Chiropractic care in the NFL. Learn why more NFL teams (and players such as Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers, Jerry Rice) are relying on Chiropractors to help their athletes stay in peak condition.
The NFL and Chiropractic Care
The National Football league is a tough place to make a living. Many athletes last less than 4 years as a professional, and the competition is fierce. Everyone is looking for advantage to perform at the highest level. What do you think some of these “advantages” are- Healthy eating? A top notch trainer? What if I told you chiropractic care has been essential part of the “secret sauce” that many future NFL Hall of Famers are using to get a competitive advantage!
As a matter of fact, this is not a very big secret for those in know. Every NFL has a chiropractor on staff, and periodicals such as USA Today have written pieces regarding the relationship between chiropractic care and the NFL. The truth is that these athletes are using chiropractic care for rehabilitation from injuries, possible prevention of future injuries, as well as for achieving top performance. The chiropractic adjustment has been shown to directly interact with the central nervous system. It can reduce pain, decrease muscle spasm, reduce intra-discal pressure, amongst a host of other positive effects.
The best thing about chiropractic care is that you don’t need to be a professional athlete to experience its powerful benefits. Whether you are professional athlete looking for top performance or a weekend warrior looking to stay active..
Chiropractors are considered a essential part of every professional sports team. Athletes (from the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and even alternative sports heroes) utilize chiropractic care to reach their top potential in addition to pain relief.
What many of us may not appreciate is that chiropractors have been a part of this team for decades. From boxing champ Rocky Marciano to Babe Ruth, the worlds top athletes have relied upon the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic to get the edge!
Recently, USA Today featured an article on chiropractic care in NFL. The piece highlights how and why the worlds greatest athletes are seeking alternative care for the treatment of their health concerns. Essentially, the athletes need to heal as quickly as possible and perform with the highest function (performance). I posted a link to this article on my Facebook page and it immediately exploded across the internet.
The most important take away for me was that MD's and DC's are working together, in a very high stakes arena, for the benefit of the patient/athlete. Additionally, the article states that some athletes are seeking out the use of chiropractors as they hear about the results from their colleagues. While not all of us will have the opportunity to work on NFL players; we all can work towards better communication and cooperation with other physicians in our communities for the benefit of our patients.