This Sunday, the top two teams in the National Football League will play for the 50th Super Bowl championship. Among the heroes of the day will be Drs. Joshua Kollmann and Brad Wiest – team chiropractors for the Carolina Panthers – and Dr. Shawn Caldwell, team chiropractor for the Denver Broncos.
All 32 NFL teams have chiropractors on staff to address sports injuries and provide preventive care aimed at helping the players achieve peak performance.
No wonder. Chiropractic has been shown to improve athletic performance and hasten healing. For example, in a 2010 study comparing two groups of Australian football players, 29 athletes received conventional medical and management care. Twenty-eight athletes also received chiropractic care. Those who received chiropractic care showed a significant difference when it came to lower limb injury prevention, lower limb muscle strains and weeks missed due to non-contact knee injuries.
Caldwell has served the Denver Broncos since 2004 and is also the chiropractor for the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team. “I work hand-in-hand with the athletic trainers and focus on performing chiropractic spine and extremity adjustments that restore joint function,” he said in a press release. “The goal is to enable players to perform optimally or heal from injuries.”
In his fifth year with the Carolina Panthers, Kollman is passionate about his role as a team chiropractor to an NFL Super Bowl contender. “This is a great time to be a chiropractor,” he is quoted as saying. “We are igniting the profession and honor those DCs (doctors of chiropractic) who pioneered the opportunities that have helped us to become a part of the NFL teams.”
According to Kollman and Wiest, “We are in the stadium training room twice a week – and more often during playoffs – addressing specific sports injuries or providing preventive, maintenance care that the athletes want in order to achieve peak performance.”
Chiropractic works because chiropractors are experts on musculoskeletal health. The hits athletes suffer in a football game take a toll on their skeletal structure, leading to strains, sprains and serious trauma. They also affect the spine, which houses and protects your spinal cord. Your brain sends nerve impulses down the spinal cord and out to the organs and extremities. If a vertebra in the spine is misaligned – shifted out of position – that impedes the bodies’ ability to send messages.
Chiropractic realigns the spine, relieving pressure on delicate nerves and allowing your body to heal itself and eliminate pain.
But a specialized branch of chiropractic – Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) – takes that a step further. Rather than just relieve the pain, CBP uses corrective chiropractic treatments to return patients’ spines back to a normal curve and function.
Chiropractic BioPhysics is the most scientific, researched and results-oriented corrective chiropractic technique. At Stability Health Center in downtown Seattle, Dr. Justin Favreau is one of a small percentage of dedicated and highly educated chiropractors certified to practice CBP.
If you live in Seattle and want to find out whether you’re a candidate for Chiropractic BioPhysics, please make an appointment at Stability Health Center for a free initial consultation.