Athletic Performance and Chiropractic

Athletes have benefited from chiropractic care for years, from weekend warriors to high school and college athletes to NFL players, because it’s a drug free way to better performance, healing and health. As a matter of fact, 100% of the NFL teams actually use chiropractors in an official capacity for treatment or evaluation to help prevent injuries as well as increase their overall performance potential.

On average, every year approximately 25 million people go to the doctor for athletic injuries and in professional sports, injury is the main reason athletics retire early and approximately 67 billion dollars is paid out every year to treat sports related injuries. Chiropractic care, by keeping the body in alignment, has been proven to be an effective and viable preventative measure and can enhance performance.

Why Chiropractic Care

In order to understand how chiropractic care works, you need to understand the connection between the nervous system and the spine. The nervous system, regulates every action in the body through sending and receiving nerve indicators and is protected by the spine’s vertebrae. When the spine is in its ideal structural position, the nerves are protected and optimal communication exists between the central nervous system and the rest of the body. The spine’s vertebra is highly vulnerable to various stresses which move them out of alignment. Minor misalignments of the spine, referred to as vertebral subluxations, can result in nerve interference which in turn deteriorates the overall structure of the spine. It’s quite common for athletic training, which can impact the head, shoulders, torso, hips, legs and feet, to misalign the spinal column, because it’s at the center of the body; chiropractic care can rectify the problem.

Chiropractors are trained to identify and correct vertebral subluxations by adjusting the spine, which restores both the spine and nervous system to its optimal level of functionality, maximizing the body’s overall healing potential and performance. Anybody who engages in sports can benefit from regular chiropractic care which will keep the spine balanced and free from subluxations and structural stress. Why? Because when the spinal column is in alignment and balanced, posture and the nervous system are maximized. It’s always important to remember that posture affects every physiological function, from the functionality of the nervous system to proper breathing; despite this fact, and the significant influence that posture actually has on health, the importance of good posture isn’t addressed by many physicians.

With proper chiropractic care, focused on postural bio mechanics and the nervous system, the body will be able to get back to functioning properly and heal itself. The best way to heal isn’t by using addictive medications. The natural healing process occurs from within and chiropractic care has a potential to help the body ease through the recovery process. It’s also important to note that the quality of the healing process is in direct proportion with the capability of the nervous system to communicate with the rest of the body efficiently.

Upper cervical chiropractic care is a specialty within the chiropractic profession that focuses on balancing the entire body. Upper cervical chiropractors create structural alignment by balancing the heavy head on top of the spine with precise mathematical calculations. The specific upper cervical corrections require no popping, cracking or twisting of the spine and are focused on providing long lasting results for athletes.

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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is a Glendale Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at