We see many athletes in our Midtown East, NY office, because chiropractic is a great way to speed recovery times and boost performance. Almost every pro athlete uses chiropractic care to keep themselves working at maximum efficiency, and the US Olympic Team has an entire crew of chiropractors for their athletes.

In a 2011 study, researchers looked at the impact of chiropractic adjustments on 18 professional judo athletes in Brazil. Half of the athletes received chiropractic adjustments of their cervical spine. The other half got a fake treatment. Since judo heavily relies on the arms and hands, researchers evaluated athletes' grip strength with a device that measures muscle force.

After 3 treatments, the athletes in the chiropractic group had considerably increased grip strength. While the chiropractic group boosted their grip intensity by about 15%, the athletes in the placebo treatment group had only gotten better by about 5%. The study came to the conclusion that chiropractic enhanced grip strength in these athletes.

While more research is necessary to know all the advantages of chiropractic on athletic performance, this study is promising. A 2010 study revealed that chiropractic care reduced the risk of lower-limb injury in football players. Whether you’re trying to recover from an injury or you’re simply looking to improve your performance, Dr. Valente can help you achieve your best.

Give our Midtown East, NY office a call today at (917) 338-7917 for an appointment.

Botelho MB, Andrade BB. Effect of Cervical Spine Manipulative Therapy on Judo Athletes' Grip Strength. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies. 2011; 35(11):38-44.

Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized control trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11:64.

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