When your sport gives and takes
Physical activity is supposed to help us prevent pain in the first place. The cardiovascular, muscle-building and conditioning aspects of sport fortify our bodies, boost circulation and assist every system in the body to function optimally. By strengthening our bodies, we become more resilient to injury from a whole spectrum of movement. But many sports also come with a price, one of the most frequent being trauma to the joints. Think of the top American youth sports:
While the intensity obviously varies, all four of these sports are characterized by repetitive wear and tear of the weight bearing joints, including the ankles, knees, hips and spinal joints. As we get older, many of us transition to running, which can also be viewed through a high-impact, repetitive-trauma lens. But far be it from us to suggest a change of sport; if you love what you are doing, and your body feels great despite occassionally recurring pain, it is not time yet to make a wholesale change to a lower-impact sport. But you might benefit from a visit to the chiropractor!
Decreasing chronic pain in athletes
At OFW Chiropractic, we work with many athletes who are looking to minimize pain due to repetitive trauma and wear-and-tear on the joints. Here is what we offer to the dedicated athlete in terms of pain relief:
- Spinal adjustments have been consistently shown to reduce the intensity of lower back pain.
- Adjustments resolve stiffness and restricted range of motion in the upper body.
- Adjustments reduce inflammation in the spinal joints, while boosting circulation that helps cells rebuild and repair.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg- at our office in Westwood, we specifically target our modalities to where your pain and dysfunction is occuring. Through trigger point release, and the breaking up of scar tissue adhesion, we can help you undo the damage of your sport without turning to painkillers.
Chiropractic directly addresses the punishment your body takes in sports
By focusing on injury prevention and treatment, spinal alignment and nerve function, we help you get the most out of your sport while minimizing the toll it takes on your body. If you are interested in using our services to optimize your sports performance, give our office in Westwood a call to schedule an appointment today.