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Body First Sports Therapy

Total Body Care for the Athlete

Every year athletes don't get the chance to participate fully in their sport. Some watch from the sidelines due to injuries that may have been avoided; others suffer struggle through workouts from simple imbalances in the body; and many just give up due to pain or discomfort they experience. Body First has a proven track record of helping athletes overcome challenges their bodies face and perform at their best.
Whether you are an amateur, high school, collegiate, professional athlete, or just a weekend warrior our staff has the knowhow and experience to work with a whole range of sports related conditions including injuries, tight muscles, skeletal imbalances, and other limiting conditions. Body First offers Sports Massage, Chiropractic Care, and Acupuncture, services designed to help athletes perform their best. Our Staff can work together to help you be a better athlete.


Designed with the athlete in mind Sports Massage incorporates numerous modalities to promote maximum performance. Sports massage focuses on the muscles relevant to your athletic activity and may include guided stretching.
Sports massage can be received before, during, and after a workout or athletic event. Most athletes find Sports Massage is most beneficial when it is included as part of training regimen. It enhances athletic performance and endurance, and reduces the risk of injury and soreness.
Body First has experience working with a wide range of athletes from amateur to collegiate to professional athletes.

How to get the most out of Body First Sports Massage

Sports massage can help you be ready for physical activity and reach your peak performance. With regular sports massage, you can avoid injury and reduce your body's recovery time, and perform your best.
Sports massage is different from a typical full body massage. The therapists will incorporate a wide variety of massage modalities and techniques to meet the need of the athlete. Each session will focus on the muscles used for a specific physical activity. It may be more vigorous than most massages, and could incorporate guided stretching.
Pre Event:
Receiving a sports massage prior to your workout or athletic event can loosen your muscles. By combining sports massage with stretching the muscles will be warmed up and ready for intense activity.
Post Event:
After the event sports massage can reduce recovery time, prevent muscle soreness and stiffness, and alleviate pain.
Received regularly sports massage reduces the occurrence of injury, increases physical performance and allows you to perform your best.

Sports Massage

Benefits of Sports Massage:

  • Improved flexibility

  • Improved muscle tone.

  • Increased relaxation.

  • Reduced levels of stress hormones

  • Reduced soreness in your muscles.

  • Improved mental focus

  • Reduced recovery time

  • Reduced feeling of tightness due to exercise.

  • Elimination of factors that interfere with ability to perform at your best

  • Reduced occurrences of chronic problems such as tendonitis and bursitis

  • Increased circulation of the blood and lymph, providing your muscles and soft tissues with the optimal metabolic exchange

  • And more...

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    Chiropractic Care

    Athletes put an extra physical toll on their bodies. The average runner pounds the ground over 700 times in a mile. A soccer player might make hundreds of sudden stops and starts during a game. A typical high school football player is hit with over 30G's of force every time he is tackled. With all the abuse the typical athlete exerts on their body it is little wonder athletes commonly suffer from skeletal imbalances.
    Dr. Erickson's whole body approach to Chiropractic Care helps athletes overcome their body's limitation and practice, compete, and perform better.


    Research has shown that Acupuncture has shown to be successful in treating musculoskeletal injuries. Athletes rely on acupuncture as an essential part of their recovery from injuries. Benefits of Acupuncture include:

  • Reduced recovery time
  • Decreased pain
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Reduced swelling
  • Reduction of muscle spasms
  • Improved blood circulation

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    Need a Sports Physical?

    Dr. Erickson has provided sports physicals to hundreds of students. If your child is planning on competing in any middle school or high school athletics (including most summer sports camps) they will be required to have a sports physical in order to practice or compete. Schedule now to beat the fall rush.

    Body First Chiropractic Offers Sports Physical

    Any annual history and the physical examination taken after May 1st is applicable through the following school year. (source: KANSAS STATE HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION)

    Please complete the first page of the KSHSAA pre-participation physical evaluation prior to your appointment.

    Additional Complimentary and Alternative Treatments Available.

    In addition to Acupuncture, Body First is proud to provide additional treatments including:

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    Body First Wellness and Recreation Center

    3615 Claflin, Manhattan, KS 66503
    (785) 587 8300 or (785) 776 6060

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