Chiropractic
November 21, 2022

How Pro Athletes Deal with Pain And Ways to Improve Your CrossFit Performance

 How Pro Athletes Deal with Pain And Ways to Improve Your CrossFit Performance
by
Dr. Ben Dyer
 How Pro Athletes Deal with Pain And Ways to Improve Your CrossFit Performance

Professional sports is big business, and sports performance is a huge part of winning. 

To help athletes play at the highest levels possible, they’re given access to a variety of the best healthcare options available. And that includes access to readily available chiropractic care for athletes. It’s true! In fact, chiropractors can be found on nearly every sideline working to keep your favorite athletes and their teammates happy, healthy, and productive on and off the field, pitch, rink, ring, court - you name it!

Why it Matters:

Thankfully, the days of receiving shots of narcotics on the sidelines are over. Blocking pain is not an excellent way to prevent pain, especially when it comes to sports and activities that push the body. It’s a way to cause more injury. That’s why chiropractors are so important. Sports franchises and players alike realize that a team approach to care is best. In fact, nearly every professional sports team has a team chiropractor on the sidelines to help keep the athletes performing at their peak level. What’s more, it’s estimated that 90% of professional and Olympic-class athletes use chiropractic care to increase performance and reduce the risk of injury. 

With chiropractors there to help find the root cause of player injuries, athletes can get back to their game feeling better than ever. 

Check out why some notable athletes have to say about their experience with chiropractic care: 

“Most injuries require chiropractic care. It works better for me than anything else.” - Jerry Rice 

“I have found that chiropractic keeps me flexible and pain free so I can perform at my highest level. The benefits of chiropractic have improved my golf swing, putting less stress and strain on my body and allowing me to be a more productive golfer. I believe it also helps prevent other associated injuries that are very common on the LPGA tour.” - Barbara Bunkowsky 

“Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better. When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m about three inches taller and everything’s in place. And as long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.” - Tom Brady

Improving Your CrossFit Performance

CrossFit is a challenging sport! Participants primarily focus on strength and conditioning and add in a healthy dose of competition for good measure. Their training programs typically incorporate a wide range of exercises - everything from kettlebell-specific exercises to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) involving explosive plyometric movements to Olympic weightlifting and elements of powerlifting. 

CrossFit success comes down to consistency and dedication, and a common goal most CrossFitters share is to improve their WOD (that’s workout a day for the uninitiated). And we know that to do that, they’ll need a plan that allows them to not only achieve their best performance, but that also helps ensure their body can recover quickly. 

The last thing any CrossFitter wants is for injuries to pop up, slow them down, and potentially keep them from going to the gym altogether. That’s where we come in. 

Why it Matters:

If you’re a CrossFitter looking to optimize both your performance and recovery, there is no better choice than chiropractic care! 

Did you know… Recent research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can positively influence your nervous system in ways that result in increased strength. What’s more, adjustments can help to improve your spinal motion and reduce your body’s overall inflammation levels which, in turn, can help speed up your recovery. 

To put that all together:

Even a disc herniation doesn’t automatically mean your condition is too advanced for chiropractic care. Research has shown that nearly 80% of people with a disc herniation in their neck found relief with spinal adjustments.

So, if you’ve been living with neck pain, here’s what we want you to know… 

• Drugs and surgeries usually aren't recommended for the care of neck pain due to their potential side effects and risks.  

• The Cleveland Clinic, American College of Physicians, and other high-profile healthcare organizations support chiropractic adjustments for the care of neck issues.  

• Recent research has also shown that chiropractors who provided spinal adjustments can provide more relief than steroid injections for neck pain caused by a disc herniation.

Crossfit is challenging. It’s demanding. It’s intense. That's all part of what makes it so much fun! And to make sure you stay at the top of your game and in the gym, you’ll want to make sure to balance all that activity with the proper rest and recovery. Your adjustments will go a long way towards keeping you strong and active, and our expert team is also happy to recommend nutritional supplements and pain-relieving creams to help you achieve your CrossFit goals.

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