Chiropractic care is a natural way to help your body recover from injuries or certain illnesses and diseases. For athletes, recovery from and prevention of sports-related injuries is crucial in helping them maintain their strength and performance.
We’ve already talked chiropractic care for athletes in How Chiropractic Care Can Help Athletes, and the benefits the athletes can gain, including:
- Keeping your body aligned
- Helping with form
- Treating tight muscles
- Improving your stretches
But what types of athletes benefit the most from recurring chiropractic care? While every athlete could benefit from a visit with a chiropractor — whether following an injury or as a preventative measure — there are certain athletes who should consider seeing a chiropractor if they don’t already.
In this first part of our two-part series, we go over some of the athletes that should schedule recurring chiropractic care if they’re not already. To book with one of our chiropractors at Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa, you can request an appointment online.
Athletes and Chiropractic Care
All athletes work hard to excel at their sport, and to ensure that their joints and muscles are strong and healthy. But there are some higher-impact sports that require more physical exertion and demand on their body, giving them a higher risk of sports-related injuries.
Today, we’re going to talk specifically about:
- Football players
- Baseball players
- Basketball players
- Tennis plays
Different sports require different amounts of demand and stress on your body, causing injuries or damage to your body that result in pain or a reduction in performance. This makes chiropractic care a powerful tool to help maintain or repair your joints and muscles.
It’s well known that football is a high-impact sport. In fact, 31% of NFL teams have a chiropractor on-staff so they can get alignments and injury assistance whenever they need them. While chiropractic care is a great preventative measure, it can also help with common football injuries or pains, including:
- Back and shoulder pain
- Knee and ankle injuries
- Headaches from neck or head injuries
If you play football, your chiropractor can also work with you to help increase your endurance and stamina so you can boost your performance on the field.
Whether you play football professionally or as a hobby, make sure you’re routinely visiting a chiropractor to keep your body strong and help manage any injuries or sports-related pain.
In baseball, players need to be fast, powerful, hard hitters, top fielders, and have a strong throw. But when your joints and muscles are used in that demanding capacity, injuries can occur.
Through regular chiropractic care, baseball players can work on improving muscle strength, range of motion, flexibility, and long-distance jumping and running. On top of that, chiropractors can help with common baseball injuries including:
- Stress fractures
- Knee pain
- Rotator cuff pain
- Shoulder tendonitis
- Herniated discs
- Muscle spasms
When you meet with a chiropractor, they will go over your injury history and develop a plan of prevention and relief, depending on your specific needs.
Basketball is another high-impact sport that can cause injuries to your joints and muscles, including:
- Knee problems
- Back injuries
- Wrist or hand problems
- Ankle sprains and injury
- Hip or thigh injuries
- Foot and leg injuries
With those types of injuries, chiropractic care can help adjust and relieve those areas. Like with other athletes, preventative chiropractic care is another important measure. On top of that, a regular visit with a chiropractor can help basketball players boost their speed, flexibility, strength, and range of motion while also reducing their chances of causing further damage.
Swimmers spend all of their time in a pool, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get injured. In fact, swimming requires a lot of physical demand and can cause certain injuries, like:
- Back problems
- Muscle damage
- Shoulder pain, or swimmer’s shoulder
- Joint damage
- Ligament damage
- Tendon damage
For swimmers, these injuries are caused by the repetitive motions of swimming which can cause misalignments. But during your visit with a chiropractor, they can help with those misalignments and also determine other factors that might be contributing to your pain.
However, chiropractic care can also help prevent future injuries by strengthening your joints and muscles. You can also ask your chiropractor to assess the form of your stroke to ensure you’re not further damaging your muscles and joints.
Playing tennis requires you to be fast, nimble, and to have a powerful swing. But the demands of tennis can also cause something called tennis elbow, along with other injuries.
Tennis elbow is something that is caused by the repetitive motion of tennis and causes pain, tenderness, burning, and weakness in the elbow and your grip. But a chiropractor can help relieve those symptoms and provide you with practices — like wrist stretches, extensions, strengthening, and grip — that can help strengthen your elbow and improve tennis elbow. From there, your chiropractor can work with you to find ways to prevent future elbow problems and strengthen the muscles and joints that matter.
Trust Your Peoria Chiropractor
There are many different types of athletes whose sport is physically demanding in different ways. But some of the athletes we talked about in this post are involved in high-impact sports or the repetitive motion of those sports puts them at risk of developing muscle and joint injuries.
Watch for our second part in which we will talk about other athletes who could benefit from chiropractic care, including:
- Soccer players
- And other athletes
If you’re an athlete who needs to find a chiropractor in Peoria, schedule an appointment at Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria today. Our blog is also a great source for more information about chiropractic care and the different aspects of your life chiropractic adjustments can impact. Take a look: