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Chiropractic Improves Sports Performance

Studies suggest that not only can chiropractic soothe sports injuries, it may even offer you a competitive edge. A trial published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics indicates regular chiropractic cervical manipulation can improve grip strength. The results could have important implications for competitors in racquet sports, martial arts, or baseball.

The study included 18 professional judo athletes who received either chiropractic or a sham therapy. Scientists utilized a hydraulic dynamometer to gauge the force of athletes' grip strength directly before and after each treatment. The authors specifically evaluated grip strength since martial arts rely on robust upper-body strength. Care included three chiropractic neck adjustments. The participants who received chiropractic experienced statistically significant gains in grip strength, whereas the placebo therapy did not produce significant effects. On average chiropractic care enhanced grip strength by 10 to 16 percent.

So if you are looking to upgrade your athletic performance or recuperate from a sports injury, seeing our office in Middleburg Heights, OH could be your secret weapon. Dr. Baker is seasoned in working with athletes with a wide range of ages, experience levels, and athletic focuses. Dr. Baker can work with you to target muscle imbalances or underlying musculoskeletal issues that could be suppressing your performance. Using exercise rehab, chiropractic adjustments, and massage, our comprehensive chiropractic could allow you recuperate between workouts and reduce the risk of injury. Call our office in Middleburg Heights, OH today for effective sports injury care and prevention.

Botelho, Marcelo and Bruno Andrade. Effect of Cervical Spine Manipulative Therapy on Judo Athletes’ Grip Strength. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2011; 35(11): 38-44.

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April 03, 2015
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Dr. Robb Baker