How Chiropractic Treatment and Massage Therapy Benefit Cheerleaders
This past week I had more cheerleader injuries in my office than ever before and that’s what inspired this blog post. I have many patients that will see a young lady or man in a cheerleader uniform leave my office and ask why they would need to see a chiropractor. I always start with saying contrary to the average portrayal in movies where the girls are in colorful outfits, pom poms in hand, cheering for their team, the Cheerleaders that visit me are serious athletes.
It has taken a while, but the public is finally starting to realize just how true this is. Data collected by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research (NCCSIR), between 1982 and 2009 cheerleaders made up for more than 70 percent of catastrophic injuries in women’s college sports. At the high school level that number exceeded 60 percent. That’s a crazy number to me!
Since chiropractic treats the whole body structurally via spinal adjustments and medical massage through soft tissue techniques treats the muscle, patients can receive complete care after an injury and during rehabilitation in our office. Cheerleaders are finding that chiropractic care coupled with medical massage provides numerous benefits and can even make them better athletes.
IT HELPS TO IMPROVE RANGE OF MOTION
Chiropractic care helps to improve a person’s range of motion which in turn helps to prevent injury and relieve the pain of injury. Chiropractic is growing in its popularity within the field of sports medicine because of its effectiveness. A 2010 study published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association showed that chiropractic made a significant difference in performance.
IT HELPS TO PREVENT INJURY
Even when no injury is present, athletes can benefit from chiropractic care and massage therapy. This is especially true in high impact sports like cheerleading where athletes push their bodies beyond limits through acrobatics and some of the strenuous tricks that they do in the course of their sport. Chiropractic and massage therapy helps to loosen muscles, making them more pliable and flexible, thus less prone to injury.
IT HELPS TO RELIEVE PAIN FROM INJURY
A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in March 2011 shows that chiropractic for pain relief can alleviate the pain of hamstring injury. The study was conducted over the course of a football season and involved 43 professional cheerleaders for football various football teams.
Throughout the study the cheerleaders received specific exercise intervention. At the end of the study those who had reported pain due to a hamstring injury experienced significant pain reduction after receiving chiropractic treatment.
The case for chiropractic care and massage therapy for athletes is very strong. It can help during training, recovery from injury, rehabilitation, and at every point in between. Cheerleaders as athletes, benefit significantly from treatment in our office from improving their performance to recovering from injury. In my opinion, that’s something to cheer about! (Ha!)
Lexi, our highly trained medical massage therapist, my husband (Dr. Jeff) and I enjoy working with athletes of all ability levels and ages. If you are looking for a team of Leawood practitioners that will invest in you like family… give us a call!
Thanks for reading!
Dr. Christina 🙂