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Olympic champion uses chiropractor to keep her body in balance

Published On: Aug 14 2013 03:50:42 PM CDT
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(NewsUSA) - U.S. Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin was born into a world of balance beams and dismounts.

"Both my parents were celebrated Olympic and world champion gymnasts in Russia," Liukin says. "They came to the U.S. and started coaching gymnastics when I was a baby.

"Because they couldn't afford a babysitter, I was always hanging around in the gym with them while they worked. I used to run around on the bars and mimic the other children and even copy and perform their floor routines at the side of the gym. And that's how I started."

Liukin competed in her first Nationals at the age of 12 -- winning gold medals in the junior division of the 2003 U.S. National Championships. But while training, she sustained an ankle injury that later required surgery.

That's when she started researching chiropractic care, and found Dr. Vince Scheffler.

"Nastia came to see me in 2010," Dr. Scheffler recalls. "We discussed her wellness goals, and I began treatments which consisted of chiropractic adjustments, myofascial releases, and stabilization exercises that helped get her body back to an optimum level."

Liukin retired from competitive sport after a fall off the bars during the 2012 Olympic trials, but still maintains her health -- and "balance" -- with chiropractic care.