Functional Chiropractic For Athletic Training and General Activities
If you are involved in athletic conditioning, competitive sport or just staying in shape, the function of the nervous system is critical to performance.
Of course this traces back to the spine. The “backbone” is where performance starts. If you have ever tried to perform a strenuous activity with a bad back, you know how hard that can be. All activity of the body goes through the nerves into the spine, up to the brain, and back out of the spine to the muscles performing the activity.
There are feed-back loops and feed-forward mechanisms to facilitate these activities, all conducted by the nervous system. When these systems malfunction, lowered performance followed by injury result.
Here is an example: a runner is on a dirt trail through hilly, but beautiful country. His or her vision predetermines his or her steps and where the foot will land so the runner is prepared for the next step. With each step, the feed-back to the brain via the nervous system informs the runner of the terrain. With the knowledge of the terrain felt through the stepping process and the information obtained with his or her vision, the runner is informed, feed-forward, as to his or her next step before taking it. When these mechanisms are fully functioning, the runner can run over all the different angles required for cross country running without injury. However, if there is malfunction in the feed-back/feed-forward neurology, injury in the form of sprained ankle, hip and low back pain usually results.
This process is mediated by the nervous system. The most sensitive area in the nervous system is at the nerve root, which is right next to the spinal vertebrae. By adjusting the vertebral system, slight malfunctions are corrected, allowing the full potential of the neurological system to work. When both feed-back and feed-forward are fully working, the potential for injury is significantly reduced. Truly preventative medicine.
If injury is present, functional kinesiology gives us the ability to determine which vertebral segment is involved and which muscles are not working normally. It also gives incite into the feed-back/feed-forward mechanisms. The resulting treatment allows us to correct both neurological and muscular sources of the problem. We can then strengthen and rehab.
This process is similar for any sport or training activity. Athletes at all levels benefit from this approach.