Chiropractic is a vital part of the care that many professional athletes have chosen to receive. Whether you’re going to the Olympics, aiming to play for a professional sports team or just happy to be a weekend warrior, all athletes’ health and performance can benefit with chiropractic care.
What it boils down to with sports injuries is that improper stretching, muscle weakness and poor training put you at risk for injury. To make matters worse, if an injury is left untreated it may result in further or even permanent damage. It is critical to get proper care for any sports injury, so that you can deter these injuries from becoming a chronic issue.
When it comes to sports, two basic types of injuries come to mind: the first is the result of a trauma. Great examples of these are collisions, slips and falls. The second type is an over-use injury of a muscle or joint which involve the repetitive movement of the same area which then causes inflammation and/or injury.
The main goal for all athletes is to strive to obtain their peak athletic performance. In order for this to occur, athletes must have proper conditioning, muscle function, stability and range of motion of all their joints. Most injuries are caused by these imbalances and can easily be avoided. They can also be the result of an injury you’ve had in the past or insufficient conditioning.
As chiropractors, we’re trained in the biomechanics and muscle function of the human body, which make us the best in understanding and treating sports injuries. We can instruct you on the best ways to heal from an injury and how best to prevent the injury from recurring. Treatment ranges from specialized muscle treatment to joint manipulation to acupuncture, or specific exercises that target problem areas and strengthen previously injured or weakened muscles and joints.
Any sporting activity should begin with a sufficient warm-up session. It is best to increase the frequency or duration of workouts slowly when you feel you are ready, as strength and fitness levels increase. Hydration is always important.
If you have an injury that you are trying to “tough out” or are interested in learning how to prevent injuries from occurring or reoccurring, come see us before an injury develops or becomes more serious. We are all for being active and in more cases then not, you can maintain your daily activites while going through treatment!