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Chiropractic Care and Pro Sports: Why Michael Phelps, NFL Players, and Other Pro Athletes Depend on Chiropractors

Football is one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet. Every year, NFL teams spend millions of dollars to ensure their players are ready to play every week.

Some people are surprised to learn that all 32 National Football League teams make chiropractors available to players. Over 50% of NFL teams also keep professional chiropractors on-staff.

Thanks to team chiropractors, players can request chiropractic adjustments as needed to make sure they’re able to continue performing at a high level. They do not have to rely on invasive surgeries, prescription pain medication, and other potentially harmful treatments.

Michael Phelps, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, and other A-list athletes have also publicly expressed their support for chiropractic care.

How do chiropractors improve athletic performance? Why do so many athletes depend on chiropractic care to perform at the highest levels in their fields? Let’s take a closer look.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are one of the top dynasties in sports history. That dynasty has been fueled by more than just Tom Brady and Bill Belichick: team chiropractor Dr. Michael Miller has also played a crucial role since joining the team in 1982.

Dr. Michael Miller has been the chiropractic team physician for the New England Patriots for the past 35 years. He reportedly works with anywhere from 30 to 40 Patriots players before each game. During the game, he also works with players to specifically treat certain mid-game injuries.

According to a report, most of Dr. Miller’s work takes place before the game, when he makes adjustments to the players’ knees, shoulders, ankles, and backs. These adjustments help them avoid injury even while being tackled by some of the biggest and most powerful athletes in the world.

With eleven Super Bowl appearances and six Super Bowl championships on his record, it’s clear chiropractic care by Dr. Miller has played a critical role in the success of the New England Patriots over the past four decades.

Joe Sakic

Former Colorado Avalanche superstar and current Avs General Manager Joe Sakic brought the Stanley Cup to Denver twice during his illustrious career, receiving awards like the Conn Smythe Trophy and All Star Game MVP on his way to being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Sakic also swears by chiropractic therapy. According to a report from the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Sakic used chiropractic adjustments throughout his professional career to increase his mobility:

“I see the chiropractor on a regular basis. I find that after my treatments I have better flexibility and improved range of motion. I recover quicker from injuries. I have more “jump” in my game and it improves my performance.”

Michael Phelps and Other Olympic Athletes Rely on Chiropractors

Michael Phelps sent the internet buzzing when he was spotted at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with distinctive ‘cupping’ marks on his body.

Phelps and other American Olympians swear by the procedure when it’s performed by a skilled chiropractor, according to a report by the New York Times:

“Kevin Rindal, the chiropractor for the United States swim teams, is one of only four chiropractors Phelps trusts to work on him.”

American gymnast Alexander Naddour was also spotted with purple cupping marks during the Olympics:

“That’s been the secret that I have had through this year that keeps me healthy,” said Naddour in a statement to USA Today. “It’s been better than any money I’ve spent on anything else.”

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant is another A-list athlete who has been outspoken in support of chiropractic care. Kobe reportedly relied on chiropractors to keep playing at a high level until the day he retired.

According to a report by ESPN, Kobe relied on two chiropractors – one near his home in Orange County and another in Los Angeles – to keep him elite well into his mid-30s.

When he was younger, Kobe claims he spent “zero” time stretching, dipping into ice baths, or getting massages. When he was 37-years old during his last season, however, with an injury history in nearly every major joint and 56,000-plus total NBA minutes on his resume, Kobe had to increasingly rely on outside therapy – including his two chiropractors.

Improve Athletic Performance in Denver Today

Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood, Colorado has a proven history of helping athletes maintain elite levels of athletic performance using skilled chiropractic adjustments.

Schedule an appointment with Renew Chiropractic today to see how chiropractic care can help enhance and maintain your athletic performance at any age.

Is Your Smartphone Causing Neck Pain? Chiropractors Can Help

Smartphone usage among all age groups is at an all time high. We’re more dependent on our smartphones than ever before.

But all of that smartphone usage is starting to have serious effects on our bodies. Today, we’re seeing growing numbers of patients complaining about neck pain. In many cases, this neck pain is directly linked to prolonged smartphone usage.

All of those hours spent craning your neck over your smartphone can have debilitating effects on your health. Fortunately, there’s growing evidence that chiropractic can help reduce neck pain caused by smartphone usage.

How Smartphones Cause Neck Problems

The average American spends 2 to 3 hours per day using a mobile device. That means for 14 to 21 hours per week, you’re staring at a smartphone or tablet screen.

This stat, of course, ignores the additional hours per day that many of us spend on our computers!

Sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with using a smartphone or computer. Those who maintain proper posture and neck position, for example, may have nothing to worry about.

For others, unfortunately, all of this screen time is adding up.

Forward Head Posture, General Neck Pain, and More

Forward head posture is one of the most common problems linked to smartphone usage. When you’re sitting or standing in a neutral position, looking forward, your head weighs between 12 and 15 pounds. Your body stands aligned to support this weight in its optimal position.

If you tilt your head forward 15 degrees, you put stress on your neck. It increases the weight of your head. Instead of weighing 12 and 15 pounds, your head suddenly weighs the equivalent of 25 to 30 pounds.
The problem gets worse with more head tilt. If you’re tilting your head sixty degrees to look at your mobile device – say, if your phone or tablet is in your lap while you sit on the train – then your head is weighing the equivalent of about 60 pounds.

All of this added weight puts enormous strain on your neck and spine – especially when left uncorrected over time. It can lead to a serious problem called forward head posture, for example, along with general neck pain and stiffness.

Tips for Relieving Neck Pain

Lift your Phone to Eye Level: Tilting your neck can cause serious problems. Lift your phone to eye level to maintain a neutral head position on your neck.

Take Breaks with the 20/20/20 Rule: Follow the 20/20/20 rule to limit neck pain. Avoid spending more than 20 minutes on your mobile device without stopping. Take a 20 second break every 20 minutes or so to avoid keeping your neck in a problematic position for too long. Spend 20 seconds staring at a wall or object 20 feet ahead of you.

Do Neck Stretches: Take a break from your mobile device to do some neck stretches. Tilt your head downwards, then return back to looking straight
ahead, for example. Ask your chiropractor about other stretches you can do. Chiropractors are musculoskeletal system experts!

How a Chiropractor Helps Relieve Neck Pain

Chiropractors have a proven ability to reduce neck pain, back pain, and other discomfort throughout the musculoskeletal system.

Each patient’s chiropractic treatment plan is different. Even if patients both experience neck pain from prolonged smartphone usage, the neck pain may not be treated the same way.

During a consultation, a chiropractor will sit down with the patient to discuss a customized treatment plan. The chiropractor may recommend a series of initial visits to diagnose and treat the issue, and then a follow-up visit to verify the effectiveness of the treatment.

Some people resort to prescription drugs or invasive surgeries to treat neck pain. A growing number of patients, however, are treating neck pain using proven chiropractic treatment methods.

To learn more about how chiropractic adjustments can relieve the pain caused by prolonged smartphone usage, schedule a consultation today with Renew Chiropractic in Lakewood, Colorado.