If you are suffering from musculoskeletal problems, stretched muscles, sports injuries, or sprains, then you need to try out sports chiropractic. Sports chiropractic is a branch of chiropractic that helps one alleviate game injuries.
The most common sporting injuries that athletes suffer from include:
- Muscle asymmetry or muscle imbalances where muscles of one side of the body are different from the other
- Loss of flexibility and mobility of the joints
- A reduced spinal movement that leads to abnormal tightness of muscles and causes strain
- Spasms and strain of muscle from excessive fatigue
- Physical trauma during sports that cause injuries on different parts of the body or causes stress in other areas of the body
When your body is injured, the body automatically compensates for the damaged muscle by changing muscle movement and muscle tone all over the body as well as in the injured region. This is done to protect the injured area to promote healing in the region. For instance, you can have trouble in your right shoulder that could have originated from an injury to the neck. The ache in the right shoulder can be unrelated to your shoulder itself.
How does a sports chiropractor help?
Sports chiropractic consists of multiple forms of treatment. It includes preventive and maintenance procedures as well as immediate treatment of acute conditions. Furthermore, sports chiropractors are not for professional athletes only. They are also an excellent option for weekend sports players or amateurs.
For peak performance, the health and functioning of your spine should be at optimal levels. It does not matter how severe the competition is or how much dedication the player has. Without proper spinal function, athletes will not be able to perform at their best. This is why often the elites go to sports chiropractors to maximize their performance. Athletes who used sports chiropractic to do better in the field includes Tiger Woods, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Brock, Lance Armstrong, Evander Holyfield, and Joe Montana. Even the Olympic Gold medalist Decathlete Dan O’Brien admitted that he could not have won the gold without the help of a skilled chiropractor.
How can a sports injury affect the game of an athlete?
Playing sports can be beneficial for your body. However, too much training, fatigue, or accidents can cause injuries. As muscles and joints are sprained while you play a sport, injury and trauma can quickly occur when you aren’t careful. Spinal injuries can be very severe and may even limit your mobility and range of motion across different joints. They also affect your overall strength and performance. No matter whether an individual is an amateur or a professional, a spinal injury will always impact their performance negatively.
The area most commonly injured among athletes is the lower back or the lumbar region. Oftentimes, this is because the body was not adequately warmed up or cooled down properly. Chiropractic care focuses on how to maintain spinal health to attain maximum performance. Furthermore, it also helps in recovery. Some athletes visit chiropractors before big games.
The effectiveness of sports chiropractic
Recent studies have shown that chiropractic can be combined with sports science management and medical practice to reduce different forms in injuries in football players. All the muscles of your body rely upon the joints and ligaments for quick and agile movement. Injuries restrict these movements and can often limit you from getting into sports for an indefinite amount of time. So no matter what game you play, it is wise always to consult a chiropractor to help prevent and recover from sports injuries.
When you visit a chiropractor, your spine, as well as other areas, will be checked for injuries. If we believe that chiropractic can help you perform better, then we will provide a treatment plan based on your age, body condition, what you play, and your health goals.