605 KNOWLEDGE SERIES: 3 ways chiropractic can improve your health and performance

In this week’s knowledge series article we find out how regular chiropractic treatment can help you improve your health, fitness and performance from 605’s resident chiropractor Dr Ryan Stephenson.

We are very happy to welcome Ryan to the 605 team. 

The presence or absence of pain is not a valid indicator of overall health and well-being. Many believe they are healthy but actually their body is on the cusp of failure. Function and performance is a great measure of your body’s current state. Performing optimally will lower the risk of injury and improve your overall health.

Improve mobility and range of motion.

The basis of strength and speed is mobility. Pushing through workouts with poor mobility can begin to cause secondary problems and in some cases, pain.

Our bodies are designed to operate under proper alignment and will overcompensate to temporarily protect areas that lack optimal alignment.

The picture below shows a typical postural distortion causing forward head carriage and rounded shoulders.

Through chiropractic care and home exercises we can help;

  • Increase mobility
  • Increase range of motion
  • Normalise your posture

Posture compensations will often present as nagging shoulder, knee, hip or low back pain. These issues are often secondary effects to uncorrected core problems in the spine and underlying nerve system.

Enhances Athletic performance

CrossFit is a rigorous training system designed to functionally train the body as a whole.

In order to effectively coordinate these complex movements, your body relies on its master control system…the brain and nervous system.

Your brain sends messages through your nervous system to the muscles. This signal tells which muscles to contract for a specific movement.

Your strength in each movement is directly related to your neurological recruitment (or the degree of clarity in the messages to the muscles)…

… and not necessarily just the size of your muscles.

Postural distortions, injury, stress and muscular imbalances can all contribute to interference in these messages.

This is where chiropractic care can help.

Improves stress management and recovery.

You know better than anyone how important recovery time for your body is. Giving it time to heal and repair is just half of the equation…

…your body’s ability to recover optimally is greatly linked to the function or health of your nervous system (your master control system).

The focus of Chiropractic care is the health of the spine and nervous system.

Stress on the body (from high-intensity training, illness or inflammation…to name a few) can lead to shifts or misalignments in the spine.

Chiropractic care helps to correct these structural shifts and takes pressure off the nervous system… which can lead to:

  • increased strength & quicker recovery
  • reduced inflammation
  • better posture & a balanced body
  • better management of chronic stress & illness
  • increased coordination

…all of which enhance your performance.

If you have identified with some of the things Ryan has covered in this article, why not CONTACT US and book yourself in for a free consultation with Dr Ryan at 605. You can also give him a call on 07973670712.

Ryan operates his clinic at 605 every 8am-9.30am and every Thursday 7pm-9pm.