Sports chiropractic is a specialized form of chiropractic care that focuses on treating injuries and conditions that are related to sports and physical activity. These injuries can be acute (having occurred hours to days), sub-acute (days to weeks), or chronic (weeks to years). This may be a twisted ankle or pulled hamstring that happened during the game or nagging low back pain that started with gardening last summer. Sports chiropractors help active people of all ages, from to athletes to weekend-warriors of all levels, recover from injury, stay healthy and perform at their best. In some instances, injuries may be prevented from occurring in the first place.
Similar to a typical chiropractor, Sports chiropractors can focus on the proper alignment of the spine and how incorrect motion can cause injury or simply cause pain or dis-ease. However, unlike a regular chiropractor, Sports chiropractors additionally evaluate injuries in the spine and extremities, look for spinal and extremity mobility and/or stability loss, assess painful motions involved in an activity or sport, and determine proper treatment recommendations based upon the most current literature.
Of great importance are your spinal (and extremity) alignment, mobility, stability as limitations often precede injuries. For athletes, proper function of your spine and extremities allows more efficient movement and with greater power, and speed. By restoring proper alignment, mobility, and stability, sports chiropractors help all patients reduce their risk of injury and optimize their performance.
In addition to helping athletes improve their performance and reduce their risk of injury, sports chiropractic can also help enhance overall health and well-being. By improving alignment and restoring balance to the body, athletes often report reduced stress, overall tension, and improved sleep.