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.
The Problem of Hip Pain
Our hips do a ton of work for us. They support our bodies, endure the repeated movement of flexion and extension when we walk and run, and help us to dance at that night time party when needed. They aren't indestructible, however, and as time passes, they may start hurting. If you're experiencing hip pain, you may be curious in regards to what may be triggering it. If so, this article might have the answers you will need.
The Anatomy of the Hip
Our hips are made of two ball and socket joints, actually the most significant of all joints inside our bodies. They are made to withstand a great deal of deterioration, with a cushioning of cartilage inside the joint to provide us that smooth flexibility we need every day. As time passes, the cartilage will start to wear out, or start to deteriorate.. The muscles and tendons that are mounted on the hip, that anchor it to your torso and our thighs, can be overused, and extended or torn.
The bone fragments that form the hip, and its ball and socket joints, are exactly like other bones inside our bodies. They are able to become damaged if we fall, and are vulnerable to a variety of bone disorders, especially joint disease.
Factors behind Hip pain
There can be a plethora of medical ailments that can result in a patient to suffer from hip pain. The most frequent factor is age which leads to joint disease, which results in areas of bone thickening, and the joints losing the essential lubrication that the joint parts need to operate properly. Even though there is no cure for joint disease (yet!); it could be eased with a combo of regular physical exercise and medication. Bursitis may cause the muscles and tendons around the hip to be swollen, as will tendonitis. Fractures of the hip bone fragments come in last in common triggers of hip pain.
Two of the very most devastating factors behind hip pain are malignancies, and an illness known as avascular necrosis. Malignancies can propagate to the sides and weaken them, or start there, as regarding bone cancers or leukemia, which influences the marrow within the bone. Avascular necrosis is definitely an especially awful condition to take care of. What happens is usually that the blood circulation to the hip bone is reduced to practically nothing at all, and the bone structure dies because of this. Dislocating or fracturing the hip can result from this necrosis, as will long term use of high medication dosage steroids, like prednisone.
The symptoms associated with hip pain may differ, depending after what condition is creating it. Some symptoms will get worse with activity, particularly if it is induced by something similar to arthritis. You might create a limp, as well as discovering that your flexibility has been reduced.
The primary symptoms associated with hip pain are pain throughout the thigh, the area within of the hip joint, the groin, the exterior of the hip joint, or the buttocks. Other aches and pains throughout your body, like those from the low back, can also radiate for the sides, and make it feel just like the pain is coming from there.
Should your hip pain be triggered by muscle problems, osteoarthritis or tendonitis, it can usually be handled by over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers will most likely be cared for with anti-inflammatory prescription medications like corticosteroids, or anti-rheumatic drugs like methotrexate or sulfasalzine. There are also more natural anti-inflammatory substances like curcumin or turmeric. An example of one such product is here.
Other choices include working out, usually low-impact pursuits like swimming, stretching out and weight training, all targeted at enhancing joint range of motion and lowering the hip pain. Another treatment choice that can improve flexibility and reduce pain is a more hands-on physical approach like chiropractic, which lessens and can eliminate pain.