Spinal Health Helps Athletes Perform at Their Peak

spinal-health-helps-athletes-perform-peakIt may come as a surprise to you that spinal health is vital to all those participating in sporting events. Sports are good for your health and are fun!  Young and old enjoy partaking of the games and showing off their athletic skills. However, it is important to stay safe while playing sports, whether you are an amateur or a professional.

Staying Safe

One thing you want to always remember to do is to stretch before you begin playing. You can probably recall seeing a sporting event on TV or attending one where the players were warming up beforehand. Keeping your muscles flexible and loose is important whenever you take part in these activities. This is one thing you can do to be safe.

Another thing that is vital is caring for your spine. This includes regularly visiting your local upper cervical chiropractor. They will work with you to make sure the bones of the upper neck are in proper alignment. How does this improve your game? You will see the following benefits:

  • Increased speed
  • Quicker recovery time from injury
  • Improved response time
  • Better balance
  • Improved agility

How Upper Cervical Care Helps Spinal Health

The brainstem is the communication highway of the body. It carries signals to and from the brain and body. The C1 and C2 vertebrae were designed to protect the brainstem from damage. The brainstem is part of the central nervous system. If one of these bones misaligns, it can put undue stress on the brainstem, and this can lead to a variety of health problems throughout the body, such as balance issues, headaches, and even fibromyalgia. To keep your spine healthy and your brainstem and central nervous system performing at its peak, we use a gentle method to realign these bones if they have moved out of place. This ensures that your body and brain are communicating properly and you are at your best when you take part in the next big game.


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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/