...it may be worth asking yourself if you really need them. The use of non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and Advil, is widespread in the athletic world because they offer short-term pain relief that allows athletes to ignore the aches and pains that accumulate naturally throughout training. The first problem is that by ignoring this pain, you are leaving yourself open to the risk of over-training syndrome, in which you push past the point of no return, causing actual injury to your body. The question is: are you using NSAIDS to treat the pain of an acute injury, or simply to override the natural aches and pains of breakdown and repair that are part of muscle building and conditioning?
They do so in the following ways:
NSAIDs do have a role in injury recovery because they can help mitigate the pain and inflammation that prevents effective recovery from acute injuries. However, if you are using NSAIDs simply to treat aches and pains post-workout, painkillers actually prevent the efficient recovery of muscle and connective tissue. Instead, many health professionals and sports-health specialists advise a more dynamic approach to recovery: the tested and true methods of rest, good diet and therapeutic stretching and exercise. You can go one step further by using chiropractic to augment your body's natural healing response.
We focus on aligning the spine, mobilizing joints and preventing scar tissue adhesion in order to maintain optimal range of motion. If you are interested in using our services to promote healthy recovery from injury or simply prevent injury in the first place, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today.