When a runner injures a calf midway through a race, or a cyclist hurts their lower back cycling uphill in the same way they have run or ridden a hundred times before, it may not be the running or the riding action that has caused the injury – but an underlying problem that is finally showing itself. Whether it is a previously undetected spine or joint problem, or years of poor posture, the resulting injury could potentially slow or inhibit training altogether.
ENHANCING YOUR SPORT PERFORMANCE WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE
As well as speeding up your recovery from injury, your chiropractor can enhance your performance, and help to prevent future problems.
Unlike painkilling drugs, chiropractors get behind the cause of the injury, rather than just treating the injury itself. Your chiropractor will carry out a full examination (including x-rays if necessary), and ask you questions about your sporting life, posture, medical history and lifestyle, to discover the cause of your injury or poor performance and make a diagnosis.
Then your treatment will begin, often with gentle, specific manipulations done by hand, to free stiff joints and remove spinal nerve irritation. This effective drug free treatment is generally painless, although you may feel some short-term discomfort around the injured area. Treatment will normally be followed by a rehabilitation plan to strengthen the injured area, improve your flexibility and prevent future flare-ups.
Chiropractic treatment aims to restore normal function to your joints and muscles as well as your nervous system, and may increase your control, co-ordination and muscle strength.
Like most athletes who have benefited from chiropractic treatment, you may decide to return for regular check-ups to keep your body working at its best. Regardless of your age, condition or health, chiropractic care may improve your athletic potential.
Whether you are an amateur sports enthusiast or a top-flight professional, your body is prone to the same kind of injuries. Repeated stresses can lead to a slight loss of proper movement in the bones of your spine (vertebrae) and joints, which in turn can interfere with the healthy working of your muscles and nerves. You may have ignored the pain and carried on with your sport for too long without treatment, and now find yourself with a chronic injury. It’s not surprising that chiropractors often see patients with:
• Lower back pain
• Neck pain
• Tennis/Golfer’s elbow
• Shoulder sprains (rotator cuff injuries)
• Sciatica (often confused with hamstring pulls!)
• Hamstring and calf strains
These injuries often recur, may shorten promising sporting careers and turn enthusiastic amateurs into couch potatoes.