As an athlete, you LOVE to use and push your body, and the benefits of regular exercise are well established. For whatever reason you choose to work out, nothing is more frustrating than when an injury keeps you on the sidelines. Improving your spinal structure can help keep you injury-free and striving toward your goals.
A normal healthy spine is straight up and down from the front and has three curves from the side. The curves in your spine work as shock absorbers, so you can handle higher loads, leading to fewer injuries and less time missing the gym. Think of the curves in your spine like the shocks on your car. If those shocks break down, so will your car. If the curves in your spine break down, your body and your health go down with it.
Researchers have found that a healthy lumbar curve can withstand more mechanical loads, which means you can push your body further without breaking down. That means more weight for weightlifters, landing from higher heights for high jumpers, and a stronger foundation for runners.
Improved spinal structure allows the nervous system to function at its highest potential. When your spine has its normal curves, the spinal cord is in its most relaxed position. In that position, the spine can carry the messages from the brain to the rest of the body to keep you strong and promote healing. The faster these messages travel through the spinal cord, the better your body can function. Better function puts you at less risk for injury and allows you to keep doing what you love.
We recommend getting checked by a chiropractor specializing in advanced spinal correction so you can get stronger ASAP!
How Our Chiropractic Care Works
1. Be Heard and
Sit down with one of our doctors to discuss your health, your concerns, and your vision for the future.
2. Learn the Underlying Cause of Your Problem
Our doctors use the most advanced science and technology in spinal biomechanics to understand and explain your condition.
3. Get a Customized Spinal Rejuvenation Program
If accepted as a practice member, our Chiropractic BioPhysics approach allows us to tailor care to your specific condition.
4. Regain Confidence in Your Body
Use this new, stronger structure to live a life free of limitations, knowing your body is able to function at its full potential.
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Advanced Spinal Corrective Care
Have you ever felt you’ve hit a plateau and can’t find any more time to invest in your workout routine?
Are you discouraged with your progress and considering giving up altogether?
Imagine if every time you stepped into the gym, you knew your body had the chance to get the most out of your workout and then return to your day.
We all know that exercise is good for us, but finding the time to carve out of our busy schedules can be difficult. Often, we feel that to make any progress toward our goals, we have to spend hours and hours at the gym. Many people don’t realize there are ways to significantly boost their results without adding more time at the gym. New research has proven that poor posture can actually keep your body from properly communicating with your brain, stopping you from getting the most out of your workouts. To understand how this works, we must start by understanding how the brain and muscles communicate.
The brain balances out every function in the human body. It does this by sending nerve signals and energy through the spinal cord. The spinal cord is like a thick electrical wire that connects your brain to all the muscles, organs, and tissues in the body, so your body knows what it needs to do to function properly. The connection between the brain and body largely determines the force at which your muscles contract, heal, and repair. It also determines the strength of your muscles and your recovery time by balancing the rest of your physiology, such as your respiratory rate, heart rate, oxygenation to cells, blood flow, blood pressure, and so on.
Because the spinal cord is a major connective piece between your brain and the rest of your organs, bones surround the spinal cord to protect it at all times. When your posture and spine are in their optimum position, the cord can keep the brain and organs in communication, and thus the body can function at 100%. However, due to stress and trauma to the body, the spine can shift or twist out of proper alignment, causing subluxation.
Subluxations cause stress and pressure to the spinal cord and nerves blocking nerve flow at that level. When any part of the body does not get full nerve supply, it becomes weak and will not function to its highest potential. Multiple subluxations will cause your overall posture to weaken, slowing down the signals traveling through the spinal cord.
If your spine is subluxated and your posture is distorted, your muscles are not getting all the messages from your brain and cannot do as much work. Research shows that postural distortions can decrease an athlete’s speed, power, and agility.
The good news is that researchers have also seen that when they correct abnormal posture, the function of the nervous system improves. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as just “sitting up straighter.” Instead, we must identify and correct the underlying subluxations that caused the abnormal posture.
Chiropractors are portal-of-entry doctors specializing in the spine and nervous system function. Advanced spinal corrective care is unique from traditional chiropractic care. It helps you enhance your workouts and sports performance. An advanced spinal corrective chiropractor can create customized programs for you to perform better, lift heavier, and reach your greatest potential in fitness and life
Improve Your Posture
What would the season be like if you could unlock your full athletic potential?
Every season, athletes like you push to be at their best. We know that many student-athletes are constantly striving to play their best, some hoping for a scholarship and others just loving the adrenaline of playing the game.
Many elite athletes live a chiropractic lifestyle, and it’s easy to see why. Research finds a direct relationship between an athlete’s posture and speed, power, balance, and agility. That means athletes with better postures were, on average, 10% faster than their counterparts with worse postures. Research even finds improvements in hand-eye coordination with an improved image.
How could your posture possibly have such a significant impact on athletic performance? Your brain is best friends with all your organs, muscles, and tissue. Your brain’s job is to send messages to all those organs, so they know what to do. Your spine is the bridge that connects them all. Without a strong bridge of communication, what good is a friendship, right? The same applies to your brain and the rest of your organs. Life stresses cause tension on this bridge of communication and, if not rectified, can cause issues in the relationship.
If your posture weakens, messages can’t move correctly through that tightened structure. You can imagine how this affects an athlete’s performance.
The best way to accurately assess how changes in your posture could affect your athletic performance is to see a chiropractor specializing in Advanced Spinal Correction to restore abnormal posture. At Healing Hands of Manahawkin, we compare your posture to upright spinal x-rays, measure the changes in your posture, and put together a plan to correct those changes and set you up for your best season yet.
One of the major concerns for many athletes, coaches, and parents involved in sports is the chance of a concussion. Multiple concussions can lead to headaches, brain fog, memory loss, and leave athletes vulnerable to future injuries. No matter how careful, every athlete could have a fall or collision that puts them at risk for a concussion. The best way to stay safe this season is to“pre-hab” before any injury occurs.
We know what you are thinking – how can you “pre-hab” your brain? Getting checked for your current posture is essential for taking preventative action. Here’s why, it turns out that the posture of your neck significantly impacts whether or not you get a concussion and, if you do, how long it takes to recover. When your head is directly over your shoulders, your neck is nice and curved, and your spinal cord is in its most relaxed position. The curve in your neck works as a shock absorber. Think of the curve in your neck like the shocks on your car. If the shocks on your car break down, so will your car. If the curve in your neck breaks down, you become more susceptible to injury. Research shows that for every pound of increased neck strength, the risk of concussion decreases by 5%. That means the better your posture, the better protected you are from a concussion during sports.
Whether you are looking to prevent an injury or get a concussion this season, be sure to get checked by a chiropractor that specializes in Advanced Spinal Correction. Getting yourself checked will help you be stronger in the face of an injury and lessen your recovery time. We hope no athlete ever has an accident that could cause a concussion, but we also know that every athlete and their support system would rather be prepared.