Athletes, Sports, and Chiropractic

Recently we were at Armstrong University for a high school band competition. Each high school performed its pieces with distinctive differences. Ether it was a horn out of tune or a drum out of sync, the cacophony of sounds drowned out the wonderful musicians. But the bands with the least malfunctions were able to perform a symphony of sound that were almost magical. This is also how we view an athletes performance.

Runners use their unconscious brains to perform a symphony of motion that utilizes over 400 of  the 642 skeletal muscles in the body to achieve a magical performances. Lets take you from your big toe to you shoulder – your big toe to the  foot, to the ankle, to the leg, to the knee, to the hip, to the sacrum, up the spine, to the first rib, to the sternum, and to the shoulder . How many joints did we cross? How many muscles moved those joints? And how many nerves controlled the function? In a rough guess I counted 47 and that just joints….  If just one of joints isn’t performing correctly, the body will make a compensation to try to override the lack of function.  Lack of function robs you of the ability to decrease times, finish races, and reach goals. Sports Chiropractors look at the body as a whole and do assessments looking for areas of weakness. Most nervous system and joint malfunctions are the main culprits of muscle weakness and compensation.

Like fine-tuning a race car, a pre-competition chiropractic check and adjustment of the mis-aligned vertebra can give an athlete a peak performance advantage. Notable athletes like Evander Holyfield, Brian Johnson, Jerry Rice, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods,  Joe Montana, Usain Bolt, Keflezighi, Marlo Runyan, Alicia Shay, and Adam & Kara Goucher have benefited from chiropractic care to achieve peak performances.

Yours in Health,

Trace Palmer, D.C.

2000 Sidney Olympics – Credentialed Chiropractor

2001 CONCACAF World Cup Eliminations – Credentialed Chiropractor

2001 Copa America – Columbia – Credentialed Chiropractor

2001 Pan American Triathlon Championships – Credentialed Chiropractor


Should I use heat or ice on my back for pain?

Heat or Ice? for my back.

About twice a week,  a new patient gets out of their car with white knuckles wrapped around the door sill while trying to keep their back straight and every facial muscle  tenses with a pail complexion of fear. After 5 minutes of this limbo la process, they slowly creep into the office. When I come out to greet the patient, they’re standing in dread of sitting or another limbo la process is needed to extract themselves from the chair. Without asking, I know that this patient hurt themselves and most likely started using the soothing sirens song” of heat and now they are experiencing  being dashed on the rocks” by using  heat on their spine. Heat on a new spinal injury is like putting gasoline on a fire, nothing good can come of it.

“But my friends PT (physical therapist) said she could use heat” – you have to understand the chronology of that statement before you use it.

  1. Mary Jo hurts her back and thinks “maybe it will go away”
  2. Mary Jo waits a few days and it’s the same so she see’s her medical doctor (4 days since injury)
  3. Mary Jo takes the prescription that her MD gave her for 2 weeks (18 days since injury)
  4. Mary Jo goes back to her MD, pain is still there, MD refers to PT’s ( 20 days since injury)
  5. Mary Jo arrives at PT clinic (21-28 days since injury)

Acute Injury = 0-14 days since injury

Mary Jo first saw her PT between 21-28 days after the injury, now its chronic. If the PT had seen her in the 0-14 days, ice should have been the recommendation.

Heat in the first 14 days after an injury can increase your pain and duration of the pain up to three times greater.

NFL teams are using ice baths for their athletes after every competition and practice. Please remember “Ice is Nice” – cold provides pain relief and also reduces swelling by reducing blood flow to the injured area. When icing injuries, never apply ice directly to the skin. Have a damp terry cloth between your skin and the ice bag and never leave ice on an injury for more than 30 minutes at a time, then leave it off long enough for the skin to re-warm, usually 30 minutes. Longer exposure can damage your skin and even result in frostbite.

When you get an injury, do you put ice or heat on the injury? What’s your answer?

Chiropractic is the science and art of finding and correcting vertebra that are misplaced and causing neurological dysfunction. By moving the vertebra back to its normal position and allowing the command and control system of the body (the nervous system) to function at optimum performance, your body is free to function as it should. Call today to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor.

“Ice is Nice”

Yours in health,

Dr. Trace Palmer – Chiropractor

Palmer Chiropractic, 11400 Ford Ave, Richmond Hill, Ga 31324  912-756-3433

Superbowl 2012 – NY Giants Secret Weapon for Peak Performance

The New York Giants have a “secret weapon” that comes from pioneers like Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. These two have won four Super Bowls with this tightly guarded secret. Jerry Rice has gone as far to become an advocate of this (secret weapon) , to let the world know about what helps his performance.

Other Athletes:

New York Times – Apr 26, 1940 – “Don Vernon remained in New York to subject his ailing back to a (secret weapon) tender mercies.”

Los Angeles Times – Jan 10, 1937 “”Crazy Legs” Stark, completely recovered from the (secret weapon) treatments”

Detroit News – Oct 11, 1940 – “Tigers‘ second base job if Dutch Meyers throwing arm responds to treatment by a (secret weapon)  during the winter .

The “secret weapon”  care has been helping professional and olympic athletes for over 75 years.

75 years later, on the sidelines with the New York Giants is Dr. Rob DeStefano, a chiropractor, that takes care of your Giants in between downs. Yes, that’s right, he adjusts the  players spines  to keep them in peak performance and perfect health. NBC New York ran a story on his participation with the team, including his last five years with the team.

Spinal misalignment can be robbing your young athlete of precious performance. Sports are trying to be safer and more injury responsive, but at the same time the kids are hitting harder, faster, and farther than ever before. The difference between a gold and no medal in the 100 meter dash is .125 seconds. Peak performance starts with healthy eating, drinking lots of water, 8 hours of sleep nightly, good training, and a command and control system (nervous systems) free of interference. Only a chiropractor is trained in finding and fixing these insidious robbers of performance.

Call your chiropractor today to reach peak performance.

Yours in health,

Dr. Trace Palmer – Chiropractor

2000 Sidney Olympics – Team Chiropractor

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