Research suggests that not only can chiropractic soothe sports injuries, it may even give you a competitive edge. A trial published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics shows frequent chiropractic cervical manipulation can improve grip strength. The findings could have relevant benefits for sportsmen and women in racquet sports, martial arts, or baseball.
The study included 18 professional judo athletes who were treated with either chiropractic care or a placebo therapy. Scientists used a hydraulic dynamometer to determine the force of athletes' grip strength right before and after each treatment. The authors specifically assessed grip strength because martial arts rely on robust upper-body strength. Therapy consisted of three chiropractic neck adjustments. The participants who received chiropractic had statistically significant improvements in grip strength, whereas the sham therapy did not provide significant results. Generally chiropractic care increased grip strength by 10 to 16 percent.
So if you are looking to upgrade your athletic performance or recover from a sports injury, seeing our office in Saint Paul, MN could be your secret weapon. Dr. Skon is seasoned in treating athletes with a wide range of ages, skill levels, and sports focuses. Dr. Skon can help you address muscle imbalances or underlying musculoskeletal issues that could be inhibiting your performance. With exercise rehab, chiropractic adjustments, and massage, our comprehensive chiropractic could allow you recuperate between workouts and prevent injury. Call our office in Saint Paul, MN 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.