Whether you are a seasoned athlete or just getting started on a new workout regimen, you are putting your body through more than usual and your body is prone to a sports injury. Injuries can be sustained unexpectedly while being active or slowly over time due to repetitive motions.
There are quite a few ways to treat sports injuries, and many athletes are turning to chiropractic care. In fact, an estimated 90% of all world-class athletes routinely use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and boost performance. The most common sports injuries treated with chiropractic care include:
- Strains and sprains
- Knee injuries
- Shin splints
- Neck and back injuries
- Achilles tendon injuries
Below are 4 benefits of utilizing chiropractic care for sports injuries. Please talk to a certified chiropractic sports practitioner to understand all the benefits of chiropractic care for your specific sports injury.
1. Reduce Recovery Time
Chiropractic treatment ensures that every bone and strip of soft tissue is in its proper place with adequate space and blood flow, enabling the body to work properly and naturally and heal itself quickly. Chiropractors use several techniques to promote rapid healing, including:
- Massage, stretching, and range-of-motion movements
- Stainless steel tools used to break down scar tissue
- Functional dry needling to release deep muscle tension
- Electrical muscle stimulation to release tension near the surface
2. Reduce Pain
The spine is an essential part of the body’s nervous system. Spinal manipulation relieves painful symptoms while also restoring the body’s healthy alignment and optimal nervous system flow. All of this is achieved through chiropractic care, making it a great way for athletes to relieve pain and return to optimal performance.
3. Natural, Drug-Free Therapy
Painkillers are not always the best option for an athlete facing a serious injury because they’re just masking the pain for a short period of time. Many studies have shown that chiropractic treatment helps athletes recover from injuries faster without the need for painkillers. Some medications like anti-inflammatories are helpful initially, but you do not want to rely on them without understanding the cause of your injury.
4. Prevents Further Injury
Even the smallest injuries and alignment issues can cause unnecessary stress on the body, often leading to more injuries. A certified chiropractor keeps the musculoskeletal system working properly so the body is less prone to another injury. Chiropractors can tailor their treatments methods specific to your past injuries and your choice of activities.
Dr. Friedman and Dr. Garfinkel both hold the designation of Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner. If you are in the Centennial or south Denver area, Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center would love to help you prevent and treat your sports injuries. Please contact us online or request an appointment today!
BY: Dr. Friedman
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