Perform a quick Google search for “Chiropractic and Tennis,” and you will see multiple posts on how chiropractic can help you with tennis elbow. Although this is undoubtedly true, that is only part of the story.
The Other Part of the Story
Tennis elbow isn’t the only issue that both competitive and social tennis players experience.
Common injuries tennis players suffer include:
- Lower Extremities – knees and calf muscles
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Rolled/Twisted Ankles
- Lower Back Pain
- Tennis Elbow
Performance is Key
I have been a competitive tennis player since my early 40s. If it were not for chiropractic care in my own life, I would not have been able to perform at the level that I have, nor would I have been able to withstand the forces exerted on my body that occur during practice or a match. The reality is chiropractic helps keep your body performing at its peak and helps it heal from, or stay away from, the common injuries seen while playing tennis.
Tennis requires quick reflexes with your hand-eye coordination and with your feet. Your central nervous system internally regulates this type of coordination. Ninety percent of your central nervous system travels through your spine and then branches out in-between your spinal bones. Spinal alignment and motion can either allow for better nerve flow, thus enhancing coordination, or lack of spinal alignment and motion can interfere with nerve flow, thus decreasing coordination.
Chiropractic Doctors are the only healthcare professionals who are specifically trained to locate, analyze, and correct spinal misalignments that are interfering with information transfer over the nervous system. The condition where spinal bones misalign and interfere with nerve transmission is commonly known as Vertebral Subluxation.
So, chiropractic is not only beneficial for avoiding or healing from injury, but it is also beneficial to improve performance on and off the court.
Here are some simple tips I give my patients:
- Ensure you are playing with the correct racquet size and grip.
- Wear orthotics. Custom made orthotic inserts support your arch, absorb shock, and increase coordination.
- Strength training, especially in the shoulder, but also the legs can help prevent injuries.
- Get adjusted regularly, leading up to and during tennis season, to increase motion, reduce risk of injury, AND increase performance on and off the court.
I find that recreational tennis players often do not consider the stress put on the joints and muscles (particularly around the spine) from playing tennis. Many players seek out chiropractic care only AFTER an injury. We want patients to consider seeing a Chiropractor BEFORE an injury occurs. Not only will this help patients avoid painful injuries, but chiropractic care will also allow your body to play at 100%.
“Chiropractic Care gives me the flexibility I need to keep in the game.” – Venus Williams