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Chiropractic giving sport the winning edge

Chiropractic has long been associated with the conservative management of back pain. In other words, chiropractors are known to use manual therapy to rehabilitate injuries and problems with the spine. Athletes and sports people know better than most how important it is not only to keep their bodies flexible and responsive, but also they frequently need help in managing strains and sprains in the course of their training. Given chiropractors unique training in spinal biomechanics and therapy, as well as their holistic approach to healthcare, it comes as no surprise that there has been a massive increase in the involvement of chiropractors in professional and amateur sport, playing several key roles:  

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Retained Neonatal Reflexes

NEONATAL REFLEXES Infants are born with a strongly developed set of reflexes called neonatal or primitive reflexes. Experts believe that the purpose of these reflexes is survival based. Examples of these  include: The suckling reflex- where stimulating the lips or side of the mouth causes the baby to turn toward the stimulus and begin a suckling action The palmar grip reflex - where lightly stroking the palm, or placing a finger in the hand of the infant causes them to close it and grip strongly The Moro reflex - where a sudden backwards tilt causes the infant to throw their arms and legs outward Asymmetric Tonic Neck Reflex- when the baby is on its back, turning its head to the left causes the left arm to straighten and the right arm to bend (& vice versa) Galant Reflex - stroking along the spine causes a twitch in the back muscles on the same side Around six months of age, many of the reflexes begin to wane (or integrate) and are slowly replaced by postural reflexes, whose purpose is to allow independent movement of limbs from head movement; manipulation of objects by hand, to sit up, crawl and eventually balance on two legs and walk. The chart below (courtesy of Inspiral Paediatric seminars) shows a timeline of the transition from primitive reflexes to postural reflexes.  

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