Chiropractic Approach to Sports Injuries
After any visible injuries are treated and healed, and any severe internal issues are addressed with surgery if needed, the long-term recovery of mobility and flexibility is relegated to specially trained therapists who guide patients through basic motion. However, physical therapy isn't a viable answer for sports athletes who need far more advanced rehabilitation to return to their peak performance. Riverside Chiropractic in Alexandria, VA, can assist you with these needs to promptly return to the field.
Our Chiropractic Approach to Sports Needs
Our sports injury chiropractor sees the body as a complete mechanical system. As a result, the approach for rehabilitation isn’t just about the visible injury or the specific locality of pain. Instead, it’s about the body’s systems that support, align, power, and move as needed or desired. If any of these systems are not working correctly, it will contribute to new injuries over time, especially as the other parts try to compensate for the problem.
Spinal alignment is one of the most critical areas, as it ensures the body can carry loads and operate, connecting the upper torso with the power of the lower core and legs. When the spine is not working correctly, the movement of legs and arms can trigger pain, discomfort, stiffness, and even lower energy levels, all of which work against an athlete’s performance.
Motion range is another critical area for sports rehabilitation. Each part of the body is designed with a normal range of motion. However, athletes have developed their bodies to go further, often to extreme ranges, for higher performance. Not addressed, scar tissue and injuries can result in permanent range limitations, negatively impacting an athlete’s performance.
Pain Is a Limiter
While injury-related pain indicates further healing, it can also contribute to losing strength and energy to perform activities. In addition, with improper healing, pain can cause abnormal motion to avoid more of it, which can also create more injuries, especially in sports activities like running. Therefore, chiropractors focus entirely on the root cause of pain versus the symptom, solving the primary issue.
Our chiropractic approach uses exercise, guided motion, alignment, and stretching to help the body realize better healing. This fundamental science avoids drugs and their side effects entirely. As a result, the body heals itself versus just getting momentary relief from a pill.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Local Sports Injury Chiropractor
If you need sports rehabilitation done right, Riverside Chiropractic in Alexandria, VA, can help. We have a focused approach to athletic needs and rehabilitation. Our team goes far beyond a generalist's standard physical therapy approach. That helps ensure that athletes’ sports injuries are addressed correctly. In addition, it improves your healing process and the likelihood of achieving top performance again, even after serious sports injuries. Call our office at (703) 739-0500 to schedule an appointment.