Sports chiropractic care – Whether you are a weekend warrior, are training for the Pittsburgh Marathon, or play for the Pittsburgh Steelers your body takes on lots of stress. Between tough workouts and the rigors of practices and games, there is little wonder that athletes often suffer chronic aches and pains. If these symptoms are left untreated they unfortunately can morph into serious injuries. This is where sports chiropractic care can help out.
As a sports chiropractic care provider, this is something we do. We work at correcting spinal alignment and function. By doing this we help maximize your performance on the field by preventing injuries and improving recovery. Dr Zock is an athlete herself, active in cross-fit, and she has run half marathons. So, she understands how important it is for you to be able to function at your best.
One of the biggest causes of injuries in athletes is asymmetry throughout the body, meaning one side of the body is different from the other. This can be from a strength difference on the left or right side, but most commonly, we deal with mobility and flexibility issues. We use sports chiropractic adjustments to get the body properly aligned and perform soft tissue work such as massage to reduce tension that could be keeping the body out of alignment. This reduces the risk of injury because one area of the body won’t have to work as hard or experience as much stress by picking up the slack from a deficient area.
What are Sports chiropractic adjustments meant to do?
Sports chiropractic adjustments allow the body to move as freely as it was designed to do. When your spine is out of alignment, your muscles commonly spasm or cramp up, causing a decrease in range of motion. We work with you to relieve misalignments throughout your spine. This clears up areas of tension in the back and neck. As a result this reduces pain which makes you more mobile and flexible. This treatment can also improve your exercise form—especially during overhead lifts—because tight muscles won’t be holding you back from performing at your best.
Misalignments throughout the body slow down healing. When you are injured, your body tries to protect itself with muscle spams and inflammation. This increases the time it takes for you to heal fully and get back on the field. Chiropractic adjustments speed up the recovery process of your muscles. The soft tissue work the we do, and the supplements that we can recommend will also help in reducing inflammation. This speeds the overall recovery process and gets you back on to the field or into the gym faster.
Benefits of Sports Chiropractic care
Chiropractic care maximizes recovery and helps keep your body healthy—which is why many collegiate and pro teams have a chiropractor on staff or on consult. We focus primarily on the spine, but we can also help treat:
- Shoulder pain
- Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand sprains and strains
- Hip, knee, ankle and foot sprains and strains
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Neck, mid-back and low-back pain