As the winter sport season begins, chiropractic care can be beneficial to assist recovery from with sporting injuries, niggles and pains and keep you moving at your best! Sporting injuries are common. Whether you are experiencing a long term (chronic), short term (acute), traumatic or overuse type injury, in most cases, chiropractors are well placed to examine and assist your recovery. Treatment can relieve pain and begin to restore function to the injured area, work towards rehabilitation and assist in the prevention of reinjury.
Common sporting injuries
- Hamstring tears/overload
- Ankle sprains
- ACL/Other knee injuries
- Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries
- Disc injuries
- Back and neck injuries
Chronic sporting injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Muscle tears
These injuries can take a long time recover, particularly if the body has fallen into a bad pattern and over time and has compensated/adapted to the injury. This can result in more damage to other parts of the body, close to the original injury site.
For example – a chronic hip injury may cause hip and knee problems.
Why see a Chiro
Most people won’t see a chiropractor until after an injury has occurred. A chiropractor will determine what has happened and what injury you have sustained by doing a series of tests. Depending on the case, you may be referred to for medical imaging.
Once the injury is determined, a plan of care to help you recover can be developed. This plan may include adjustments, soft tissue therapy and/or advice and exercises for home. If you are already seeing a chiropractor, your treatment plan may change to help manage your current injury.
Care during the season
Chiropractic care not only supports you through injury but may help prevent injury and assist you functioning at your best.
Improving function and recovery from injury tends to comprise:
- Increased mobility/flexibility
- Improved balance and co-ordination
- Increased strength
- Increase reaction time and focus
- Decreased recovery time
- Improved sleep (important for recovery of both muscles and body
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