We often work with Cross-Fitters, runners, and other athletes who are concerned with improving performance and recovery. Experts agree, the presence or absence of pain is not a valid indicator of overall health and well-being. This is why Keystone Chiropractic is different. Our focus is always on your function and performance.
We want you to be functioning optimally, regardless of pain or symptoms, so you can perform at your very best. Understand performance can be different for everyone. You may be an executive needing to make critical decisions daily, a mom providing constant care for your little one, or an athlete looking to enhance your training performance and maintain your peak physical state more easily.
Today, we’ll focus on the connection to improved athletic performance in CrossFit, running, and other sports. Here are the top 3 ways chiropractic care can increase your athletic performance:
1. IMPROVES MOBILITY AND RANGE OF MOTION
CrossFit is built around a variety of functional movements and degrees of intensity. The basis of strength and speed is mobility. Pushing through the workouts with poor mobility can begin to cause secondary problems and in some cases, pain.
Our bodies are designed to operate under proper alignment, and will overcompensate to temporarily protect areas that lack optimal alignment. Compensations occur in areas with inadequate mobility, or in areas of postural distortion.
What does postural distortion look like? Below is an example of a compromised structural assessment.
Notice the raised shoulder, tilted head, and pelvis? Wondering if your structure looks anything like this?
NeuroStructural Chiropractic care can help to…
- increase mobility
- increase range of motion throughout the entire body
- normalize your posture
…all of which allow you to get the most out of your Crossfit training.
Structural compensations will often present as nagging shoulder, knee, hip, or low back pain. These issues are often secondary effects to uncorrected core problems (structural shifts) in the spine and underlying nerve system. These issues can either be long-standing or acute. This will help determine the timeline for healing and restoration of your body.
2. ENHANCES ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
In a world where fractions of seconds can mean the difference between a gold and silver medal, the athletic arena can be daunting. Crossfit is a rigorous training system designed to functionally train the body as a whole.
In order to effectively coordinate these complex movements, your body relies on its master control system; the brain and nerve system. Your brain sends messages through your nerve system to the muscles. This signal tells which muscles to contract for a specific movement. Your strength in that movement is directly related to your neurological recruitment (or the degree of clarity in the messages to the muscles).
Structural distortions, injury, stress and muscular imbalances can all contribute to distortions in these messages.
This is where NeuroStructural chiropractic care can help. In athletes, research shows chiropractic care can enhance the feed forward activation of muscles… resulting in increased strength and coordination.
This means you are less likely to injure yourself and you may even be able to lift up to 15% more after just one correction, which means peak performance for you!
3. IMPROVES STRESS MANAGEMENT AND RECOVERY
You know better than anyone how important recovery time for your body is. Giving it time to heal and repair is just half of the equation. Your body’s ability to recover optimally is greatly linked to the function or health of your nerve system (your master control system).
The focus of NeuroStructural Chiropractic care is the health of the spine and nerve system.
Stress on the body (from high intensity training, illness or inflammation…to name a few) can lead to shifts or misalignments in the spine.
NeuroStructural Chiropractic care helps to correct these structural shifts and takes pressure off the nerve system… which can lead to:
- increased strength & quicker recovery
- reduced inflammation
- better posture & a balanced body
- better management of chronic stress & illness
- increased coordination
…all of which enhance your CrossFit performance.
So…what are you waiting for?