Seeing an athlete's chiropractor can have many benefits, whether you're in a league, on a team, or just like to work out and play sports for fun on the weekends. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts face many unique issues when it comes to chiropractic care and the muscular-skeletal system. From injuries resulting from overuse or over-extension to springs, strings, and tears, you'll be hard-pressed to find a sports lover who hasn't hurt themselves on the field at least once. However, seeking treatment from an experienced athlete's chiropractor can help shorten recovery time and can even improve your game if you aren't injured, to begin with.
At ChiroCare of Florida, our chiropractors have plenty of experience working with athletes of all kinds. Baseball players, tennis players, golfers, runners, cyclists, and more all visit our offices to help keep their bodies in top condition, minimize pain, and ensure that they perform at their very best. If you're interested in seeing the benefits of sports Chiropractic, schedule an appointment today.
Keep reading to learn more about the most common sports-related injuries as well as our top 6 reasons we recommend visiting an athlete's chiropractor today.
Common Sports Injuries
Any time your body is in motion you risk an injury, and playing sports or working out significantly increases that risk. Getting hurt is a common occurrence for athletes, though with chiropractic care you can heal and even prevent future damage from happening to your body.
Common sports injuries that chiropractors can help treat and prevent include:
- Joint and muscle sprains
- Shin splints
- Muscle pulls
- Knee injuries, such as dislocations or ACL tears
- Shoulder, elbow, and wrist injuries
- Traumatic head injury, such as a concussion
- Tennis elbow
- Over-extensions and injuries from over-use
- Sciatica pain
- Back injuries
- Bone breaks and fractures
- And more
The injuries you are more susceptible to will depend on what sport you play, as well as various health and lifestyle factors such as your occupation and underlying medical conditions. This is why it's so important to seek the care of an experienced professional such as a doctor at ChiroCare of Florida, as they can help develop a custom treatment plan based on your unique needs.
Why Visit an Athlete Chiropractor
There are many reasons to seek sport-specific chiropractic care. Here are the most common benefits that athletes cite in regard to seeing a chiropractor.
1) Injury Prevention
Many people think to see a chiropractor after they suffer an injury, or when they're experiencing pain that they wish to resolve. But seeing a sports chiropractor can actually help prevent injuries from occurring in the first place. Keeping your muscular-skeletal system properly aligned is the key to functioning at your very best, and a sports chiropractor will evaluate your muscles, joints, bones, and more.
If there is a misalignment or other issue present a chiropractor can perform an adjustment or administer care before it leads to bigger problems down the road.
2) Specialized Care
Different types of athletes and sports players have different physical needs based on the specific demands they place on their bodies. Having an athlete's chiropractor who is familiar with your sport and the individualized care you require will provide you with the best results.
For example, tennis and golf players often need specialized care for the joints and muscles in their upper extremities. Their wrists, elbows, shoulders, and arms, for example. Runners often need care for their ankles and knees, while weight lifters may require help with muscle recovery. Get the most specialized care by finding a sports chiropractor near you and develop a plan together to help improve your athletic performance, prevent common injuries that occur as a result of your sport, and more.
3) Improve Flexibility
Many sports require that athletes maintain a level of flexibility to both perform well and avoid injury. A sports chiropractor can help you achieve both of these goals. Chiropractic care can help decrease stiffness in muscles and joints, improve your range of motion and flexibility, and so much more.
Additionally, you can improve your strength, address inflammation, and take care of any misalignments that may be limiting your current range of motion. This is particularly true for joint areas, where many chiropractors use the process of cavitation to remove restrictions, release movement, and alleviate pain.
4) Sports Injury Treatment
Unfortunately, with any sport comes the risk of injury. Whether you're playing a team contact sport such as football or you're running by yourself on the local trails, it's possible to have an accident that results in damage and pain. Seeing an athlete's chiropractor can help shorten your recovery time, prevent or diminish long-lasting negative side effects, resolve pain, and more.
From effectively treating conditions such as neck injuries to helping restore proper function to a bodily area following a muscle tear, chiropractors can do it all. You may benefit from additional ancillary services such as physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, and more.
5) Improved Athletic Performance
Every athlete and sports lover wants the same thing, to perform better and avoid pain and injury. Sports chiropractic care can help with both of these goals. Many athletes report significant benefits to seeking chiropractic care, including improved range of motion, flexibility, and mobility, shorter recovery times following both regular workouts and minor injuries, decreased levels of pain, and much more.
All of these benefits lend to being able to play harder and longer, with increased stamina and better results. If that pain in your shoulder doesn't bother you, you're likely to be able to continue pitching the baseball longer. Do more of what you love with less pain–it's a win/win!
Schedule an Appointment with a Sports Chiropractor Today
Visit a sports chiropractor at any of our 11 offices throughout South Florida, all with convenient days and appointment times available. Whether you're healing from an injury, have chronic pain from an accident of years past, or wish to prevent future injuries and improve your athletic performance our doctors are here to help. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.