Professional athletes and manual workers use extra force and movements compared to normal people who work in an office or do regular daily activities. You may be surprised to know that the most important body part of physically active individuals is their spine. Here’s where chiropractic therapy, an alternative medicine, enters where modern and traditional treatments usually leave off.
Physical sports like boxing, weightlifting, and wrestling call for maximum releases of energy and quick body movements, just like miners and construction workers do. Pros in those sports and jobs should know where and when to use chiropractic care. Today, not just pro sports enthusiasts utilize chiropractic but also college students who are heavily into sports.
Causes of Sports/Work Injury
Physical Activities Without Sufficient Warm Up
When we are into sports, we normally want to win or at least break our previous records. It is the same thing when we do physical jobs – we want to know how far we can go. After we have accomplished running for 5 kilometers this week, we would want to double it the next time. This is very true of athletes who often join the Olympics. They always want to outdo not only their opponents, but especially themselves. When we push ourselves to our limits, it is actually a healthy and normal thing. However, injuries happen when we jump into very fast running or very heavy lifting right away without a proper and thorough physical warm up. Sometimes, people who know that fact still sustain an injury unconsciously.
Repetitive Strain Injury
If you’re an office person who lives by your computer 8 hours a day 5 days a week, most likely, you’ve already been informed about repetitive strain injury. As what its name says, this injury happens when you use certain body parts repeatedly against a hard surface or object. The harm happens gradually without us realizing right away and affects the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. A very good example is our fingers against the computer keyboard.
The Chiropractic Approach
Chiropractic gives the best exact approach to injuries from heavy physical activities and repetitive tasks. While the spinal cord is the center of attention in the treatment and healing process, chiropractic therapy also helps in a big way to adjust other active body parts like ligaments, tendons, and muscles back to good mobility and normal functions. This alternative treatment produces the best results, especially on the speed of recovery, when an injured person takes the recommended time to take a break from substantial physical activities.
After full recovery of an athlete or a worker, chiropractic therapy doesn’t end there just yet, the previously injured patient will also undergo a brief discussion about proper exercise and warm ups before getting back to his or her usual doings again. The discussion will also include lifestyle counseling and possibly about proper diet as well. That will ensure better recovery. After the full application of chiropractic care, an individual’s performance will certainly get even better and more resistant to injuries.
Chiropractic doesn’t just speed up the process of healing, but also helps stretch a person’s physical abilities further. Aside from being cost-effective, when applied by a person who is an expert, it’s definitely safe. This alternative treatment may be applied with mild to hard pressures depending on severity of the injury.
Chiropractic may sound traditional, but it’s a practice more widely used today than other less popular alternative treatments like orthopathy, naturopathy, homeopathy, herbalism, and anthroposophic medicine. Yes, usually it’s done on a simple flat bed and with the bare hands of the therapist, but now, there is equipment like chiropractic tables, special x-rays, and therapeutic chairs to give even better results.