Chiropractic Care Improves Athletic Performance

Chiropractic Care Improves Athletic Performance

Athletes have been benefiting from Chiropractic care for many years; however, it has only recently been receiving attention from the media. Athletes of all types, from the weekend warrior to the world-class athlete, utilize Chiropractic because it is a drug-free way to better health and performance.


Chiropractic care helps them to restore function to spinal joints that are fixated and not moving properly. Muscles, joints and ligaments depend upon proper joint movement for peak performance. Injuries to these tissues can reduce range of motion, decrease blood supply and literally “take you out of the game”.

Normalizing spinal function helps speed the healing of these soft tissues and reduce the deconditioning effect of being on the sidelines.

Whether you play golf, tennis, bicycle or football, the best treatment for sport injuries is prevention.

Spinal injuries restrict range of motion, reduce strength, slow reflexes, shorten endurance, and become increasingly popular. Professional sport teams, Olympic trainers, and competitive athletes are employing chiropractic doctors – because they demand results.

Interesting fact:

Thirty-one percent of NFL teams use chiropractors in an official capacity as part of their staffs and a full 77 percent of the trainers have referred to a chiropractor for evaluation or treatment. A survey of certified NFL trainers revealed that 100 percent of them agree that players will use chiropractic care without referral from the team medical staff.

Reduced odds of surgery were observed for…those whose first provider was a chiropractor. 42.7% of workers [with back injuries] who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.

– Keeney et al (2012), Spine

Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients.

– Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological 


In our randomized, controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of manual therapy, physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific neck pain. The success rate at seven weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Manual therapy scored better than physical therapy on all outcome measures. Patients receiving manual therapy had fewer absences from work than patients receiving physical therapy or continued care, and manual therapy and physical therapy each resulted in statistically significant less analgesic use than continued care.

– Hoving et al (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine

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