Chiropractic Benefits for Football Players
It is almost impossible to watch a football game & not see a football player drop to the floor, writhing in extreme pain, with an expression upon their faces, replicating that of a woman in labour. This may be for the purpose of time delay, to receive a free kick or they may have actually sustained a nasty injury . One thing that’s certain is the that football does put an extreme amount of strain on the lower body. According to Premier Injuries, there were 133 injuries in total over the first nine matchdays of the 20/21 Premier League season. This meant there was a 23% increase compared to the same period the previous year.
Common joint & muscle injuries include sprained ankles & wrists, hamstring injuries, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, calf & groin-related injuries. These are typically caused by collisions with other players, landing awkwardly, poor tackles & inefficient warm-ups. Ahead of the Euro’s 2021, we’ve compiled a list of our top 6 chiropractic benefits for football players.
Say you have a lock-up in your left knee. You may begin to run differently to avoid the pain. Other parts of the body, such as your right knee & hips may then get used unnaturally. This is to compensate for the lack of mobility in your left knee. This then causes pain, tension & misalignments in those areas, and your mobility declines across your body by the day. When I realign joints, I aim to reduce the pinching of nerves, improve your posture and stressing of your muscles, ligaments and tendons. This is so the joints remain well-lubricated & aligned, increasing your range of motion, joint function, flexibility & balance.
When you are no longer experiencing any pain, stiffness or tension, and have rehabilitated an injury correctly, you can perform at a more optimal level. All your joints are aligned, so your sporting performance will naturally improve. Aligned joints, particularly the spine, allows the Central Nervous System (CNS) to remain connected & better coordinate the body to perform more optimally. This also improves strength & endurance – get more game time!
Here at the Bedford Chiropractic Clinic, our primary aim is to treat the cause of your pain. I don’t want to just mask the pain like meds do. This is so I can minimise, eliminate & prevent the root of the pain, whilst relieving the pain. During a football accident, your body may experience all kinds of misalignments & experience tension. By realigning your joints through gentle physical manipulations, I can relieve the tension & minimise the pain. A full-body examination during your consultation will determine where I need to manipulate. Read more about chiropractic adjustments here.
Speeds up & Promotes Better Injury Rehabilitation
Chiropractic adjustments help realign joints that may have shifted due to an injury or repetitive impact to a joint, to allow your body to heal correctly. I also help rehabilitate an injury without offering you any medication or invasive treatments. Invasive treatments require a long recovery period, which we avoid to get you back on the pitch quicker. Also, painkillers simply temporarily ‘kill’ the pain, rather than cure the root of the pain. I still advise that you follow guidance from your GP though.
Additionally, as part of your treatment plan with me, I also offer tailored diet & exercise plans for you to follow. This aids in treating & preventing injuries.
Helps Prevents Injuries
Unfortunately, you cannot help a sprain from a nasty two-footed slide-tackle (a nice red card for the opposition might soften the blow). But some unnecessary injuries can be prevented that chiropractic can help with, such as muscle/joint overuse.
A chiropractic adjustment helps improve the body’s biomechanics & posture, which plays a large role in preventing injuries. Regular adjustments can also locate misalignments & signs of wear & tear from overuse, that you didn’t even know you had. This helps you to establish & maintain a solid foundation to minimise the chance of injuries, and prevent the body from going out of alignment.
Here at the Bedford Chiropractic Clinic, I will carry out a full-body examination to identify all misaligned areas. During your treatment (the first one is FREE), I will apply controlled, sudden pressure to a misaligned joint. This helps promote structural alignment, reduce subluxations, improve the body’s mechanical function, restore mobility & to relieve pain & inflammation, to prevent you from sitting on the sidelines.
Staying aligned through regular treatments will help your body’s natural ability to heal, your coordination, posture, performance, mobility, joint function & flexibility, speeding up recovery & relieving pain. Learn more about the chiropractic benefits for football players here >>
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