How can a chiropractor help after a sports injury?
If you are an athlete, then you probably understand the numerous demands of participating in sports activities like jumping, running, tackling, and while you put your best foot to offer optimum performance, the results are often painful tears, strains, and sprains. However, seeing a chiropractor can be able to help prevent injuries of the neck, shoulder, knee, back and ankle. Seeing a qualified chiropractor can help you when you have suffered sports injuries and also help in preventing them.
So what really can a chiropractor do to help my sports injury?
Chiropractors are equipped both with the knowledge and the skills to treat and prevent injuries of the neck, back, shoulder, knee and the ankle. They have skills in manual adjustment that ensures that your bones are lined up and balanced, that in the end will help relieve the tension in the body. This will allow your body to function much better and become less susceptible to injury. The main goal of most chiropractic techniques is to restore the enhancement function while at the same time resolving joint inflammation and reducing pain.
The hands-on therapy that is commonly placed in chiropractic treatment is often used to treat neck or back injuries but also assists in relieving pain throughout the joints and muscles in the body. The main reasons that most of the athletes suffer from sports injuries include forced impacts, repetitive motions, and failure to warm up and over training. Chiropractors are better equipped and can help athletes by relieving their pain and helping them heal faster after an athletic injury. Regular visits to your chiropractor will promote quick recovery after games and training as well as better balance and your overall performance.
Diagnosis and treatment
First, the chiropractor will ask you questions about your health and perform a structural exam of your body posture, balance, and spine. They will then examine your back, tendons, ligaments, extremities, and joints. By using this information from your body, your chiropractor will be able to determine what kind of treatment will be beneficial for you. The two most common techniques are:
- Spinal Manipulation
- Spinal Mobilization
When performing the spinal manipulation, the chiropractor will place your indifferent positions and then perform a manual impulse on the affected joint. This will release pressure in the joint and align your muscles to work in the way that they are supposed to work. In some of the cases, the impulse will cause an audible cracking sound, called cavitation that will be due to the release that happens when the joint opens up and motion is restored.
The spinal mobilization, however, is usually used for patients that require a more gentle approach and utilizes chiropractic instruments or simple stretches to release the pressure in the joints.
Chiropractors may also decide you incorporate other kinds of methods to relieve pain such as ice, heat or even electric stimulation. Make sure that you have discussed all of your symptoms with your chiropractor to get the best treatment options.
In addition to treating injuries, chiropractors are also better placed in preventing them. Before you get to begin an exercise regimen or sport, it is advised that you get evaluated by a chiropractor. Chiropractors can be able to check your muscles and spine to detect imbalance and alleviate tension so that your body can be able to work properly.
Therefore, in case you are experiencing any athletic injury, our chiropractors Dr. Mehran Shei and Dr. Parvin Alemi are here to help. Contact us and learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care.