Do Professional Athletes Use Chiropractors? Can Chiropractic Help Major League Baseball Pitchers?
USA Today published a story on May 8, 2015, with the headline, “Nats star Strasburg feels better after visiting chiropractor.” The story starts by reporting that Stephen Strasburg, a pitcher for the Washington Nationals baseball team, was feeling much better and able to play again after he visited a chiropractor.
Stephen Strasburg was an overall number one Major League Baseball draft pick of the Washington Nationals back in 2009. He made the National League all-star team in 2012. Strasburg is known for speed and pitches an average fastball of 94.7 mph. April of 2012 was the best month of his career to date when he was named National League pitcher of the month. In that month, he accumulated an NL-best 34 strikeouts and second-best 1.13 ERA. He totaled 6 walks and did not give up a home run.
The story reports that Strasburg was pitching on the previous Tuesday evening when he left the game due to what his coach called an “alignment issue under his shoulder blade.” Strasburg went to a chiropractor the next day.
Strasburg described the results as immediate. “It was instant,” Strasburg said. “After he felt around for a little bit, felt what was different from the other side, just got it all out of there. So, night and day. I feel good right now, so just going to keep trying to improve and get better,” he said. “But at the same time, I’m feeling pretty good right now.”
The next day in a MasnSports.com article, Strasburg further explained, “The issue that I had was corrected within 45 minutes of seeing the chiropractor. Ever since then, it hasn’t been an issue.”
Two days after seeing the chiropractor, Strasburg was cleared to start practice again. He reported that his practices went well. “I feel good. It feels good playing catch,” Strasburg said. “Just going to throw a bullpen tomorrow and go on from there.”
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