Serious about weight training? Why you need a good Chiropractor:
We all know that when it comes to weight training there isn’t one secret to the perfect body. The secret is doing many little things right that allow you to thrive. It’s called the slight edge principle. Having a chiropractor in your back pocket during your training is one key element to your success. Below is a snapshot of what a chiropractor can do for you.
Doctors of Chiropractic are experts at diagnosing and treating neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) injuries (joint pain, sprains/strains, nerve pain) without surgery, injections or drugs. They have the ability to order x-rays and MRIs when indicated to determine the exact cause of the injury. Start with the most conservative treatment option first.
Chiropractors are experts at correcting biomechanical dysfunction through spinal manipulations. Joint dysfunction can cause a lack of range of motion, pain, weakness and vulnerability to injury. Avoiding this can have profound effects on your ability to train. Scientific research has shown spinal adjustments to be very safe and effective.
Muscle dysfunction means that muscle tissue becomes damaged; scar tissue develops to heal the area, leaving the muscle imbalanced, staying in a shortened state, hence weak and deconditioned. Adhesions and scar tissue within the muscle and fascia are best addressed by Active Release Technique (ART), massage therapy and/or other similar myofascial techniques.
Sharp shooting pain is often a sign of nerve encroachment/impingement. This can cause athletes to avoid certain exercise or to stop training altogether. Having a chiropractor determine the source of the pain and correct the issue is important. True nerve or spinal cord compression can have very detrimental effects. More often than not, numbness and tingling is coming from irritation to the nerve, which can be corrected with a host of modalities chiropractors have to offer. This may include the following: Adjustments, Myofascial Release, Cold Laser, Ultrasound, Muscle Stimulation, and more.
The best athletes in the world have regular chiropractic care including: Tigard Woods, Aaron Rogers (MVP Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers), Tom Brady, Lance Armstrong, Sidney Crosby and most Olympic level athletes.
Written by Dr. Tony Rhodes, D.C.