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Chiropractic Care for Sports Injuries

Injuries during a game happen so quickly. There is extreme pain. We think the injury will get better with time. But, instead, it only worsens. Chiropractic care offers a dynamic alternative to pain medications or treatments which are not solving the problems.

Sports injuries can restrict range of motion, reduce strength, slow reflexes, shorten endurance, and decrease ability to perform athletic skills. Chiropractic care for these types of injuries has become increasingly popular. The first American teams to use a chiropractor on their sports medicine team were the Olympians during the 1984 games in Los Angeles. Since then, both professional and amateur athletes have consistently relied on chiropractors as their first choice in treating injuries—because they demand results.

Types of Sports Injuries

Acute (Traumatic)

This is where pain and injury are experienced through a sudden impact, fall, or some unseen force.

Repetitive Strain Injury

This occurs over time. When a person performs the same activity repetitively, there is an accumulation of force which leads to abnormal patterns of movement, then performance challenges, followed by change in performance and potential injury. Sports injuries almost always cause damage and misalignment to the spine in some way. Anytime a fall or jolt happens, the force of it travels inward to the center of the body. When injury begins with an extremity such as a knee or ankle, the injury often leads to problems in the spine due to compensation. A hit to one part of the spine also causes other parts of the spine to be affected. A sports injury chiropractor is often necessary to help correct these issues.Your posture is the “Window into your Spine” and an indication of your alignment.

Treatment of Sports Injuries

Posture imbalance and poor body mechanics will cause seemingly insignificant changes with small amounts of trauma in a tendon or ligament. Eventually injuries result, from chronic contractures of ligaments or tendons, or fatigue, to over compensation from muscle and tendon overuse, and, of course, to joint wear and tear if it goes on long enough.

With normal posture, the head, rib cage, pelvis and feet are aligned and balanced upon one another, both from the front and the side views. The spine should be straight and vertical from the front. From the side, the spine should have normal alternating curves to allow for normal, pain-free, maximal range of motion and movement.

Chiropractors have discovered that the secret to correcting posture is in “creeping” or stretching the ligaments of the spine; this is not achieved by exercise alone.

Chiropractic care helps to restore function to spinal joints that are not moving properly. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments depend upon proper joint movement for peak performance. Normalizing spinal function helps speed the healing of inflamed tissues and reduces the deconditioning effect from an athlete being out of his/her sport. Chiropractors focus on biomechanics and are able to gain faster and more thorough results from sports injuries than many traditional methods.

Chiropractic care is safe and successful, as opposed to surgery, which can be risky and often with no optimistic hope for a complete or even partial recovery. Frequently, with as little as three weeks of chiropractic care, athletes will find that their pain is totally gone; often within five weeks they find that they are able to return to their sport.

Preventative Care for Athletes

Since only 1/100th of a second may mean the difference between Gold and Silver or between winning and losing the championship, many of today’s top athletes see their chiropractor for an adjustment on a regular basis in order to give them an edge over their competitors. Thirty-one percent of all NFL teams officially use chiropractors for their teams. Of all the NFL trainers, 77% have referred athletes to a chiropractor for evaluation or treatment. These trainers were also in 100% agreement that the athletes will voluntarily use chiropractic care even without a referral from their medical staff. John Stockton of the Utah Jazz used chiropractic to help him improve his personal performance and to contribute to his team’s success. Steve Smith of the Calgary Flames was under the care of a chiropractor for over 20 years because he felt that his performance on the ice would not be as sharp if he did not have an adjustment before a game. Here is what many of them have to say:

“I have to have my adjustment before I go into the ring.” -- Evander Holyfield (world heavy-weight boxing champion)

“If not for chiropractic, I would not have won the gold medal.” -- Dan O’Brien (1996 Decathalon Gold Medalist, “World’s Greatest Athlete”)

“The best way to use Chiropractic is not only after injuries, but before they occur.” -- Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Being a chiropractic patient has really helped me immensely. Lifting weights and seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis has made me a better golfer. I’ve been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.” -- Tiger Woods (PGA)

“I only wish I had tried chiropractic care a few years ago when I first started having back pain, and maybe this surgery would never have happened.” -- Joe Montana (NFL)

“I definitely try to get on a basis where I use chiropractic at least twice a week. I would definitely say that it helps me to perform at a higher level.” -- Emmitt Smith (NFL)

“Chiropractic has helped keep me injury free—that is half the trick to staying in competition.” -- Lee Labrada (Mr. Universe 1985)

How does chiropractic help to improve these athletes’ performance? The nervous system is the key to its effectiveness. The brain is the master control of the body. Every movement is regulated by nerve impulses which are sent from the brain to the body via the nervous system. The vertebrae are designed to protect the nervous system and allow full movement. If the vertebrae are in proper alignment, the nerves are protected, and optimal communication can occur between the brain and body. If, on the other hand, the vertebrae become fixed (or subluxated), they can put pressure on the nerves where those nerves leave the spine. This added pressure then restricts the nerve impulses that are sent between the brain and the body, reducing the efficiency of movement. With proper alignment of the spine and the release of pressure on the nervous system, the communication is improved, resulting in more precision in movements. For an athlete who is looking for an edge to his or her performance, that improved communication, especially with the heart, lungs, and muscles, can make the difference between winning and losing.

The Palmer Institute of Research and Graduate Studies performed a study proving spinal care increases athletic performance. Male and Female athletes from the ages of 18 to 42 years of age, representing a variety of sports backgrounds were evaluated with the same 11 tests. Half of the participants had a chiropractic evaluation and were put on a twelve- week program of chiropractic adjustments. The entire test group showed improvement on all eleven tests for a total of 10.7% average increase after six weeks. When retested again after the second six week period, the group demonstrated a 16.7% increase in athletic ability. (Anthony Lauro, D.C., Brian Mouch, D.C.; The Journal of Research and Clinical Investigation published)

In professional sports, the Number 1 reason for early retirement is injury. Professional athletes, “weekend warriors” and those who just want to remain fit are discovering the benefits of regular chiropractic care. If you are suffering from a sports-related injury which is keeping you in pain or preventing you from performing at your peak in the sport that you love, please call me to schedule a free consultation to find out how chiropractic care can be of help to you.

Chiropractor for Sports Injuries

I specialize in the following treatments for sports injuries which may be used individually or in combination to provide easy and convenient solutions for your discomfort:

Spinal Adjustment

A gentle process to carefully meet your personal adjustment needs over time. I use many adjusting techniques from non-force to traditional, tailoring the techniques for each patient. Results are measured by exam, not symptoms, as it relates to your health as reported in the Winsor Study. Health insurance, budgets, and family plans are all a part of our healthy chiropractic philosophy of life.

Soft Tissue Chiropractic

Sports injury treatment handles muscle, tendon, and ligament imbalance, scar tissue, hardening, tension, trigger points, and ankylosis with soft tissue techniques. We treat all ages from the elderly down to newborns using muscular spinal fixes.

Additional Therapy

Electrical modalities may be used for inflammation, pain control, herniated discs, degeneration, bone spurs, sports and car injury, and soft tissue rehabilitation (muscle, tendon, imbalance, scars, hardening, tension, ankylosis).

Applied Kinesiology

The AK basics are used to supplement other care. In AK, the main premise is that every organ has a relationship with a corresponding muscle, termed the “viscero-somatic relationship.” (Viscero = organ and somatic = body).

Nutrition Response Testing

Silent causes can lead to recurring or chronic issues. A relatively healthy body can have weakness from deficiencies, toxins, past lifestyle, or immune challenges. Read the article my colleague wrote on Pasteur vs. Bechamp as it relates to toxins even back in the early 19th century.

Exercise & Meditation

Exercises or meditation techniques basics assist in maintenance of your body. Acute care skills are for pain management of a condition.

I believe chiropractic, with my experience and proven track record of success in relieving sports injuries is an effective remedy to reduce and eliminate your suffering. Please contact me for a free consultation.

Dr. John G. Marone
Holistic Chiropractor