How Can a Chiropractor Help after a Sports Injury?
Sports injuries can come in many forms and they generally present as soft tissue damage. A variety of muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments are used during sport, all of which can be injured by overuse, physical trauma, or not being warmed and cooled properly.
It can be difficult to know where you should go for treatment when you have a sports injury. Before you can make an informed decision, you need to have an understanding of the types of treatment options available and the kind of injuries they are best at specifically addressing.
Chiropractor or Physio?
The main distinction a lot of people struggle with is between physiotherapy and chiropractic. Physiotherapy is mainly concerned with responding to muscular and joint pain with rehabilitative exercises, massaging and stretching. They might also use other processes including heat therapy, hydrotherapy or ultrasound. Physiotherapists are usually called upon to help patients recover mobility after a major accident or injury.
Chiropractors take a holistic view to treating injuries. Good health and wellbeing are dependent on a functioning relationship between the nervous system and the spine with the body’s muscles, tissues, joints, organs, and bones.
Each treatment is highly personalised and generally involves chiropractic alignment, which consists of gentle, painless force being applied to improve or enable mobility and function.
Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Sport Injuries
Professional chiropractic care has the primary benefit of treating musculoskeletal problems without the use of drugs. This can include strains and sprains to muscles and joints as well as disc injuries.
When a muscle or joint is injured, the body can sometimes respond by tightening muscles and joints in other areas of the body. This is the body’s way of maintaining balance and protecting itself. A persistent pain in one area of the body might be the result of a direct injury to that area or a response to a restriction in another area of the body.
This is where the holistic approach of a chiropractor is truly beneficial. Athletes often fall victim to avoidable injuries or fail to respond to ordinary treatment because they fail to examine the bigger picture. Others perform below their physical potential due to an imbalance in their musculoskeletal structure.
Many sports involve body contact, sudden stops and starts and positioning that places a lot of strain on the spine and musculoskeletal structure. It’s easy to underestimate just how much damage this is causing, and the longer it goes unaddressed, the worse the problem will get.
Conditions Chiropractors Can Help with
- Low back pain
- Hip pain
- Neck pain
- Upper back pain
- Elbow/wrist pain
- Foot/ankle pain
- Knee pain
By visiting a chiropractor, you can undergo a painless and non-invasive treatment. Your condition or sports injury will be examined from every possible angle to restore your body’s natural balance and functionality.
For holistic chiropractic care in Perth, get in touch with Northbridge Chiropractic. We offer a thorough and personalised treatment for your sports injury, combining soft tissue work in addition to traditional chiropractic techniques. Make an appointment today or ask us for more information.