Playing sports at any level offers a great many benefits. Unfortunately, it also increases the chance for injury. Over time, the wear and tear that physical activity puts on an athlete’s body makes them more susceptible to sprains and strains, pulled muscles and torn ligaments, and regular joint pain and stiffness, particularly the more (or longer) you play.
But the answer is not to cease physical activity, rather it’s to try to prevent injuries in the first place. Learning proper technique for your sport, warming up adequately and stretching frequently, as well as including regular sports chiropractic care as part of your training program all help.
Sports chiropractic care has proven beneficial in the treatment of some types of sports injuries and the prevention of many others.
Why Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractors are known for performing spinal and other musculoskeletal adjustments when patients are in pain, but many don’t realize just how critical spinal health is to the proper functioning of the entire body every day. Bones, muscles and nerves are all intertwined, so the functionality of one system drastically affects that of the others. By ensuring that spines are properly aligned, chiropractors allow athletes to experience more optimal body function in the form of more flexibility, better range of motion and better communication to the nerve center. This prevents not only many acute sports injuries, but a whole host of compensation injuries that come from playing with distorted technique due to nagging aches and pains.
And sports chiropractor care is safe for athletes of all ages! Professionals and other competitive athletes, weekend warriors and those in youth sports all can experience improvement in agility and overall sports performance.
For children, the focus is on protecting a still-growing skeletal system and preparing young bodies for a lifetime of physical fitness. For the older athlete, sports chiropractic care may address issues related to body alignment and posture to prevent injury since their muscles and bones can take longer to heal.
Sports chiropractic care utilizes skeletal adjustment and alignment, along with a variety of other non-invasive therapies in the prevention and treatment of sport injuries. Therapeutic stretching exercises, targeted massage and soft tissue manipulation, acupuncture, training tips, lifestyle and nutritional counseling are all ways sports chiropractic care can help you achieve your athletic goals.
Of course, sports injuries can occur at any time even in the best-conditioned athlete. If you should suffer a sidelining injury, sports chiropractic care can help you heal quickly and completely. In fact, studies show that the use of sports chiropractic care, alone or in combination with other protocols, can greatly reduce healing time for strain injuries, knee injuries and lower back pain while offering the added benefit of overall improvement in health and well-being.
Come see us to discover why sports chiropractic care is an essential part of any athletic training program.