Athletic Care

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Did you know?

Experts estimate that 90 percent of all world-class athletes use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and increase their performance potential.  All National Football League (NFL) teams rely on DCs in varying capacities, and 77 percent of athletic trainers have referred players to a chiropractor for evaluation or treatment.

Our office is located close to Debary Golf and Country Club, Glen Abbey, The Deltona Club and Victoria Hills Golf Club. Dr. Grainger treats several of the avid golfers from the area. We are also down the street from Rob Sullivan Park, Bill Keller Park, West Volusia Youth Baseball Complex and Dewey Boster Sports Complex where we have many young baseball players being treated.

Perform your Best

Athletic performance is affected by a combination of strength, flexibility, speed, and coordination.

Athletes getting routine adjustments may notice improved

  • athletic performance
  • improved range of motion
  • better flexibility
  • increased blood flow
  • and may suffer from fewer injuries

When the spine exhibits imperfections, the resulting vertebral subluxations can create areas of irritation in the nervous system. This interferes with the optimum performance of all other systems. As a result, athletic performance suffers. Because of this, spinal adjustments will reduce the irritation of the nerve roots between the vertebrae. The healing time from minor injuries can be shortened, improving performance.

When athletes are adjusted regularly, they will often attribute their success to regular chiropractic care. Both high-impact and low-impact athletes can benefit from routine spinal adjustments. Chiropractic care offers a natural way to treat and prevent many different ailments that often plague athletes.

How Chiropractic Can Help


1. Optimized Performance

Chiropractic treatment improves the motion of the spine, thus improving the function of the nervous system it protects. Proper spinal motion leads to better sensori-motor integration (allowing the brain to take in and appropriately respond to sensory input), thus boosting the body’s overall performance. In a study by The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, athletes demonstrated a 6.12 percent performance increase after treatment. Another study (Lauro A. Mouch B. Chiropractic: The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation. 1991; 6:84-87) showed a 30 percent improvement in hand-to-eye coordination after only 12 weeks of chiropractic care.

2. Injury Prevention

The best way to deal with injuries is to prevent them! Chiropractic, by helping maintain proper motion, balance, and coordination of the musculoskeletal system, this will help to prevent injuries related to poor function. A simple example of this would be a pelvic deficiency causing an imbalance in the knees and feet leading to ankle sprain/ strain, ACL / MCL tears, hamstring tears or shin splints. A recent study (Hoskins and Pollard) examined two groups of semi-elite Australian Rules football players. All players continued to receive their usual medical care, but half of the group also received chiropractic care. When chiropractic care was added to conventional care, there was a significant reduction in lower limb strain injuries, time missed from knee injuries, and lower back pain. The players receiving chiropractic treatment also reported feeling a general improvement in health.

3. Pain Reduction

Research has shown that chiropractic care can have a significant impact on pain, even in healthy young adults. Reducing pain associated with injuries allows athletes to return to more normal movement patterns. This, in turn, leads to faster and more complete recovery, with less chance of the relapses associated with poor movement patterns.

4. Healing & Recovery

Misalignment of the spine can hamper the healing process by not allowing the nerves and signals from the brain to flow properly. Much of the pain felt after an injury comes from the body trying to protect itself through muscle guarding and inflammation. These intelligent responses are part of the body’s protective mechanisms. They are designed, in the short-term, to prevent re-injury. Sometimes these mechanisms persist, and when they do, they prevent your return to the normal activity that is associated with healing. Chiropractic care, by helping to restore normal function, can help speed up the recovery process. Chiropractic care in addition to cold laser therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, trigger point therapy, cupping and Kinesio taping will get you back in the game faster!

5. Non-Invasive/ Drug-Free

Invasive treatments such as drugs and surgery are perfect for serious, life-threatening, or non-responsive (too conservative measures) injuries. If you receive a compound fracture of your arm from a bad fall, your best friend is modern medicine. Outside of this type of scenario, the chiropractic approach is a great fit to help you get well and get active again. With a focus on restoring proper function through care of the spine and nervous system, in addition to postural, exercise and dietary advice, chiropractic care can help many people get back to being their best. When you are functioning at your very best, you are more able to enjoy whatever level of activity you are into – whether that’s advanced golfing, baseball, surfing, or just going for a walk with your dog.

10 Bonus Tips for Athletes!

If you are an athlete, either a high level or weekend warrior, Ultimate Spine & Wellness offers the following advice:

1. Consult your chiropractor or doctor before starting a new exercise program
2. Warm up gently before stretching – and always stretch after working out/playing
3. Take it slow, particularly if you are at the beginning of a training session, especially so in cold weather
4. Exercise regularly. On-Off type exercise is a common way to injure yourself.
5. Rest when your body needs it, particularly as you get older. Over-training does not allow enough recuperation time.
6. Change up your game — cross-train to avoid overworking individual areas
7. Pay attention to your form to avoid injuries like ‘tennis elbow’. Practice the posture as part of the movement.
8. Listen to feedback from your body – don’t ignore the signals that are trying to tell you something.
9. Get good nutrition daily taking a multivitamin or mineral supplement if nutritional support is needed
10. Stay hydrated – water is an athlete’s friend – everything works better when hydrated.

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“All chiropractors are not made alike – I know this from experience! Dr. Grainger is the best! have been seeing Dr. Grainger for over five months now and I have found a tremendous amount of that time to be pain free. "

M. Verdon

“I saw Dr. Grainger for a shoulder problem I was having, she adjusted me and treated me with a laser in the office. I felt amazing when I left! I would highly recommend her to anyone, her staff was amazing too!”

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“I had been suffering with stiff hands, feet and toes for a short but painful time. After visiting a couple of doctors that offered no relief or answers I called Dr. Grainger. They took me in the same day and I felt major relief after my first visit.”

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“Everyone is so friendly and helpful. The office is very professional and they really take the time to make you feel comfortable and welcome.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is chiropractic care?

There’s nothing mysterious about chiropractic care. It’s a natural method of healthcare that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and all function through your body.

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, “locked up,” or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health.

Can I tell if I have a subluxation?

Not always. A subluxation is like a dental cavity—you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. Regular spinal checkups are always a good idea, and they promote good health from the inside out.

Is chiropractic safe?

Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other healthcare professionals. Chiropractors’ malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.

Why do chiropractors take x-rays?

Chiropractors take X-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.

Do children need chiropractic care?

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxation. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child’s spine. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off can be traced to the spine. Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often be prevented by having your children’s spine checked by a chiropractor early. Many parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.


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