Prevent Sports Injuries with Regular Chiropractic Adjustments

Whether it’s a weekly game of tennis with your friends or a rough-and-tumble soccer match in the park, staying active is important for both your physical and mental health. To maintain your oasis of good health, regular chiropractic adjustments keep you fighting fit and off the sidelines.

At Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness, our goal is to help our patients on the West Side and in Midtown Manhattan, New York, stay as active as possible by providing great preventive care. At the core of this care are regular chiropractic adjustments that keep your musculoskeletal system in balance and functioning the way it was designed to.

If you’d like to explore how you can prevent sports injuries through chiropractic care, here’s a look at how your body works and how we can optimize function.

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If you’ve ever taken a close look at one of those full skeletons at the doctor’s office, it gives you some idea of the extent to which your musculoskeletal system is interconnected. Each of your 206 bones (give or take) is connected to another, and their point of origin, either directly or indirectly, is your spine. The 33 vertebrae that make up your spine are the foundation of your entire musculoskeletal system, providing the stability and support that’s necessary for everything to function properly.

When you have a misalignment anywhere along your spine, the effects can be widespread. For example, a misalignment in your lumbar spine, which are the five large vertebrae in your low back, has a way of throwing your hip and knee joints off balance. By the same token, a misalignment in your cervical spine, which are the seven small vertebrae in your neck, can create problems in your shoulders and arms.

Getting on your nerves

While your spine provides the foundational support for your musculoskeletal system, it also provides passage for your nervous system through the spinal canal. Most every nerve in your body branches out from your spine, which means there are a considerable amount of nerve roots in the area. When there’s a misalignment, it can irritate these nerve roots, causing both localized and radiating pain.

If you’ve ever had sciatica, you understand how a problem in your low back can radiate down one side of your buttocks and down the back of your leg. That’s because your sciatic nerve is compromised somewhere in your low back. The same thing can happen in your neck with other nerves, causing pain down your shoulder and arm.

Making an adjustment

Given the role your spine plays, it should come as little surprise that the American Chiropractic Association estimates that 90% of world-class athletes turn to chiropractic care to prevent injury and enhance performance. These athletes and their trainers understand that when your back is out of alignment, there are added pressures on your outlying joints — pressures that they’re not designed for, which can lead to injury. Not to mention, misalignments prevent your joints from reaching peak performance, since they’re too busy compensating for the problem.

With regular chiropractic adjustments, we correct the misalignments in your spine using a number of gentle techniques, which also restore flow to your body’s resources. Misalignments create subluxations, which are blockages along your spine that prevent your body from sending critical resources to where they’re needed most.

Your body is in a constant state of regeneration and repair, and to do this, it’s all hands on deck — from your circulatory system to your immune system. When there’s a blockage along the main conduit, your body isn’t getting what it needs to strengthen and repair itself, which hampers your ability to recover quickly after sports. Regular chiropractic adjustments ensure that your body is in balance, with its resources flowing freely.

To learn more about preventing sports injuries through spinal adjustments, please feel free to give us a call or use the online scheduling tool on this website to set up an appointment.

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