While chiropractic care is great for all ages and types of people, regular chiropractic visits can be extremely beneficial for athletes to both help prevent injuries and decrease recovery time from sports-related injuries.
In our first part of this two-part series, we’ve already discussed some of the athletes who can benefit from chiropractic care, including:
- Football players
- Baseball players
- Basketball players
- Tennis players
For athletes, chiropractic care is a way to keep your joints and muscles safe from long-term damage that could keep you from playing your sport. But those athletes aren’t the only ones who can benefit from routine visits with a chiropractor.
Our chiropractors at Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria work with each individual athlete to find a chiropractic treatment that will both aid with injury prevention and help athletes recover from different injuries. Request an appointment with Senara now.
Athletes That Benefit From Chiropractic Care
Just because some athletes don’t participate in high-impact sports like football doesn’t mean they aren’t prone to injury or joint and muscle tears and problems. Athletes work hard to train and push their body to continually meet new milestones and become the best at their sport. But this also puts a lot of strain and pressure on their joints.
Chiropractic care is another way to help your body heal while also giving it the constant support it needs to grow strong and increase your range of motion.
While, for the most part, running is viewed as an independent sport, it puts a lot of strain on the body over time. In fact, the repetitive motion of running can have a very high impact on your joints and muscles. Without proper prevention or chiropractic care, runners can start to experience overuse and other running-related injuries, including:
- Ankle sprains
- Runner’s knee
- Achilles tendinitis
- Shin splints
- Hamstring issues
- Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Stress fractures
Misalignments can also change or shorten a runner’s stride, increasing their running time. But a chiropractor can address those injuries and misalignments to better evaluate how those joints are moving, along with what could be contributing to different painful areas or injuries.
Runners can also visit a chiropractor for preventative care and to prevent those misalignments and other running injuries from occurring in the future. During routine chiropractic care, runners can work to make their training more effective, improve their alignment, increase their range of motion, and prepare joints and muscles to better handle the repetition of running.
Like with running, cycling is another independent sport where they don’t have a lot of physical or close contact with their competition. But cycling is made up of a repetitive motion that can start to take a toll on these athletes long-term. Some common cycling injuries include:
- Leg strains
- Muscle soreness and stiffness
- Wrist and elbow problems
- Knee or shoulder injuries
- Foot pain
- Joint pain
Our chiropractic care team at Senara will work with cyclers to address any areas of strain or stress to help strengthen joints and reduce further damage or pain. As cyclers work with their chiropractor to realign and strengthen those problem areas, they will also notice a general boost in their overall mobility and flexibility, along with enhancing their overall health.
Gymnasts rely on their bodies to help them through their rolls, cartwheels, flips, handstands, and tumbles. But this kind of physical exertion can put a lot of strain on their joints and muscles. The high-impact of gymnastics can also cause injuries like:
- Wrist fractures
- Lower back and knee pain
- Injuries to the fingers and hands
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendon tears or strains
- Spinal fractured
- Herniated discs
- ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears
When these injuries happen, gymnasts want to be able to return to their support with the flexibility and strength they need. Chiropractic care can help speed up their recovery time while also strengthening those joints and muscles to prevent injuries in the future.
If you’re a gymnast who doesn’t currently have an injury, it’s still beneficial to visit a chiropractor on a regular basis. They can help create a plan that will help strengthen the core (preventing injuries to the lower back) and keeping the spine aligned and muscles strong and relaxed.
Soccer players are another important group of athletes when it comes to chiropractic care. Soccer plays utilize different parts of their bodies — like their feet, chest, and head — to move the ball around the field and between teammates. In addition, like with other team sports, soccer players move around a field with their teammates and another team, putting them at risk for high-impact injuries. Some common soccer injuries include:
- Wrist fractures
- Ankle, knee, and calf sprains
- Foot fractures
- Injuries to their head, neck, and face
- ACL sprains and tears
- Shoulder dislocation or injury
These types of injuries can be addressed by a chiropractor to help improve the strength of those areas and realign any areas that are prone to sprains or trying to heal from an injury. Different chiropractic techniques, such as joint and spinal alignment, tendon relaxation, and muscle healing, are important for soccer players.
It might not sound surprising that boxers need chiropractic care since their entire sport is high-impact. There is a long list of injuries boxers can endure following a match, including:
- Cuts and bruises
Boxers put their bodies through intense fights, which makes routine chiropractic care before and after a fight crucial. This helps prevent more serious injuries during a match and helps the muscles and joints have the strength to heal correctly and quickly. A chiropractor can also use other techniques beyond the traditional alignment and stretches, including massages and hot and cold therapy.
While we’ve covered a wide range of sports and types of athletes, we know that we have only scratched the surface of the people who could benefit from routine chiropractic care. In fact, any athlete who has experienced an injury or feels sore after training or a game/race/match could benefit from a visit to a chiropractor.
This extends beyond the world of professional athletes too. Whether you’ve joined an intramural sports team or play for fun with your friends, make sure you’re taking care of your joints and muscles. A Senara chiropractor will work with you to see what kinds of injuries you’re more prone to and help strengthen your body.
Schedule Chiropractic Care in Peoria
Use chiropractic care at Senara as both a preventative and rehabilitative option for any sports-related injuries. No athlete wants an injury to bench them for a game or the rest of the season. Work with a chiropractic care team that will address your specific injuries and needs while also providing you with conditioning exercises and tricks you can work on between visits to keep your joints and muscles strong.
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