All sports are physically demanding whether you play football or take part in rock climbing. You need to train your body every day to build up your stamina and mold your body to performing better physically. Being a sportsperson is not easy because it takes a lot of pain, sweat, and hard work to compete against others in the field of sports. But it is very important that you are careful and play by the rules because there are a lot of chances of getting a sports related injury.
Sports injuries are very common and occur due to various reasons including insufficient warm-up, adapting poor training methods, or lack of proper conditioning exercises. The best way to avoid them is by playing by the rules and being very cautious while training or playing. But it is still possible to get injured.
Understanding Sports Injuries
There are mainly two types of injuries. The first type includes injuries like sprains, strains, concussions, cuts, and fractures. These types of injuries are named “Acute Traumatic Injuries” and happen if your body received a force or blow. Acute traumatic injuries can be caused by falling, tripping, or being tackled. These injuries are usually hard to avoid. Even if you were careful and playing by rules, you still have the chance to get into some accidental situation which may cause these types of injuries. Acute traumatic injuries require immediate first aid and following up with a doctor as soon as possible to prevent worsening of the injury.
The second type is known as “Overuse Injuries”. These injuries are generally caused due to repetitive stress on the body while training such as tendonitis or stress fractures. Overuse injuries are considered chronic because injuries like this happen over time and might not seem very serious at first but can get worse if not taken care of and properly treated. Prevention through manual therapy is key to prevent such injuries.
What Is Manual Therapy?
Manual therapy is a way of treating physical injuries through use of methods such as exercise, massage, heat therapy, etc. Manual therapy is a form of rehabilitation treatment which is very effective for coping with sports injuries in particular. Dr. Roman is a trained professional who, using her experience as a chiropractor and educational training, helps patients with a sports injury to build up strength and recover from injuries by teaching them and helping them perform a combination of different exercises, stretches, massages, and other techniques.
At your initial appointment, Dr Roman will review her patient’s history closely and work out a plan to help them treat the weak and inflexible muscles in the body which are prone to injuries over time. She will also set up an exercise schedule for the patient to follow. The goal of manual therapy is to help patients to recover from their injuries through specialized treatments that aim to improve their strength and stamina and eventually recover from the injury.
Manual Therapy & Sports Injury Recovery
Manual Therapy is the best rehabilitation treatment which can help to recover from a sports injury. There are a lot of things which make manual therapy a good choice for sports injury patients. Some are listed below:
- Manual therapy is a rehabilitation treatment where the sportsperson or athlete’s condition is checked and evaluated on a regular basis. As most of sports injuries are time dependent, manual therapy helps to assess the state of the injury and proper treatment is then given to the patient depending upon which phase his injury is in.
- Manual therapy is a well-defined form of treatment with special and strict protocols which are followed by therapists. This is one of the reasons why patients are always given a complete and thorough analysis before receiving any treatments, and the treatments given to the patients are specially designed to address the current state of the injury of the patients.
- Manual therapy is a field in which therapists have done a lot of research and have become successful to “log the phases” for the injuries. With close analysis of the patient’s stats they can identify if the injuries are in acute, subacute, or chronic phase. The treatment is specialized for the phase in which the injury is to prevent in from getting any worse.
By a rough estimate there are nearly two million people who suffer from sports injuries every year, the figure ranging from professional athletes to high school varsity players. To properly cater to the injuries and help these two million people to recover, manual therapy and rehabilitative exercises play a major role in recovery and its importance can certainly not be denied.