Floridians can be an active lot – especially with so many possible activities to participate in: traditional sports like football, baseball, track, and swimming, while several more enjoy participating in activities like hiking, golfing, marathon training, mountain biking, among many others. With participation in any physical activity, comes risk of a sports related injury or even reinjury to an old issue. Chiropractic care goes a long way in reducing your likelihood of a sports related injury and reinjury.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Sports Injury Prevention
Continued chiropractic care following a sports injury – or in preparation to prevent any injury – can help the body to maintain optimal flexibility and mobility of the joints and muscles – there’s far more to chiropractic care than “popping” your back. Chiropractic doctors are commonly trained and practiced in manual therapies and rehabilitative exercises meant to improve the overall health and ability of the body.
Common sports related injuries can include herniated discs, neck injuries, pinch nerves, and joint injuries.
Intervertebral discs are located between the bones of the spine; these discs function as an energy/shock absorber. They help people to do activities like running, jumping, bending, and flexing without causing any damage to the vertebrate or causing pain to the individual. This disc can be herniated or inflamed due to injuries from athletics. It is advisable in cases like this to seek non-invasive treatment like chiropractic, because the problem can be greatly aggravated and can even result in extensive scar tissue if surgery is performed. Chiropractors are equipped with techniques to specifically treat disc injuries in a safe way. Chiropractors have a great deal of techniques that help in treating disc injuries in a less risky way.
Whiplash is a condition of the neck when it is pushed forwards or backwards (or both) quickly and forcefully in a whipping motion. Many contact sports have a high probability of causing whiplash. The damage done to the disc results in painful muscle stiffness and can limit movement. Chiropractic care can be used to improve the effects of whiplash and get to the core of the problem.
Sciatic pain is commonly experienced by active outdoor sportsmen. The causes of sciatic pain vary greatly, but one of the major causes is a pinched nerve. Doctor of Chiropractic are used to this condition due to its regular occurrence in their patients.
Joints can be both a weak point and strong point of the body. They are strong aspects of our musculoskeletal system that allow us to bend, stretch, twist, and pretty much perform any desirable movement. However, when not properly cared for – whether by pre-stretching, proper hydration, or strengthening exercises – joints can be a weak part of the body that is more at risk for injury since it is primarily composed of cartilage and tendons.
Always take caution of your body during sports or any physical activity. Take the time to stretch, stay hydrated, perform exercises to strengthen your muscles and joints, and seek chiropractic care before getting injured for the best advice on injury prevention.