Studies suggest that not only can chiropractic soothe sports injuries, it may even offer you a competitive edge. A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that regular chiropractic neck adjustments can enhance grip strength. The findings 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 placebo treatment. Researchers used a hydraulic dynamometer to determine the force of athletes' grip strength right before and after each therapy. The authors specifically considered grip strength since martial arts require signifcant upper-body strength. Therapy included three chiropractic neck adjustments. The athletes who received chiropractic care experienced statistically significant improvements in grip strength, whereas the sham therapy did not produce significant effects. Typically chiropractic care increased grip strength by 10 to 16 percent.
So if you’re looking to upgrade your athletic performance or heal from a sports injury, seeing our office in Beaverton, OR could be your secret weapon. Dr. Bhasin is skilled in working with athletes with a wide range of ages, ability levels, and sports focuses. Dr. Bhasin can help you correct muscle imbalances or underlying musculoskeletal problems that could be suppressing your performance. Using exercise rehab, chiropractic adjustments, and massage, our comprehensive chiropractic care could enable you heal between workouts and prevent injury. Call our office in Beaverton, OR today for effective sports injury care 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.