Everybody knows that professional athletes are treated well behind the scenes, at least in most professional sports leagues. That’s because these athletes are a serious investment for the cities and clubs who bring them on. Individual contracts are often worth millions of dollars, and severe injuries can be devastating not only to the players themselves, but to their organizations as well. That’s why teams do everything they can to keep their players healthy and performing at the highest level.
There obviously doctors and personal trainers on-staff to treat injuries when they happen and keep athletes loose. Massage therapists are standard, as are perks such as jacuzzis and steam rooms for relaxation.
And there’s another key player, one of the most important in terms of athletic performance: the team chiropractor.
If you look at professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey teams, you’ll find that the vast majority keep at least one chiropractor on staff at all times. High-level performers in individual sports, such as tennis and golf, also have close relationships with chiropractors.
Why is this? Is it because chiropractic treatments “feel nice” after a tough game or match, like hot tub jets or a Swedish massage? Or is it because they serve a deeper purpose in terms of health, wellness and athletic performance? By looking at the actual practice of chiropractics and what it does, we may be able to find the answer.
Chiropractic treatment aims to correct spinal imbalances which, left untreated, can result in wide-ranging symptoms, including:
Limited range of motion
Stiffness and soreness
Musculoskeletal disorders that significantly impair performance
While medical research is still catching up to the true value of chiropractics, professional athletic teams understand the benefits very well. When the spine is jarred out of alignment, whether from digging a golf club into the ground or taking a hard hit on the football field, a domino effect can occur. The athlete may not even notice the problem right away, but the spinal misalignment begins to create subtle nervous effects and disorders, affecting health and performance. The longer these spinal imbalances are allowed to go on, the more elaborate the side effects become.
Chiropractic care has also been known to deliver the following benefits to pro athletes:
- Decreased intensity and frequency of headaches
- A general decrease in neck and shoulder pain common to high level performers
- Fewer injuries the ankles and other key joints
- Faster and more complete recovery from injuries
- Enhanced feelings of optimum wellness and performance
Why chiropractics is for everybody — not just pro athletes
Many of the finest pro athletes are convinced that chiropractic care is pivotal to their success. Golf prodigy Jordan Spieth, in his first major title win, went out of his way to thank his chiropractor personally in his victory speech. And there are many other examples.
But the truly amazing thing about chiropractic care is that it holds the same promise for virtually everyone. Whether you’re a pro athlete, a casual sports enthusiast, or simply someone with a stressful job or home life, visiting a qualified chiropractor can correct imbalances in your spinal column which build up over time and lead an array of health problems. It’s a natural, drug-free, and non-invasive way to boost health and wellness, both on the field and in daily life.