Regardless of your background or age, maintaining and active lifestyle is one of the best things you can do for your health. All major health organizations (both national and international) recognize exercise as one of the keys to health and wellness, and sports is one of the best ways to bring more exercise into your life.
But there are also risks involved in playing sports. Whether you play a social sport like ultimate frisbee or basketball, or an individual sport such as climbing, skiing or running, the possibility of injury is always there. Certain injuries are common to certain sports—for example, basketball tends to produce a lot of ankle injuries, while baseball or frisbee often produce injuries to the shoulder or rotator cuff—but virtually no sport is injury-free.
The answer, of course, is to play sports as safety as we can. And when an injury does occur, we need treatments that are both effective and natural. We need treatments that will get us back on the field or court.
Taking a cue from the professionals
The vast majority of professional sports teams—especially contact sports like hockey and football—keep at least one expert chiropractor on staff. The reason is simple: Chiropractics is a key element to keeping professional athletes at the top of their game. Spinal alignment is one of the most important ways of achieving optimum momentum and maximum range of motion. And because of the various contacts and collisions associated with many sports, spinal alignment is constantly getting “adjusted” in the wrong ways. Team chiropractors are there to make sure players are aligned and healthy.
What types of sports injuries can chiropractors treat?
The list of possible sports injuries is virtually endless, but there are certain injuries that come up time and time again.
Pinched nerves and strained muscles
These injuries most commonly occur in the back, arms, legs and feet. Misalignments in the spine are often to blame, and when spinal alignments are restored, symptoms quickly resolve. Sciatica is a prime example. When the lumbar spine is out of alignment, this major nerve can become pinched and irritated, leading to pain that shoots down the legs.
Whiplash, damaged cervical disks, and other neck injuries are very common in sports, especially were contact is prevalent. Chiropractic treatment is highly effective in correcting imbalances in the cervical spine and resolving symptoms, including pain, severely limited range of motion, and radiating pain that moves down the arms.
Elbow and arm problems
Tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, and other traumas associated with constant throwing or swinging can progress quickly when left untreated. Chiropractics has been shown to provide natural, effective relief from these conditions—especially one it’s used in combination with therapeutic massage and nutritional guidance.
Don’t let yourself be sidelined by sports injuries
Whether your injury is moderate or severe, chiropractic treatment can give immediate relief and naturally expedite the healing process. Maybe you don’t have a specific injury to address, but feel like your sports performance has suffered over time. Certain aspects of your game may not be as good as they once were.
All of these scenarios can be improved with the help of our chiropractic team and their wealth of experience in treating sports injuries. In many cases, surgeries and painkillers do more harm than good when it comes to performance on the court or field. The key advantage of chiropractic sports treatment is simple: It treats the root causes of your sports injury. It gets you back in action quickly and safely, with no side effects or expensive procedures.
People routinely visit our offices to treat injuries and enhance performance in all the following:
- Track & Field
- Ultimate Frisbee
- And many others
Don’t feel like you have to live with your sports injury. The natural relief and healing available through chiropractic therapies can give you better performance and greater enjoyment of your favorite sports for years to come.