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Colorado Sports Chiropractor
Being a Colorado sports chiropractor is the best. It’s a year-round affair.
Colorado is perpetually regarded as one of the healthiest states in the union. One of the biggest reasons, I believe, is due to the high participatory level of outdoor activities and sports. (Which is why I chose to be a Colorado sports chiropractor and make Denver my home)
A few years ago I was given the honor of being Colorado Sports Chiropractor of the Year by the Colorado Chiropractic Association and CEPA’s (The chiropractic association for the Care of Elite and Professional Athlete’s) National Chiropractor of the Year. (blush, blush)
Because it’s just what I do, I understand it.
But you may not even be aware that a Colorado sports chiropractor can play an important role in the management and treatment of not only your injuries but your ability to perform and excel in your sport- whether it’s on a team or for you individually.
Here are some of the top athletes in the world explaining why they include chiropractic care in their sports medicine routine. Colorado sports chiropractor treatment has allowed me to have some amazing experiences with these athletes.
In the video below, you’ll see my good friend and mentor Nick Athens taking care of the San Francisco 49ers. (This is where I worked before moving my sports injury clinic to Colorado.)
Watch this short sports chiropractic video… it’s pretty cool!
It’s been great being able to care for pro athletes but the overwhelming majority of people who walk into my clinic are ‘weekend warriors,’ otherwise affectionately known to me as… job security.
And, believe it or not, many of my sports injury patients are youth athletes.
When treating the youth athlete you have to always keep in mind these are very formative years and kids now days are asked to do far more than in the past. There are limits and laws of nature. When we break them, we break…. or break down.
Much of what ails us ‘baby boomers’ stems from not tending to minor injuries properly when we were younger and invincible. (Or so we thought)
Inherent in sports are two premises that lead to making a good case for having a sports chiropractor- competition and injury.
Colorado Sports Chiropractor Approaches
From a treating doctors position, I take two different approaches to those two premises.
1) Injuries- Injuries can be coaxed to heal at a faster rate or with a better long term outcome if manged correctly. Sometime a sports chiropractor can offer a chiropractic slant to help fully address the nature of the injury.
2) Competition- By nature, whether against others or with ones self, sports performance and competition lends itself to treating your body like the miracle that it is in order to get the most out of it.
You don’t have to be Joe Montana or John Elway to take responsibility for the stewardship of your body. Yes, pro athletes have a team of people who work together to help them perform better and last longer but heck who says you can’t as well?
The majority of average athletes will only do what they need to do to get by. If you’re the type of person who wants to stand out from the crowd and excel in your sport, you need to push yourself.
To me, as an athlete, that’s where the marrow of life is. As a Colorado sports chiropractor, I like to inspire and motivate the athletes I treat.
Pushing yourself can be mental and/or physical. It’s far better to push yourself when you have a sports chiropractor on your health care team who is locating, detecting and correcting bio-mechanical ‘weak links’ in the chain that can be potential areas of injury.
I had the pleasure of being a chiropractic consultant for the San Francisco Giants for 10 years. Much of my job as a Colorado sports chiropractor was to not only help the rest of the sports medicine staff by playing my part in the management of injuries but to play my part in preventing injuries.
Sports chiropractic care can also improve performance by helping the athlete become more bio-mechanically ‘in-sync.’
Beyond sports injury treatment is the concept and science of performance enhancement. The thing I love most about being a chiropractor is that our science, art, and philosophy is based on the premise that nature is infinitely wise. As humans we may have been ‘issued’ our genes but no one said it’s against the rules to to maximize their expression.
Chiropractic can profoundly improve the neurological functions within the body.
Sports chiropractors, although misunderstood by some ultra-traditional therapists, have a holistic, natural approach and a well-rounded and comprehensive understanding of the neuromusculoskeletal ‘human machine.’
A study in 1991, published in the journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation, showed that chiropractic care increased athletic performance by as much as 16.7% over twelve weeks.
If you’re a competitive athlete, what might an increase in 16.7% do for you?
The facilitators of this study measured each athlete’s athletic ability through a series of quantitative tests, and placed half the athletes on a specific individualized program of chiropractic care for twelve weeks. The other half received no care. The objective in choosing the particular tests was to measure aspects of athletic ability that would be minimally affected by cardiovascular and strength training.
All athletes were re-evaluated through the same ability tests after six weeks and the treatment group was evaluated again after twelve weeks. Reaction time was measured before the season began and at six weeks. In the control group (who received no chiropractic care) the improvement in reaction time at the six-week check-up was less than 1 percent. On the other hand, the chiropractic group’s reaction time was 18 percent faster.
A study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research in 1997 revealed that chiropractic care can increase your capillary count, meaning increased blood flow. Increased blood flow means increased oxygenation. Those benefits could be substantial for any athlete.
When I work with professional teams as a part of the overall sports medicine staff it’s imperative that we all ‘play nice’ and respect each others disciplines, talents and specialties.
After all, we are care givers not care competitors.
A good Colorado sports chiropractor will have a well-rounded and progressive education in sports nutrition, biomechanics, therapeutic and functional exercise physiology and physical therapy.
Just as the gears of the sprocket mesh smoothly to power the chain on your bike, the bones in your body are all connected by joints and dependent upon those inter-connections.
The Colorado Sports Chiropractor
Sports chiropractors, as well as many professional athletes, are well aware that joints that function properly perform better and last longer.
From a neurological standpoint, the body is electric, literally.
Hundreds of millions of messages travel constantly during activity from receptors in your joints, tendons and muscles, along nerves, back and forth to you brain. The synchronicity of this ‘concert’ of events is what makes an athlete an athlete. If the ‘system’ is faulty you can be prone to injury.
Chiropractic can help improve the neuromechanical communication from brain to body and vice-versa. My sports injury clinic utilizes all natural methods of therapy.
It’s not an end all, be all. But you can get a lot of mileage out of a good Colorado sports chiropractor.
References: Chiropractic: The J Chiro Res and Clin Invest 1991; 6 (4): 84–87, Lauro, Anthony; Mouch, B
Being a chiropractor allows me to express my athletic background in a career. Being a Colorado sports chiropractor is the best.