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Do a Google search on "boost athletic performance” and you will get close to two million hits. And according to the headlines, all of your options are really simple and super easy.
For those of us that make physical fitness a regular part of our day, we know that there is nothing easy and nothing simple about boosting our performance. Most of us will go to great lengths to achieve our performance goals. Olympic and professional athletes achieve these goals with a variety of tools, one of these being supporters of chiropractic.
According to U.S. Olympic decathlete, Dan O’Brien, "chiropractic is essential for running. If I could put a percentage value on it, I would say that I compete 8-10% better from regular chiropractic.”
Gerald Wilkins, former New York Nicks shooting guard, said, "my shooting has improved because of chiropractic. I feel more balanced and have more coordination and control. Since I have been under chiropractic care, I have improved by leaps and bounds."
Local triathlete Loren Nelson told me he’s certain that his run time has improved by 5-10 minutes for the half Ironman distance since he’s started corrective chiropractic care.
Chiropractic adjustments help ensure that your body functions as efficiently as possible, which can maximize healing and recovery from all types of injuries.
According to Dr. Keith Wassang, “athletes have been benefiting from chiropractic care for many years; however, it has only recently been receiving attention from the media. Athletes of all types, from the weekend warrior to the world-class athlete, utilize chiropractic because it is a drug-free way to better health and performance."
Dr. Wassang went on to explain that “when the spine is in its optimal structural position, the nerves are protected and optimal communication exists between the central nervous system and the rest of the body. But minor misalignments of the spine cause nerve interference and can weaken the entire structure of the spine."
There are lots of athletes working overtime to increase their performance, putting large blocks of training time into dealing with muscles that are not 'engaging'. Sometimes they see gains; mostly, it’s a slow and frustrating process.
Triathlete Loren Nelson was a classic example of thinking it was all muscle.
He only used chiropractic to get out of pain and would "hit the gym" or “therapy" for everything else.
When he finally started to deal with his underlying structural and neurological issues, everything changed.
Trying to “rehab” your way out of injury or nerve system imbalance is like trying to make a smoothie with your blender unplugged.
If your power supply is “unplugged," you’re going to get really frustrated and never be as strong as you can be. Like Dr. Wassang said, "only a properly aligned spine can provide the protection for 100% brain, body communication, and function.
The power supply is the central nerve system, your brain, and spinal cord."
In Nelson’s case, when we started at the source (the nerve system interference), and his rehab “all of a sudden” started to work. And his times started coming down.
In Nelson's case, when we started at the source (the nerve system interference), his rehab "all of a sudden" started to work and his times started coming down.
Notice I said: he’s still working hard. You don’t become a pro athlete without working hard, but are you working harder than your performance is showing?
Today’s chiropractic isn’t for everyone. If you’re just looking for a quick fix and pain control, there are lots of easier (and cheaper) options. But if you’re like the athletes we mentioned and really want to get the most out of every workout, then today’s chiropractic may be the missing link for you.
Like Dr. Wassung said, "anyone who engages in athletics can benefit from regular chiropractic checkups to ensure that their spine is balanced and free from structural stress. When the spinal column is brought into balance and alignment, the body's nervous system and body biomechanics, like posture, are maximized."
Today’s chiropractic is perfectly poised to address this for you and your athletic endeavours.
If you want to take it one step further, we also want to leave the door open for you to see either Dr. Ken or myself in our Kelowna office, Lighthouse Chiropractic.
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