Dr. Bronston has assisted Olympic Team USA with sports medicine and chiropractic care at the Chula Vista and Colorado Springs Training Centers. He says, “It’s exciting to help these professional athletes, and it sharpens my sports medicine skills. I bring that experience back to my Coulee Region patients, many of whom play sports or are serious about exercise.”
Chiropractic Care & Sports Medicine
Why has chiropractic care become part of sports medicine? Chiropractors not only help patients recover from sports injuries – they help prevent injuries and boost overall performance. Benefits typically include increased flexibility and reduced muscle stiffness.
Chiropractic Care for Professional Athletes
Did you know that all 32 teams in the National Football League (NFL) use chiropractic care? Major League Baseball has also recognized the benefits, and in fact, most professional teams have their own sports chiropractor on staff. Athletes stress their bodies every time they train, which can cause problems with spinal alignment and range of motion. Chiropractic care helps address the damage and prevent future injuries while easing pain-free movement.
Research confirms spinal manipulation as effective. In studies cited by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH), “Participants who received spinal manipulation, personal instruction and exercises had less pain after 12 weeks and used less medication a year later than participants who received only personal instruction and exercises.”
How Chiropractic Care Helps Athletes
1. Range of motion – Athletes can have joint stiffness and pain. Chiropractic care can help undo the damage and prevent injuries while promoting pain-free movement.
2. Reduced pain – Athletes can suffer back pain, particularly in the lower back. A chiropractor works to promote proper alignment and movement, then recommends ways to reduce pain in the short-term and long run.
3. Fewer drugs – Pain medications and cortisone shots may offer short-term relief, but chiropractors give athletes a drug-free alternative to reduce or eliminate pain. And patients won’t have side effects or drug dependency.
4. Non-invasive – Surgeries can sideline athletes with long recovery times. Non-invasive treatments, such as electrical muscle stimulation, dry needling, the Graston Technique and the Active Release Technique, help athletes recover from various injuries.
Bronston Clinics offer natural healthcare, a non-invasive, drug-free way to provide relief from pain and physical challenges. Athletes say that chiropractic adjustments before and after practice or games offer noticeable benefits to their performance.
Source: NUHS blog