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Here are five important reasons why chiropractic treatment is essential for athletes:

1) Chiropractic treatment improves range of motion.

One of the benefits of regular chiropractic care is improved range of motion. Because athletes put a lot of strain and stress on their bodies, strenuous physical activities can cause issues with spinal alignment and movement. It is not uncommon for an athlete to end up with stiffness and sore joints. This can limit their range of motion, thereby inhibiting their overall performance.

2) Chiropractic treatment gives athletes a shortened healing time.

Athletes can suffer from a wide variety of injuries, muscle, tendon and ligament strains, tears, aches and pains. These injuries can often lead to soft tissue damage that can take weeks or even months to heal. As the body heals, it creates scar tissue over the injured area. Scar tissue can reduce flexibility and strength, as well as muscle pain and joint stiffness.

Chiropractic care not only reduces the pain associated with recovery from injury, but helps the body recover faster. Soft tissue adjustments and manipulation can help break up scar tissue to increase flexibility, elasticity, and strength throughout recovery.

3) Fewer prescription drugs are needed.

While aches and pains can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers, cortisone injections, and other medications that provide short-term relief, chiropractic care offers athletes a drug-free alternative that can reduce , or even eliminate the pain. It also means that they will not be subject to possible harmful side effects or addictions that usually come from using prescription drugs.

4) Chiropractic treatment offers a non-invasive treatment option.

Chiropractic care is non-invasive and can relieve injuries throughout the body, not just neck and back injuries. It may even serve as a viable alternative to invasive procedures such as surgeries that would keep athletes out for a long recovery period. Additional treatment methods, such as Electrical Muscle Stimulation, Low Intensity Light Therapy, Graston Technique, and Active Release Technique, can be used to treat athletes with various injuries.

5) Increase reaction times.

A research study from the New Zealand School of Chiropractic and the University of Auckland investigated the effects that a chiropractic adjustment can have on reaction times. Two groups were tested to study differences in reaction times: one group received spinal adjustments, while the other group, receiving only a short rest period, acted as a control group for comparison. The group that only got a rest period showed an average decrease in reaction time: 58 milliseconds, an 8% faster reaction time. The group that received the chiropractic adjustment showed a decrease in reaction time of 97 milliseconds, which is a 14.8% faster reaction time.

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Dr. Wayne M. Fichter Jr. is a chiropractor at Natural Spine Solutions. The company is located at 3913 Schreiber Way in Coeur d’Alene. For more information, please contact us at 208-966-4425.

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