chiropractic care for athletes
There are a number of reasons that athletes need care as their body experiences a ton of stress. Stress comes in the form of physical, chemical or emotional causes. Athletes want to avoid injury so they can continue to compete and not be out of action. There are two main injuries; one would be more unavoidable injuries like landing on someone and rolling your ankle or being tackled or running into someone or something. The second are more avoidable injuries; strains, sprains and overuse injuries. Overuse happens when you ramp up intensity before you have suitable endurance or you are over exerting yourself.
Strains can happen from being out of balance, where one side gets overused and brakes down. Imagine standing on two scales at the same time and one shows that you are putting 20 pounds more of weight on that side, this is an example of this imbalance. This is way more common than expected, I recommend if you have the scales available you try this out.
Sprains of repetitive ankle injuries also happen when your body is out of balance. What causes this imbalance in the body is the nervous system trying to adapt to the demands on your body, which frequently compensates from overuse, past injuries, poor ergonomics and hand or foot dominance. These compensations prevent your body from communicating clearly with itself and prevent the normal coordination of movements and thus re-injury can happen.
The nervous system does not always respond to stress in a symptomatic way the moment that stress happens. Sometimes strains/sprains are a response to chronic overuse stress on the body slowly breaking down until you have the injury/pain feel like it came out of nowhere. Sprains and strains can also come on suddenly after experiencing slip and fall or collision playing sports from that direct trauma.
Some people self-medicate with Excedrin, Advil, Tylenol or may use a massage gun or actual therapist and stretch. These don’t typically get to the root cause of strain, sprain or overuse, but help suppress the symptoms that commonly return. For those dealing with strains, sprains or overuse injuries not looking for a “chiropractor near me” that want to do things on their own here is a DIY guide for you here.
How does chiropractic help sprains/strains/
Are you frustrated or concerned and looking to avoid medication, surgery or just wanting to get back in action? We focus on how your nervous system is functioning and communicating with your body by looking for imbalance and interference. If there are imbalances present in the nervous system how can your body function correctly? It can’t and that is when you have symptoms, such as sprains, strains or overuse injuries. If you are looking for treatment options for sprains, strains or overuse injuries chiropractic helps restore balance to your body, so you can function the way you are designed to and be your best!
If you are looking for a Denver chiropractor you can schedule here for your complimentary consultation for your injury to help you return to action as quickly as possible.
How do we evaluate athletes?
We first start with a complementary phone consultation to get a better idea of what is going on and if what you have would be a good fit with our office. If it seems that we will be able to help you, the second step will be to schedule an appointment for you where we will do our testing process and evaluate where your body is out of balance. Third, we will let you know what the best steps will be for you and what you are dealing with after these tests. Fourth we will then go over your recommendations for care to address what is causing your problem.
What services do we provide?
Our goal is to get you feeling better as quickly as possible, for some people that may take days and some it may take weeks. The foundation of what we do in the office is the chiropractic adjustment. When appropriate we will also include corrective and strengthening exercises and stretches. We also make lifestyle recommendations to help incorporate better ergonomics, sleep routines, food choices, nutrition and more.