Conditioning of the body and adaptation ability. These are some of the key features separating the amateur from the serious or professional athlete. Conditioning is what determines how an athlete resists injury or how quickly he or she recovers if injured. Adaptation dictates the ability the body has to deal with new stress such as exercise or performing in an athletic event.
Nothing can quite replace conditioning. If you want to avoid injury and optimize your game, or recover from an injury, there is a great deal you can do in addition to conditioning… something that even conditioning will not accomplish. That is, balance muscular, skeletal, neurological function along with removing underlying stressors by experiencing the specialized procedures of applied kinesiology diagnosis and treatment. Applied kinesiology is a special branch of chiropractic medicine. Removing underlying stressors the body is experiencing whether they be chemical, structural or emotional while facilitating healing and preparing the body for future stress activity participation whatever is key to maximized recovery and performance.
Let us use a common example. If you play tennis or watch it as a spectator, notice how many participants in the sport are wearing knee, wrist, or elbow braces OR have their ankles taped to prevent sprains. Why is this type of persistent injury so common and why is it not being addressed? You would think that the world’s leading professional tennis players have access to the world’s best doctors. Sadly, that is not the case.
Taping the ankle is a band-aid. Using the applied kinesiology procedures of repairing the damaged musculo-tendinous insertion of the three peroneus muscles of the leg that prevent the ankle from turning in is true repair. Further, any compression to spinal nerves that weaken the leg and ankle muscles can be located and corrected chiropractically so that the ankle is stabilized. When this is done, the ankle will tend to have its normal resistance against sprains and can heal fully over the long run – and is much stronger right after the corrective procedure just described.
Amazingly, there was a discovery made in applied kinesiology over thirty years ago that a particular type of locking of bones in the lower neck has a direct neurological influence on weakening a small but powerful muscle in the back of the knee. That muscle, called the popliteus, provides essential stabilization of the joint. In many cases, when that neck block is adjusted and removed, knee strength returns to normal and knee braces are no longer needed.
These are just two examples of dozens of ways chiropractic applied kinesiology can prevent injury and help recovery of injury in sports.
A great example of applied kinesiology and chiropractic success in treating athletic injuries is Dr. Craig Buhler who was a team doctor for the Utah Jazz during time of Karl Malone and John Stockton. During Buhler’s tenure with the Jazz the team saw some of the lowest injury rates and quickest recovery times in the NBA. Dr. Buhler credited this success due to his training in chiropractic and applied kinesiology.
At Healing By Design we use the same techniques to get everyone from the weekend warrior to the seasoned professional athlete back in the game.