Whether you are a professional sportsperson, or you just enjoy taking part in your spare time, injuries are very much a common occurrence. Pulls, sprains, and strains happen regularly, and while many heal quickly without the need for professional intervention, other injuries may see you need to take weeks or even months away from your sport while you heal.
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to increase the rate at which your injury will heal and reduce any pain or other side effects that you experience during the process. In addition to hot/cold therapies, sports massage and pain medications, you should also consider making an appointment for a consultation with a chiropractor.
Although professional or regular sports players are less likely to suffer from injury than someone who plays intermittently, they do still occur. All of our bodies are prone to the same types of injury, many of which can create a range of side effects, from discomfort and pain to swelling, limited mobility and an interruption to the ability to perform day to day tasks.
In some instances, it may be an underlying problem that causes the injury, such as issues with joints or the spine itself. These often occur gradually and without causing any symptoms, until one day, when the underlying problem causes something noticeable to develop.
Some of the most common sports injuries treated by chiropractors include:
Achilles tendon problems
Calf and hamstring pulls
Lower back pain
Shoulder pain (rotator cuff injuries)
Having a sporting injury can be incredibly frustrating. Not only do you have to deal with the effects of the injury itself, but you also have to consider taking weeks, months or even longer out of your sport so that you can heal properly. If you play professionally, the injury could threaten your career.
Most sports injuries are caused by pushing the body beyond its usual limits and most involve some sort of spinal misalignment or inflammation that puts pressure on the spinal cord or surrounding nerves. A chiropractor is trained to perform manual manipulations that restore balance to the spine and body systems. In doing so, they can reduce inflammation, increase the flow of nutrients and oxygenated blood to the affected area, speeding up the natural healing process so that the body can repair itself. The use of chiropractic care has been shown to both reduce pain symptoms and significantly reduce the healing time required for most sports injuries.
Regular chiropractic care can also be used to help prevent future problems. In many cases, athletes have weaknesses or imbalances in their body that aren’t yet causing them any symptoms but left untreated, could cause a much more prominent injury. By identifying these and performing chiropractic manipulations to realign and balance the body, your practitioner can potentially avert future injuries.
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