After spending hours glued to the television, fascinated by the thrills and spills at the Winter Olympic Games, it makes one admire the courage and determination of these athletes to be able to perform at their best, but whether you are an amateur sports enthusiast, active gym member or a Olympic athlete, your body is prone to the same kinds of aches and pains.
According to the British Chiropractic Association, repeated stresses can lead to a slight loss of proper movement in the bones of your spine and joints, which in turn, can interfere with the healthy working of your muscles and nerves.
Our Chiropractor, Paul Kjos, is a competitive sportsman and this is how he keeps ahead of his game and explains the benefits that he gains from chiropractic treatments:
“When I am out on the volleyball court I am always trying to compete at the highest level my body will allow. Currently, I play for the top seeded volleyball in England, Team Northumbria. All the athletes on this team have the abilities of an elite level and the major characteristic that separates the top teams is building consistency. For myself to compete at this high level it requires focus on mental preparation and focus, excellent nutrition to help the tissues recover and thrive, and making sure my body is physically ready and able to manage the forces placed on it during competition and training.
Issues with the body can arise from an imbalance that can be created by an injury or overuse / repetitive strain. High Level athletes have an amazing ability to compensate when these imbalances arise. Proof of their ability to compensate is how an athlete to adapt or change during a match with all the different variables presented by their competitor. Because of this compensating ability it means they will withstand greater imbalance until the point when a more severe injury might occur.
This is why I incorporate regular chiropractic care as a part of my physical preparations. With a chiropractic assessment these imbalances can be corrected using manual therapies. In a sport that I use one shoulder more than the other I am constantly needing release in my upper back and neck. I have noticed in my recent career how I perform more freely when I am able to have the care I need.”
If you decide to experience the benefits of chiropractic treatment for the first time, then your chiropractor will carry out a full examination and ask questions about your sporting life, posture, medical history and lifestyle, to discover the cause of your pain and make a diagnosis. Then your treatment will begin, often with gentle, specific manipulation. This effective treatment is generally painless, although you may feel some short term discomfort around the injured area. Treatment will normally be followed by a rehabilitation plan which may help to strengthen the affected area, improve your flexibility and assist in preventing future flare-ups. Chiropractic treatment aims to restore normal function to your joints and muscles and may increase your control, co-ordination and muscle strength.
Like most athletes who have benefited from chiropractic treatment, you may decide to return for regular check-ups to keep your body working at its best.