The inclusion of 6 Chiropractors as part of the US Olympic Medical Team in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics reflects the fact that over the last decade, chiropractors have become a key part of an athlete’s training and recovery program.
Athletes train hard and endure significant physical demands. Throughout the years, chiropractic care has become a mainstay in the care of world-class athletes, leading to a growing number of chiropractors being included in the Olympic Games. Many athletes are sidelined with injuries that could be avoided, while others are still playing, but at less than peak efficiency simply because their structural system is not balance.
For the Sochi Winter Olympics Chiropractic Care, athletes and coaches realize that pain-killing drugs are not the answer, nor are they permitted at the Olympics. The grueling level of competition places an unusual amount of strain on the back and structural systems of Olympic athletes’ bodies.
At the Sochi Winter Olympics, Chiropractic treatments can help to improve posture, increase a person’s range of motion and flexibility, reduce pain in major joints, and increase blood circulation, all of which can help improve athletic performance. Numerous athletes attribute the care they receive from their chiropractor, along with working with other health-care professionals, as a key to properly preparing their bodies to perform optimally.
The beauty of the Sochi Winter Olympics Chiropractic Care is that chiropractic care is not only drug-free and surgery-free care, but also preventative and performance-enhancing care. Maintaining proper alignment will allow athletes to be prepared for their sport.
Chiropractors emphasize manual therapy including joint adjustment and manipulation, with particular focus on joint dysfunction or subluxations. They consider the athlete as an integrated being, stressing keeping all the systems of the body functioning efficiently.
Chiropractic care has the potential to positively impact lives. We encourage everyone at any age to come in and benefit from what even the greatest athletes in the world claim as their secret weapon.
And remember the 5 most dangerous words are: “Maybe It Will Go Away”.
Dr. Joe FitzPatrick
Acton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation