How High-Impact Sports Benefit from Chiropractic
By Genevieve Smith
There’s nothing that brings people together like a good sporting event. While being involved has its thrills, playing the game can take a physical toll. Football, in particular, is a high-impact sport which comes with high risks, no matter what level you’re playing at. Chiropractic can be a useful part of your healthcare routine and help players navigate through injuries. Together with physical therapists, nutritionists, and general practitioners, chiropractors round out a healthcare team designed to keep the body in its best shape.
Where are chiropractors best trained to address?
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a concern among football players, who suffer from the injury and its side effects in high numbers. Also termed a concussion, the side effects can last for more than a year in at least 15 percent of cases. These side effects have an impact on wellness, affecting everything from attention span to mood and physical balance. Neurosurgeon Robert Cantu, MD, has recommended chiropractic as an avenue to relief from mTBI side effects. In particular, chiropractic can manage headaches borne of cervical root nerve irritation, a burning sensation and reddening of the face, and discharges of the sympathetic nerves. This approach can relieve players of symptoms while getting them ready to return to the field.
Other Areas of Focus
Chiropractors are equipped to address an array of footballers’ needs, including neuromusculoskeletal strain and extremity problems. Strains often involve whiplash injuries and pain in the neck, low back, hamstrings, and quadriceps. Issues which crop up in the extremities include temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), carpal and tarsal tunnel misalignments, and tribulations of the shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles. Chiropractic's manual approach is well suited to addressing these particular needs.
Football is a game loved by its players, but the speed and dynamics of the sport can knock a person off the field for longer than they’d like. If you’re involved in football or another high-impact sport, consider consulting with the chiropractic team at The Joint. Let their chiropractors show how they can enhance performance and reduce recovery time. If unsure how chiropractic can benefit you, take a look at nearly any major sporting alliance to find chiropractors on the healthcare panel. From the NFL to the NBA, doctors of chiropractic are on hand to help keep performers in their best shape. Feel free to walk into The Joint any time to learn more. Play on!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Round Rock, Tex.