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Minor Sports Injuries Needn’t Get In The Way Of A Major Comeback!

January 17, 2019

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat and prevent sports injuries. Chiropractors restore your body’s alignment for a speedy recovery!

Physical activity is important for the body and mind, and sports injuries can get in the way.

Exercise isn’t only vital for our physical health, it also triggers the release of endorphins, AKA the happy hormones. These powerful babies are responsible for improving your mood and positivity after vigorous activity. It doesn’t take a professional athlete to be familiar with these good vibes, as a 20 minute intensive walk is enough to reap the benefits! However, there is one buzzkill that can really get in the way of reaching those physical and mental benefits. Walkers, amateur and professional sport-players, and anybody living an active lifestyle, run the risk of experiencing common sports injuries resulting from trauma, overuse or repetitive motion. Such injuries could take you away from the sport you enjoy and leave you frustrated on the sidelines for as long as it takes to recover.

Often, sports injuries are prompted by excessive and inappropriate training or freak accidents. Structural abnormalities, muscle imbalance and weakness may also be the culprit. Recovery in most cases is lengthy and requires immediate action to reduce initial inflammation. It is important to seek medical advice, and chiropractic care is a great option to effectively treat and even prevent sports injuries.

People tend to think of chiropractors as back specialists, and this is certainly true, but their reach goes far beyond, in a holistic approach to pain management and recovery. They look at the bigger picture! Commonly, sports injuries are caused by traumatic force to a joint, which can result in strains, sprains, joint dislocation, fractures: the list is endless.

Chiropractors are trained to assess and manage various injuries.

By considering the person as a whole, chiropractors will first examine your back, extremities, tendons, ligaments and joints. Through comprehensive history and detailed physical examination, they will decide an appropriate course of action. The chiropractor may then perform musculoskeletal adjustments to correct inappropriate alignment stretching from head to toe. The care offered will depend on the injury and may also include sports massages and other soft tissue therapies, rehabilitation and individualised exercises, alongside lifestyle advice. This treatment plan will be aimed at restoring your body’s full function and reducing inflammation in order to obtain long-lasting pain relief.

Chiropractic care is effective in preventing injury.

You may have developed a lack of trust in the previously injured site which is stopping you from playing your favourite sport or practising a physical activity you enjoy. The fear of re-injury is a big deal and it must be an integral part of rehabilitation. This fear barrier needs to be overcome for you to enjoy life to its fullest. Chiropractors will determine what measures can be taken to prevent injury and enhance performance.

A 2010 study conducted by Hoskin and Pollard evaluated semi-professional rugby players who had sustained various sports injuries. Half of the players were subjected to regular treatment, while the other half received additional chiropractic care consisting of soft tissue and musculoskeletal readjustment. The research showed true reduction in hamstring and primary non-contact knee injuries and time out as a result of injury.

Sports injuries are tough! They can take a real physical and emotional toll. If you have suffered from such an injury recently and you’re on the slow train to recovery, our chiropractors and sports specialists at Spinal Care Clinics in Brentwood can help. They will see you through a targeted, holistic treatment plan and have you back on your feet in no time.

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