Major League Baseball Pitchers Depend on Chiropractic

Do Athletes Use Chiropractors? How Does Chiropractic Care Improve Athletic Performance?

As baseball season begins, more Major League Baseball players are turning to chiropractic to help their game. One such story released April 9, 2016, in the Duluth News Tribune carries the headline, “Twins pitchers now well-adjusted: Gibson, May opt for chiropractic care to remain ready for the mound.”

Major League Baseball Pitchers Depend on Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractic Care for Help with Pain Relief celebrity chiropractorThe article centers on Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson, and begins by describing what he will do after the opening game of the season, “…the durable young right-hander will connect with perhaps the most important member of his support team this year: his chiropractor.”

The article goes on to explain that even though the 28-year-old is in the prime of  his career, he suffered some back problems toward the end of last season. Gibson described the problem by saying, “There were a couple starts where I didn’t sit down in between innings because if I sat down, my hips just got tight.”

The article also reported that the Twins 26-year-old relief pitcher, Trevor May, also suffered back problems. At first, May only sporadically went to the chiropractor with limited results. However, upon getting more regular adjustments, May’s condition improved. He commented, “We found that baseball players get skeletally out of line. They do one motion one way much harder (than most people), and my hips were really, really out of line. Seeing a chiropractor consistently has helped me make sure I’m getting readjusted and staying in line as much as possible.”

The Twins are not the only MLB team with pitchers who see chiropractors. The Florida Marlins pitchers Adam Conley, Jarred Cosart, and Wei-Yin Chen also receive chiropractic care to improve their game.  Chen, who just signed an 80 million dollar contract with the Marlins commented how chiropractic helps him by saying that he “…noticed a huge difference in recovery time between pitching days.”

“A properly functioning nervous system is essential for pitchers to perform at their highest level,” says Dr Lucas Matlock, president of the Florida Chiropractic Society and a chiropractor who cares for the trio of Marlin’s pitchers. “Chiropractic care removes interference from the nervous system, though specific adjustments of subluxations, which then allows athletes to perform at their highest level.” Dr. Matlock continued, “For some, chiropractic care could make the difference in their career.”

A comment from Dr. Matlock on social media posed the question, “What does the Miami Marlins pitcher Adam Conley and his beautiful family do immediately after he pitches a 5 inning, 81 pitch, 2 hitter you ask? Go right to their chiropractor of course, to ensure his body will recover as quickly and completely as possible.”

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson.

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Chiropractic Adjustments Boost Your Immune System

Can Chiropractic Care Help Boost My Immune System? How Does Chiropractic Affect The Immune System?

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases released a bulletin in 2007 which backs up what chiropractors have been teaching for 100 years – that your nerve system plays the foremost role in your immune system and ability to fight disease.

For many years, chiropractors have observed in their own practices that their patients sometimes demonstrate improvements of complaints related to immune problems: the disappearance or lessening of allergy symptoms, quicker recovery from or less frequent and severe colds and other respiratory infections, and so on.

How Does It Work?

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. - Thomas EdisonThe nervous system and immune system are hardwired and work together to create optimal responses for the body to adapt and heal appropriately. Neural dysfunctions due to spinal misalignments are stressful to the body and cause abnormal changes that lead to a poorly coordinated immune response. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to boost the coordinated responses of the nervous system and immune system.

Chiropractic care was first linked to improved immunity during the deadly flu epidemic of 1917 and 1918. The funny thing was: Chiropractic patients fared better than the general population. This observation spurred a study of the field. The data reported that flu victims under chiropractic care had an estimated 0.25 percent death rate, a lot less than the normal rate of 5 percent among flu victims who did not receive chiropractic care.

Evidence is mounting that the immune system and the nervous system are linked in several ways. One well-known connection involves the adrenal glands. In response to stress messages from the brain, the adrenal glands release hormones into the blood. In addition to helping a person respond to emergencies by mobilizing the body’s energy reserves, these “stress hormones” can stifle the protective effects of antibodies and lymphocytes.

The Chiropractic Connection

The adrenal glands are controlled by the Central Nerve System. Vertebral subluxations at T11/T12 affect the function of your adrenal glands – and therefore all messengers produced by this vital organ! Anyone run down by adrenal stress should have their subluxations evaluated at T11/T12.

Wellness based chiropractors analyze the spine for subluxations and give corrective adjustments to reduce the stress on the nervous system. A 1992 research group found that when a thoracic adjustment was applied to a subluxated area the white blood cell (neutrophil) count collected rose significantly.

Studies are finding that chiropractic care is a way to improve immunity. One study, from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois, found that disease-fighting white blood cell counts were higher just 15 minutes after a chiropractic adjustment was applied to the back.

The Take Home Message

Chiropractic adjustments have a direct effect on the nervous system and as such have an immediate impact on the body’s immune system so the only question now is, are you and your family being regularly adjusted to maximize your health and vitality?

If you or someone you know could benefit from seeing a chiropractor, please do not hesitate to call (512) 452-2525 and schedule an appointment today.

To learn more about how your nervous system controls your immune system and how it all responds to Chiropractic please read the following Health Research Report – Central Nervous System Control of the Immune System.


Compiled and summarized by Dr. Gary Hamilton, HBSc.(Hon), BS, DC



National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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