The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Athletes

Whether you’re an athlete or someone who enjoys regular exercise, you’ve probably suffered through a bout of back pain. In fact, there’s a good chance if you’re reading this you’ve sought out back pain treatment. That’s because complaints of back pain, especially lower back pain, is one of the most common reported ailments right up there with headaches. It’s estimated that around 80% of people will experience a back problem at some point in their lives. Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and the second most common reason for visiting a doctor.

But, athletes and exercise enthusiasts have an additional layer of concern when it comes to dealing with their back pain. There is always a concern about doing too much or too little. Is it safe to start exercising again? Do you need more rest? The last thing you want to do is exacerbate an injury and cause serious damage. So, what’s the best course of action to take? It turns out, if you’ve been dealing with back pain and you’re not sure what to do, chiropractic care could be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Why a chiropractor?

A chiropractor will take a holistic approach to treating your back pain. Back injuries are probably the most complex to treat because there is a wide range in severity, causes, and treatment methods. That’s why you don’t want to tackle this on your own. A chiropractor can not only come up with a treatment plan with you (a big part of recovery is behavioral adjustments that you are in control of) but they will also provide a key part of the treatment process: manipulation. Manipulation, in conjunction with an overall wellness plan, has been proven to be effective in alleviating back pain. Of course, only a professional should perform manipulation on you to treat your back pain, which is why you should speak with your chiropractor before beginning any kind of treatment plan.

The truth on rest time

The big question when experiencing the sudden onset of back pain is whether to rest or exercise. Athletes are used to pulls and strains. One’s back, however, is different from a hamstring pull or the like. Your back is the source of your mobility and strength. The truth is, rest is really only recommended initially and for a short period of time. If your go to response to back pain is to get into bed and not move, or avoid strenuous activity of any kind, this is fine for about a day or two. Anything beyond that and you could be doing more harm than good.

That’s because the longer you stay immobile, the less you’re doing to give your back the strengthening it needs to get better. By gradually returning to activity, you’re providing the nutrients the soft tissues, muscles, ligaments, and discs of your spine need to thrive. The emphasis here is on gradual progression, however. You don’t want to throw yourself right back into your regular workout routine. Talk to your chiropractor about how to work your way back to normal exercise safely.

Focus on prevention

While manipulation is a big part of finding relief from your back pain, making some lifestyle changes to prevent future episodes of debilitating back pain is key. Sure, you could take over the counter pain medication and apply heat, but you know by now that provides temporary mild relief at best. Because everyone’s circumstances are different, it’s hard to give a blanket rehabilitation program that all can follow. What’s good for one person could hurt another. That’s why it’s important for your chiropractor to go over a strengthening regimen with you.

Essentially, exercise will be at the core of minimizing back pain and reducing incidences of it over time. Stretching is a key practice and one to incorporate into daily life, no matter your lifestyle or profession. Everyone medically able to should stretch because it can improve many facets of your life.

More specifically, you’ll be shown exercises that are designed to be comprehensive so your whole body is strengthened even if the focus is your back. Exercises like McKenzie exercises or dynamic lumbar stabilization are often used to treat back pain. Flexibility and strength will be key in your back pain management.


Are you tired of dealing with nagging back pain? Are you concerned about managing your back pain so you don’t cause more significant injuries? If you’re an athlete, you owe it to yourself to get the best care so you can keep competing at the high level you expect of yourself. Contact us today. The team at Oak Brook Medical Group is experienced in helping athletes just like you recover from a wide variety of injuries. Set up an appointment for a consultation today and we’ll come up with a treatment plan with you that will have you ready to compete.


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