You don’t need to be a pro athlete to have a desire to perform your best, but the link between Chiropractic and performance was discovered by some of the most popular athletes in the world. The difference between winning and losing is often razor thin, and athletes are always on the lookout for anything that can help them perform their best. What used to be a “secret” of athletes like Babe Ruth over 60 years ago has now become the standard for nearly every professional sports team. Chiropractic care is a crucial part of the team, helping athletes stay in the game and perform their best.
Why it Matters:
Performing your best starts with feeling good. Simply put, you can’t perform your best in pain, and Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to help reduce discomfort. Over the past ten years, researchers have seen some exciting benefits of Chiropractic care, including the potential for improved strength and balance. Recent studies have started to examine how Chiropractic adjustments can positively impact the central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord). Researchers refer to these as changes in cortical drive and biochemical markers – we call it awesome!
- Nearly every major professional sports team has a Chiropractor on staff to help the athletes achieve their best performance.
- Strength (or cortical drive) has been shown to increase for a short time following a Chiropractic adjustment.
- The chemistry of the brain, or biochemical markers (such as oxytocin and neurotensin) can change as a result of an adjustment.
Part of performing at your best is having an excellent healthcare team behind you. With Chiropractic as part of your life, you’ve taken a significant first step, but sometimes finding great medical doctors can be tough. As you put together your all-star team, don’t hesitate to ask us if you’re looking for a referral. We’re proud to work with the best healthcare providers in the area and would love to direct you to someone who can help keep you performing your best.
The effects of a single session of spinal manipulation on strength and cortical drive in athletes. European journal of Applied Physiology. 2018
Changes in biochemical markers following spinal manipulation-a systematic review and meta-analysis. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. 2017