WHAT IS SPORTS CHIROPRACTIC?
As has happened with both traditional medicine and dentistry, subspecialties of chiropractic care have developed allowing chiropractic physicians to specialize and gain enhanced training to handle the needs of special populations of patients. One of these groups of specialized providers is the sports chiropractor.
A sports chiropractor is a highly trained and extremely knowledgeable provider of chiropractic medicine that has advanced expertise in both the prevention and rehabilitation of sports-related injury, advanced training in the use of musculoskeletal imaging studies, in addition to expert level knowledge in sport-specific strength and conditioning techniques and optimal biomechanics.
WHICH PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES USE A SPORTS CHIROPRACTOR?
The list is quite long and distinguished. Most professional athletes will be very open and honest about their use of regular (sometimes daily) use of chiropractic care. Here are a few names of those you may recognize:
Evander Holyfield, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Dennis Alexio, Aaron Rodgers, Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Jordan Spieth, Barry Bonds & Cole Hamels
The list could continue, but you can get the idea that many top-level athletes use and in fact, rely on routine chiropractic care to keep them at the top of their game.
HOW CAN SPINAL MANIPULATION BE SO IMPORTANT TO ELITE ATHLETES?
If you’re asking yourself this question, you’re missing the forest for the trees. Yes, sports chiropractors are Doctors of Chiropractic, but they offer much more than just spinal manipulation! The comprehensive care they can provide goes SO much further for their patients than that!
WHAT TYPES OF TREATMENTS DO SPORTS CHIROPRACTORS OFFER?
A sports chiropractor will still do spinal manipulation if needed. They will also evaluate and adjust joints that may demonstrate a limited range of motion due to restriction. But that is just the beginning. Here are just a few of the treatments that you may get from a sports chiropractor:
- Advanced Soft Tissue Work (e.g. Rapid Release & Graston Therapy)
- Kinesiology Taping
- Exercise Rehabilitation
- Strength Training
- Stretching Activities
- Core Strengthening Exercises
- Kinesiology Taping
For more information about these techniques, please visit our services tab!
HOW DO I KNOW IF I SHOULD SEE A SPORTS CHIROPRACTOR?
Whether you are a recreational, amateur or professional athlete, seeking to rehabilitate or prevent an injury, a sports chiropractor can help you. Or maybe, you just want to find a great strength and conditioning coach with advanced knowledge of your sport that can help you train to get to the next level or help prevent common, overuse injuries in your sport? If so, a sports chiropractor has the right background for that too.
If you’re already injured and would like more information about the commonly treated sports conditions we see, please visit the tab on the main page. If you still aren’t sure whom you should see or where you should go, then perhaps give us a call. While we can’t discuss specifics of your particular case over the phone or give care that way, we can certainly discuss broad issues related to your suspected or confirmed diagnosis and perhaps provide a perspective on your particular goals or situation, whichever the case may be. If you’re ready to see someone and get started, then we’re here to help!