Any form of physical sports activity puts the body at risk for injury. Chiropractic care can prevent injury for all athletes, weekend warriors, and fitness enthusiasts. Regular massaging, stretching, adjusting, and decompressing enhances strength and stability, maintaining the body’s readiness for physical activity. A chiropractor assists in sports injury prevention through analysis of the body’s musculoskeletal system addressing any abnormalities from the natural frame and adjusts the body back into proper alignment. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic provides various sports injury prevention therapies and treatment plans personalized to the athlete’s needs and requirements.
Sports Injury Prevention
Individuals involved in sports activities push themselves through rigorous training and play sessions to new levels. Pushing the body will cause musculoskeletal wear and tear despite meticulous care and training. Chiropractic addresses potential injuries by proactively correcting the problematic areas within the musculoskeletal system to improve body functionality. It ensures that all system structures, spine, joints, muscles, tendons, and nerves are working correctly and at their healthiest, most natural state.
When muscles are restricted from moving how they are designed to, other areas over-compensate and over-stretch to make the movement possible, increasing the risk of injury as they overwork. This is how the vicious cycle starts. Regular professional chiropractic:
- Regularly assesses the alignment of the body.
- Keeps the muscles, tendons, and ligaments loose.
- Spots any imbalances and weaknesses.
- Treats and strengthens the imbalances and deficiencies.
- Advises on maintaining alignment.
Consecutive treatments are recommended to allow the musculoskeletal system to adapt to regular treatments. This allows the therapists to get used to how the body looks, feels, and is aligned. The chiropractic team gets used to the body’s strengths and weaknesses and learns the areas that need attention during each treatment. Initial treatment could be every week or two, allowing the chiropractor to spot any discrepancies in movement patterns and giving the body a chance to acclimate to the therapy. Then regular treatment every four to five weeks depending on the sport, training, games, recovery schedule, etc., helps maintain a relaxed, balanced, and symmetrically aligned body.
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