Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full-contact sport that combines techniques from a range of different martial arts. The sport can involve techniques from Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, judo, karate, kickboxing, ,muay thai and taekwondo.
The strikes and holds involved in MMA are pretty tough on the musculoskeletal system and they frequently cause injuries, more often than not to the neck and spine. The physicians tat examine MMA injuries describe them as similar to those of whiplash. When an opponent takes a blow to the head it can cause hyperextension and hyperflexion of the neck, which in turn can cause a sprain or strain to the neck region and varying neurological problems.
In a sport that so frequently causes misalignment of the spine and joint injury, it is especially important to take advantage of the benefits of chiropractic care. MMA athletes find that chiropractic care helps to improve their balance, coordination and strength. This is due to the improved neurological signaling that an aligned spine provides. They find that reaction times improve and it gives them an overall edge on their competition.
Frank Shamorock Believes In Chiropractic Care!
According to Frank Shamrock, former UFC light heavyweight champion and MMA fighter, “When I was 16 in high school I started playing basketball and my right leg went numb and started to drag slightly behind me. I went to my regular medical doctor who did x-rays and told me that I had broken my back at an earlier stage in my life, he said that I would need immediate surgery, and that I’d experience pain and limited mobility for the rest of my life. However, being the highly holistic and active person I am, I went and saw a chiropractor. I’ve been receiving chiropractic care for just over 16 years now. It has been the change in my life that has allowed me to participate in professional athletics and to achieve six world championships … I believe in chiropractic.”
For Your Health,
Dr. Scott Van Dam