For an athlete, there is nothing harder than being injured. Suddenly sidelined by the unforeseen, it’s natural to want to speed up the healing process so you can get back to your life and your sport. It’s once the bones, tendons, or ligaments have healed that the real recovery can begin.
The question remains, how do you recover as quickly as possible, without setbacks?
Give Your Body the Support it Needs
The cells that make up your body are constantly dying and replacing themselves. From the neurons in your brain to the cells that make up your skin, your body is already equipped with an incredible ability to regenerate, repair, and adapt.
People who have strokes and cannot speak find themselves with the ability to talk just weeks later, not because of therapy, but because the brain has found alternative pathways for speech.
If you accidentally cut your finger while opening the mail, you won’t be able to see the cut at all in a few weeks’, not because of what you have done, but because your body automatically goes to work to repair your skin.
Sports injuries are often no different. Whether you need surgery or to sit in a cast for a few weeks, your body is already working hard to help you recover. The best way to support it is through proper diet and adequate rest. As tempting as it is to binge on junk food while you binge-watch your favorite show, your body requires nutrient-rich, whole foods to adequately repair itself.
Chiropractic Care Supports Your Body’s Natural Healing Processes
Most people don’t realize the role chiropractic care can play in your body’s natural healing processes. After all, what does your back have to do with an injury somewhere else in your body?
Think of your skull and your spine like the housing for your body’s electrical system. Your brain and your spinal cord, also known as your central nervous system, control everything from your heart rate and blood pressure to the crushing pain you experience when you stub your pinky toe on the edge of the bed.
Your body’s optimal operation, including the ability to repair itself, depends on the free transmission of electrical signals to and from the nerves that emanate from your brain and your spinal cord.
Unfortunately, when the bones in your spine are out of alignment it impedes the electrical signals that travel to and from your central nervous system. Your brain often registers this as pain, numbness, tingling, or burning in different parts of your body.
What’s worse, your body’s ability to repair itself slows down. If you address the alignment in your spine, not only does the pain and discomfort go away, your body starts to heal itself faster than before.
Whether you are a professional athlete wanting to battle back or a weekend warrior tired of being sidelined by an injury, chiropractic care can help speed up the healing process. Call our office or schedule your comprehensive exam with x-rays online and find out which therapies are right for you.