Data suggests that not only can chiropractic soothe sports injuries, it may even offer you a competitive edge. A report published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reveals frequent chiropractic cervical manipulation can enhance grip strength. The results could have relevant implications for athletes in racquet sports, martial arts, or baseball.
The report included 18 pro judo athletes who received either chiropractic or a sham therapy. Researchers used a hydraulic dynamometer to assess the force of athletes' grip strength directly before and after each treatment. The authors specifically examined grip strength since martial arts rely on signifcant upper-body strength. Care included three chiropractic neck adjustments. The participants who received chiropractic care experienced statistically significant improvements in grip strength, whereas the sham therapy did not provide significant results. On average chiropractic improved grip strength by 10 to 16 percent.
So if you’re looking to upgrade your athletic performance or recover from a sports injury, seeing our office in Arlington, WA could be your secret weapon. Dr. Ernst is seasoned in treating athletes with a diverse range of ages, ability levels, and athletic focuses. Dr. Ernst can work with you to address muscle imbalances or underlying musculoskeletal issues that could be inhibiting your performance. With exercise rehabilitation, chiropractic adjustments, and massage, our complete chiropractic care could enable you recuperate between workouts and prevent injury. Call our office in Arlington, WA today for effective sports injury therapy 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.