At DeBole chiropractic in Victor, NY, we treat musculoskeletal sports injuries, including back and neck pain and tendonitis.
As a society, we usually view athletes to be always fit and healthy. However, even this societal view is short-sighted. While being an active athlete certainly has its health benefits, being an efficient athlete is not the end-all to ensuring a life of longevity and good health.
Most athletes have that impressive well-toned build developed by days in the gym, physical activity, and fitness programs that are photographed for fitness magazines. However, despite their physique, they are not immune to illness and sports injury.
While we know that the truth remains that being sedentary and having a lack of physical activity in your life poses a major health risk, overtraining, and exercise is another side of the spectrum that we rarely see. Athletes with Overtraining Syndrome coupled with an unhealthy, extreme diet may lead to conditions such as compromised immunity, chronic inflammation, and oxidative stress.
To remain healthy and perform at their peak, athletes should be aware of the signs of Overtraining Syndrome and take precautionary measures to avoid the symptoms that could sidebar their progress. Proper exercise should be coupled with adequate rest, a healthy lifestyle, and an appropriately designed diet.
Chiropractic care can improve sports performance and prevent injuries in athletes. Chiropractors normally work with athletes to correct imbalances, alleviate pressure and stress in the body, and restore overall health and wellness.
Athletes can become prone to muscle soreness and stiffness if they are not in a training program that takes into consideration the stretches, rest requirements, and diet. This training program should include regular visits to your providers, including chiropractic care, where you can work with specialists to improve circulation, strengthen joints, reduce muscle soreness, and address various issues that affect active athletes.
The need for a training program that raises and lowers output in healthy increments is detrimental to the overall health of an athlete. If an athlete immediately enters heavy training is also known to adversely affect the immune system, increase risks for oxidative stress, and inflammation.
These are some of the conditions and complaints that often affect an athlete’s performance.
Acute inflammation may be a normal response to training as it helps the body recover and adapt. However, with inappropriate training intensity and an unhealthy diet, athletes may experience chronic pain and inflammation. It may also cause various symptoms of incorrect training techniques, increased stress, and a compromised nervous system.
Chronic inflammation is often a low-grade, silent type of health problem that can derail an athlete's progress. It can cause muscle loss and, if not remedied, can even play a role in depression and cardiovascular disease. Preventative measures for chronic inflammation should start by examining their diet with a nutritionist or certified personal trainer. Our food today is composed mostly of inflammatory fats rather than natural anti-inflammatory food. In fact, the need for an anti-inflammatory diet is in such high demand that it is recognized and recommended by the top medical institutes nationwide.
With the right nutrients, inflammation can be reduced. In addition, with the help of chiropractic care and manipulations, athletes with Overtraining Syndrome can experience normalized inflammation. By normalizing inflammation, this also brings forth a better training experience by improving motion, strength, and making athletes less prone to sports injury.
Oxidative Stress occurs when free radicals, which are unstable molecules released through a normal metabolism rate, do not have the antioxidants to neutralize them. When these free radicals run rampant in the body, the damage can be severe. They can damage DNA, sometimes causing mutations that can increase your risk of getting health conditions like heart disease and cancer. And while they normally keep the body in check, an overwhelming amount of oxidant on your body’s defense can lead to oxidative stress.
This condition is a significant factor in diseases and premature aging. Athletes are prone to this condition during or after training. In fact, over-training can induce oxidative stress and affect physical performance, leading to muscle damage and fatigue.
To counter this, you need a boost of antioxidants from natural sources like fresh produce and nuts. Most nutritionists would suggest a “rainbow diet” in which all food groups are represented, but fresh produce accounts for most of all food intake.
And if you are feeling stressed out, it is important to continue checking in with your chiropractic team to alleviate pressure on our body and gain positive impact on DNA repair.
It is imperative for athletes to window in time for the body to recover after an intense workout. Training can impact immunity and make them more susceptible to infectious diseases such as upper respiratory infection. This, coupled with stress or anxiety, can further affect immune functions.
This common complaint should be handled by balancing exercise and having a nutrient rich diet. The right supplements and some lifestyle adjustments may also lower the risk of sickness and infections.
Chiropractors are known for spinal manipulations and adjustments. With chiropractic treatments, athletes will have a better-balanced musculoskeletal system, reduced stress, and a generally healthy body.
The spinal column helps anchor the muscles throughout the body, thus, having good posture, spinal health and muscle strength are all connected. Whether your spine needs multiple adjustments or the assistance of a singular adjustment, the impact of a chiropractic treatment on the spine will positively enhance your future physical performance. The body requires a spine to be well-supported and stronger in order to handle all the stress and trauma a person will place on it throughout their daily lives, not including the added stress from being an athlete.
One of the best benefits that regular chiropractic treatment provides for athletes is improved range of motion. Intense activities and exercise place a lot of pressure and stress on their bodies. It can cause problems in the alignment of spine and movement. These problems can make athletes more prone to sports injury, stiffness and pain in their joints. Limited range of movement also inhibits them from performing optimally.
Chiropractic treatment and adjustments can help athletes to relax muscles and align vertebrae which might have moved due to a sport injury. With pressure on the muscles, they relax better, and the body’s fluids are stimulated to travel to the spinal area. This will allow oxygen and other essential nutrients to reach the injured site and initiate healing. Chiropractic manipulations and adjustments can break up scar tissues for improved elasticity, flexibility and strength.
The spine is composed of numerous tissues that are sensitive to pain. Most people know about the discs, joints, nerves and ligaments as part of the spine. When there is a misalignment in the spinal column, athletes would feel different levels of stress, strain or pain in one or more areas. Chiropractic care techniques can help restore or improve joint functions while managing inflammation and reducing painful conditions.
Athletes engage in different sports activities. It is expected of them to have repetitive motions, forceful impacts and overuse of muscles which often lead to sport injury. Some of these include football tackling, repeated movements of gymnasts, and crouching for a long time when playing catcher in baseball. It is essential to avoid injuries to stay in optimum performance. And if there are injuries, athletes need to heal quickly in order to continue playing the sports you love.
Chiropractic treatments as an additional alternative for managing sports injury has helped reduce strain, prevent injury and improve healing period. Athletes who experienced knee injuries, lower back pain and other issues have also experienced an overall health improvement.
Among healthcare providers, chiropractors are the only ones who are trained in diagnosing and treatment of subluxations. It is essential for sports men and women to have bodies that function optimally so that signals travel quickly and are received by the proper muscles. This is achieved through the help of chiropractors and chiropractic adjustments of the spine. Subluxations are removed and the body is moved to return to its normal alignment. There is less tension, as well as pain, and an athlete is less likely to have injuries when the body is well-balanced.
There is a very high demand for athletes to perform and be at their best whether it is in training or on the field. Participating in sports means you must run, jump, pull or push, and it will cause strain in your muscles one way or another. There are times when injuries cannot be prevented, and athletes need help from chiropractors to recover properly and quickly.
If you are an athlete, then you are interested in keeping your physical strength, better range of motion and preventing sports injury at all costs. Fill out our consultation form to begin your journey towards healthy athleticism with the chiropractic team at DeBole Chiropractic.
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