“Yips or the yips is the apparent loss of fine motor skills without apparent explanation, in one of a number of different sports. Athletes affected by the yips demonstrate a sudden, unexplained, loss of previous skills. Athletes affected by the yips sometimes recover their ability, sometimes compensate by changing technique, or may be forced to abandon their sport at the highest level,” according to Wikipedia.
Over the years, I have helped runners, golfers, tennis, and baseball players in San Francisco with the yips. I do this by integrating physical and emotional triggers. I’ve found that these triggers play on one another so that the fear of not performing shifts the patient into a sympathetic state (fight or flight). In this state, s/he loses some of his or her fine motor skills and, thus, is unable to perform at the level he or she is accustomed. When this happens, it makes him or her more afraid thus further perpetuating the problem. We examine and reset the pattern while the athlete follows a home exercise regimen and typically there is a turn around.
In Applied Kinesiology, we learn to integrate responses to structural, emotional, and chemical causes of stress. Chiropractic helps reset the circuits in the nervous system to break these habits and cycles. On top of that, my postgraduate designation of Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP®) prepares me to assist high-end athletes who need to return to competition quickly.
At ProActive Chiropractic, my goal is to get you back to work, back to play. Let’s get rid of the yips and get you back to your old self.