Mixed martial arts (MMA) involves repetitive movements at high velocities and intensities and there’s a lot of contact and tons of gruelling training where people tend to push themselves further than they need to go. It’s all part of MMA’s mind over matter, self- testing kind of nature where competitors tend to fight through the pain regularly during training in order to heighten their toughness physically and mentally.
MMA has quickly surged into focus as an incorporation of many martial arts into one greater umbrella. It’s become the way forward for many martial artists and includes karate, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, mu-tai, judo, kung-fu, kick-boxing, boxing and many other combat disciplines. Mixed martial artists focus on capturing the body during its peak state – where the nervous system is perfectly in tune with mind, body and the muscles which do the physical work. It’s no wonder that chiropractors have really helped mixed martial artists refine this nervous system tuning due to their advanced knowledge of neurological and musculoskeletal functions and processes. There are many methods for chiropractic practice for fighters and martial artists but one of the most popular is ‘The Zone’ method which enables chiropractors to tap into which ‘zones’ of the body require attention.
During MMA training there is a great emphasis on repeating motions and movements until they’re thoroughly ingrained into our muscle memories. Repetitive movements help train reflexes and response times but also makes martial artists prone to repetitive strain injuries. Over training can result in pain and inflammation, or stiffness and loss of mobility, all of which hinder strict and disciplined MMA training regimes. Because of the focus, drive and discipline mixed martial artists apply to their trade, they’re at high risk of overdoing it and picking up an RSI (repetitive strain injury).
Chiropractors look to relieve existing injuries and encourage rapid healing as well as prevent injuries or injury recurrence and strengthen target areas so they’re less injury prone. Chiropractors’ expertise in neurological and biomechanical structures enables them to concentrate on the mind body interface which martial artists have concentrated on honing for centuries – they can heighten a mixed martial artists reflexes through nerve decompression and flexibility adjustments.
Flexibility is obviously one of the keys to being fit and healthy and it is vital for high performance in MMA, chiropractors are adept at gradually unlocking stiff joints which have become tight and sore through training, helping mixed martial artists regain flexibility more quickly after contest or training. Through intelligent manipulation of joints, chiropractors and encourage the body to heal a certain area too by improving blood flow and nutrient provision the area.
Chiropractors are directly trained to look into your sport and its demands in intense detail and then perform neurological, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal examinations which combined with x-rays, form an excellent detailed picture of your body’s stress points and weak areas. Using this information, chiropractors can prescribe exercises and administer treatment to get you back on top very quickly and over time, good habits instated by chiropractors will save you time and pain.