Studies suggest that not only can chiropractic alleviate sports injuries, it may even offer you a competitive edge. A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics shows regular chiropractic neck adjustments can boost grip strength. The results could have important implications for athletes in racquet sports, martial arts, or baseball.
The report included 18 professional judo athletes who were treated with either chiropractic care or a placebo treatment. Researchers utilized a hydraulic dynamometer to gauge the force of athletes' grip strength right before and after each treatment. The authors specifically assessed grip strength since martial arts require significant upper-body strength. Care included three chiropractic neck adjustments. The patients who received chiropractic care experienced statistically significant gains in grip strength, whereas the placebo therapy did not produce significant effects. Typically chiropractic enhanced grip strength by 10 to 16 percent.
So if you’re looking to boost your athletic performance or heal from a sports injury, seeing our office in Harrisburg, PA could be your secret weapon. Dr. Blake is seasoned in working with athletes with a diverse range of ages, experience levels, and athletic focuses. Dr. Blake can work with you to correct muscle imbalances or underlying musculoskeletal concerns that could be suppressing your performance. Using exercise rehabilitation, chiropractic adjustments, and massage, our holistic chiropractic care could enable you recuperate between workouts and reduce the risk of injury. Call our office in Harrisburg, PA today for effective sports injury treatment 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.