Athletes and Chiropractic Care

Athletes can experience many different benefits from receiving chiropractic care.  Not only can adjustments help when treating injuries from high-impact sports such as wrestling, football, and hockey, but they offer other benefits as well.  It’s been shown that high-impact sports can place the same amount of strain on the body as an auto collision.  Athletes getting routine adjustments may notice improved athletic performance, improved range of motion (especially in endurance athletes), better flexibility, increased blood flow, and may suffer from fewer injuries.  Because spinal adjustments will reduce the irritation of the nerve roots between the vertebrae, the healing time from minor injuries can be shortened, improving performance.

Both high-impact and low-impact athletes can benefit from routine spinal adjustments.  For high-impact athletes, it increases performance and flexibility and lowers the risk for injury; for low-impact athletes (golfers, tennis players, and bowlers), routine adjustments can help relieve the strain that is being placed on the body.  Chiropractic care offers a natural way to treat and prevent many different ailments that often plague athletes.

Dr. Upston uses a wide variety of therapies which include kinesio taping. Kinesio taping helps athletes and patients who are in a lot of pain by giving support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. Kinesio taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. ‘The Kinesio Taping Method’ is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is a non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.

Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include: muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.

Athletes That Use Chiropractic

“Chiropractic care was key to keeping me in the game…” 
-Jerry Rice 

“I’ve been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.”
-Tiger Woods 

“I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring. I do believe in chiropractic. I found that going to a chiropractor three times a week helps my performance. The majority of boxers go to chiropractors to get that extra edge.”
-Evander Holyfield, Heavyweight Boxing Champion 

“My shooting has improved because of chiropractic. I feel more balanced and have more coordination and control. Since I have been under chiropractic care, I have improved by leaps and bounds”
-Gerald Wilkins, New York Knicks 

”As long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.”
Tom Brady, New England Patriots 

“I definitely try to get on a basis where I use chiropractic at least twice a week. I would say definitely that it helps me to perform at a higher level”
-Emmit Smith, Dallas Cowboys 

“Bodybuilders and fitness people have been using, very extensively, chiropractors in order to stay healthy and fit. Whenever I had a little problem with my body, I always ran to one of my dear friends (Franco Columbo,D.C.). He was always right there with the adjustments. This is how I found out the best way of going is to use chiropractors, not only after injuries , but also before injury.” 
-Arnold Schwarzenegger – bodybuilder, former actor and governor of California