As a college wrestler, I didn't understand what was taking place on my body during our long grueling seasons. Early in my career I was noticing my body getting physically burnt out as the season progressed. It wasn't until my parents encouraged me to see a chiropractor that it all changed. I compared the chiropractic adjustment to hitting the reset button on my body. After a long week of intense practices, I would go to my chiropractor and walk out feeling like a new man. At the time I didn't completely comprehend what was taking place during the adjustments, I just knew I felt great and was ready to perform at my best over the weekend. It wasn't just a physical edge, but a mental edge as well. Whether athletes want to admit it or not, the smallest aches and pains can get in your head during competition. If you don't trust your body to perform at it's best, you begin to lose confidence. That's a huge mental burden, especially at the highest level where the slightest margin separates the average athletes from the elite athletes.
Getting regular chiropractic adjustments allows our nervous system to function properly without interference. Even a minor misalignment or restriction in the spine can cause interference with the messages being sent through our nervous system. Since proper nerve impulses control and direct things like balance, strength, coordination and speed, the effects on an athlete's performance can be significant. Only when your brain and nervous system are able to effectively and freely communicate with the rest of the body, can athletes reach their full potential. This also plays a critical role in speeding up recovery from injuries. As we all know, sports can be very hard on our bodies and injuries are a part of it. It is important at all ages, but especially at a young age as you're still growing, to heal properly and quickly from injuries. Chiropractic care can help speed up the recovery as well as allow your body to heal properly from injuries ranging from ankle sprains, separated shoulders, low back pain, and any other soft tissue or joint problem.
Athletes have been benefiting from chiropractic care for many years, however it is only recently that it seems to be getting a lot of attention as virtually every professional sports team has a chiropractor. Even individual athletes are publicly praising chiropractic for their success as you can see in the links I've attached below. I always enjoy treating athletes as they are very in-tune to their bodies and understand how proper training, nutrition and recovery are all key to being successful. See your chiropractor today and find out how you can get the EDGE on the competition!
Dr. Andy Johnson