11 Mar

Chiropractic Care May Boost Performance

Chiropractic Care May Boost Strength, Muscle Function, an Prevent Fatigue

Brand new research coming out of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic that was published in January 2015 which was looking at the effects of chiropractic care on performance suggests that it may play an important role in maximizing performance and decreasing recovery time from a range of conditions where muscle function has been limited.

The College published the study in the Journal of Experimental Brain Research which showed that following chiropractic adjustments there was an increase in muscle function.  The studied demonstrated an increase in muscle electrical activity measurements of close to 60% and 16% increase in strength!  Also, they reported a 45% increase in the ‘drive’ from the brain to the muscle (the path or signal from which the brain controls a particular muscle) which shows that chiropractic adjustments may boost reaction time or speed.

Dr. Heidi Haavik, chiropractor and Director of Research at the NZCC says: “This study is the first to indicate that chiropractic adjustments of the spine can actually induce significant changes in the net excitability for the low-threshold motor units (muscles).”

Furthermore, the results showed that spinal adjustments can prevent fatigue.  With the conclusions of this research it can now be suggested that chiropractic care should be part of the standard treatment for patients with conditions that cause a loss of strength of their muscles or are recovering from muscle degrading dysfunction caused by stroke or orthopedic surgeries.  The improvements shown in the study are attributed to increased nerve signals from the brain.

This results should be of particular interest of athletes looking to boost performance.

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