Rigorous training is essential for doing well in any athletic endeavor, regardless of your chosen sport. However, that intense training can take its toll on the body over time. Injuries in sports are incredibly common, and even without major injuries to cope with the body can suffer from the constant strain put on muscles and joints during training. Luckily, chiropractic tools and equipment can help athletes reduce muscle fatigue and get back on their feet faster.
How does training damage your body?
During intense workouts, the goal is to build muscle and grow stronger, but often in order to do that you'll need to damage your muscle tissue. Many common exercises rely on the body's ability to repair itself quickly to make you stronger. Muscle fibers develop small tears and slight damage through normal workout routines, which is then repaired and made stronger in the process. However, if you're not careful, these small tears can build up and cause damage over time, or injuries can occur during workouts that interfere with the body's natural ability to heal.
Why chiropractic tools and equipment?
Certain muscle scraping tools, often used in chiropractic settings, can actually benefit athletes by speeding recovery. While mainly designed for musculoskeletal injuries, IASTM tool sets can help by using massage therapy to treat myofascial damage that occurs during workouts. Treating this damage can reduce post-workout pain and help you get back to the gym faster; in fact, 89% of consumers agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain. This is why they're so frequently used in physical therapy, chiropractic practices, and other medical areas. However, these recovery tools can also be used by athletes to help immediately after a workout, or to speed recovery after an injury faster, letting you get back to training.
If you regularly frequent the gym, whether as part of a team or just training for your own purposes, having the right chiropractic tools and equipment can help you reduce damage to your muscles and keep you on track for your athletic goals. For more information on IASTM tools and how they might be able to help you, contact Myofascial Tools today.