There are a lot of great things about sports. Your teammates, competition, learning discipline, the satisfaction and fun of achieving your goals and winning… and so much more.
Sports and chiropractic care go hand-in-hand. All the NFL teams keep chiropractors on staff. The PGA tour makes sure chiropractors are available for their players at all tournaments. Many top athletes see their own personal chiropractors on a regular basis all year round.
When it comes to sports, there are several key ways chiropractic care can help. First, chiropractic care can help you recover from injuries faster. Second, chiropractic adjustments can keep your nervous system in peak condition, giving you a competitive edge.
Sports, especially contact sports, will often result in subluxations (misalignments) to the spine, and unfortunately, there will be the occasional injury. Dr. Gary Olson works with athletes on a regular basis correcting the subluxations to the vertebrae in their spines so the athletes maintain full function and range of motion.
Some injuries will require more than chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Gary Olson will use Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) to treat soft tissues injuries, helping to speed their recovery. Additionally, Dr. Gary Olson offers physical therapy, acupuncture, and other treatments to help athletes fully recover and get back in the game.
One of the key reasons why athletes seek regular chiropractic care — even when they aren't injured — is to keep their nervous systems functioning at their very best. Your nervous system is a 2-way communication system letting your brain know what your body is doing, and responding with the proper action needed to complete any task. If you take a second to think about it, you will realize how important this is. Without input from your brain through your nervous system, your muscles will not respond. The nerves coming from your brain and branching out throughout your body control every muscle and organ in your body — involuntary and voluntary. When there is poor communication between your body and your brain you will not perform as well.
Here are some of the reasons an athlete should have chiropractic care.
Tom Brady, the quarterback for the New England Patriots, uses chiropractic care on a regular basis. He is playing at the highest levels in the game at an age where most players have already retired.
Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, used chiropractic care to help improve his game. He said, "Since I've been in chiropractic, I've improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically."
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was Mr. Universe and a 7-time Mr. Olympia, said, "Bodybuilders and fitness people have been using chiropractic very extensively in order to stay healthy and fit. I found it was better to go to a chiropractor before you get injured. We are a perfect team — the world of fitness and the world of chiropractors." In fact, one of Arnold's competitors and training partners, Franco Columbu, a powerlifting and bodybuilding champion, is a chiropractor.
Tiger Woods, who brought excitement to the world of golf when he came on the scene, has regular chiropractic adjustments. Tiger says, "I've been going to chiropractic for as long as I can remember. It's as important to my training as practicing my swing."
Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or play on a school team or league, chiropractic care can help you to perform at your best. Contact Dr. Gary Olson for an appointment at 631.462.0917 or use our convenient form. If you or anyone you know can benefit from improved performance in their daily activities, please recommend this article to them.
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