Chiropractic Care For Summer Sports Injuries
Summer makes the outdoors more attractive and as a result sporting activities like running, golf, and tennis increase considerably during this time period. Unfortunately, parallel to this rise in Summer sports activities is a directly related increase in associated injuries which can include acute knee pain, tennis or golf elbow, rotator cuff injuries, and chronic lower back pain.
Chiropractors advise that one way to mitigate the likelihood of suffering from some of these injuries is to prepare by introducing a training schedule into the daily routine before fully committing to a full session of a particular sporting activity.
It’s a common misconception that people who become injured during sporting activities typically do so by over-training for a big event. In reality, accidents do happen, and when injuries occur they need immediate attention to prevent them from developing into a chronically debilitating condition or creating conditions that can lead to an more serious future injury.
Chiropractors treat sports injuries with a variety of methods to manage pain and start the process of recovery, which include bracing, taping, electrical muscle stimulation, heat and ice, and even at-home exercises designed to correct and care for specific injuries. The main goal of chiropractic care, however, is to adjust misalignments of the musculoskeletal system so that the body’s natural healing process can proceeded uninhibited by distortions in the body’s posture. It does sometimes occur that an injury is serious enough that it demands attention from a specialist in another field, and in these cases chiropractors can make qualified referrals to other health care professionals.
The majority of summer sports injuries are caused by actions requiring repetitive motion, like running on a hard surface, tennis serves, and golf swings. For chiropractors, these sorts of injuries can be challenging to treat because they often throw off subtle parts of the musculoskeletal system that require focused diagnosis. Rather than rely on over the counter painkillers to mask the pain without actually healing the root cause of the injury, chiropractic care seeks to target the source of the pain and to reduce internal inflammation and diminish swelling.
Spinal manipulation is also a big part of curing sports injuries accrued during the Summer. These chiropractic adjustments can correct dislocations in the vertebrae of the spine and allow the nerves to flow with energy unimpeded, which brings relief to many painful conditions. Complementary treatments to chiropractic care include strengthening the soft tissues around an injury through corrective exercises that can be done at home.