Sports injuries are all too common in athletes and physically active individuals. Healing and recovery from any injury, whether major or minor, require you to take time out of your chosen sport.
Chiropractic care can be valuable to your recuperation plan after a sports injury. A chiropractor is a healthcare professional who can treat many conditions affecting the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. They can recommend various treatments, including adjustments, soft tissue therapy, exercises, stretches, and joint bracing/taping to help individuals recover from injury faster.
Let’s discuss some ways chiropractic care can help with sports injury recovery.
Chiropractic care can treat musculoskeletal pain anywhere in your body: in your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, pelvis, knees, ankles, and even your head and jaws. Through gentle adjustments, a chiropractor can realign joints, reduce pain, alleviate muscle spasms, and support sprained joints and muscles through joint bracing/taping as they heal.
Chiropractic treatments also trigger the release of pain-relieving hormones from the body, counteracting inflammation and discomfort and reducing the need to take pain medications.
Improved Range of Motion
Sports injuries that affect joints can reduce your range of motion and ability to move freely. A chiropractor can perform chiropractic adjustments to improve the range of motion of injured joints, allowing athletes or physically active people with sports injuries to regain their lost range of motion and move freely.
Chiropractic adjustments can significantly enhance the healing process by increasing the blood flow toward the injured area. The increased blood flow delivers oxygen and essential nutrients to the injured area, accelerating the natural healing process of the body.
Furthermore, chiropractic care also helps reduce inflammation (a natural response of the body to injury) around the injured joints, promoting a quick recovery.
Reduce Risk for Re-injury
The role of chiropractic care goes beyond treating injuries; it can proactively help reduce the risk of re-injury. A chiropractor can address the minor misalignments and imbalances that, if left unintended, may contribute to a higher risk of recurrent sports injuries.
Furthermore, a chiropractor can teach an athlete or physically active individual proper body mechanics to stay ahead of their game and reduce their risk of injuries. They can also make recommendations to improve bone and joint health and spot and correct errors in your postures that might contribute to injuries.
Chiropractic Care in Fort Worth, TX
Chiropractic care can address both acute and chronic injuries stemming from sports-related activities. Examples include neck and back pain, strains and sprains, headaches, pinched nerves, shin splints, sciatic pain, herniated discs, dislocations, and more.
Whether you have sustained any of the aforementioned sports injuries or want to prevent a sports injury through chiropractic care, visit us here at Texas Medical Institute. Our highly skilled and trained team of chiropractors can perform a comprehensive assessment and develop a tailored chiropractic care plan, which may consist of spinal manipulation or mobilization, massage therapy, soft tissue mobilization, trigger point therapy, and traction, among others.