Can Sports chiropractic actually improve my performance?


 

The physical needs of all athletes are significantly higher than those of the average population. You need a musculoskeletal expert on your side working directly with you to treat and prevent injuries.

In order for you to stimulate your body to perfrom, recover and grow to its highest potential you must have an effective nervous system. Your brain must communicate effectively with the rest of your body to achieve in complete muscle contraction. We have countless pateints that are able to set personal records while receiving care at Chirobody. The majority of elite athelets utilize sports chiropractic care for managing their body, preventing injuries and improving performance.

“I’ve been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.”

Tiger Woods

“I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring. I do believe in chiropractic. I found that going to a chiropractor three times a week helps my performance. The majority of boxers go to get that edge.”

Evander Holyfield

“Bodybuilders and fitness people have been using chiropractic very extensively in order to stay healthy and fit. I found it was better to go to a chiropractor before you get injured. We are a perfect team, the world of fitness and the world of chiropractors.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Meet our Yoga Instructor- Andrea McLaughlin


 

 

Andrea has been practicing yoga for about seven years. In 2014, a job relocated her from Detroit, Michigan to the Pacific Northwest, where she began to fall more deeply in love with yoga. She found that movement through yoga helped her with the transition physically, mentally and emotionally.

Andrea practices yoga daily and believes that with regular practice one can truly begin to feel the benefits on the inside and out. She teaches her students to use the breath as a guide, and encourages them to bring a deeper awareness to the sensations in their body. She believes that the body can be used as a communication tool, if we listen in to what it is telling us. Andrea brings strength, endurance, focus and balance to her classes through the yoga postures.

Some benefits of yoga include: increased flexibility, strength and endurance, self-awareness, mind-body balance, stress management, improved breathing, increased energy, cardiovascular health, protection from injury, improved athletic performance, better posture, boosts the immune system, lifts the mood, improves focus, aids sleep, helps digestion, eases pain and more.

One of Andrea’s goals is to create a class environment where everyone can feel welcome, no matter their background or skill level. Part of yoga is acceptance of ourselves and others as we are, without judgment or criticism.

Andrea is kind and compassionate, and has a sincere interest in helping others. Her warmth and joyful spirit make her classes meaningful and enjoyable for all. Yoga has inspired her to take her own health to the next level, and she carries this forward as she teaches her students.

When she is not on her yoga mat, Andrea enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and paddle boarding, loves to create healthy food in the kitchen and spends time volunteering at the animal shelter.

Andrea McLaughlin, 200 Hour RYT

Chirobody’s Role in my Health Care


Chirobody’s focus is to help you achieve your performance and health goals! We use evidence based chiropractic services, nutrition, rehab, soft tissue work, and exercise to deliver effective results quickly.

Chiropractic adds years to life and life to years.

Chiropractic addresses the cause, not the symptom.

Reduce Neck and Shoulder Tension while at your Desk


In an ideal world, we would all be moving our bodies throughout the day, helping to keep our muscles and joints loose and flexible. Unfortunately, sitting is the norm for most people, and sitting tends to do just the opposite. It makes our joints and muscles stiff and sore, promotes poor posture, and over long periods of time can trigger the start of degenerative conditions like arthritis. So, if you don’t have the option to use a standing desk at work and you are forced to sit for long periods, here are a few exercises and stretches that you can do right in your office throughout the day to help minimize the damage of sitting.

Self-deep tissue release

Using a tennis ball, lacrosse ball, golf ball, or something similar, start massaging into your upper chest and out towards your shoulder. Use moderate pressure. Expect this to be tender and uncomfortable but don’t press so hard you are tensing up. As a rule of thumb, only push hard enough to reach a 5-6/10 on the pain scale. Work both sides for 2-3 minutes.

Pec and shoulder stretch

For this stretch, find a doorway or wall that you can use. Place your arms in the doorway about shoulder or head height and slowly lean through the door. You should feel this stretch in the front of your shoulders and chest. Again, this may be uncomfortable, but you should be able to take slow deep breaths in and keep your body relaxed as you hold for 30 seconds.

Postural Muscle Activation

After releasing and stretching the tightened muscles, it’s time to activate the muscles in our upper and mid backs that often get turned off when we sit with slouched posture. Doing this will help keep your shoulders and neck aligned with the rest of your body, helping to maintain good posture.  Start with your arms down by your hips. Twist your hands so your palms face forward and your thumbs point outward. Gently pull your shoulders back and squeeze your shoulder blades together (imagine you are trying to squeeze a tennis ball between your shoulder blades). The key to this exercise is that your upper traps (muscles at the top of your shoulders) don’t tense up. Squeeze and hold gently for 2-3 seconds, relax and repeat 5-10 times.

FAQs ABOUT PEDIATRIC CHIROPRACTIC


 

Why should children be under chiropractic care?
Throughout the developmental changes of childhood, children often experience many different stressors, whether it’s chemical, physical or emotional. Before the age of two, infants will experience hundreds of tumbles and falls as they learn to sit, crawl and eventually walk.

How are infants adjusted?
When it comes to the adjustment of an infant, it is very different then an adjustment of an adult that usually results in a “popping” sound. Instead infants receive a light and gentle pressure to remove stress from the body. The pressure used on an infant can be compared to causing a tomato to dimple with a fingertip.

How often should my child be checked by a Chiropractor?
There is no specific schedule on how often a child should be checked by a chiropractor. A simple rule of thumb for a healthy and asymptomatic child is at least around every major milestone. These milestones include the following: learning to crawl, sitting up, and walking. The frequency will also vary on the overall health of the child. Many parents have their children checked on a regular basis to ensure their children are on the road to optimal growth and development.

What are some common conditions a pediatric Chiropractor sees?                            Although chiropractic care does not directly treat medical conditions, parents often notice with regular chiropractic care they show improvement, if not, alleviate symptoms all together. The following are common conditions seen in our office: torticollis, colic, reflux, constipation, ear infections, asymmetrical crawling, difficulty nursing/painful latch, and milestone delays.

 What is the first step?
The first step is to find a Chiropractor who has experience in adjusting infants, children, and adolescents. Dr. Stephanie Smith at Chirobody has completed over one hundred and eighty hours of continuing education with the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association to have the ability to provide safe and reliable chiropractic care to the pediatric population.

Please contact our office to schedule your child’s initial appointment with Dr. Stephanie and start them early on a path of health and wellness. To reach our office call (425) 338-5537

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