Exploring chiropractic care for the Jiu Jitsu athlete…
Recovery is a crucial component of Jiu Jitsu. Yoga, cryotherapy, and massage are some common avenues to put yourself back together after the battles on the mats.
Many notable grapplers choose chiropractic care as part of their recover regimen. Rickson Gracie, BJ Penn, Jake Shields, Rigan Machado, Clark Gracie, Rolls Gracie Jr., Denny Prokopos, Carley Gracie and Kenny Florian are a few that go this route.
WebMD describes chiropractic as “Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support. Chiropractic is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment. The initials ‘DC’ identify a chiropractor, whose education typically includes an undergraduate degree plus four years of chiropractic college.”
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Chiropractic is not a universally accepted solution. Wikipedia has this quote on Chiropractic care, “Its foundation is at odds with mainstream medicine, and chiropractic is sustained by pseudoscientific ideas such as subluxation and ‘innate intelligence’ that reject science. Chiropractors are not medical doctors.”
If chiropractors are of value is not a debate that will be settled in this article. Personally, I have benefited from chiropractic care. However, in my experience, for every good 1 there are 9 bad ones. Just as there are McDojos in Jiu Jitsu there is an equivalent with some chiropractic care. Like anything else, it is important to do your research.
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