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Olympic athletes turn to doctors of chiropractic

(ARA) – You might not think you have anything in common with the world-class athletes competing in this year’s Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, but if you’re suffering from aches and pains from shoveling snow, training for a marathon or lifting your grandchild, you’re more alike than you think.

“We’re taking five chiropractors [to the Olympic Games this year] and that just shows how far chiropractic has come since the first chiropractor joined the Olympic medical staff in 1980,” says Dr. Michael Reed, a doctor of chiropractic who serves as a U.S. Olympic Committee medical director. “It has a lot to do with the requests of the athletes; they recognize the benefits of chiropractic in helping their bodies perform at peak condition.”

Chiropractic offers a natural approach to back pain, neck pain, headaches and the myriad of aches that result from leading an active life. You’ll find health tips on the American Chiropractic Association Web site at www.acatoday.org/healthtips.

You might discover that a chiropractor can assist you in strengthening your muscles or joints, alleviating your headache or preventing your knees from aching. For more information about chiropractic or to find a chiropractor near you, visit the ACA’s Web site, www.acatoday.org.

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