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Chiropractic Boosts Athletic Performance


Research suggests that not only can chiropractic relieve sports injuries, it may even give you a competitive edge. A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that frequent chiropractic neck adjustments can boost grip strength. The findings could have crucial benefits for athletes in racquet sports, martial arts, or baseball.


The trial included 18 professional judo athletes who received either chiropractic care or a sham therapy. Researchers used a hydraulic dynamometer to gauge the force of athletes' grip strength directly before and after each treatment. The authors specifically evaluated grip strength because martial arts rely on signifcant upper-body strength. Treatment consisted of three chiropractic neck adjustments. The participants treated with chiropractic had statistically significant improvements in grip strength, whereas the sham therapy did not produce significant effects. Typically chiropractic enhanced grip strength by 10 to 16 percent.

So if you’re looking to upgrade your athletic performance or heal from a sports injury, visiting our office in Hopkins, MN could be your secret weapon. Dr. Sagedahl is seasoned in treating athletes with a diverse range of ages, ability levels, and sports focuses. Dr. Sagedahl can help you correct muscle imbalances or underlying musculoskeletal issues that could be impeding your performance. With exercise rehab, chiropractic adjustments, and massage, our comprehensive chiropractic care could allow you recuperate between workouts and prevent injury. Call our office in Hopkins, MN today for effective sports injury care and prevention.

Botelho, Marcelo and Bruno Andrade. Effect of Cervical Spine Manipulative Therapy on Judo Athletes’ Grip Strength. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2011; 35(11): 38-44.