Athletes

Looking Into the Mirror
Ways to Improve Posture
Misaligned Posture and Me Learn how to be at 100%
How Chiropractic Will Save Me Money How to Stay Healthy for Life
How to Enhance Your Exercising Potential Improving You Lifestyle

Looking Into the Mirror     

If you can relate to any of these images, you are definitely not alone.

Whether you are a top-condition collegiate or high-school athlete, weekend warrior, or just beginning a sport, STRESS and GRAVITY are two things that aren’t going away any time soon and follow us wherever we go.

Staying fit and healthy is an investment and takes effort. It only makes sense to take care of your spine, which is the nerve center from which all tissues, muscles and organs receive their signal.

The good news? Your ability to ADAPT to these everyday stresses and strains CAN improve.




Ways to Improve Posture     

We often hear that posture is essential for good health, but only few people have a real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.In fact, most people are informed of their bad posture only when it is pointed out by a coworker, friend or spouse.Having proper posture allows us to stand, sit, walk and lie in positions that place less stresses and strains on our supportive, postural muscles.The bones in our body are fastened together through tough, sinewy connective tissue and hold our bones in place; much akin to bookends holding books in place on a shelf. Connected to these are our muscles, which govern support, posture and movement to the human body. Through stress, gravity, repetitive movement and poor posture, sometimes the body begins to succumb to these factors, which leads to muscle pain, chronic tightness and poor performance.

Misaligned Posture and Me     

The body is one whole functioning unit and is evaluated as such. Biomechanically, if you have something misaligned at the feet, it can translate throughout the rest of your body.

The diagram below displays a “short leg”, which people can have, anatomically speaking. More commonly however is a “functional short leg” which is caused by accumulated stressors such as bad posture, slouching, injuries, etc.

Chiropractic can help reduce the severity of any of the below symptoms by going directly to the source—the spine—to help restore curve, balance muscles and allow you to function at your best.

Learn how to be at 100%     

But I’m a young, healthy athlete, the pain won’t last, I can work through it…

Maybe not.  While it is true that the rate of healing is depending on location, intensity of injury, age, gender and the sport itself; you are still engaged in this thing we call life. Consider the lifetime of trauma you’ve accumulated throughout your particular sport. Sprains and strains, ligament tears, surgeries and hospitalizations, concussions, etc. The human body is resilient at adapting to stress, but only up to a point. The longer you train through the pain, the more potential and irreversible harm you may cause yourself. Short term gains are not worth long term pains, so getting yourself checked out is paramount.

Trauma

Every time we injure ourselves the body seeks to repair the damage. Whether it is a ligament sprain, a muscle strain, or a broken bone; the body engages in rehabilitation to “knit things back together”. Sometimes, when the injury is significant enough, or the trauma is chronic in nature; the muscle begins to repair itself improperly, never fully returning to 100% normal function.

Half empty or half full

A completely healthy athlete who gets adequate rest, eats well and engages in their particular sport a few times a week has a full glass. If we equate a full glass with 100% potential; then as that individual goes through their day and experiences stressors on their muscles and bodies (e.g. school, sports) than their initial potential is reduced (the more the stress, the quicker you “lose your potential”), so by the end of a tiring day, you may be tired, or feel like you’re “half-full”.

However, by putting good fuels into your body; sleeping regularly and exercising, you begin the following day with 100% again, or close to it and typically don’t run into problems.

But…
If you are an individual who is plagued with daily stress in sport as well as without (i.e. at home or school, eating poorly), you never get to start your day with a full glass. You wake up tired; you suck down stimulants like coffee, tea, or energy drinks to keep awake and it still isn’t enough; you’re constantly sore and achy. Things hurt that never used to. You sleep poorly, stay up too late until…

A singular event, or an accumulation of stressors is finally too much for your body and you end up in some form of debilitating pain:

Low back pain radiating into your leg(s); neck pain; weakness into the arms; crippling muscle spasms…Okay, you get it.

How Chiropractic Will Save Me Money   

Proactive Vs. Reactive

Many people see chiropractors after a singular or repetitive event that “became too much”. This is called Reactive Care. That is, you are now reacting to something that has already occurred.

In chiropractic, we strive to educate the patient to become Proactive. That is, to recognize potential pitfalls and situations while they are small, before they become something major.

If the engine light in your care came on, would you drive around ignoring it, or would you book an appointment to check it out sooner than later in order to avoid potentially costly repairs.

Similarly with chiropractic, recognizing the small things and getting an occasional “tune up” is far more COST-EFFECTIVE than waiting until something major breaks down and being dependant on care for several weeks before you are back on the mend.

What will Chiropractic do for me?

Through chiropractic care, you will begin to feel a reduction in your symptoms (pain, aches, and soreness) after a few treatments.

While you are young now, your tissues are more resilient at bouncing back and holding themselves in optimal positions. In addition, you will be educated at intervals on how to avoid the pitfalls of starting your day “half full”.

You will be taught by your chiropractor to recognize these pitfalls in your everyday life, even trivial things outside sport you may not be realizing are affecting you (e.g. slouching, carrying heavy bags, part-time job stress, excessing texting / computer work).

Our Goal:

We don’t want to see you! When you become a chiropractic patient and present with a singular trauma or injury that is debilitating, our priority is to help to restore you back to optimal function.

We recognize that you are probably going to injure yourself again at some point later on, but by getting checked on a semi-regular basis, your chiropractor will be able to help you understand WHY certain issues tend to keep cropping up and what you can do to minimize them in the future.

How to Stay Healthy for Life   

The Tune Up:

Like you do with your car, you need maintenance in order to keep you on the road.

While everyone can benefit from the chiropractic adjustment, some need more care than others. These factors largely depend on stress levels, job requirements, physicality while on the job, repetitive jobs and the like. Your chiropractor is there to ensure that you get the level of care you need in the frequency you need it in order to get you back on track.

Reducing your ATHLETIC-STRESS:

It’s simple. Stress is all around is, sometimes without us even being aware of it. It affects us all in different ways and at different times. Stress can be generally broken down into 4 categories:

PHYSICAL: (increased sport demands, especially during competition and contact sports)

MENTAL: (sport and non-sport related (e.g. exams, school, relationships))

CHEMICAL: (bad food, bad drink, pollution, cigarettes)

EMOTIONAL: (arguments at home, at school, with coach, teammates, between friends, within relationships)

The good news is that while stress isn’t going to ever go away, our ability to adapt to stress CAN change!

How to Enhance Your Exercising Potential  

Whether you are a long-time participant of sports since you were a kid or a recent enthusiast who wants
to get in the game, exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

EXERCISE = GOOD STRESS

We’ve been talking about stress in a negative light. Exercise is a stress that is good for our bodies. It
improves overall strength, health, circulation, vitality and muscle tone.

Without a decent regimen of exercise in our lives, we allow our bodies to slip down a slope that includes
becoming stagnant, decreases in muscle tone, increase in fat stores, and decreased outlook on life.

When Exercise becomes too much of a good thing:

The biggest pitfall of any exercise is injury. We have all experienced it and know
how much it can affect our lives, not only in sport, but outside sport as well.

Injuries occur when an individual has exceeded their body’s capacity to adapt to
the stress of the exercise and mechanical failure is the end result (e.g. sprained
muscle, strained ligament, broken bone). One sure-fire way to help reduce your
likelihood and risk of injury and re-injury is to get checked by a chiropractor who
fully understands the musculoskeletal system.

When muscles and posture are balanced through the chiropractic adjustment, your
ability to return to sport improves and the likelihood of re-injury is dramatically
reduced.

Improving Your Lifestyle   

We are men. We work hard and we play hard. We value our ability to do what we want, when we want it. But sometimes, we get into bad habits that affect our overall health.

You definitely are NOT alone.

While the human body is resilient and possesses the ability to bounce back quickly, we cannot deny physics, which always catches up to us: FORCE OVER TIME….Like braces on your teeth, an accumulation of improper positions and postures begins to affect the overall structure of our bodies.

 We all get once chance and only one body. The effects of aging are irreversible and are largely dependent on the stressors in our lives (Physical, Mental, Chemical, Emotional), our ability to adapt to these stressors can improve.

Getting adjusted works with the deep postural muscles of the body to help maintain and in some cases improve good posture.

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