Weight Training and Chiropractic: More Gains, Less Pain
By Krista Elliott
I’m always in awe of people who do weight training. A friend of mine is heavily into it (no pun intended), and has completely transformed her body, mind, and outlook. She not only looks like a superhero, but feels like one as well.
In the quest to improve your strength and transform your body, can chiropractic care, like the care you receive through The Joint Chiropractic, play a role in helping YOU look and feel like a superhero? You bet it can!
Your spine and your nervous system can make or break your strength training routine. A spine that is out of alignment leads to muscular imbalances and pain, preventing you from getting the most out of your hard work. And it definitely doesn’t take much imagination to see how pinched nerves caused by joint subluxations could affect the ability to train effectively.
Chiropractic Care + Weight Training = The Perfect Mix?
We know already that exercise can help relieve pain. In a 2009 study, researchers studied the effects of resistance training on subjects who suffered from fibromyalgia. They also had a subset of subjects perform resistance training and receive chiropractic treatment. The results were impressive: While both groups improved their strength, only the group that had strength training AND chiropractic care improved their strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and endurance. As well, they found it easier to adhere to their strength training.
So What Do The Experts Say?
Renowned chiropractor Dr. Dennis Lee had a fascinating interview with Bodybuilding.com, in which he explained why chiropractic treatment is a vital component of strength training. In the interview, he claims that if not using the proper form, muscles can overwork and in turn, cause the vertebrae and other joints to become misaligned. The result? Inflammation and decreased nervous function:
“So we try to decrease the amount of physical stress placed upon the body so that your immune system is able to worry about other things, such as injury, illness and disease, and not worry about the physical stress placed upon it.”
The beautiful thing about chiropractic care is that it provides a safe, drug-free, and natural way to not only relieve pain, but to treat the cause of pain at the source. And when you are working on your gains, the last thing you want is to be sidelined by back pain or joint problems. Plus, with a body that is in optimal alignment and function, you’ll get even more out of your deadlifts and squats, allowing you to train more efficiently and comfortably. The experts at The Joint Chiropractic are here to take the pains out of your gains, so get in touch today!