In the field of chiropractic therapy, sports chiropractic is a fairly new subspecialty but is quickly becoming more mainstream. More chiropractors are starting to specialize in different treatment methods.
This care is a natural, drug-free, and non-surgical treatment option. It is very effective at treating various musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Examples of such conditions and injuries include concussions, shoulder injuries, and back injuries.
Athletes, in particular, can benefit in many ways from this form of therapy. This is why most professional sports organizations provide chiropractic care to their players.
Some doctors have specialized training and experience. They can check, recognize, and treat many sports-related injuries. They provide specialized care to help sportspersons get back in the game. This treatment is important both before and after sportspersons perform and practice. Some of the benefits here include:
Ask any injured sportsperson what their main treatment goal is. The answer will likely be to get back to their sport as quickly as possible. Therapy can play an important role in helping athletes achieve this goal.
Even when injuries are unavoidable, chiropractic treatment can shorten the healing time. Head and neck injuries, for example, can cause headaches that originate from the neck. A sports chiropractor can adjust the player’s neck to provide relief from headaches.
A chiropractor can also add shoulder manipulation to the treatment and rehabilitation protocol. It can help reduce pain. It can also improve the performance of an athlete with shoulder injuries. A chiropractor can even treat ankle sprains. They will use adjustments that improve function, reduce pain, and increase motion.
Of course, every athlete would love to avoid injuries rather than get them treated. But nothing can provide complete protection from injuries while playing or training. Sports chiropractors can play an important role in helping their patients avoid injury.
Assume a player’s musculoskeletal system has a misalignment due to overtraining. This can cause tension in a certain area of the body. Persistent tension can lead to a strain, sprain, and other similar injuries.
Spinal misalignment can also affect an athlete’s range of motion. To overcome this limitation, athletes may make accommodations. Some accommodations may increase the risk of injury. Sports chiropractic care can correct this misalignment. This will increase the sportsperson’s range of motion and decrease the risk of injury at the same time.
The European Journal of Applied Physiology published a study about this topic. The study suggested that sports chiropractic care can help improve a player’s strength. Another study found the same outcome after one month of care. There was a marked improvement in isometric strength.
Enhanced sports performance thanks to improved body symmetry
Improved flexibility, leading to improved performance and greater injury protection
Reduced pain, particularly in the lower back
Athletes need fewer prescription drugs to deal with aches and pains
It is a non-invasive treatment option
To learn about the benefits of chiropractic care for athletes, visit O’Neill Chiropractic at our office in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. You can also call (843) 650-3232 today to schedule an appointment.