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THE RIDGE

ATHLETES

Weightlifting, exercise

THE IMPORTANCE OF CHIROPRACTIC IN SPORTS

There is a wild misperception that chiropractic is just for "cracking" your back or neck to help with pain.

While what we do certainly can help alleviate pain and discomfort, that's not all!

As neurologically-based chiropractors, our true passion is helping you from the inside-out by optimizing your nervous system function! We're able to achieve this through adjustments along the neck and spine (your neck and spine house your spinal cord. The spinal cord is the communicative highway between your brain and body, body and brain) which clear the way for clear neurological communication. When there is interference, that communication can be hindered, even halted. This doesn't translate well for you being able to perform at your best.

It doesn't stop there, though: beyond the spine and neck, Dr. Allen is extensively trained in extremity adjusments! Got a "sticky" wrist or "bum" knee? Let's get that checked out!

FUN FACTS:

  • All 32 NFL teams  have a Doctor of Chiropractic on staff.

  • 72% of PGA golfers on tour receive chiropractic care

  • All MLB teams have a DC on staff

  • There are 30 chiropractic sport physicians that care for Team USA during the Olympic Games

    • There are an additional 40 DCs onsite to treat Team USA and others from around the world!

 

So why chiropractic?

What have professional athletic teams figured out for the importance of having a chiropractor on staff?

THE NUMBER 1 REASON: Injury prevention

The number one cause for athlete (or, let's be real, anyone's) injury is physical compensation.

 

Let’s say you sprained your ankle during practice. Not that bad of a sprain, maybe just a little uncomfortable to put full weight on. Perhaps when you walk, you develop a slight limp or perhaps even find the need to use crutches. You find the need to compensate to avoid discomfort on your injured side, placing the majority of effort or strain on your uninjured side. This uneven distribution can create more issues for you with that imbalance--developing strain on the  compensating joints or muscles.

 

When we assess an athlete, we want to know all about your game: what sport or events you're involved in, details on your training (how often or rigorous the training sessions), if you're experiencing any pain and, if so, where... all of it.

We dig deep. With a full scope of your activity, we can assess movement patterns and, through these patterns, we can see where compensations are most likely to occur, where your stronger muscle groups are, weaker muscle groups, etc.

With this informed information, we can create a game plan for your healing and optimal performance!

 

ANOTHER BIG REASON for chiropractic care on your team is to support your physiology through bodily development and change! Especially relevant for young and developing athletes, growth spurts, hormonal changes, etc can present a challenge to your game!

 

We have all probably seen that one kid who went through a huge growth spurt and he just seems a little more clumsy out on the court right? That’s because the biomechanics that he was used to before have changed. He has to relearn how to walk, run, jump, grab, throw, shoot, etc. and in relearning how to do all of those things, there will most likely some sort of natural compensations that occur: in his gait, throwing, jumping/landing.

Remember, if the body is compensating it is more likely to be injured. If that youth is also weightlifting and hasn’t been coached through proper form and mechanics of the lift, they are also more likely to modify and compensate which will lead to improper muscle pattern formation and again, injury.

When it comes to athletics and physical goals, we're your biggest fans! As a former high school, college, (and of late, maybe more dad-bod-style) athlete Dr. Allen wants to be on your team. Chiropractic care is a huge asset for anyone looking to crush some physical goals or improve their athletic game!

 

COME IN!

Let's get your nervous system checked, work up your custom plan and make sure you're ready to bring your "A" GAME.

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