Data suggests that not only can chiropractic relieve sports injuries, it may even give you a competitive edge. A report published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics indicates frequent chiropractic cervical manipulation can improve grip strength. The results could have relevant implications for sportsmen and women in racket sports, martial arts, or baseball.
The study included 18 professional judo athletes who were treated with either chiropractic care or a placebo treatment. Researchers used a hydraulic dynamometer to ascertain the force of athletes' grip strength immediately before and after each therapy. The authors specifically examined grip strength since martial arts require powerful upper-body strength. Treatment included three chiropractic neck adjustments. The athletes who received chiropractic experienced statistically significant improvements in grip strength, whereas the sham therapy did not produce significant effects. On average chiropractic increased 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 Rockwall, TX could be your secret weapon. Dr. Keith is experienced in treating athletes with a broad range of ages, experience levels, and athletic focuses. Dr. Keith can work with you to correct muscle imbalances or underlying musculoskeletal problems that could be suppressing your performance. With exercise rehabilitation, chiropractic adjustments, and massage, our holistic chiropractic could enable you recover between workouts and prevent injury. Call our office in Rockwall, TX today for effective sports injury therapy 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.