At Intrinsic Chiropractic, here in Jackson NJ, athletes are one of the main groups of patients that we see on a daily basis. We know how important it is for our athletes to stay as physically healthy as they can be. Our athletes can start care young, playing sports on the youth soccer field, football field, or dance studio. Aches, pains, and injuries can worsen in athletes that we see at the High School or Collegiate level. More than anything, athletes just want to be able to perform and compete at their highest level, so maintaining pristine health is of utmost importance. Whether it’s team sports, the CrossFit athlete, the triathlete, or the weekend tennis or golf warrior, chiropractic care is crucial to keeping you on your game. Athletes know their bodies better than most, so when something is not feeling or functioning the way it should, they know it, and it affects their performance. We get it.
We always start with a detailed history. When, how, and where did the problem start? Delving into the past helps give us a better picture of how to proceed with care in the future. Then we will perform a thorough examination, including orthopedic, neurologic, and functional testing as well as posture and range of motion testing. Finally, we utilize digital X-rays so we can get a crystal clear picture of where the problem is. We don’t want to guess…we want to know.
Depending on what we find during the exam and X-rays, we can build out a care plan that will help get our athletes back on the field and back to functioning and performing at their optimum level. Some patients may need to have additional imaging or be referred out if their injuries are severe, but most athletes respond very well to conservative, drug-less chiropractic care. We get their bodies back in normal alignment and they appreciate that we can get them back on their game as quickly as possible.
Every professional sports team has a chiropractor on their medical staff because they see the value of what it brings to their athletes. Chiropractic adjustments restore optimal function to the nervous system, which is the master system of the body that controls all others. With that in mind, it is obvious that athletes would seek to optimize this system in order to gain an advantage in their craft. The higher you get in sports or performance, the finer the margins. One-one hundredth of a second can be the difference between gold and silver or a personal record for a timed run. Keeping your body in good alignment helps to keep it healthy and operating at its highest level. This has numerous benefits not only to performance but overall health as well.
How We Treat Athletes in Jackson, NJ
Chiropractic adjustments for the athlete are essential. The spine encases the nervous system…the master system that controls every aspect of human life. Healthy nerve supply is what makes every person, especially athletes, function at their peak optimal performance. Almost every Collegiate and Professional sports team and Individual Professional Players (golfers and tennis pros) have chiropractors on staff.
Once we find where the spine is out of alignment, or subluxated, Sports Chiropractors administer specific adjustments to help re-align the spine and get proper motion and movement back in the joints. This alleviates any abnormal stress on the nerves to not only reduce pain but get the body moving at its best allowing for athletes to play sharper and exceedingly better in their sport.
At Kinney Chiropractic, we have a massage therapist on staff. It is so important to support optimal spinal alignment with proper muscle function. Many of the athletes that Dr. Kinney treats have certain muscle memory from their sport. The adjustments may not always hold if there is abnormal muscle tension or tightness, which is where massage therapy comes in. Our massage therapist will break up abnormal adhesions in the musculature and bring blood flow to the muscles to help improve motion and function.