We see a lot of people who are athletes and performers and dancers. (Dancers are every bit athletes as their counterparts who play professional sports or even recreational sports. As a matter of fact, I’ve heard it said that dancers, pound for pound, are the strongest athletes out there). When we’re dealing with sports injuries once someone gets injured on the field or pulls their neck or sprains their neck or gets a concussion, there is always going to be primary medical care first – they are going to get triaged. And then once they are out of any danger of a real serious medical condition, then they come to chiropractors and they want to get back into the game and they want to get stronger again.
So when people have these bumps and bruises, it’s very easy for the vertebral bones or the vertebrae to get misaligned. And when they’re misaligned, they will put pressure on the nerve system. And when the nerve system is irritated by those misalignments (or what we chiropractors call subluxations), then the body’s ability to heal can be impaired and it can be a much slower road. So with chiropractic care (realigning the vertebrae) they’ll usually have a quicker recovery and they’ll come back stronger with a more healthy and resilient spine – which is important to them playing their game and practicing their craft to the best of their ability.
So those things are really important but really the best way a chiropractor can help with sports injuries is in the prevention. By caring for your spine and keeping it in the best alignment and strong and in good shape, your spine becomes more resilient and it’s able to withstand all the bumps and bruises and stresses and strains of all these contact sports that we play.
So if I’m a lacrosse player and I’m running down the field and someone hits me from the side, if my spine is in bad alignment and it’s weak, that hit is going to have a much more profound effect on my body.
But if my spine is in good alignment and resilient, then it’s going to be able to withstand that punishment and last longer and be stronger.
The better condition your spine is in, the better it’s going to be able to perform and handle all the stresses and strains and all the things we throw at it when we play contact sports and very high intense games.
Dr. Gregg D. Rubinstein, D.C., is a midtown Manhattan chiropractor with over 20 years of experience providing customized chiropractic treatment services to a wide range of clients in the Midtown Manhattan/West New York City area. Dr. Gregg Rubinstein and 57th Street Chiropractic can be reached at (917) 534-6484 and is located at 119 West 57th St. in New York, NY.
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