Athletes Seek Chiropractic Care
Athletes at all levels today are exposed to an extremely competitive and challenging environment. More and more, those participating in a variety of sports are turning to chiropractic to support their musculoskeletal health. Professional athletes have recently been making headlines for visiting their chiropractors to keep them in the game.
For Athletes at All Levels
In the American Football’s National League, players have been seeking alternative practitioners on their own, leading many teams to secure the services of a chiropractor in-house to benefit their entire team. Sports teams are increasingly giving their players options to the more traditional medical model. Chiropractic takes a proactive approach to your health, rather than reacting only after the injury has occurred. After all, giving players options for better health will lead to more wins!
Investing in your health with chiropractic care can give several advantages:
- Heal an injury
- Prevent injuries from reoccurring
- Enhance your performance
Pain Management and Wellness Care
When your body is aligned properly, you may find that you perform at a higher level, giving an upper hand to professional players, Olympic athletes or simply those of us who might like to go jogging at the weekend.
We’re here for you whether you’re in pain or simply want to make sure your body is working at its highest possible function. We’ll help you stay active and pain-free, knowing you’re doing everything possible to maintain optimal health.
5 Ways to Use Chiropractic Care
You may have heard the old saying, “once you go to the chiropractor…” However, how long you choose to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you. Because there are five ways to benefit:
- Relief Care Many people begin here. Pain prompts them to begin chiropractic care. If you stop care as soon as you feel better, you’ll invite a relapse. Muscles and soft tissues do most of their healing after symptoms disappear.
- Corrective Care With the most obvious symptoms reduced, many of our patients opt to continue their care. This helps stabilize and strengthen their spine. Doing so helps promote lasting changes and helps avoid a relapse.
- Maintenance Care Like brushing or flossing your teeth, regular chiropractic care helps maintain your progress and avoid a relapse. Visit frequency is based on your age, condition and the stresses in your life.
- Preventative Care Periodic chiropractic checkups can help catch new problems early, as well as prevent new problems from occurring. This can minimize inconvenient flare-ups. Those who value their health often take this proactive approach.
- Wellness Care We experience life through our nervous system. That’s why optimizing our nervous system is the key to becoming all that we can be and living life to the fullest.
How far will you choose to take your chiropractic care?
Move It or Lose It!
How often has chronic joint pain and tightness kept you from doing the things you love? Mobility is key to being healthy and happy. So, let’s make sure we improve your range of motion so you can live life to the fullest.
Understanding Range of Motion
Range of motion is the mobility of the joints in your body, measured in degrees of a circle. If you’re healthy, joints maintain a normal range of motion that enables you to move freely, carry on day-to-day activities and simply enjoy life. Injury, obesity, incorrect posture, lack of movement, aging and spinal issues may impair your range of motion and flexibility.
Stay Active, Live Life!
Many people visit us with common problems like back pain, neck pain and joint pain. It is the purpose of regular chiropractic care to help maintain and retain your health, regardless of your age. Besides, normal range of motion is a must for any athletic performance!
Maintain Your Range
How can we maintain our ability to turn and bend as we were designed?
Stretching exercises. These movements can improve your range of motion and reduce pain. There are both active and passive range of motion exercises that work on strengthening your joints and muscles. We’ll show you, which is best for you.
Regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic care helps keep your neck, joints, and limbs mobile and flexible. We’ll work with you to restore your normal range of motion. Often, chronic ailments are healed while addressing pain issues because the normal range of motion is restored.
We’d love to help you and show you more ways you can live a longer, better life! Give us a call and let’s get started! (406) 969-2468
Are You Proactive or Reactive?
When it comes to your health, ask yourself this question:
“Am I proactive or reactive?”
Being reactive means taking action only when you’re in pain.
Being proactive means doing what it takes to maintain good health.
Being reactive means getting up off the couch because your family member or friend told you so.
Being proactive means getting up off the couch and being active because you want to and you know it is good for you!
Being reactive means grabbing the quickest source of sugary sweets to combat a stressful moment.
Being proactive means eating healthy food (including healthy fats) when you’re hungry and when you need it most to properly maintain healthy stress levels.
Reactive = Symptoms
Being reactive can often be tied to symptoms. When you experience pain, this symptom tells you that something’s wrong and needs to be corrected. Correcting the cause of the symptom takes a level of commitment and sacrifice.
It takes being proactive.
No matter where you are on the reactive/proactive spectrum, we are committed to helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Chiropractic For Better Golf?
It’s been called the “gentleman’s game,” but more and more women are joining in as well. Many schools and colleges have teams and it’s considered the perfect game for networking or negotiating important business deals.
We’re talking about golf, and golf courses are big business, from building them to maintaining them, as more and more players are getting into the game!
Can Chiropractic Improve Your Game?
- Many golfers suffer from chronic low back pain. Back pain responds exceptionally well to chiropractic adjustments, increasing mobility and range of motion.
- Chiropractic care aims to help improve posture and flexibility, two components of longer and more powerful drives.
- We become less flexible with age and immobility (working at a desk job, sitting in a car driving everyday) contributes to that as well. Swinging a golf club requires collaboration on the part of many joints from the feet up to the hands, including ankles, knees, hips, spine, elbows and wrists. Lack of flexibility contributes to many repetitive motion injuries in the joints. Chiropractic care attempts to address, correct and prevent joint injuries.
- When combined with stretching and corrective exercises, chiropractic care is a cost effective, all-natural way to improve mobility… which translates to consistency during the four – five hours it takes to play 18 holes.
Fancy new high-tech clubs, shoes with the right spikes and the latest golf attire do nothing to improve your game. However, increased flexibility and mobility can certainly improve your golf score. Just ask the pros – nearly 75% of them receive regular chiropractic care while on tour each year.
Jeffry H. Blanchard, golf professional and author of The Geometry of Golf stated, “The chiropractor is the perfect choice to evaluate, educate, treat, condition and train those who choose to play golf.”
Exercise: A Mood Changer
Ask a daily runner why she runs and you’re likely to hear, “It makes me feel good.” Those of us who aren’t fond of exercise of any type might find this really hard to understand. How can something that makes you sweat and pant actually make you feel good?
Can Exercise Affect Your Mood?
Simple answer – absolutely.
Let’s go back to our running example – some might say they run when they feel stressed out. Others might say they run after an argument with a spouse. Why do they say this? Because they feel different after a run. They may feel stronger, calmer or happier; many runners report that they experience a “runner’s high” that helps them to push past physical pain and limitations.
It’s a known fact that exercise releases certain chemicals in the brain, including endorphins and dopamine, which affect mood. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers – in fact endorphins are more powerful than morphine. They help an athlete to stay in the game and push past their pain after an injury.
The Benefits of Frequent Exercise
Some scientists claim that endorphins improve immune system function and lower blood pressure. They also have anti-aging effects because they attack superoxides, molecules that threaten living tissue and are responsible for illness and aging. They can also reduce anxiety and feelings of depression and raise self-esteem. Frequent exercise has a direct effect on endorphin release – the more you exercise, the more endorphins you produce each time you exercise!
Exercise also raises dopamine levels in the brain. Low dopamine levels cause you to feel mentally foggy and sluggish. Dopamine levels increase in response to a low or moderate amount of exercise. Dopamine can also help you to get a good night’s sleep unless you engage in too strenuous a workout, then it has the opposite effect of causing sleeplessness.
Add Chiropractic Care for Optimal Wellness
So aside from the major health benefits of exercise, including weight control and cardiovascular health, exercise also helps to boost your mood, increase pleasure and minimize pain. And when you add regular chiropractic care, adequate sleep and a healthy diet – you have all the makings of a lifestyle that supports optimal wellness and wellbeing!