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Let’s first talk about Sport Injury Recovery, because this is likely the reason you’re trying to find a chiropractor right now. Your body is amazing at healing – so why bother seeing a chiropractor?!

Without chiropractic, your body will heal in a way that results in layers of tension and compensations to reduce the risk of you doing the same injury to yourself again.

Chiropractic allows your body to get back to its original state without the layers of tension and compensation. And it makes your body heal faster! This means you are back at your best.

A chiropractor will assess your spine for subluxations.

The word subluxation in latin means ‘a condition of less than full light’. This is because when a joint of your spine becomes subluxated, your brain’s ability to communicate to your body is less than full capacity.

There is research to show (and I have seen it with my patients many times) that chiropractic will improve:

Muscle strength output

  • because improved voltage of power reaches muscles from reduced subluxations.


  • simply put: your brain is more accurately aware of your body position – so when you tell your body to do something, it does it precisely.
  • this means the puck or ball goes where you intended.
  • this also means decreased risk of injury

Below is a sample of the research backing up these two claims:


  • Ngai Lo C, Ng J, Kin Au C, Choon Wyn Lim E (2019), “The Effectiveness of Spinal Manipulation in Increasing Muscle Strength in Healthy Individuals: a Systemic Review and Meta- Analysis,” The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Vol. 42, No. 2, DOI: Https://doi.org/10/1016/j.jmpt.2018.10.003
  • Cleland J, Selleck B, Stowell T, Browne L, Alberini S, St. Cyr, H and Caron T (2004), “Short-term effects of thoracic manipulation on lower trapezius muscle strength,” Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Vol. 12, Iss. 2, 2004, pp. 82-90, https://www.scopus.com/record/display.uri?eid=2-s2.0-3042815955&origin=inward&txGid=723d30c20760eb0cc25075362b69e9ec
  • Grindstaff T, Hertel J Beazell J, Magrum E, Intersoll C (2008), “Effects of lumbopelvic joint manipulation on quadriceps activation and strength in healthy individuals,” Journal Manual Therapy, Vol. 14. Iss. 4, August 2009, pp. 415-420, DOI: https://doi.org/j.math.2008.06.005
  • Sanders G, Nitz A, Abel M, Brock Symons T, Shapiro R, Black W, Yates J (2015), “Effects of Lumbosacral Manipulation on Isokinetic Strength of the Knee Extensors and Flexors in Healthy Subjects: A Randomized, Controlled, Single-Blind Crossover Trial,” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, (2015), 14, pp. 240-248
  • Haavik H, Niazi IK, Jochumsen M, Sherwin D, Flavel S, Türker KS. (2017) Impact of spinal manipulation on cortical drive to upper and lower limb muscles. Brain Sciences. In Press
  • Haavik H, Ozyurt M, Niazi I, Holt K, Nedergaard R, Yilmaz G, Turker K (2018), “Chiropractic Manipulation Increases Maximal Bite Force in Healthy Individuals,” Brian Sciences, 2018, 8, 76; doi:10.3390/brainsci8050076
  • Haavik, H.; Niazi, I.K.; Jochumsen, M.; Sherwin, D.; Flavel, S.; Türker, K.S. Impact of spinal manipulation on cortical drive to upper and lower limb muscles. Brain Sci. 2017, 7, 2
  • Christiansen, T.; Niazi, I.; Holt, K.; Nederggard, R.; Duehr, J.; Schlupp, V.; Marshal, P.; Türker, K.S.; Hartvigsen, J.; Haavik, H. The effects of a single session of spinal manipulation on strength and cortical drive in athletes
  • Niazi, I.; Türker, K.S.; Flavel, S.; Kinget, M.; Duehr, J.; Haavik, H. Changes in h-reflex and v waves following spinal manipulation. Exp. Brain Res. 2015, 233, 1165–1173.
  • Haavik H, Murphy B (2007), “Cervical spine manipulation alters sensorimotor integration: a somatosensory evoked potential study,” Clin Neurophysiol. 2007 Feb:118(2):391-402 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17137836 Retrieved 8 May 2018
  • Lelic D, Niazi IK, Holt K, Jochumsen M, Dremstrup K, Yielder P, Murphy B, Drewes AM, Haavik H (2016), “Manipulation of Dysfunctional Spinal Joints Affects Sensorimotor Integration in the Prefrontal Cortex: A Brain Source Localization Study,” Neural Plast. 2016; 2016:3704964. doi: 10.1155/2016/3704964, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27047694 retrieved 8 May 2018