The Salubrious Dr. Lou Martial Arts & Chiropractic
Martial Arts & Chiropractic go hand in hand. Here’s why.
All martial arts are physically and mentally demanding. Focus, speed, flexibility, control, spacial awareness, reflexes, muscle memory, physical resilience and a host of other qualities come in to play. These often simultaneously demanding requirements are all controlled by the brain. The brain is your master controller, the hard drive and server of your human computer network. Control and communication to all cells of the body must be optimally functional for you to get the most out of your body. This is true whether you are practicing MMA, Ju Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Jukado, Karate or Aikido.
Because of the physical and mental demands and even physical abuse you put your body through to learn a martial art, things get thrown out of whack.
When your body gets jarred around, subluxation of the spine often results. Subluxation is a misalignment of the spine that leads to nerve irritation and results in decreased nerve communication. This interference decreases function in the areas that the nerves control. If those areas happen to be your feet, legs, neck, hips, stomach, adrenal glands or other body parts, your martial arts training may suffer.
If you learn about weak links in your body, weak systems and dysfunctional parts, you’ll be able to fix or manage them and function better.
You are only as good as your body will allow you to be. This concept is no different than a car running on 3 out of 4 cylinders. You’ll never reach the top speed that running on all cylinders would achieve. How many cylinders are you running on with regard to your practice?
Feel broken from getting thrown around? Chiropractic will put you back together. Joints, muscles, nerves and other tissues can take a beating. Chiropractic reestablishes musculoskeletal balance, helps nerves function better, mobilizes joints and facilitates your improved mobility. Leaving these structures damaged, whether they hurt or not, sets the stage for further damage and chronic problems in the future.
Missing training because of pain? If so, you are wasting your time. Get adjusted. Not only will you function better, but better function leads to less pain, less pain leads to better training. Better training leads to greater skills and those skills will take closer to your goal.
It sometimes takes time, but a martial artist without a chiropractor so often becomes a painful arthritic mess – like a rusty old engine. Don’t rust.