Are you serious about your sport? Do you train like a professional? Regardless of what your injury and maintenance program looks like, you may just have a hard job and need to be at your physical best!
All elite level athletes spend a lot of time on their recovery — almost as much as their training, in fact. Without proper recovery comes injury and time away from what you love to do the most. You also might not have access to the same facilities and the time that professional athletes do — however, there are still a wide range of things you can do to level up your performance.
The cornerstones of anyone who is active should be a great diet and proper rest. Adding in a proper maintenance program for strength and conditioning is another way to make your body better and more resilient.
The last piece of the puzzle is getting proper chiropractic care. Most sports teams and individuals have a team of medical staff around them 24/7, looking after their needs and addressing aches, pains and injuries as they go. This helps them to perform more frequently, avoid injury and consistently be at their best.
You obviously don’t have a team around you at all hours of the day, but the good news is that chiropractic treatment is still available to help get your body on track!
Here are our top 3 reasons how chiropractic care can level up your performance:
1. Reduce Imbalance – Because our daily habits, routines and sporting activities can be repetitive, the body becomes very effective at doing those things. Sticking to the same routine all the time can result in an imbalance in our joints and muscles. Great examples of this are tennis players who have tight and restricted shoulders from the use of the racket.
Regular chiropractic adjustments help to reduce imbalance and even out your body. Regular movement of joints and soft tissues also help the affected area to relax, allowing you to achieve a more balanced posture.
2. Relieve Joint Stiffness – One of the benefits of chiropractic care is the ability to loosen any joint in the body. Manipulation is a great way to take a joint and loosen it up. If you have tightness in a joint, you can lose range of movement, develop muscle spasms and also develop nerve pain.
Cycling is a sport where you’ll spend lots of time in a hunched-up position – this adds up to stiff and tight spinal joints, which can in turn affect your soft tissues. Spinal manipulation is a great way to help loosen the spine and allow it to move more freely again.
3. Improve your soft tissue recovery – Because we use our muscles and tendons heavily for sport, they can become tired, damaged and tight. Over time, failure to care for our soft tissues can lead to injury and even affect our joints.
By having regular soft tissue therapy with your chiropractor, you can keep it in the best shape possible. You can also reduce adhesions, break down scar tissue and keep your muscles loose and pain free. All of this adds up to better performance and keeping you doing your favourite things for longer!
Your body is a machine — one that is designed for movement. It has many different parts that all require maintenance to perform at their best. Just like a car or bike, maintenance is key for top performance.
Add in regular chiropractic sessions to improve your movement, reduce your pain and maintain your soft tissues. Once you start taking care of your body, there will be a direct effect on how it performs in your sport, hobbies and career.
Contact Tread Well Today
Tread Well provides state-of-the-art medical care in Burlington, ON, including chiropractic, physiotherapy and foot treatments. If you are experiencing nerve, muscle or joint pain, our practitioners are ready to help improve your physical function.
To learn more about how we can help get your movement back on track again, book an appointment with our team today!
Chiropractic Care improves quality of sleep – common sense tells us that a good night’s sleep contributes to good health. How does care at Tread Well Chiropractic help? Chiropractic treatment helps to reduce the pain and associated anxiety of spinal misalignments which often interfere with sleep patterns. Improved sleep, in turn, has been shown to enhance immunity and your ability to fight illness.
Additionally, a 2005 review of case studies linked sleep apnea, a disorder estimated to cost Americans $14 billion every year, to vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments). The researchers who published the study gathered clinical information on 221 patients being treated by 15 different Doctors of Chiropractic. One third of the patients reported that their sleep patterns improved immediately after their chiropractic adjustment. What’s more, of the 20 patients who reported dealing with insomnia, all of them reported an improvement in sleep quality during the six days following their chiropractic adjustments.
The researchers noted that long-term trends had yet to be established and additional research was necessary, but the short-term benefits were remarkable nonetheless. At Tread Well Chiropractic in Burlington, we can also offer advice on nutrition and egonomics in addition to chiropractic adjustments that can help improve your quality of sleep. You may find just what you need for a better night’s sleep!
Chiropractic Care & Cycling Go Hand-In-Hand
Spring is here, and for Canadians that signals the start of cycling season. While cycling is an excellent cardiovascular exercise and a great excuse to get outside, its easy to forget about structural health when you finally hit the road (or the trail).
Unfortunately, its no secret that neck and back injuries are two of the most common injuries seen in the world of cycling, but we’re here to help! At Wellness Way Chiropractic we emphasize preventing injury before it happens. Incorporating the following guidelines into your biking can help ensure a healthy and pain-free cycling season.
Let’s look at body positioning and bike fit first. Although the back pain and cervical pain experienced by cyclists can have a variety of causes, the most common cause of any biking-related pain is improper cycle fit. A rider contacts the bicycle at three points: the hands, the seat, and the feet. The relative positions of these contacts will determine a rider’s comfort and efficiency.
There are multiple variables that determine the position of these contacts: crank length, angle of saddle, crank center to saddle distance, angle of seat tube/saddle offset, saddle to handlebar distance, relative height of saddle, and handlebar drop. Not taking these measurements seriously is a recipe for spine pain. So make sure to have your bike professionally adjusted (*wink) at a bike shop, and then use the following guidelines to tweak the settings for your specific needs:
- Shifting the saddle back can help minimize pain in the low back and knees. However, doing so tends to increase the tension in your neck and shoulders, so don’t overdo it.
- Reducing the height of the handlebars can reduce stress on the hamstrings and lower back musculature. However, doing so can increase neck and shoulder dysfunction, sometimes leading to increased numbness numbness in the hands. Again, don’t overdo it.
- Take special care to make sure saddle height is properly adjusted. Saddles that are set too high can introduce instability to the pelvis, causing the hips to rock from side to side and straining lower back stabilizing muscles.
- Cyclists with slight differences in leg length often experience knee and low back pain because the seat height is only adjusted for one side. Leg length inequalities an be detected and corrected by your chiropractor.
Prepare Your Body
Of course, when it’s finally time to head out on the road it’s important to increase your distance slowly to appropriately condition your body. Even if you feel like you’re still in good shape after the winter, doing activities you haven’t done for a while can still lead to muscle soreness. This is especially true for long-distance cyclists.
Cycling posture puts constant pressure on the discs, joints, muscles and ligaments in your back. Implementing appropriate stretches both before and during your ride can help neutralize these stressors. It’s important to get muscles warmed up and stretched before the ride, especially the hamstrings and hip flexors.
While riding, “standing up” in combination with alternately leaning forward and arching back can help keep back muscles relaxed. Performing basic cervical range of motion exercises (extension, flexion, and rotation) can help to relax the neck, but make sure to keep your eyes on the road!
Finally, the constant jarring impact caused by uneven roads or trails can have a whiplash-type effect and take a major toll on your body. Cyclists can minimize these micro-injuries by using wide, slightly deflated tires, padded gloves, and a lightweight helmet.
Remember, muscle soreness resulting from overuse usually disappears within two days. If pain persists longer or gets worse, it’s important to visit your chiropractor to rule out injury. Riding doesn’t have to be painful! Following these suggestions can help prevent the cycling injuries we see so often at Wellness Way Chiropractic.
Looking For A Sports Chiropractor In Burlington?
Ready to take your cycling to the next level? At Tread Well Chiropractic, we utilize a low-force, non-invasive, conservative approach to sports chiropractic for our patients in Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton & surrounding areas. To make an appointment at Tread Well Chiropractic, call 905-464-7161 or schedule an appointment with our online scheduling app.