Sports Injuries and How Chiropractors Can Help
What’s something that’s really fun, gets your blood pumping, and allows you to hang out with friends? Sports! Studies show that 15 Million Americans participate in recreational sports each year. They do everything from ice skating to martial arts to golf. But it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and we tend to get hurt a lot. It’s estimated that 3.5 Million adults and children receive medical treatment for injuries related to sports each year. Sports related injuries are not something to be taken lightly, they have the ability to affect you for the rest of your life if you don’t take care of them properly.
The chiropractic approach towards athletic injuries is that it’s best to treat them quickly and efficiently. Delay is proven to be the difference between success and failure. The goal of chiropractic is to restore your body to its healthiest natural state. Also, sports injuries must be fully recovered before continuing to play, or there could be irreparable damage done to your body. The role of the chiropractor in an athlete’s recovery is vital. They are not only the “fixer,” but also the teacher. It’s important for chiropractors to explain how they are treating a patient’s body and teach the patient how to also take care of their own body. It’s also the chiropractor’s duty to pass on their findings to other physicians. The more injuries that can be prevented, the better.
Sports chiropractic and general chiropractic rehabilitation have received a considerable amount of attention in recent years. Increased awareness and interest are most likely due to the growing number of adults participating in recreational sports as well as the government’s increased encouragement of physical activities through the president's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. We live in a world where the obesity rate is at an all-time high! Our society is now attempting to shift to a healthier lifestyle by promoting participation in physical activities.
Something you may not be aware of, is that chiropractic services can treat more than just physical injuries – related to sports or not. Through regular chiropractor visits, your body will be able to better fight off illnesses. Chiropractic care may help in stabilizing healthy levels of blood sugar in both those that suffer from diabetes and those that do not. The upper neck and middle of the back are both responsible for supplying nerve signals to the brain and other vital organs. Correcting misalignments of the spine (known as vertebral subluxation) helps this relationship flourish. Along with helping with optimal functioning of our organs, realigning of the spine may also help with increasing our immune system effectiveness and our hormone functions. Chiropractic care cannot replace the regime that a doctor has prescribed to a patient, but would serve as an excellent additional treatment.