Chiropractic Alignment

Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly of the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without unnecessary medication. Manipulation is a tool used by Chiropractors to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress. Proper alignment is critical for pain relief and optimal function. When treatment is applied effectively it is an integral part of a patient’s healing process.

Strength

Chiropractic stimulation works on the nervous system, which helps put the body in optimal shape. The same principle is used when working in the strength training field. Chiropractic adjustments done on various parts of the body work to activate parts of the nerves that are responsible for causing contractions of the muscle. These contractions work the muscle, thus causing muscle strength to increase. You can compare this to lifting weights. Each time the muscles flex, you are contracting that muscle and releasing it. So, in essence, activating the neural receptors (known as mechanoreceptors) assists in building the muscle up and strengthening it.

Chiro and Crossfit

Chiropractic stimulation works on the nervous system, which helps put the body in optimal shape. The same principle is used when working in the strength training field. Chiropractic adjustments done on various parts of the body work to activate parts of the nerves that are responsible for causing contractions of the muscle. These contractions work the muscle, thus causing muscle strength to increase. You can compare this to lifting weights. Each time the muscles flex, you are contracting that muscle and releasing it. So, in essence, activating the neural receptors (known as mechanoreceptors) assists in building the muscle up and strengthening it.

There’s good reason why for years professional athletes — including Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana — have made a point to regularly be treated by chiropractors. In fact, over 50 percent of NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff, this way the players always have access to adjustments, stretches and exercises when needed. Studies have shown that when it comes to supporting recovery and improving physical performance, chiropractic is helpful because it:

  • Reduces inflammatory cytokines
  • Boosts the Immune System
  • Enhances pulmonary function
  • Decreases mental and oxidative stress
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • And can naturally increase energy levels

The goal is to help reduce inflammation, enhance joint function and reduce pain. It will also help improve range of motion, minimize recovery time, and maximize athletic performance.

Whether an athlete has a CrossFit shoulder injury, or some other type of pain, a Chiropractor can provide help. In addition, regular chiropractic care can be part of a healthy lifestyle, allowing patients and athletes to perform at their best. Athletes often compensate for injuries, which leads to other body parts becoming strained or moved out of alignment. An imbalanced body affects athletic performance. Chiropractic care on a regular basis can help keep the body strong and allow it to recover from strains that are common in CrossFit.