World-class athletes aren't the only ones packing their bags for the upcoming Olympic Games in London. A local doctor is also preparing for the trip of a lifetime, and her mission is to help Team USA bring home the gold.
Nashville chiropractor Dr. Dionne Kellogg will be among the healing hands helping the Olympians who push their bodies to the limit.
Kellogg and others will provide care for the American power lifting, judo and wrestling teams. She said little bone and joint adjustments can help athletes improve their performance.
"It helps them fire faster, especially with judo. They've got to respond quickly, and it also helps them so they will not be injured," Kellogg said. "With the wrestlers, they are always being thrown on their backs. Their neck issues are the main thing that we've been helping them with."
Not only will Kellogg use her hands to adjust athletes, but she is also going to use some of the newest technology to help any problems an athlete might have in his or her neck.
"It helps the right extension and inflection into the spine. So we restore that curve, un-pinch the nerves and allow them to function and heal," Kellogg said.
Tennessee Titans punter Brett Kern is a regular on Kellogg's table and said he believes the treatment he receives there could be a career saver.
"It's just been an incredible difference," Kern said. "I feel a lot healthier. My back pain has gone away. I feel like I have a little more flexibility."
And in the next few weeks comes Kellogg's Olympic moment with hopes of giving Team USA athletes a winning edge.
"Anything I can do to help someone's performance to be better, but also to keep them healthy that after the Olympic Games they're not injured - that they're able to go on to their next dream and fulfill the next thing in their life," she said.
Watch Team USA compete at the Summer Olympics beginning July 27 on Channel 4.
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