Helping Athletes Perform Better

Helping Athletes Perform Better

9711bfa8-51d0-495f-8406-5cdfb2d6597cBy Dr Paul Shanahan, Chiropractor

I love looking after athletes and fitness fanatics. They are some of the most inspiring people to be around.  They have the will to push themselves to their highest potential and it is an exciting thing to play a part in helping them get to where they want to be. Both weekend warriors and world-class champions use Chiropractic because it is a drug free way to achieve better health and performance. Chiropractic adjustments help ensure that the body functions as efficiently as possible, which can maximize healing and recovery from all types of injuries.  The vertebrae of the spine are susceptible to the stresses and forces of training and competition which can cause them to lose their proper position. These minor misalignments of the spine, which are known as vertebral subluxations, cause nerve interference and weaken the entire structure of the spine. Athletic training can often jar and misalign the spinal column because the spine is at the center of the body. Impact to the legs, feet, head, shoulders and torso often radiates to the spine. As Chiropractors we detect and correct vertebral subluxations by adjusting the spine. This restores the spine and nervous system to a better level of function, which maximizes the body’s performance and healing. Sporting injuries come in two categories:  the acute / traumatic category, which is an injury that is the result of a sudden impact or unseen force; and the repetitive overuse category which is injury from such activities as repetitively swinging a racket or a golf club. In fact, virtually every workout results in micro injuries as the body is torn down and then rebuilt through rest and recovery. All of us tend to believe that symptoms are bad and the key to health and recovery is their removal. However, symptoms are actually part of the body’s healing and repair process.  They are the body’s best efforts to heal itself.  Treating the symptom, or taking a pain killer only covers up the bodies attempts to communicate a problem. It is like switching off the warning light in a car that needs a service! Anyone who engages in athletics can benefit from regular Chiropractic checkups to ensure that their spine is balanced and free from stress and subluxations. When the spinal column is brought into balance and alignment, the body’s nervous system and body biomechanics are at their best. Here at Wellspring we focus on the entire structure of the body rather than just the obviously injured part. This can help to prevent an injury that might normally be overlooked or ignored. As the Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger says, “We’ve got to let the people know that there is a necessity, it’s not even an option, it’s a necessity to have a chiropractor. As much as it is a necessity to have a dentist, if you have a dentist for the family, you should have your Chiropractor for the family.”



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