There is more to being an athlete than getting the right amount of exercise, eating a healthy diet and following the right lifestyle. Whilst getting the right foods and nutrients, and following the right lifestyle factors can help to address multiple factors that are beneficial for athletes including muscle strength and repair, the addition of regular chiropractic treatment can improve joint strength, aid muscle soreness, and improve circulation.

As an athlete, you put your body through a lot more than most other people do. The sports played require athletes to need every bit of strength that they have and the impact on the body means that injuries often happen.

Chiropractic treatment can address specific injuries that impact many athletes, such as tennis elbow and groin pain. Research has demonstrated that the rates of lower back pain and neck pain are also much higher in athletes than in the general population and chiropractors are experts in the management of lower back and neck pain.

Spinal adjustments are an important part of an athlete’s sports training, particularly in competitive sports, where an athlete needs to eliminate fatigue and boost strength, speed and flexibility. Inside the body exists a musculoskeletal system which when one part goes wrong, the rest can follow. Alignment issues put stress on the joints, muscles, discs, nerves, and ligaments. This causes interference within the functions of other systems of the body, which in turn causes athletic performance to suffer, it can also lead to injury.

When these type of injuries happen chiropractic treatment can help to shorten the time it takes to heal, providing pain relief from a wide range of sports injuries. Chiropractic treatment also helps the muscles to relax and enhances circulation, which is of great benefit for an athlete.

More and more FA clubs have formal associations with Chiropractors, and this is constantly increasing thanks to high-quality research demonstrating the efficacy of timely Chiropractic intervention to reduce the costs and disability associated with low back and neck pain.

Have a look around our website and see the innovative programme that Backworks have developed in conjunction with the medical staff of Southend United Football Club. We have seen a sharp reduction in the number of practices and matches missed due to non-contact low back and neck pain since adding weekly on-site Chiropractic services to the club.