Sports Chiropractic - Injuries & Performance
Minor injuries are a common occurrence in the sporting world at both amateur and professional levels. A niggling muscle strain or other small injury may hinder your ability to enjoy your sport and should not be ignored as may lead to a more serious and chronic injury overtime. There are two main categories of sports injuries, traumatic and overuse.
Traumatic Sports Injuries
These are those injuries which have a distinct history of onset such as a fall or heavy contact with another player and this may result in;
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Tendon tears
- Bruises (contusions)
Whatever the type of injury all of the above will result in inflammation during the first five days following the event and the signs and symptoms of this are localised swelling, heat, pain, redness and loss of function.
Whether you are a weekend warrior or a professional sportsman, your body is prone to the same kind of injuries. Overuse injuries occur as a direct result of repetitive stresses to a specific area over time, which can lead to a loss of proper movement in the bones of your spine and joints and in turn this can interfere with the healthy working of your muscles and nerves. These conditions tend to develop gradually and a specific onset cannot often be pin pointed. However there may have been a recent change in your sporting activity such the introduction of a new technique or training regime. Overuse injuries may include any of the following;
- Achilles tendonitis
- Jumpers knee (patella tendonitis)
- Runners knee (iliotibial band syndrome)
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Low back pain
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Neck pain
- Groin and thigh strains
- Hamstring and calf strains
Chiropractic Treatment for Minor Sports Injuries
An individual and specific package of care will be devised for you depending on your injury and precise sporting requirements; this will be based on years of clinical experience and research. If you are presenting with a recent traumatic injury the initial treatment will be focused on reducing the cardinal signs of inflammation as discussed above with RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) advice, ultrasound and specific exercises. Following this the treatment for both traumatic and overuse injuries may include any combination of the following. Manipulation and or mobilisation of the surrounding joints to increase the available motion, reduce nerve irritation and relax the surrounding musculature. Ultrasound or interferential therapy with the aim to decrease both pain and inflammation and to improve the quality of the scar tissue. Deep tissue work (massage, myofascial release techniques, trigger point therapy, cross friction and specific stretching exercises) which will help reduce muscle tension, and any adhesions (knots) which may have developed within the injured and surrounding tissues.
Most importantly your chiropractor will give you postural and ergonomic advice as well as home rehabilitation exercises to help correct any predisposing factors and to decrease the likelihood of any recurrence.
For those who require extra deep tissue work we also have an experienced sports massage therapist at the clinic!
Chiropractic and Sports Performance
As well as speeding up your recovery from injury chiropractic care can also enhance your performance. It aims to improve the mechanics of your joints and muscles as well as the nerves supplying them. This in turn may result in an increase in co-ordination, control and muscle strength and hence sporting performance.
Some of the greatest athletes in the world swear by the effectiveness of their chiropractor. Take a look at what they've got to say about how chiropractic adjustment can help keep you pain-free, feeling great and improve your performance.
Tiger Woods - 14 time PGA Championship Golfer
"... lifting weights and seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis has made me a better golfer. I've been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It's as important to my training as practicing my swing."
Dan O’Brien - Double Olympic and World Championship Decathlon Gold medalist.
“Were it not for Chiropractic I would not have won the gold medal”
Steve Cram - 1500m World Campion and Olympic Silver Medalist
"chiropractic is a fast and effective way of treating and preventing injuries. I constantly recommend chiropractic to athletes..."