As the competitive sports scene grows in Australia, the practice of sports chiropractic is also gaining popularity. Considered a subsidiary of general chiropractic care, sports chiropractic may be a treatment worth considering for individuals who often participate in sports and are looking to recover or prevent sports injuries.
Keep reading to learn more about sports chiropractic and common sports injuries chiropractors may be able to help with.
What is Sports Chiropractic?
Sports chiropractic is a form of chiropractic which focuses on providing care for patients who have suffered from sports injuries, or are looking to prevent injuries during their athletic career.
Sports chiropractors are more experienced addressing issues related to the hard and soft connective tissues (that is, muscles, tendons and ligaments) in the body, in addition to musculoskeletal issues relating to the spine.
According to a published study from the Chiropractic and Osteopathy Journal, sports chiropractors use a multimodal approach to their care, unlike most general practitioner chiropractors who focus on unimodal care. Sports chiropractors are trained to perform standard spinal manipulations as well as utilise active and passive care to address sports injuries during both their inflammatory phase and their rehabilitation phase.
What Sports Injuries can a Sports Chiropractor help with?
Sprains are a common sports injury which occur when ligaments between bones are stretched too far or torn. Sprains occur in the joints and most frequently occur in the ankles or the wrist. Sprains may cause individuals to experience pain in their joints, or inflammation and swelling.
A chiropractor may help address a sprain by utilising pain relieving techniques, joint mobilisations, adjustments and massages. Chiropractors will diagnose and treat your sprain with hands-on therapy over a period of several rehabilitative weeks.
Dislocations are commonly sustained when participating in contact and high-impact sports. Dislocations occur when a bone that forms a joint becomes separated. Dislocations may cause intense pain and in more severe cases, nerve damage if left untreated.
Chiropractors may help with recovering from dislocations by adjusting and aligning joints back into place. Such adjustments may help restore strength to the joint and increase a patient’s range of motion.
Professional athletes who overwork themselves and put their body under pressure may experience swollen muscles. Swelling in the muscles occurs when a tough membrane called the fascia does not expand, causing the nerves and blood to stay compact in the fascia and the muscle itself to suffer from damage. Chiropractors may help treat swollen muscles by massaging tender areas to reduce swelling and applying pain relieving techniques.
Shin splints are a common sports injury sustained by runners. It involves pain running along the shin bone, on the front of the lower leg. Shin splints may also be caused by a lack of stretching and overuse of the muscle. Chiropractors may help relieve the pain caused by shin splints and quicken the recovery process with chiropractic adjustments and massage.
Sports chiropractic may be both a primary and complementary method of care when it comes to sports injuries. Sports chiropractors may help athletes prevent and recover from sports injuries in a number of ways, and may help with caring for common sports injuries.