Sports injuries are different in some ways than other types of accidents or injuries. Repetitive motions, environmental conditions, fitness and duration of the “training, and quality of sports equipment all create conditions that make sport-specific injuries possible. Seeking a chiropractor for athletes, someone who is well trained in the specific needs and injuries that athletes are likely to encounter, can make all the difference in recovery time, and improve overall performance.
The range of motion, strength, balance, speed, and increased reaction times all impact athletic performance. Injury can affect all of these factors and can do so for the short term or the long haul. Chiropractic care targets bones and their joints specifically, providing adjustments to the alignment of each joint of the body. This type of treatment is medication free and offers an option that is natural and impacts the mechanical function and efficiency of the body directly, by restoring each joint to its optimum natural configuration. This helps to bring the conditions within each joint to its best circulation and its lowest inflammation level, and its highest range of motion.
Chiropractic uses a holistic or “whole body” philosophy, as it recognizes that no joint exists in isolation, and injury to a joint impacts not only neighboring joints but how a person moves. This is particularly true of spinal and lower limb injuries, as a hip injury can impact the knees and feet, and vice versa, due to how people adjust their movement because of pain.
Chiropractic uses the knowledge of the human body’s mechanical workings to align the joints to promote a good range of motion, circulation, and healing. The technique is called chiropractic adjustment and forms the core of all chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors use various methods of muscle relaxation such as massage therapy, electrotherapy, ultrasound, and hot and cold treatments.
Muscle relaxation allows the chiropractor to perform the adjustments without fighting against the force of tension in the muscle, making it easier. Adjustments themselves involve quick controlled and often pulsed arm thrusts that the chiropractor uses to shift the joint back into place. The chiropractor will often then offer information and instruction about muscle strengthening exercise in order to stabilize the joint.