Most sports contain an element of repetitive movements and/or sustained postures. These repeated stresses can lead to compromised movement in the spine and joints, and can interfere with the healthy working of your muscles and nerves.
Chiropractors often see patients with sports related problems of the shoulder, neck, elbow, back, hip, knee and ankle. Injuries often come about when you overload a structure, that being a muscle, joint or tendon before it has built up enough resilience to cope with the demands you are placing on them and your body lets you know this is the case by becoming painful. The more the pain is ignored without seeking help, the more detrimental this can be. Sports injuries have the potential to reduce performance, create more injuries, or even keep an athlete away from sport completely if left untreated.
Sarah has a wealth of techniques to utilise including manipulation and/or mobilisation of the affected joints, soft tissue massage, dry needling acupuncture, and self-help advice. Each treatment is always tailored to meet your individual preferences and requirements for your given sport. Rehabilitation exercises to improve your flexibility, strengthen the area and assist in preventing recurrence of your injury will also be given, encouraging you to take an active role in your recovery and health.
Optimising Sports Performance
Whether you are taking part in sporting activities as an amateur or a professional, your body is prone to the same type of aches and pains. Many find that they reach a “threshold” of ability, and cannot improve further, however hard they work and however much training they put in. This is why so many professional athletes consult practitioners such as us to help enhance their performance. Chiropractic treatment aims to restore normal function to your joints, which facilitates a healthy nervous system and can help improve your control, co-ordination, muscle strength and balance. Consideration of the biomechanical challenges of your particular sport is vital to optimise your performance and prevent injury.