Chiropractic: The Athletes Advantage

Chiropractic is the essential compliment to the athlete who is striving for optimum performance or even the couch potato who gets out on their bike only once a month.

An increasing number of Americans are seeking chiropractic care as an effective alternative to traditional prescription-based treatment. Developed in 1895, chiropractic’s goal is to enable the body to reach an optimum level of functioning, without the use of drugs or surgery.

First things first, what exactly do chiropractors do? Well, we analyze the structure of the body, looking for misaligned vertebrae in the spine. When a vertebra is misaligned it puts pressure on the nerves that exit the spine between each vertebrae. These nerves carry information from the brain to the entire body, including all the muscles, organs, tissues and cells. Without interference to this communication, the body is a self-healing structure that will remain healthy. However, stress placed on our bodies is the number one cause of misaligned vertebrae, and who of us is not under stress? Whether it is physical stress (exercise, accident/injury, posture), chemical stress (diet, environmental toxins) or emotional stress (bills, deadlines at work, spare time for training), any of which will cause a misaligned vertebra. This puts pressure on the nerves and interferes with the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. When this happens, the body is unable perform at its optimum level and is therefore more susceptible to illness and injury. Through chiropractic adjustments, the misaligned vertebrae are returned to their normal positioning and the pressure is removed from the nerves.

Like a high performance mountain bike, the human body must be balanced and in alignment to perform its best. A bike with loose shifter cables or warped rims will not only have its performance compromised but will also have dramatically increased potential for parts to wear out and break down. Your body, much more delicate and complicated than a bike is the same, if the framework, particularly the spine, isn’t properly aligned and balanced it won’t function at its full potential.

Chiropractic is the essential compliment to the athlete who is striving for optimum performance or even the couch potato who gets out on their bike only once a month. Clinical research findings show that athletes under chiropractic care have a 16.7% average increase in athletic ability over those that do not use chiropractic. A group of subjects were given chiropractic care for a twelve-week period while maintaining their normal workout schedule. The athletes were given eleven different tests, each designed to measure a specific aspect of athletic performance before, halfway and at the conclusion of the testing period. The findings revealed a significant increase in athletic ability of those subjects who received chiropractic care.

The bottom line here is that no matter what the age, sex or physical ability, everyone needs and can benefit from chiropractic care. By removing any interference to your nerves, your body will perform better, be healthier and have reduced risk of injury.

About the Author:
Dr. Iain Simpson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Palmer West College of Chiropractic. Upon graduation he practiced in San Jose, CA for two years, prior to moving to Scottsdale, AZ. In addition to being licensed to practice chiropractic in Canada, California and Arizona, Dr. Iain is a member of both the Pi Tau Delta International Chiropractic Honor Society and the Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness. He is now practicing in Scottsdale, at Shea and 92nd St.
Dr. Iain Simpson
9301 E. Shea Blvd. Suite 127
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 614-0052