Sports Injuries and Chiropractic Care

By April 1, 2014Treatments

Many musculoskeletal complaints arise from injuries sustained in sports. Each year we see athletic performance draw closer to the limits of human potential. Understanding the biomechanical principles involved helps us to prevent sports injuries and restore functional integrity and stability through rehabilitation.

Our integrated sports injury treatment is designed to achieve optimal results for patients with a quicker recovery time. We use a combination of soft tissue therapy to alleviate pain as well as, chiropractic adjustments to realign the spine and other joints. We also help restore mobility with exercises to help injured muscles, tendons and ligaments by strengthening and returning them to normal. If you have suffered from a sports injury, proper rehabilitation is necessary to result in a healthy return to an active lifestyle.

Goals of Treatment and Rehabilitation

  • Protect the injured tissues to allow healing and to control the early inflammatory phase.
  • Rehabilitate flexibility, strength and muscle imbalance.
  • Sport-specific activities must be tested to ensure you can return to your sport safely.

If proper rehabilitation is not undertaken, you may be competing too soon, with residual instability, proprioceptive disturbance and muscle weakness and imbalances. Individual programs must be planned and implemented per athlete. This would include sport-specific exercises, adaptation to new postures to correct muscle imbalance and a home exercise program.

Overtraining must be very carefully avoided in all of these phases. Training is monitored so full activity does not occur before full recovery has taken place.

It is obvious that prevention is better than cure and your Chiropractor | Active Release Techniques Provider will always advise you on how to prevent recurrence of your injury on return to sport.

Helpful Tips for Athletes:

  • Never train hard when stiff from the previous effort.
  • Introduce new activities very gradually.
  • Allow lots of time for warming up and cooling off.
  • Train on different surfaces, using the right footwear.
  • Shower and change immediately after the cool down.
  • Stay away from infectious areas when training or competing very hard.
  • Be extremely fussy about hygiene in hot weather.
  • Monitor fatigue. If tired, ease off training.

Please call your Chiropractor at Active Muscle & Spine on (02) 8964 6887 or visit our Sydney city clinic at Level 7, 300 George Street in Sydney for more information.