Chiropractic and Chiropractic rehabilitation have received a considerable amount of attention in recent years.
Some of the reasons for the increased awareness and interest stem from the publicity around injuries of professional athletes, injuries resulting from the increased participation by individuals in physical fitness and recreational athletics, and the government’s role in encouraging physical fitness to minimize health-related impacts on the medical system (see www.actnowbc.ca).
Musculoskeletal Treatment and Rehabilitations
There are good reasons why an athlete should seek a sports chiropractor for the treatment and rehabilitation of a sports injury. Active people are physically and emotionally different from sedentary individuals. Accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of athletes’ neuromusculoskeletal problems is paramount.
Each year we see athletic performance draw closer to the limits of human potential. Understanding the biomechanical principles involved helps us to prevent injury and restore functional integrity and stability through rehabilitation. While our lever-like extremities transmit forces and motion at a distance, they also favor musculoskeletal injuries by amplifying forces acting on the body’s neuromusculoskeletal system.
The opportunity of working with athletes is often unique for the regular chiropractor, in that he or she is dealing with patients who are usually healthy and physically fit.
Young athletes are often at the peak of physical condition and motivation, which accounts for a rapid rate of recovery. However, as we age and continue to play in recreational sports, the instances of head/cranial, spinal, and extremity contusions, strains, sprains, fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue trauma are more regularly encountered by chiropractors. It is also observed that the cumulative effects of constant athletic small stresses, over a long duration, can give rise to the same difficulties as severe sudden stress.
Spinal injuries in sports constitute only about three percent of all athletic injuries. Thus, the chiropractor must be well prepared to manage the various musculoskeletal injuries that occur away from the spine While conditioning is emphasized in athletics, the motivation is frequently on winning, rather than on prevention of injury. While this seems illogical, chiropractors handling athletic injuries must understand this if they are to evaluate and provide service properly.
The development of cooperation between the player, family physician and chiropractor helps to reduce the problem of conflicting opinions, often delivered to an already confused athlete.
The chiropractic approach toward athletic injuries has demonstrated that everyone is better served by having the injured player promptly and ably treated, thereby obtaining recovery before irreparable damage is done.
The chiropractor must become not only the doer but also the teacher. The chiropractor with a special interest in athletes must be prepared to handle their injuries, and must, in turn, pass this information on to other physicians. It must be recognized that in the management of athletic injuries, the patient must get complete recovery, or he or she is no longer an athlete.
Sports chiropractic and chiropractic rehabilitation have developed at a considerable pace over the last decade. As with other areas of chiropractic, where knowledge and understanding are rapidly expanding, it is necessary for the chiropractor first to be given an adequate basic preparation, and then be reminded of the necessity to keep abreast of the latest developments and advances.
Thus, appropriate and timely rehabilitation protocols are essential.
It becomes obvious to nearly any sports enthusiast why the world’s greatest athletes choose to include chiropractic care in conjunction with their sports athletic training.
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At our Clinic, we utilize Chiropractic Care with Active Release Technique (link to www.activerelease.com) – A.R.T. (Deep Tissue Massage with stretching to the Tendons, Muscles, Ligaments and Fascia). I would recommend that if you are looking for quality, hands-on care for your sports injuries that you seek a Sports Chiropractor that is certified in A.R.T. Chiropractors that work for the NFL, NHL, NBA, Major League Baseball and the US Olympic Committee utilize A.R.T. along with adjustments. A physical therapy/rehabilitation program to strengthen and stabilize muscle imbalances should always be implemented along with chiropractic care and A.R.T. More Athletes than ever before are now utilizing the services of Doctors of Chiropractic to achieve their ultimate peak performance. Go to www.activerelease.com to find a Chiropractor that specializes in A.R.T.
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