How Chiropractic Helps Sports Enthusiasts Stay in the Game

Sports are great for people of all ages. Kids improve coordination, speed, endurance and self-esteem. For adults, sports are great to keep these older athletes moving and healthy. Sporting activities get adults outside, provide cardiovascular fitness and reduce stress. That’s why I love it when my adult athletes come to me to get the help they need to keep playing.

Some of my patients are softball, basketball or tennis players or golfers. They enjoy their games on the weekends but if their backs start hurting or they lose their normal range of motion, they are going to have a hard time on the field, court or course. Chiropractic is the perfect solution for this kind of impairment. With the right chiropractic care, a person can get back onto the field, court or course, and back to enjoying their sport once again.


Why Spinal Changes Can Affect an Adult’s Athletic Game

When a spine is out of alignment, the muscles in the area of the misalignment tense up. Nerve flow can be blocked. A person may then suffer low energy or pain. It’s also very common that a person with this problem will lose their full range of motion. What that means is when they try to swing a golf club, bat or tennis racquet, they may not be able to move as fully and easily as before. Their swing may lack the strength and power it used to have. The athlete may also be in pain and that will typically cause them to restrict their swing even more.  

Naturally, the same problems can affect those who play flag football, soccer, volleyball, pickleball and disk golf. Then there are those people involved in more solitary sports like running or bicycling. Spinal misalignments can cause leg and hip muscles to tense up which will make all these sports more difficult and less enjoyable.


If Untreated, Minor Aches May Progress to Severe Pain

If a person simply tries to play through the pain, it is likely that they will cause the situation to get worse. In time, the athlete may suffer neck pain, shoulder pain, mid-back or low back pain or joint pain in knees or elbows that make it impossible to enjoy athletics at all.

Unfortunately, some people who get into this situation just don’t know how much chiropractic can help. If they let things progress until they are in significant pain, it can take a while for them to return to their preferred sports once they start getting chiropractic care.

On the other hand, if a person gets the right chiropractic care as soon as the restricted range of motion or minor pain shows up, correction of the problem and restoration of range of motion or power is much faster.


Restoring Correct Alignment to Spines and Full Range of Motion to Joints

There’s so much that chiropractic can do to restore one’s ability to enjoy athletics. Recovery starts with chiropractic adjustments, of course. To this, we add a full range of nutritional supplements to support healing. We also have Pressure Point Therapy to help our patients. This therapy involves the application of the right amount of pressure right on tight knots of pain that seem embedded in muscles. The muscle relaxes and nerve and fluid flow in the area return to normal.

We offer complimentary Pressure Point Therapy to our community to introduce people to our practice. If you would like to experience this relief, call us at 314-310-8359 to schedule an appointment.


About Dr. Dustan Mattingly: Dr. Dusty discovered chiropractic after it helped him recover from an injury he suffered while in the military. Chiropractic eliminated his neck pain, sparing him the ill effects of painkillers and surgery. He graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and then went on to study additional chiropractic techniques, the specialized treatment of sports and accident injuries and nutrition. He also mastered the art of Pressure Point Therapy to improve patients’ response to treatment. With this specialized technique, he found he could provide increased relief from pain and muscle dysfunction and help a patient recover more quickly from the effects of stress or injuries.

By Dustan Mattingly, January 18, 2024