Sports, Athletics and Chiropractic

Back to school and all of the fall sports activities, always brings a rush of sprains/strains and injuries into the clinic. While fall sports such as football, cross country, soccer, and volleyball, involving male and female athletes both, are properly considered healthy physical activity, a risk of injury is always involved. The fact is that a large percentage of athletic casualties result in injury to the spine. Spinal subluxations that occur as a result of athletic activity, demand prompt chiropractic correction to minimize suffering,disability, and danger to future health. Athletes, particularly in junior high and high school, all too often neglect to have their injuries checked out by their chiropractor. Uncorrected spinal injuries at this stage of physical development can have serious effect on growth, nerve function, emotional and physical health.

Sports injuries nearly always jar or misalign the spinal column: a blow to the ribs, head, feet, legs, shoulder, or torso always radiates to the center of the body. That is why a chiropractic check up is needed when you are injured, regardless of the nature of the injury. Chiropractic is needed, in fact, even when medical procedures may also be necessary. Why? If an injury is serious enough to need medical care, the spine is almost always damaged to the greater or lesser degree. Medical doctors are simply not trained to locate and correct spinal subluxations – that is the job of the doctor of chiropractic. That is why you will find chiropractors as “team doctor” for professional sports teams, and many professional athletes will not enter into competition without first having a spinal check up and adjustment.

It is really special to work with these young athletes. From necks, shoulders, and knees of football players, to hips, legs, and feet of runners, to arms, wrists, and jammed fingers of volleyball players- helping them get stronger so they can achieve their athletic goals.

One of our clinic’s most gratifying testimonials comes from a young, female high school runner. She came to us with headaches, muscle knots in both shoulders, and low back pain which was constantly aggravated by her running. She as totally fatigued, and after having seen many doctors, “felt like it was hopeless”. Being a runner, these problems needed to be solved, because it was affecting her performance. She became a model patient, keeping all of her scheduled appointments and strictly following her doctor’s program. “I ended up qualifying for the state in two different events, and give my thanks to Dr. Daniel for helping me and making that possible”.

So whenever those unexpected injuries occur during this coming school year or during weekend activities, please contact our clinic as soon as possible and our doctors will be there to help. Making people well is our business – helping the body heal itself through natural, drug-free healthcare.

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