Well of course I'm biased on this one! Turns out though that seeing a chiropractor improves outcomes in various sports performance tests according to a recent research review of four published studies.
To me it's obvious that an athlete will perform better when I am able to help their body be more efficient. When a joint isn't stabilized properly, and there are compensations elsewhere in the body as a result, it takes more effort to move.
For example, if the glutes aren't firing right, then the lower back muscles and hamstrings are going to try and compensate. This compensation can go on for a while before the pain is noticed, but you might feel like your deadlift isn't what it should be.
So if you're looking for that edge, seeing a chiropractor might be your next step.
source: Journal of Manipulative Therapeutics, September 2017
As a chiropractor, I feel people's muscles all day but I didn't know this.
For background, when you exercise, your muscles get stressed. That stress triggers a reaction in the muscle cell. It eats itself and rebuilds even better.
It gets even more complex too - the VO2 max of your body changes, you increase endurance and there are changes with how your body uses fat vs carbohydrates.
So anyway, what I didn't know is that Fructose - the sugar found in fruits - and especially in high fructose corn syrup (found in most processed and refined foods) alters the whole post-exercise changes in muscles that I just talked about!
You might be thinking "but monkeys have muscle and all they eat is bananas!" So I googled "what do monkeys eat?" and here is a list of what monkeys eat:
Anyway, the takeaway for me from the below research study is that the quality of your post-exercise muscle remodeling can be negatively affected if you consume too much fructose.
Do you wonder why some days things just roll off your back and other days things get under your skin?
A new study involving mice discovered that low vitamin D levels makes it more difficult to cope with stress. (psychoneuralendocrinology Dec 2017)
Researchers fed mice either a normal diet or a diet deficient in vitamin D for ten weeks before exposing them to stressors. The researchers observed that the vitamin D deficient mice were more vulnerable to stressors!
As a Chiropractor who feels a lot of muscle tension in the shoulders with most of my patients, I can't help but wonder if Overland Park would be better off having Vitamin D in the drinking water!
Have you ever been in a car accident? If so, you may have reduced gray matter in your brain! What is gray matter you ask? It is where the cells of your brain live. How much gray matter you have is correlated with how intelligent you are.
By the way, gray matter isn't actually gray at all. When you are alive it is a healthy pink because of all the blood flow going through it.
Anyway, your amount of gray matter determines how smart you are, so if you have less of it then you will have reduced brain power!
A study from the November edition of the Scientific Journal "Pain Physician" evaluated 93 women with and without whiplash and found that those with whiplash had "reduced gray matter volume" in brain regions involved in processing cognition and pain.
Basically, if you have ever had whiplash, then you may have less gray matter because of it.
As to whether or not early treatment helps, they theorize that it would but that is a topic for another research paper.