Whether you lift weights daily and are a serious bodybuilder or just go on weekends to stay in shape, weightlifting is a great form of physical exercise. It allows you to both target specific areas of the body and increase blood flow and circulation simultaneously, and is the foundation of many people’s exercise routines.
At Apollo Health, we’re here to offer chiropractic care and massage therapy for a variety of exercise- and sports-related areas, including sports injuries if they do crop up. How can these kinds of services benefit weightlifters – both those who are dealing with specific aches or injuries and those who just want to get the most out of their workouts? Here’s a quick primer.
Spinal Health and Athletic Success
Across numerous areas of athletics, including weightlifting, the spine is of vital importance. It’s one of the body’s central foundations, one that plays a big role in everything from muscle function and efficiency to nervous system control. Many people are absolutely shocked to learn how even areas of their body that are nowhere close to the spine are directly linked to it in terms of overall well-being.
If the spine is not well-maintained, then adaptation to various forms of exercise will not be optimal. As weightlifting is a form of continuously adaptive exercise (with the goal of increasing weight over time), a poorly-cared for spine will limit your efforts here. It will also put you at a greater risk for injuries in several areas, and could even compromise your immune system to the point where you’re at a higher risk of getting sick too.
In many cases, those who lift weights regularly use chiropractic care as a way to maintain spinal health and limit the risk of injuries. This care involves regular adjustment to the spine, plus basic stimulation and physical therapy to any tender areas or joints.
In some cases, we may even utilize ultrasound or other technologies to aid in basic treatment. Many consistent weightlifters find that regular chiropractic appointments allow them to maximize their body’s potential during their workouts.
In other situations, chiropractic care can be used to specifically treat aches or injuries from weightlifting. This form of exercise puts lots of strain on the muscles and tendons, and especially if you have poor form, these need additional care beyond just icing or rest. Particularly for those who are looking to move up in weight – a process that involves creating minor muscle tears that will rebuild stronger – regular adjustments can be highly beneficial, and can even make the difference between effective and ineffective workouts.
For more on how chiropractic care can benefit weightlifters, or to learn about any of our massage therapy or whiplash recovery services, speak to the staff at Apollo Health today.