A trained athlete must bring many skills to the game. These included excellent

conditioning, coordination, speed, quickness, and knowledge of the game. All of these

items are likely worked on over and over again in the course of one’s training to

participate in a contest. One item maybe overlooked in this process that could be vital

to success is reaction time. A person’s ability to react quickly in the heat of a contest

could have everything to do with whether or not he or his team wins.

Now comes very good news that Chiropractic adjustments can have a positive effect

on this much needed ability. Not only does the potential for improved reactions apply

to the playing field, but it could be a valuable skill to have in other areas of life as well.

The New Zealand School of Chiropractic recently conducted a very interesting

study to test the effects of Chiropractic adjustments on reaction time. In this study two

groups were used to check reaction times. One group received upper cervical (neck)

adjustments, while the other group was a control group for comparison and only

received a short period of rest.

The results showed a marked improvement for the group that received an

adjustment over the group that got nothing but rest. The group that got only rest did

show an average decrease in reaction time of 58 milli-seconds, which represented an 8

percent quicker reaction time. The group that received the Chiropractic adjustment

showed a decrease in reaction time of 97 milli-seconds representing a 14.8 percent

quicker reaction time.

The implications are far reaching. Imagine the benefit to the athlete who depends

on reaction times in order to perform at a competitive level. Imagine also the benefits

of being able to react more quickly to traffic situations or any other crisis life might

dish out.

Today many top-name athletes are regular Chiropractic patients. In addition to

successful recovery from injury, most report the ability to perform better and faster

with Chiropractic care. Now, thanks to this study from New Zealand, there is scientific

proof of what the athletes have been reporting all along.


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