Chiropractic Plyometrics Exercise | Premier Sports & Spine Center

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Plyometrics – or “plyos” – are a popular form of chiropractic training that was developed in the 1970s for Olympic athletes. These exercises focus on quick, explosive movements that condition the body with dynamic resistance that rapidly stretch a muscle (eccentric phase) and then rapidly shorten it (concentric phase). Plyometric exercises are all based around scientific evidence showing that a stretch-shortening cycle will activate what is known as a “stretch reflex” or “myotactic reflex.” This is the same reflex that occurs when a doctor taps your knee causing your quadriceps to contract. The tap on your knee causes a fast stretch of the muscle or tendon and the muscle will contract very quickly. When you perform plyometric exercises and activate this reflex it will improve the contraction speed of the muscle and increase your explosiveness.

The benefits of plyometric exercises:

These exercising techniques are designed in a manner that they can be effectively managed in fitness sessions alongside team or individual training set ups. The end result as established by multiple researches confirm massive benefits which include:

  • Increase in body balance, body speed acceleration as well as great levels of flexibility.
  • Significant build up in body muscle strength and power, especially the leg region.
  • Gainful thickening of bones for participating individuals.
  • Achievement of high heights in jumping or hopping activity.

Plyometric exercises do come with an inherent risk, however. If you are considering a plyometric exercise program it is important that you consult with a physician specializing in sports medicine. The sports chiropractic physicians at Premier Sports and Spine Center are trained and certified in strength and conditioning and are experienced with the development of plyometric exercise programs. Contact us today to consult with one of our sports physicians and ensure that plyometrics are the right choice and that you are performing them within the proper guidelines.