Fall is the time of year when many student-athletes begin engaging in competitive sports. Training, practice, and a grueling game schedule all take a toll on a young person’s body, and these activities can quite commonly lead to injury, and pain. Unfortunately, too many coaches, trainers, and physicians only prescribe treatments that cover up the symptoms, often making the condition worse over the long term.
All pain in the body is the result of some form of nerve damage or impingement and the constant pounding an athlete’s body receives is a prime source of joints and muscles becoming misaligned and placing pressure on the nerves. The most common treatment for pain is some form of drug therapy that masks the symptoms and can often lead to addiction. This is where seeing a chiropractor doctor can have an advantage over more standard medical treatment. Here are four ways young athletes benefit from chiropractic care:
Unlike pain medications and surgery, treatment from a trained chiropractor doctor is non-invasive. Chiropractic care is designed to help the body heal itself by returning the joints and soft tissues to the anatomically correct position. Because chiropractic care does not place any new stresses on the body, recovery time for chiropractic care is nonexistent and the body can begin to heal itself immediately after treatment.
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Ongoing care from a skilled chiropractic provider can help to reduce, sometimes even eliminate, injuries by keeping the joints and soft tissues in proper alignment. Additionally, keeping the joints and muscles in proper alignment allows athletes to get the most from their training sessions.
Chiropractic care increases flexibility and the body’s range of motion to help athletes perform at peak efficiency with a greatly reduce risk of injury. Care from a chiropractic provider improves “muscle memory.” While muscles do not have a “memory,” muscle memory refers to how the contention between the brain and muscles strengthen to perform a particular movement. When the body is functioning optimally, this connection occurs more rapidly.
Whether a young athlete is suffering from the effects of a new or old injury, the pain will prevent a good night’s sleep. Often, the patient becomes so accustomed to living with minor pain that the discomfort may become almost imperceptible. Still, a nagging injury can keep a person from sleeping soundly, tossing and turning throughout the night. Chiropractors can help improve symptoms of sleep disorders.
All our staff at Pure Family Chiropractic knows how important it is for young athletes to be at the top of their game. Give our office a call to see what chiropractic adjustments can do to both eliminate pain from injuries, help prevent future injuries, and improve your game.