3 ways chiropractic care increases crossfit performance



Experts agree, the presence or absence of pain is not a valid indicator of overall health and well-being. This is why your Vancouver Chiropractors at The Powerhouse are different.

Our focus is always on your function and performance.

We want you to be functioning optimally, regardless of pain or symptoms, so you can perform at your very best.

Understand performance can be different for everyone. You may be an executive needing to make critical decisions daily, a mom providing constant care for your little one, or in this article’s case…

…an athlete looking to enhance your training performance and maintain your peak physical state more easily.

Let’s get right into it…

…here are the top 3 ways chiropractic care can increase your athletic performance.

1. improves mobility and range of motion

CrossFit is built around a variety of functional movements and degrees of intensity.

The basis of strength and speed is mobility. Pushing through the workouts with poor mobility can begin to cause secondary problems and in some cases, pain.

Our bodies are designed to operate under proper alignment, and will overcompensate to temporarily protect areas that lack optimal alignment.

Compensations occur in areas with inadequate mobility (get our mobility guide here), or in areas of postural distortion.

What does postural distortion look like? Below is an example of a compromised structural assessment.

Crossfit, Powerhouse, Chiropractic, Chiropractor, Olympic Village, False Creek, Main St, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

Notice the forward head posture, raised shoulder and tilted head? Wondering if your posture looks anything like this?

Through our process of Bio-Structural Restoration, chiropractic care can help to…

  • Increase mobility
  • Increase range of motion throughout the entire body
  • Normalize your posture

…all of which allow you to get the most out of your Crossfit training.

Postural compensations will often present as nagging shoulder, knee, hip, or low back pain.

These issues are often secondary effects to uncorrected core problems (postural distortions) in the spine and underlying nerve system.

These issues can either be long-standing or acute. This will help determine the timeline for healing and restoration of your body.

2. enhances athletic performance

In a world where fractions of seconds can mean the difference between a gold and silver medal, the athletic arena can be daunting.

Crossfit is a rigorous training system designed to functionally train the body as a whole.

In order to effectively coordinate these complex movements, your body relies on its master control system…the brain and nerve system.

Your brain sends messages through your nervous system to the muscles. This signal tells which muscles to contract for a specific movement.

Your strength in each movement is directly related to your neurological recruitment (or the degree of clarity in the messages to the muscles)…

… and not necessarily just the size of your muscles.

Postural distortions, injury, stress and muscular imbalances can all contribute to distortions in these messages.

This is where chiropractic care can help.

In athletes, research shows chiropractic care can enhance the feed forward activation of musclesresulting in increased strength and coordination.

This means you are less likely to injure yourself and you may even be able to lift up to 15% more after just one correction.

This means peak performance for you!

Chiropractic care at The Powerhouse in Vancouver has helped Taryn, James and Charli, elite CrossFit athletes of Raincity Athletics, be their best.

Taryn Haggerstone


Crossfit, Powerhouse, Chiropractor, Vancouver, Olympic Village, False Creek, Main St, Kids, Family 2016 West Regional CrossFit Games Competitor

James 2.0 Kelleher


Crossfit, Powerhouse, Chiropractor, Vancouver, Olympic Village, False Creek, Main St, Kids, Family 8th Fittest 60 Year-Old in the World at the 2016 CrossFit Games

Charli "Charles in Charge" Anobile


Crossfit, Powerhouse, Chiropractor, Vancouver, Olympic Village, False Creek, Main St, Kids, Family 2017 West Regional CrossFit Games Competitor

3. improves stress management and recovery

You know better than anyone how important recovery time for your body is. Giving it time to heal and repair is just half of the equation…

…your body’s ability to recover optimally is greatly linked to the function or health of your nerve system (your master control system).

The focus of Chiropractic care is the health of the spine and nerve system.

Stress on the body (from high-intensity training, illness or inflammation…to name a few) can lead to shifts or misalignments in the spine.

Chiropractic care helps to correct these structural shifts and takes pressure off the nerve system… which can lead to:

…all of which enhance your CrossFit performance.

So…what are you waiting for?

Here are 3 action steps you can take today:

 

Photo credit: Athlete Inside


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Dr Brian Lanoue is a Life By Design Chiropractor, blogger and speaker on achieving extraordinary health. It is Brian’s passion and mission to empower you, your family and your community to live extraordinary lives. Brian co-owns The Powerhouse Chiropractic in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada with his partner Thea.