Keeping the body in tip-top shape for competition isn’t always easy. The last year has been a real challenge for many athletes and athletic-minded people here in Norwalk and all around the country. Many have been sidelined and benched thanks to the bully on the field, COVID-19.
But just because you may not be in the game right now, it doesn’t mean you should stop working to be your best self, and part of that means getting regular spinal realignments.
What to Expect Here
We’re athletes, so we get it. Being out of the game plays with your emotions and can be demotivating. Perhaps there’s a little more stress to release in your workouts, or maybe you haven’t been working out at all (I hope that’s not the case)! A spinal realignment could be just what you need to give your energy a healthy boost and readjust your mood in either scenario.
This post will talk about what a spinal realignment is and how it affects your body. After that, I show you the top five benefits every athlete in Oyster Town can benefit from, even if you’re temporarily benched.
What Exactly Is A Spinal Realignment?
Sometimes referred to as spinal manipulation or adjustment, a realignment is precisely what you’d expect it to be; it’s a chiropractor using a specific force to put your vertebrae (the bones in your spine) back in their correct place.
A spinal realignment improves your range of motion, which is just a fancy way of talking about your ability to move around and do all those snazzy dance moves you’ve been working on in quarantine. A spinal realignment can also reduce the pesky lower back pain that tends to be a thorn in the side for many athletes.
What Happens When the Spine is Out of Alignment?
You can survive with your spine out of alignment, but you may not like it much. It causes a distracting level of discomfort, prevents an even flow of your body’s fluids, and makes movement a chore. Once you get a few regular realignments, however, you’ll feel the difference of a misalignment.
Allowing a spinal misalignment to go on for an extended period can cause sluggishness, extreme fatigue, and irritability. It can also lead to headaches, muscle pain, and joint stiffness too.
How Athletes Benefit from Spinal Realignment
There are several benefits athletes receive from a spinal realignment. Here are the top five:
- Perhaps most importantly, a realignment can enhance performance. You’ll feel more energized, even in the cold, wet winters of Norwalk.
- There are no drugs or chemicals involved. Drugs and chemicals that treat back pain and discomfort can tank your performance.
- A misalignment can exacerbate even the smallest injury, but regular spinal manipulation will strengthen your spine and help you prevent serious injury.
- Related to #3, not only can regular spinal realignments strengthen the spine, but it can reduce recovery time when you pull a muscle doing that fancy footwork, break a bone in your push to the winning line, or lift those weights without proper support.
- Finally, every athlete has some pain, whether from a previous injury or something new. Spinal realignment opens the flow of nurturing and nourishing fluids that help reduce common pains in athletes and active people.
How to Recognize a Misalignment
You can see if your spine is out of alignment in the following ways?
- Check the heels on your shoes. If they wear out unevenly, you’re putting too much pressure or weight on one leg, which could mean your spine needs to be realigned.
- If it’s difficult to pivot your head or hips easily, you’ll want to talk to us about a spinal realignment.
- Check the way you walk or run. Go in a straight line for about 20 yards. If there is any limping or hobbling, it’s time to schedule a spinal realignment.
Staying in shape is vital for athletes, even during the cold weather and darker months. Spinal realignments can help keep your body healthy and your mood uplifted. Please schedule an appointment with us to get the VIP treatment for your spinal realignment. Our office is safely organized and appropriately sanitized.