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The demands of athletic performance can take a toll on the body over time. Running, sprinting, tackling, jumping and other demanding physical activities can sometimes result in painful sports injuries such as sprains. Tears and strains can also result from participation in sports. When this happens it is necessary for athletes to seek treatment as soon as possible in order to prevent further damage or long term problems. A chiropractor can help individuals in not only treating sports injuries but also by providing preventive care which decreases the likelihood of sustaining such injuries in the first place.
Spinal adjustments are one of the most common types of chiropractic treatment, can prevent many types of injuries which affect the neck, ankles, back, shoulders, and knees. The chiropractic team at Nichols Chiropractic are skilled in manual adjustments. This type of therapy ensures that the bones are in good alignment and that spinal balance is maintained. This assists with relieving tension in the body so that the spine can move more smoothly. This in turn allows the entire body to function more efficiently while also reducing pain and inflammation. Spinal manipulation is used to treat neck and back injuries but can also be used to treat pain anywhere in the body.
Athletes, more often than other individuals, suffer injuries which are a result of impacts, over training, or repetitive motions. When athletes fail to warm up properly it can also contribute to the severity and intensity of the injury. Not only will chiropractic care assist athletes with treating existing injuries, but ongoing chiropractic care can also help athletes to learn how to better care for their bodies, including warm up exercises which can be useful in preventing injuries. This type of treatment will encourage faster recovery times after an injuries and will prevent injuries over time.
Our Manhattan chiropractor at Nichols Chiropractic will begin by asking questions concerning your health and lifestyle along with performing a structural exam of your body, posture, spine and evaluating your balance.
When these initial examinations are complete your chiropractor can determine what types of treatment will be most beneficial to you as an individual. The two most common types of treatment are spinal manipulation and spinal mobilization.
Spinal manipulation will consist of the chiropractor placing you into different positions and then performing manual impulses to specific joints. This practice is known to release pressure while also aligning the muscles and joints so that they work more efficiently.
Spinal mobilization is often used on patients which need a more gentle type of therapy. This therapy uses tools or special exercises to release pressure on joints.
There are also other forms of treatment which may be included in your personal sports injury treatment plan. These therapies can include heat or ice therapy, massage or electric stimulation.
Chiropractic care can help prevent future injuries because your spine and balance will constantly be under evaluation. This allows the chiropractor to detect problems early on and begin preventive therapy so that the problem does not develop into an injury.
For more information on sports injuries and chiropractic care please contact our office today at 785-537-2211!