why you may experience some of these aches and pains, you need to understand how structure and function relate to each other.
Your body is built in a way that relies on proper structural alignment. If a vertebral segment is slightly misaligned or is lacking proper motion in any of it joints, the segments above or below it may need to compensate for the loss of function.
The joints and muscles in your hips and legs can begin to overcompensate for the lack of movement in your back which can cause an increase in discomfort in the hips, knees, ankles and feet. When joints are overworked, inflammation can be a resulting consequence.
If the wheels on your car are out of alignment, your tires will wear unevenly and quicker than they would have if you had them properly aligned at the auto shop. This is one reason you have your wheels checked for alignment, to prolong the life of your tires (So I’m told… I don’t moonlight as a mechanic).
Similarly, if your vertebrae are not moving the way they’re supposed to or are out of alignment, this can cause premature degeneration of your discs and joints. Having your back checked for misalignments can help prevent this. This is why chiropractors are important to your overall health as well as to your ability to continue training at an optimal level.
Why Do Misalignments Hurt?
If a misalignment is the issue, this can put unnecessary tension or pressure on a nerve and cause irritation which can manifest in pain and a variety of other less obvious symptoms. Your body relies on proper motion to keep joint fluids and discs healthy.
When motion is absent, waste products and inflammation build up and nutrients can no longer reach the disc or joint. The accumulation of inflammation can place pressure on the surrounding nerves. Pressure equal to the weight of a nickel is enough to irritate a nerve causing dysfunction.
Chiropractors are the only people who are trained to detect and correct misalignments within the spine and extremities. To correct misalignments or lack of motion in a specific segment, chiropractors use adjustments.
Adjustments are a safe, easy and comfortable way to correct the misalignment and induce proper movement of a vertebral joint. Adjustments involve a firm contact on a joint by the chiropractor followed by a quick gentle force to induce motion of that joint and correct the misalignment.
Correcting these misalignments can lead to an increase in range of motion and less pain. This can lead to an increase in athletic performance by allowing for a less restricted running gait and quicker recovery times.
Taking care of your body through proper strengthening and stretching, nutrition, cardiovascular exercise, maintaining proper alignment through chiropractic treatment and proper management of soft tissue ailments are important to achieve optimal performance.
Our health is important! It’s time we start maintaining our bodies as well as we maintain our cars.
“I would estimate that at least 90% of world class athletes use Chiropractic on a regular basis to prevent injuries and to improve their performance.” -Sean Atkins, Ph.D. Exercise Physiologist