We are constantly amazed by athletes and the things they put their body through in the name of performance. An athlete has to train often and train hard to operate at their peak level. For this reason, athletes are much more susceptible to sports injuries. Sports injuries can be any number of things, but what we see most commonly is tendonitis, torn muscle tissue and sprains. In more extreme cases, there are injuries that require months of physical therapy and time away from practice.
While injuries can’t be completely avoided, there are steps you can take with your chiropractor before and after an injury happens to insure quick recovery and a low chance of the injury recurring in the future. Chiropractic care for sports injuries is still considered an alternative form of medicine, but the improvement in an athletes health and performance after they have undergone a treatment really speaks to the benefits. Let’s take a look at some of the ways chiropractic care can help you.
Pain Relief for Sport Injuries
After undergoing the initial trauma of a sports injury, there will still be weeks or even months of painful recovery time before you are back at a top level of performance. Rather than relying on pain medications that have a myriad of side effects, you can try chiropractic care. Chiropractors have an expansive knowledge of the spine, nervous system and the treatments that will put your spine back into alignment and allow your body to recover and cope with pain more effectively.
Treatment without drugs or surgery
The big issue with painkillers is that they don’t deal with the root of what is causing the pain. Medications will simply dull the pain or convince your brain there is no pain to begin with. They will also cause a myriad of side effects that may be worse than the pain of the injury itself. When you have a sports injury, there is going to be a temptation to take painkillers to mask the symptoms and then continue training. While this approach may work for some, it’s going to be much better for your health and performance in the future to take the time and allow your body to properly heal itself with chiropractic care.
Improvement in performance
After you have fully recovered from your injury, you will most likely notice increased flexibility and reduced pressure in the problem area. You may also notice a quicker muscle response and increased range of motion. All of these amazing benefits occur because the spine is in line and functioning in tandem with your nervous system. A healthy spine translates to a healthy nervous system, and a healthy nervous system combined with diet and training will improve your performance in any sport.
If you have suffered a sports injury, try holistic chiropractic care before undergoing more traditional or invasive treatments.