Spinal injuries decrease performance by restricting ranges of motion, reducing strength, slowing reflexes, and shortening endurance with activity. Chiropractic care for sports injuries has become increasingly popular in recent years with professional sports teams, Olympic trainers, and competitive athletes using doctors of chiropractic because they demand excellence in sports performance.
The low back is the most frequently injured area of the spine and is also an area of frequent injury in children who play sports. Often ignored as “growing pains,” low back injuries in children when handled with chiropractic, proper stretching and the appropriate warm up and cool down exercises, may help avoid low back problems seen later in adults.
Problems can start with the spine and affect the extremities, or they can begin with an extremity, like a knee or an ankle and create compensatory issues in the spine.
The benefit of chiropractic is that no matter whether the involved joint is a spinal segment or an extremity, chiropractic care restores function to any joints that are not moving properly. Providing pain relief, chiropractic also helps reduce inflammation while restoring normal motion to damaged joints. In addition, because muscles, tendons and ligaments require proper joint motion to optimize performance, injuries to these tissues may reduce range of motion, decrease blood supply, and literally “take you out of the game.” When chiropractic is used with any type of joint or soft tissue injury function is general restored more quickly. For an uninjured joint, chiropractic may just provide a slight biomechanical edge enabling peak performance.
Any aerobic exercise program (including something as simple as brisk walking) can improve muscles tone and help you recover from strains, sprains, and other activity-restricting health problems.
Regardless of the sport you play, keep in mind that the absolute best treatment for sports injuries is prevention. Whether it is a professional athlete, “weekend warrior”, or just someone who wants to remain fit, the benefits of chiropractic care should not be overlooked as proper spinal function is essential for peak performance at work or play.
Make sure to include chiropractic as part of your injury prevention program!
Our doctors can help develop a care plan for you based on your age, condition, and health objectives. They will also let you know if chiropractic care can help restore your health, improve your performance, and increase your competitive edge.
Chiropractors are experts in the care of the bones, nerves, muscles and connective tissues that are part of your musculoskeletal system. The optimal function of the musculoskeletal system is necessary for overall good health. Ask our Doctors of Chiropractic for more information about a care program that can be tailors to your needs with specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations, nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.