How Chiropractic Care Fits Into the World of CrossFit

One of the fastest growing sports in America is CrossFit, a combination of work outs and work out competitions that set standards to determine who are some of the fittest people on earth. CrossFit workouts focus on strength and conditioning by creating a combination of aerobics, calisthenics, and weight lifting exercises. The CrossFit Games are an annual competition held every summer since 2007, where athletes from around the world gather to compete in intense and unpredictable workout challenges that ultimately result in a title holder who has displayed amazing feats of physical fitness. 

As one can imagine, the intensity of CrossFit workouts and competitions raises the risks of sports injuries to a high level, with some researchers of biomechanics arguing that these risks outweigh any benefits that might be gained in physical fitness. True or not, CrossFit’s popularity continues to grow because it shows fast results for fitness gains across all levels of measurement for both men and women, including improved cardiovascular capacity, core strength, strengthened postural muscles, and overall better functionality of movement.

Recently, chiropractic care has become a supplement for those who engage in CrossFit training as a means to minimize injury. Participants in CrossFit training who receive chiropractic training before and after competing have a grater chance to continue competing at a high level of potential. As the sport grows, so may its demand for chiropractic assistance.

From a chiropractic perspective, patients engaged in CrossFit training develop a tightness in their muscles and joints more rapidly than in other sports, and this makes them high risk candidates for injury. Chiropractic therapy can offer a CrossFit athelete advanced soft-tissue therapy which helps the musculoskeletal system to release stress faster and recover rapidly in order to perform again at a high level. 

Chiropractic movement analysis can bring to light issues that normally are hidden beneath the surface of the skin. By honing in on the particular, individual movement dysfunctions of a patient, a doctor of chiropractic can tell athletes what CrossFit exercises to modify or avoid. Furthermore, exercises can be tailored to help correct a movement dysfunction for better performance in the future.

Whereas a typical medical doctor might have pain killers, cold and heat packs, and the advice to give working out a rest, chiropractic therapy has a different approach. Because it begins with a deep knowledge of the musculoskeletal system, chiropractic care is a hands on alternative that can keep athletes engaged in CrossFit at the top of their game.

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