Learn How Chiropractic Can Maintain Your Body For Sports

Chiropractic care has enabled me to stay focused and complete tasks.  It has not only helped with my academics but with my athletics.  I am a competitive gymnast and with my spine in optimal working condition I can use my strength to perform my skills.  I have better balance on the beam and can use my power to flip over the vault table. Thank you Dr. Ciolkosz for helping me to be the best that I can be.

Lauren Rankin

An athlete’s body takes on a ton of stress. Between tough workouts and the rigors of practices and games, no wonder athletes often suffer chronic aches and pains, which unfortunately can morph into serious injuries.

As a sports chiropractor, this is something we try to reduce. By correcting spinal alignment and function, chiropractor care can help maximize your performance on the field by preventing injuries and improving recovery. Here’s how it works:

One of the biggest causes of injuries in athletes is asymmetry throughout the body, meaning one side of the body is different from the other. It could be a strength difference on the left or right side, but most commonly we deal with mobility and flexibility issues. We use chiropractic adjustments to get the body properly aligned and perform soft tissue work such as massage to reduce tension that could be keeping the body out of alignment. This reduces the risk of injury because one area of the body won’t have to work as hard or experience as much stress by picking up the slack from a deficient area.

Chiropractic adjustments allow the body to move as freely as it was designed to do. When your spine is out of alignment, your muscles commonly spasm or cramp up, causing a decrease in range of motion. Relieving misalignments throughout the spine helps free up areas of tension in the back and neck, reducing pain and improving mobility.

Misalignments throughout the body slow down healing. When an athlete is injured, his or her body tries to protect itself with muscle spams and inflammation. This increases the time it takes for the athlete to heal fully and get back on the field. Chiropractic adjustments speed up the recovery process of your muscles.

Chiropractic care maximizes recovery and helps keep your body healthy—which is why many collegiate and pro teams have a chiropractor on staff or on consult. We focus primarily on the spine, but we can also help treat:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand sprains and strains
  • Hip, knee, ankle and foot sprains and strains
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Headaches
  • Neck, mid-back and low-back pain
  • Sciatica

To get the best treatment, look for a chiropractor who has experience working with athletes. A session with a chiropractor once or twice per week can make a huge difference late in your season, when you need to be at your best.

Danielle is 12 years old and is a Level 9 competitive gymnast.  She has been a gymnast since she was 5 years old.  After many doctor’s appointments for back, neck and severe headaches she was ready to quit the sport she loves so much.  After 2 months of treatment she is pain free.  She just competed in New Orleans, and achieved the highest vault score of the meet.  She feels 100% better physically and emotionally.  She is our daughter again.

Thank you,

Donna and Ted McGonigle

About a month ago I was really starting to feel a lot of pain in my lower back.  I went to see Dr. Ciolkosz that day before my swim meet. That night, I had some of my best swim times.  If i didn’t get an adjustment, I probably would not have done as well as I did.  I am very appreciative to have this care.  Thank you.

Julia Sykora

Getting adjusted regularly – along with  practicing other good health habits that my mom helped me to establish – are all part of my goal to win in life and on the field.
Aaron Rodgers

It has been a little over 2 months since I started care and my low back pain is completely gone.  I am running faster than ever before!  Thank you Spinal Health & Wellness!!