“Doc, I’ve got 2 new P.B.’s this past month – one at the All Ontario’s and the other at the Canadian Finals…”, beams yet another runner with a sparkle of both joy and amazement.
“That’s awesome……..let’s adjust your spine.”
If you’re wondering, ‘P.B.’ stands for ‘Personal Best’. If you’re a competitive athlete, no explanation is necessary. Athletic performance is based on many factors such as hard training, discipline, coaching, diet, nutritional factors, mental attitude and optimum nerve potentials. According to Dorland’s Medical Dictionary, the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue and organ in the body. Simply put, an optimally functioning nerve system produces better body performance. For example, does a race car perform better with spark plugs that work at 85%, 95% or 99% efficiency?
Chiropractic enhances nerve integrity with each and every adjustment.
Is it any wonder that world caliber athletes such as Donovan Bailey, Bruno Surrey and Dan O’Brien are under regular chiropractic care and get adjusted prior to every major race? Absolutely not!!! They obviously value the impact chiropractic has on overall body performance.
Not everyone has to be an olympic caliber athlete to benefit from chiropractic. Any athlete who wants to enhance personal performance can benefit. You may run 2km for the first time in your life, or you may complete your 20th marathon. No matter what your level, chiropractic can give your athletic endeavours an edge. I’m reminded of my mother-in-law Gloria when she completed her first 5K run at the Toronto ScotiaBank Waterfront Marathon. It was her way of celebrating her 70th birthday by facing a challenge and achieving a goal that claimed age is just a number. It took courage, discipline and regular chiropractic care that brought her into 6th place out of the 49 in her age category (3rd out of all the women)! Her first run! I can’t tell you how proud I was of her, and what an inspiration she is!
Now your ‘Personal Best’ may be defined in two ways:
1 – Doing something that you have never accomplished before in your life.
2 – Completing a set distance in your best time ever.
Once again, train hard, be disciplined, ‘fuel’ up properly, have the right attitude and maintain an optimal nerve system. I just love seeing the joy and excitement of yet another patient (fellow athlete) telling me about their new P.B.!!
P.S.: I just finished writing this article and my very next patient told me about her 2 new P.B.’s this past week!!! Way to go!!!