Athletes and fitness-focused adults rely on their bodies for more than simply getting around. Peak performance is key in sport, and if the musculoskeletal system isn’t aligned properly, your body can’t reach its potential. As part of Altru Advanced Orthopedics’ comprehensive approach to care, our team of chiropractors help athletes and regular joes stay well balanced, aligned, pain-free and ready for the next challenge ahead.
If you are skeptical on how a chiropractor can help you stay in the game, here are five reasons why you should get to know a chiro:
A thorough assessment of an athlete’s musculoskeletal system can locate and fix weak links, making the body less prone to injury. If insufficiencies are found, a chiropractic adjustment can correct structural alignment and improve your body’s physical function. Regular chiropractic adjustments are recommended for athletes, especially those with past injuries.
2. Reach your potential.
The body exists in a constant state of adaptation and compensation. Visiting a chiropractor can help reduce stress from compromised areas and lead to increased performance. It’s important to utilize chiropractic care as a complement to a proper training program to ensure the best outcome. Sports Advantage powered by EXOS offers a team of experts who work closely with Altru’s chiropractors and orthopedic team to ensure athletes have the safest and most effective preparation for their sport.
3. Evaluate sport-specific positions.
Many positions and postures used in sports, such as throwing overhand or hitting a volleyball, are unnatural. Evaluation can reduce the possibility of injury in these positions. Altru’s chiropractors can hone in on the areas most susceptible to injury or over-use and ensure proper preventive care is provided. Dry needling might also be used to treat chronic or acute conditions. This advanced method utilizes acupuncture needles in areas of tight muscle tissue or knots to decrease pain and increase function associated with soft tissue dysfunction.
4. Open communication.
The body’s function is regulated by the nervous system. Sometimes, input from joints or tissues that are not aligned or working correctly can send mixed signals. Seeing a chiropractor can help the nervous system communicate with less interference.
5. Establish a relationship.
Get to know Dr. Howson and Dr. McIntyre. They can evaluate how an athlete’s body functions and ensure there is proper balance. In the event that an injury does occur, it is quicker and easier to get care started and recover faster.
Learn how Dr. Howson helped to provide chiropractic care to athletes at the 2016 U18 World Championship in Grand Forks:
To schedule an appointment at the Sanny & Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention & Genetics, call 701.732.7620.