How a Chiropractor Can Help After A Sports Injury

Nothing is more frustrating for athletes than injuries. Sports injuries mean time away from training, time away from competition, and can even cast doubt on an athlete's future. If you play long enough, sports injuries are par for the course, but special attention paid during the healing and recovery process makes all difference.

Sports-related injuries are often the result of pushing the body past its limits and usually involve some degree of misalignment or inflammation. In these cases, chiropractic adjustments can restore the body's balance, ensure optimal nervous system flow, and lead to a quick and complete recovery. Take a look below at some of the ways a chiropractor can help after sports injury.

Pain reduction

Inflammation often moves soft tissue out of alignment, restricting the body from healing quickly and properly, and creating mild or severe discomfort. Pain medication treats symptoms but does little to expedite the recovery process for injured athletes. Chiropractic manipulation, on the other hand, relieves painful symptoms while also restoring the body’s healthy alignment and optimal nervous system flow. A 2015 study found that 94% of patients experienced at least a 30% reduction in pain symptoms after receiving manual-thrust manipulation.

Faster recovery

Chiropractic treatment ensures that every bone and strip of soft tissue is in its proper place, with adequate space and blood flow, enabling the body to work its natural magic and heal itself quickly. Chiropractors may prescribe therapeutic movements for their athletic patients to perform at home, in order to maintain mobility and blood flow. Chiropractic also helps regulate sleep cycles, which is critical for the body to heal itself.

Injury prevention

Proactive treatment is always preferable to reactive treatment. Athletes can keep their bodies properly balanced and aligned through regular chiropractic care. Adjustments help ensure the body is achieving optimal range of motion and nervous system flow in order to avoid tears, hyper-extensions, dislocations, and the accumulation of restrictive internal scar tissue. Chiropractors will also evaluate their patient’s posture, identifying and correcting vulnerabilities before they lead to injuries.

Common athletic pains and injuries addressed by chiropractic

Chiropractic care can aid in the healing of a range of sports injuries. Some of the more common athletic pains and injuries addressed by chiropractic include:

  • Shoulder pain

  • Ankle sprains

  • Headaches

  • Neck pain

  • Spinal misalignment

  • Tendonitis

Chiropractic also helps improve athletic performance

It’s no coincidence that every NFL team keeps an in-house chiropractic staff for its players. Regular adjustments to an athlete’s body between competitions or practices are akin to cyclists tuning their bikes between rides. Chiropractic ensures optimal range of motion, blood flow, and muscular recovery, elevating and enhancing an athlete’s ability to train and compete.

Sports treatment at Loy Chiropractic Arts

As an active cyclist, swimmer, and surfer, Dr. Loy understands the particular importance of health and wellness for athletes. His compassionate care puts his patients at ease and he addresses the unique nature of each injury with the appropriate treatment.

Dr. Loy’s decades of professional experience in treating sports injuries helps his athletic patients return to competitive form as quickly as possible and helps to optimize their performance as well.