Being an athlete comes with various health risks depending on what you do. Most athletes at least participate in their sport for an extended period of time every year. These activities have high demands like running, jumping, climbing or in a more contact sport tackling. Putting your body through the strain of sports can create some issues most of which are extremely uncomfortable. One way that athletes can help to deal with their injuries is chiropractic treatment. Sports and exercise are great ways to keep healthy, but there are often risks involved. Most often, excessive training, inappropriate training methods or perilous exercise equipment can be a cause of injury, but structural abnormalities and muscle imbalances/weakness can also be culprits leading to injury, including the ankles, knees, elbows, shoulder or spine.
Commonly, sports injuries are caused by traumatic force to a joint in motion causing hyperextension or hyperflexion. One such injury is a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament which results from a quick deceleration, hyperextension or rotation of the knee joint that may or may not involve contact with another person. Such injury, and others, may cause significant pain and debilitation taking you away from the sports that you enjoy.
Chiropractors can help to treat and also prevent injuries related to sports. They are skilled at adjustment of the spine ensuring that the bones are lined up and can heal properly. The main reasons athletes suffer sports injuries include forceful impacts, repetitive motions, over-training and failure to warm up properly. Chiropractors can help athletes by relieving their pain and helping them heal faster after an injury. Regular visits will promote quicker recovery after games and training as well as better balance and overall performance.
During spinal manipulation, your doctor will place you in different positions and perform a manual impulse to an affected joint. This releases pressure in the joint and aligns muscles and joints so they work the way they’re supposed to. In some cases, the impulse causes an audible cracking sounds, called cavitation, due to the release of gas that happens when the joint opens up and motion is restored.
Other things will be incorporated to treat the sports related injuries such as ice, heat and sometime deep tissue stimulation. This type of electrical stimulation effects the muscles and helps to relieve tension and pain.
Hopefully this information is useful when looking into treatment for sports relation injuries. It is very important to stretch properly as to not incur one of these injuries on yourself.