A: The chiropractic approach to sports injuries is twofold: prevention and acute injury treatment. Many professional athletes are utilizing chiropractic care more because they realize it helps them maximize athletic performance and prevent injuries before they happen. By keeping the spine in proper alignment, the nervous system is able to function properly. This keeps the entire body operating at its peak, and doesn’t allow for weaknesses to lead to injury.
Athletes ask themselves why they get injured. They stretch and feel like they are in good shape. Usually there is a simple formula: they play too hard, too long or too fast. If they also have an underlying structural problem, whether in the spine or other area of the body, this can dramatically increase the likelihood of injury. Chiropractors strive to eliminate these problems before there is a problem. Chiropractic offers a balanced approach to the treatment and healing of sports injuries. By using the chiropractic adjustment to return joints to their normal mobility and by using physical therapy techniques to help the supportive tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments), chiropractic physicians help the injured areas return to normal function much more quickly. Afterward, better strategies for diet, exercise and stretching are discussed with the athlete, in order to prevent future injuries.
If you are an athlete or have a young athlete, chiropractic care should be a part of your regular training regimen, injuries or not.
Information provided by Jefferson Family Chiropractic, 216 N. Wilson Ave., 515-386-3747.