If you enjoy participating in martial arts or boxing, you probably take a number of body blows that can eventually impact your health. While this kind of recreation may be great for the fans who view contests, as a participant it can certainly affect the performance of your body and cause long-term injuries that will cause serious harm. On the other hand, there are some serious benefits to participating in martial arts and boxing, for instance, learning the art of self-defense, and for many people, achieving significant weight loss.
The possible impact of sports fighting
Several forms of fighting disciplines are all combined in mixed martial arts. Participants will generally be involved in contests that last for three rounds of five minutes apiece. Even though the primary motivation for participation in mixed martial arts may be health and fitness, there’s no question that some serious intensity accompanies the practice.
It’s very possible and even probable that participants will take kicks to the head as well as a number of hits to the trunk – any one of which could do serious damage. Even training for mixed martial arts or boxing can cause damage to your body’s fingers, especially the knuckles. It’s also possible to sustain injuries to the thumbs, for instance, fractures that may require surgery in order to heal properly.
This is especially true of boxers, who are susceptible to repeated sprains of the palatial joint and the wrist joint hinges. It’s also very common for participants in these types of fighting sports to sustain rib fractures as well as fractures to the clavicles. Long-term exposure to boxing or other sports where head blows are common can have the same effects as repeated concussions, and these can bring about dire consequences.
How chiropractic care can help
Before getting involved in any of the fighting sports where repeated blows and injuries may occur you should take part in a solid and comprehensive training program. However, it’s also possible to take certain steps that will tend to minimize injuries by availing yourself of preventive chiropractic care.
When you have an initial consultation with your chiropractor any pre-existing conditions will be identified. This way you’ll know whether or not it’s safe for you to participate in any kind of fighting sport. You and your chiropractor can discuss a strategy to help you prevent any additional injuries, while also satisfying your training requirements as an athlete.
It may be necessary for you to choose a sport with a lower level of intensity or pursue some type of martial arts program which embraces safer techniques. Many professional fighters have discovered that regular chiropractic care can be very effective at maintaining joint health as well as a full range of motion. In turn, these benefits will help you to avoid a number of other injuries that might be sustained.
Dr. Cody Drake is a Seattle Chiropractor, with advanced certification in Chiropractic BioPhysics, located at Lake Union Wellness In Downtown Seattle. Dr. Drake specializes in non-surgical spine correction, whiplash treatment, and scoliosis treatment and scoliosis bracing. To learn more about non-surgical treatment options visit Lake Union Wellness.