Sports Injury and Prevention
The primary focus of the chiropractor treating sports injuries is on the spine and surrounding joints that are susceptible to the body contact, fast starts and stops and positioning of the athlete that place unusual strain on the structural system. The treatment by the Chiropractor is adjustment to these areas, which can be slightly displaced or failing to function normally. Adjustment will restore proper alignment and function to the joints, thus restoring normal nerve transmission and natural healing ability to the vital structures of the body.
Injuries such as ankle strains, muscle strains, tendonitis, bursitis, and joint problems to the in the wrist, shoulder, hand, hip, ankle, knee and foot can all be treated with chiropractic care. Chiropractic is not only drug-free, it is preventative and performance-enhancing. In addition to Chiropractic adjustments, various sports injuries may benefit from Graston, Shockwave therapy, Acupuncture or Massage.
Proper alignment allow athletes to be prepared. Many of the
world’s greatest athletes receive a “tune-up” from a chiropractor before competition if order to achieve their body’s level of peak efficiency. After competition they return to the chiropractor to enhance the recuperative process after the stress of their particular event.
Whether an elite athlete, or a weekend warrior, improving body biomechanics and addressing the source of injury with Chiropractic can facilitate a prompt recovery to get you back in the game.
Sport injury treatment and prevention is often multifaceted. Every sport and activity has unique demands on the body, not to mention the effect of changing seasons, terrain, sporting equipment and training volume. The usage of Chiropractic care as a preventative measure in athletics is becoming more prevalent, with an ever-increasing base of research.
One recent study in 2014 involved an Australian Rules football league adding chiropractic services to its healthcare team. The chiropractic services were only provided for one of the teams, however, to determine whether its inclusion would influence injury rates. A chiropractic related-study in Brazil reports that traditional chiropractic care techniques improve the athletic performance among judo players. In is in the same vein that chiropractic care is reported to improve the performance of college football players, according to a United States research.
The most common injuries in Australian Rules football are lower limb injuries, with the majority being hamstring strains. Over a full season, one team was given chiropractic care in addition to their strength and conditioning programs and physiotherapy, while another team received only the traditional strength and conditioning with physiotherapy. Players on the team with access to a chiropractor had a 4% rate of hamstring injuries and lower limb muscle strains for the entire season. In contrast, the team that did not have a chiropractor had 17% of their players experience a hamstring injury during the season, and 28% had a lower limb muscle strain. The study demonstrated that chiropractic care can be crucial in preventing sports injuries which can translate to less absenteeism and fewer games missed.
Being proactive in preparing for sporting events, and promoting faster recovering post-event is important for any athlete – professional or recreational. Taking a proactive role in maintaining and optimizing body biomechanics, strength and flexibility, can greatly reduce body stress.