While most people think of chiropractors treating back pain many chiropractors are well versed in the treatment of sports injuries. At our Lincoln office we are very well trained in the treatment of both spinal and extremity sports injuries. Depending on the sport and gender of the athlete determines what injuries are most likely to occur but common injuries that we see in our office include: sprains/strains, knee injuries, rotator cuff injuries, elbow tendonitis, ankle rolls and many more. Along with direct treatment we can manage recovery from beginning to end and get your athlete back to playing as quickly as possible.
But aside from treating only the injury from sports, chiropractic plays an important role in the prevention of injury as well. As a matter of fact chiropractic plays 3 major positions in relation to sports at any level.
1) Recovery: As mentioned above chiropractic can be a pivotal part of an athlete’s recovery from an injury. Every sports injury should include a chiropractic consultation to help speed the recovery.
2) Prevention: Aside from healing as quickly as possible the best way to treat an injury is to prevent it in the first place. By seeing a chiropractor regularly while playing sports we keep the alignment of the skeleton and balance of the muscles as they should be, thus preventing muscular and soft tissue injury. This is crucial at any level of competitive sports from high school through the professional ranks.
3) Performance: Studies show that by being adjusted an athlete has a 10% increase in muscular output and strength following the treatment. This occurs by improving joint alignment/mechanics, muscular balance and contraction, and improving the communication of the body and nerves.
So not only can chiropractic help in the prevention and recovery from injury but also in increasing performance. Talk about having an edge over your competition! Your athlete probably already has the best shoes, equipment, etc to be able to play their best but are they utilizing chiropractic? Give your athlete the edge by scheduling them for an evaluation today with Dr. Kallio and see how much better this sports season can be. Call us at (402) 484-5166 for an appointment today.