The Child Athlete
As a pediatric chiropractor, we get a lot of questions from
parents about why a child might need to see a chiropractor.
When talking to the parents of athletes, our answer is really
quite simple. Athletes under chiropractic care perform better
than those who do not. That is why every professional and
competitive athlete has a chiropractor on their team.
WHY does an athlete under chiropractic care perform better?
Read below to find out!
Chiropractic care is based in the philosophy that the central nervous system is the master control system of the body. When the central nervous system is free of interference, our bodies should function at their optimum potential. When it comes to being a competitive athlete, having your body functioning at a higher level can be that edge that sets you apart from the competition!
The central nervous system is broken up into 3 parts: the sensory nervous system, the autonomic nervous system and the motor nervous system. The motor nervous system is responsible for all of our muscles and movement. When our bodies want to do an activity (like shoot a free throw or perform a back handspring!) our motor nervous system and our brain need to have a strong communication about which muscles need to fire for power, stability, etc… Our motor nervous system also allows our brains to learn muscle memory with repetition. When our brain and our body have clear communication, it can create strong muscle memory which allows a competitive athlete to focus on the details that will win competitions!
So, how does chiropractic work with the nervous system? Well, when our body experiences stress (physical, chemical and emotional), it causes a “subluxation”. A subluxation is our fancy doctor word for a misalignment in the spine causing neurological interference. When we have a subluxation, it decreases the function of whatever that nerve is responsible for. The nerve could go to our heart, our lungs, our digestive system, our shoulder muscles, our leg muscles, etc… Research shows that we can have up to a 25% decrease in function before we even experience a symptom! I don’t know about you, but as a competitive athlete, I don’t want to be functioning at 75% if my competition is functioning at 90%!
As an athlete, your body undertakes a lot of physical stress!
This can occur with falls and collisions or repetitive stress
from years of free throws, pitches and kicks! This repetitive
stress can cause subluxations in the spine leading to a
decrease in function. A decrease in function can lead to
symptoms such as pain/discomfort in the musculoskeletal
system, slow muscle reactivity, longer recovery times,
weaker immune systems as well as other conditions such
as asthma, allergies, digestive troubles and more!
What People Are Saying
‘My 8-year-old son plays competitive baseball. We first brought him to PSC after a nasty collision at home plate left him with some low back discomfort. After speaking with the doctors and learning about the benefits of regular chiropractic care, I realized that it was so much more than the low back pain! Since being under care at the office, our son has better sleep, fewer illnesses, improved focus at school, all on top of a champion baseball season! The doctors are both so fun and my son adores them!'
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