Getting hurt while playing sports can be very frustrating. You feel like you let your team down, you no longer get to play the sport that you love, and, to top it all off, you are in some serious pain. You just want to get better as soon as you can. While going to the doctor is a traditional route - and one that you should certainly take immediately in the wake of the incident - a chiropractor may actually be able to do a better job of helping you recover in the time after the injury has been treated and has started healing.
When people think about the chiropractor, they often assume that he will only work with the skeletal system. They figure that he can help them with a back ache caused from sitting at the computer all day long. What they fail to realize is that the chiropractor can do so much more than that. It is not just about back aches and skeletal issues. A chiropractor works on both the muscular system and the skeletal system, some combination of which are involved in almost every sports-related injury, from a sprained ankle to a hip that was twisted out of place.
The chiropractor can often do quite a lot to both ease your pain and promote healing. He can give you deep tissue massages that will loosen up tight muscles so that the injury does not happen again. He can teach you about exercises and stretches that you can do on your own, right at home, to keep your body in top shape. If bones and joints are really out of place, where better to go than to the office of someone who knows exactly how the skeletal system works, how it all interacts together, right down to the very smallest bone?
One of the biggest advantages of going to the chiropractor after a sports injury is that he will do things to actually treat your symptoms and your issues, rather than just giving you a drug that will cover up the pain. The doctor might prescribe an addictive painkiller and then tell you to wait it out, but the chiropractor could use any of the following, just to name a few:
- Ice baths. - Core-strengthening exercises. - Balance training. - Resistance machines.
These tactics are similar to the ones that a physical therapist would use. They are geared toward getting you to be healthy again, not just covering up the pain that you are feeling.
Finally, a large part of being a chiropractor involves nutritional education. Many injuries could have been prevented if people just ate right, and people could also heal much faster if they changed their diets. The chiropractor can tell you what you should be eating and what you need to cut from your diet so that you will be healthier and happier going forward. This type of education can actually help to keep you from hurting yourself again in the future.
Here's a great chiropractor in Calgary by the name of Jamila Abdulla who specializes in sports injuries and is a competitive athlete herself.
Chiropractic Health Centre
2713 Centre Street Northwest Calgary, AB T2E 2V5 (403) 277-9339
If you are in northern Alberta, try this Edmonton sports injury chiropractor. Curtis Masters has treated many professional and semi- professional athletes
Champion Chiropractic and Sports Injury clinic
3 - 7115 - 109 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1B9 (780) 439-9963