Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially of the spine. The main treatment technique involves manual therapy – manipulation of the spine, soft tissues and other joints. Other treatment techniques include exercises, mindfullness and health and lifestyle counselling.
Chiropractic care is based on the notion that a properly functioning vertebral column and a proper nerve supply are essential to controlling and regulating the functioning of the human body.
The nervous system controls and regulates every activity in the body and is protected by the bones of the spinal column known as vertebrae. A spine that is in optimal position protects the nerves and allows for the exchange of information between the brain and other parts of the body. However the vertebral column is often exposed to stress which can cause them to become misaligned. These misalignments, which are known as subluxations, can adversely affect the nerves and weaken the structure of the spine. Vertebral subluxations can also result in soft tissue injuries, scar tissue formation and decreased muscle strength. In athletes, this means loss of work time which can inhibit progress over time.
Chiropractors can detect and correct subluxations by physically adjusting the spinal column. This re-establishes normal spinal mobility which maximizes the body’s performance and healing potential.
Chiropractic Care for Athletes
Postural strength and coordination help to prevent injury and improve sports performance. A chiropractor can facilitate an athlete’s performance by detecting and treating injuries. By working with coaches and other sports professionals, a chiropractor can offer regular check-ups to ensure that the athlete’s spine is balanced and free from subluxations and structural stress.
Today, many athletes – both world-class athletes and weekend warriors – are using chiropractic care to improve their health and sporting performance. Statistics show that about 90% of world-class athletes use chiropractic care to improve their overall performance.
How Chiropractic Adjustments Improve Reaction Times
Mental processing is an essential part of athletic performance as it helps you to make the right decision in a split second. Studies show that chiropractic therapy can increase your brain’s processing speed which in turn improves reaction time.
The New Zealand College of Chiropractic conducted a study to evaluate the effects of chiropractic adjustments on reaction time. The study was conducted on two groups – one group received upper cervical toggle adjustment while the other group received a short period of rest. The group that received the toggle adjustment showed a decreased reaction time of 97 milliseconds (14.8% quicker reaction time). The other group showed a decreased reaction time of 58 milliseconds (8% quicker reaction time).
The ability to react quickly to a stimulus can not only enhance the performance of athletes but also help you react faster to different life situations.
Chiropractic care can help you increase your overall athletic performance. If you’re looking to integrate chiropractic adjustments into your training regimen, call (02) 6331 1004 to schedule an appointment with a Bathurst chiropractor.