Sports are a great way to maintain health and grow mental fortitude. You learn how to move physically and glean new ways to do it. You learn to push not only your body but also your mind to reach new heights. But as you engage in sports, the chances of getting injuries are quite high. It is especially the case with contact sports or sports that demand a lot from you physically.
You may have to stop playing for extended periods when you get an injury. Injuries take time to heal, especially if you get them while pushing limits. You should be able to push yourself without worrying about injuries. However, it is usually not the case. Fortunately, you can prepare and work to make the chance of an injury less likely. You can do this through chiropractic treatment.
For the past few decades, athletes have been utilizing chiropractic care in recovery and training. They recognize the modality's efficacy so much that there are chiropractors in most Olympic teams. Here is how chiropractic treatment helps prevent injuries:
Addresses Spinal Misalignment
The spine is a critical part of the way your body works. It has three main functions:
Protect internal organs and nerves.
Provide structural support.
When your spine is misaligned, it prevents the full effective functionality of the organ. You will not only start performing poorly in the field, but you are also more likely to get an injury.
Realigning your spine can ensure that your body is working better. You can be sure that your movements will not lead to any injury. Realignment leads to a more relaxed spine, more flexibility, better energy flow, and better reflexes.
Improves Range of Motion
When your joints and spine are not well aligned or working correctly, your movements will be affected. You will find you can only move half as well as you would normally. When you visit a chiropractor, they will thoroughly assess your spine and joint health.
Once they identify all the affected joints, they will develop a plan. Adjustments and manipulation will improve the range of motion in all your affected joints. It will ensure that you can move more comfortably. You will be less likely to get injured while running or jumping.
Spinal manipulations and joint adjustments do more than restore your joint function. They also improve other aspects, such as blood flow and nerve function. These two aspects help boost the levels of energy in your body.
Better blood flow ensures your joints and muscles receive the proper nutrition. The improved nerve function will lead to quicker reflexes and impulses when playing. All of these will work to reduce the chances of incurring an injury.
A chiropractic treatment will leave your body more flexible than before. Because it involves pushing your joints beyond their usual limits, you will find you are more flexible. Flexibility means that if you fall or need to push yourself, your body will take the forces more easily.
For more on preventing sports injuries with chiropractic treatment, visit Structural Chiropractic at our office in Oakland, California. Call (510) 253-2600 to book an appointment today.