Are you ready for some football? This time of year, everybody is. On one Sunday every February, the entire country stops and is riveted by pro football’s championship game, or at least the commercials. If you’re an athlete, you understand the high level of competition that’s on display and the amount of talent, hard work and perseverance required to make it to the big stage. Athletes will also recognize the unfortunate downside of the big game: injuries.
If you’ve taken part in athletic competition, you might be dealing with chronic pain from an old sports injury or maybe a more recent one. At Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness we often treat sports injuries and we know different patients have different needs. So we want to tell you how chiropractic care can help athletes and those with sports injuries so they can relax and enjoy the big game!
How Chiropractic Care Helps Athletes
Our doctor, Todd Goldman understands the pain of sports injuries, he’s had one himself. Dr. Goldman had chronic lower back pain as a result of playing competitive sports for years. He received chiropractic adjustment and it helped him become pain free. However, he reinjured his back while working out and an MRI showed a large herniated disc. Dr. Goldman received surgery and is once again receiving chiropractic care. Patients who come to our office for a consultation should know that we’re realistic about when chiropractic care is needed and when surgery should be considered.
There are many ways in which chiropractic care can help out athletes. Among the things that a chiropractic doctor does is correcting spinal alignment and function, according to Stack, a website that offers advice to athletes of all competitive levels. This can help the athlete maximize their performance, prevent injuries and shorten recovery time.
One of the biggest causes of injury is asymmetry, meaning that one side of the body is different from the other. For example, one side of your body could be stronger than the other side. Chiropractic adjustment can help keep the body aligned and reduce the tension and stress that could put the body out of alignment.
Your chiropractor can also help increase your body’s range of motion by keeping your spine in alignment. When your spine is not aligned properly, you’re more prone to spasms and cramps. Reducing tension allows you to exercise more freely and improve your strength and flexibility.
Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness Can Help Prevent Sports Injury
But chiropractic care is about more than treating pain and injury. In an article co-written by a sports medicine chiropractor and a medical supply distributor that was posted on the American Chiropractic Association website, the authors argue that chiropractors also need to tailor “nutritional requirements, equipment and techniques to the needs of today’s athletes.”
At Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness we look to obtain optimal health for all of our patients. While pain management is certainly a big part of that, nutritional counseling, exercise and lifestyle advice also play a critical role in preventing things like sports injuries. If you’re an athlete or ex-athlete, and you’re concerned about a sports-related injury or preventing injury, we can help. Contact us today!
Please note that the author of this piece is not a doctor and the information in this material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.