Sports Injuries and Chiropractic
Chiropractic is an integral part of the care that many professional athletes receive. Many Olympic athletes also take advantage of the benefits of chiropractic. Just because you aren’t going to the Olympics doesn’t mean that you too can’t improve your health and performance with chiropractic care.
When it comes to sports injuries, weakness or improper stretching can put you at risk of injury. In addition, an untreated injury may result in further or even permanent damage. It is vitally important to get proper care for any sports injuries, preventing the development of chronic problems.
There are two basic types of sports injuries: the first is the result of a trauma inflicted by a collision, a slip or a fall. The second type is caused by the over-use of a muscle group or joint whereby the repetitive movement of the same area causes an inflammation or injury.
Accidents and injuries tear loose the connective tissue that holds the spine together. The body then breaks down and locks into a distressed position. This shows up, when standing, as one hip higher than the other. When lying down, one leg is shorter than the other. The posture may show a twist in the spine and may lean to one side or the other. As a QSM3/NUCCA chiropractor, we evaluate your spinal misalignment and perform a specific, gentle adjustment to restore body balance. This can alleviate pressure on the nerves, decrease inflammation, allow for proper healing and decrease the likelihood of recurrence.
Any sporting activity should be preceded with a warm-up session. It is best to increase the frequency or duration of workouts slowly and progressively as strength and fitness levels increase. Fatigue or stress can be risky when working out, as it puts you at a higher risk of injury.
Working in conjunction with a qualified trainer and a chiropractor can help you stay in great shape and prevent injuries.
If you’ve suffered a sports injury, give our office a call.