Sports injuries are common among athletes. For complete recovery from all types of injuries, proper alignment between the soft tissues, joints and ligaments around the injury site is crucial. Chiropractic care can enhance athletic performance, prevent injuries, and support general fitness programs.
Generally, chiropractic care is focused on improving the musculoskeletal system (particularly the spine) and the overall health and function of an individual. Chiropractic adjustments help to reduce the spinal subluxations which cause body dysfunction and abnormal movement patterns. Athletes or physically active people who suffer from certain performance-related injuries like back pain, foot sprains, shoulder pain and knee strain are using this option to get back in the game and maintain/increase their athletic performance.
Chiropractors focus on the nervous system and the postural biomechanics that enable proper functioning and healing of the body. The focus is not just on the injured body part but the entire body structure, which allows detection and prevention of an injury that might be normally overlooked or ignored.
At a professional rehabilitation center, the program would begin with a physical evaluation to identify the factors that affect the body’s activity tolerance. Appropriate manipulations are then administered to set right spinal issues and increase the flexibility of the muscles and ligaments to improve range of motion. Advanced modalities such as TENS, ultrasound and traction may be used to maximize the therapeutic benefits.
A report tells of a Canadian research team that incorporated chiropractic in their program for 16 female long-distance runners. It was found that these runners could recover quickly from injuries faster than the control group, with seven of them actually scoring personal best performances while under chiropractic care. Healing time, reaction time and coordination were seen to improve.
In addition to sports-related injuries, this drug-free way to enhanced health and performance has been found to be effective for falls and work related injuries, headaches, and musculoskeletal disorders.