Train Your Body Like a Professional

Professional athletes know that there is more to being in shape than just having strong muscles. The body is made up of many parts that work in conjunction with each other, and if one area is over trained, it throws the rest of the systems out of balance. Once things are out of balance, then dysfunction starts, followed by pain. The most common injuries I see are repetitive sprain/strain injuries from overuse. Proper conditioning and alignment can help avoid these injuries.

We usually only think of the muscles when we exercise but we also have to remember our ligaments (which connect bone to bone), tendons (which connect muscle to bone), spinal column, peripheral joints and nervous system. All of these systems can be strengthened through exercise as long as the body is properly aligned.

The two most important factors in maintaining balance in the body are: symmetry while performing exercise, and Chiropractic adjustments to correct misalignments. When you use good form in exercise and your spine is in alignment, then the exercise strengthens the muscles and joints in an aligned state and grows them stronger. In addition, the adjustments strengthen nerve impulses to the muscles which have an inhibitory effect on pain pathways, helping us to stay with our programs.

So the next time you head to the gym, don’t forget to stop by my office and get your spine checked, and ask me about the exercises you are doing. It just might make the difference between winning or losing the exercise battle.

Posted by: Dr Bruce on July 7, 2011

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