Is Chiropractic Maintenance an Answer for Promoting Wellness in Young Athletes?

One of the hottest health topics in the national spotlight today has to do with the NFL and concussions. More and more cases of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) are coming to light, with frightening details making major headlines. As a result, the NFL and all sports programs are coming under scrutiny for the way concussions and other traumas are being handled. Including at the youth sports level.

There are many parallels between contact sports traumas like CTE and whiplash sustained in auto accidents. The harsh snapping forward and backward of the cervical spine, the overextension of soft tissue, and the bumping of the brain against the inner portion of the skull, to name a few. But while these dangerous situations have many overlapping symptoms, they may also have a common treatment approach. We’re talking about corrective chiropractic maintenance.

At Advanced Spine and Posture, we’re no strangers to the dangers of cervical spine damage or fascial tissue stress caused by trauma. In fact, we’ve helped Las Vegas, NV athletes at all skill levels deal with the stress of rigorous activity on their bodies. As the discussion about CTE unfolds, we’re ready to answer questions.

Youth sports concerns

Youth sports are a particular focus in the CTE discussion for a few reasons. While young teenagers don’t have the speed, tackling force, or dexterity of professional football players, they have a singular disadvantage that makes monitoring trauma critically important: their brains are still developing. Concussions at this age could have long-term, lasting implications.

Teaching good tackling form and reducing traumas are good steps towards reducing concussions in kids and teens, but they’re not definitive solutions. It’s also important to look at how they’re being handled once they happen.

Chiropractic’s approach to athlete wellness

Traumas are damage to the body no matter how you look at them. Concussions not only cause damage to the brain itself, but also the cervical spine, soft tissue, shoulders, and even down into the thoracic spine. Therefore, in dealing with the full ramifications of a concussion, you need to consider a therapeutic approach that touches all of these affected areas.

Treating a concussion involves allowing time for the brain to recover. Staying on bedrest, limiting “screen time,” and reducing swelling are all actionable items of the highest order. This gives the brain time to recuperate.

But what that hyperextended soft tissue? Cervical disc damage? Shoulder pain? These things often take a back seat to brain health, yet they’re still as important for wellness in young athletes. It’s for this reason that chiropractic maintenance should soon follow concussion recovery. A chiropractor may be able to facilitate healing in these areas via adjustments that:

  • Alleviate nerve compression;
  • Improve spinal mobility;
  • Reduce soft tissue stress;
  • Facilitate blood flow to affected areas.

Beyond concussions

Though concussions are the hot button topic right now, they’re far from the only bodily harm athletes encounter. Broken bones, torn ligaments, strained muscles, and more are commonplace. These injuries also require care and upkeep, which again can facilitate a visit to the chiropractor.

Realigning the spine could help promote quicker healing for an overworked muscle in the back, or reduce stress on a recovering ligament in the knee. Because the spine is at the center of every athletic movement, it’s paramount to keep it in good health. Doing so may prevent overexertion leading to injury, while also reducing recovery time and improving recovery results.

Chiropractic maintenance for athletes

Athletes – especially young athletes – need to consider the rigors they’re putting their bodies through and understand the maintenance that comes with performance. At Advanced Spine and Posture, we preach the benefits of chiropractic maintenance to all Las Vegas, NV athletes and their parents.

Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), our team pinpoints areas of the spine that have been affected by trauma or overwork. This enables us to provide targeted care to every patient. Schedule a free consultation with us today and make sure your spine is getting the attention it needs.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.