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Chiropractic and Running - a winning combination

“I don’t always win gold medals but when I do I get adjusted first. Stay healthy my friends!” Usain Bolt.

In little over a week’s time some of the world’s greatest athletes - such as Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Wayde Van Niekerk – are set to take the centre stage at the IAAF World Championships, in what will be Bolt’s swansong event.

In competitive sports fractions of seconds or millimetres are what separate the winners from the losers. Athletes need every ounce of strength, speed and flexibility to be on top of their game or they could be left behind.

For years now athletes, both professional and amateur alike, have recognised the value that chiropractic care brings to their overall health, injury prevention and rehabilitation and athletic performance.

In fact – chiropractic has become essential to several top-flight teams and individuals. So much so, that world renowned sports physiologist Sean Atkins, PhD had this to say;

“I would estimate that in excess of 90% of all world-class athletes use Chiropractic care to prevent injuries and to increase their performance potential.”

The reason that athletes have started turning to chiropractic – which has repeatedly been shown to be a safe and effective form of health care – is because of the significant improvements to recovery and performance we can make all without the need for drugs or surgery.

“Athletic performance across the five categories of agility, balance, kinaesthetic perception, power, and speed reaction improved by only 4.5% in the control group, whereas the group receiving chiropractic care improved by 16.7%.” Lauro and Mouch, 1991

The science of Chiropractic is founded on the major premise that a properly functioning nervous system is vital to controlling and regulating the functioning of the human body.

The brain acts as the major control centre of the body and dictates how every cell, organ and limb in your body woks or acts by sending nerve messages via our nervous system.

Unfortunately, our nervous system doesn’t work like a Wi-Fi signal and rely on a clear nerve pathway to deliver this nerve message effectively and efficiently. From the brain, nerve messages travel down the spinal cord and then continue through our spinal nerves until they eventually reach their end destination or cell. It is therefore vital that the nerves have a good and uninterrupted pathway from the brain to the cell, organ or limb they supply to ensure the body can perform at its best or heal as quickly as possible.

Most of our nervous system is contained within our skull and spine – meaning that misalignments in the spine can directly influence the function of the nervous system. Commonly experienced sports injuries – although not pleasant are part of every athlete’s life – can lead to these spinal misalignments either from overuse or knocks and falls experienced in training or competition.

Chiropractors use the chiropractic adjustment to remove these areas of interference/misalignment in the spine to improve the overall function of the nervous system.

Simply put – a more efficient nervous system could mean the difference between gold and silver or making it to the starting gate at all.

At Ultra Sports Clinic we believe that everyone should be able to perform at their best. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, tackling your first Couch to 5K or competing in any sport – we want to help you!

We know that in today’s hectic, fast paced life of deadlines, work, training and competing that health and performance have now become more important than ever. That is why we have assembled an expert team of highly skilled and passionate professionals to work with you to achieve whatever sporting or health goals you might have!

Movement is key to your health and wellbeing – and moving well is key to performing at your best! If you’d like to find out more about what services Ultra Sports Clinic can do for you, one of our team would love to talk to you.

P.S: Please remember…….

One Body, Make It Count!



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