Can A Chiropractor Help With Sports Injuries?

Chiropractors specialise in the treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system.  They use various techniques to treat common ailments arising from musculoskeletal  disorders, including generalised back pain, leg pain, neck pain, arm pain, headaches, sacroiliac joint pain, and repetitive strain injury.

Chiropractic care can also be beneficial for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries.  This article will explain how a chiropractor can help you recover from a sports injury or make adjustments that reduce the risk of an injury occurring in the future.

How are sport injuries caused?

Although playing sport can be a lot of fun and is beneficial for your health — it does carry some risk.  It is common for people playing sports like football or rugby to injure their joints or even suffer from concussions.  Even non-contact sports which are perceived as being less dangerous can cause injury if participants do not warm up correctly.  Most sports injuries arise from:

  • Forceful impacts
    When participants collide into one another it can cause bruising, concussions, sprains, and other injuries. These kinds of injuries are particularly common in football, rugby, ice hockey, and basketball.  Injuries from forceful impacts are even possible while playing non-contact sports like volleyball and squash as players can run into one another
  • Repetitive motions
    Certain sports and forms of exercise require participants to perform repetitive motions, which can cause injury. Sports like rowing, cycling and running are often associated with these types of injuries.
  • Over-training
    Sportspeople who don’t spend enough time recovering between sessions are at greater risk of suffering injuries from overuse of muscles or joints.
  • Failure to warm up properly
    Failure to warm up is one of the most common causes of injuries.

How chiropractic care can treat sports injuries

Here are some of the ways that chiropractic care can resolve sports injuries:

Realigning the spine after a neck injury

Neck injuries are quite common amongst sportspeople who play very physical sports like rugby and basketball.  Neck muscle strains and whiplash injuries can cause swelling around the neck along with pain and inflammation.  A chiropractor can perform some gentle adjustments to restore movement and alleviate neck pain.

Pinched Nerves

A pinched nerve occurs when a nerve is compressed by ligaments, tendons or bones.  This kind of injury often happens as a result of repetitive motions or over training.  A chiropractor can help by readjusting the alignment of your bones to relieve pressure on the nerve.

Muscle strains

Chiropractors can work with soft tissue strains, helping to restore movement and relieve pain.  Some chiropractors will use kinesio taping to support strained muscles, reduce inflammation, and resorted mobility.   The Graston Technique, heat therapy, and Active Release Therapy may also be used to heal muscle injuries caused while playing sport.

Back pain

Back pain is a very common sports injury.  It is associated with many sports including rowing, tennis, and rugby.  A chiropractor can help you deal with back injuries by realigning the spine in a way that relieves pain and restores mobility.

Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow

These conditions are caused by repetitive motions like swinging a tennis racket or golf club hundreds of times.  A chiropractor can provide treatments to help you regain mobility in the affected joint. 

How chiropractic care help you avoid sports injuries

Not only can a chiropractor help you treat sports injuries, they can help you avoid them by ensuring your musculoskeletal system is correctly aligned.  Some of the benefits of a correctly aligned musculoskeletal system include:

  • Less wear and tear on the body
    When your joints are aligned, you can avoid unnecessary wear and tear while playing sports. This means less strain on your muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Better balance
    Correct alignment of the musculoskeletal system can improve your balance and athleticism — which reduces the risk of falls and joint injuries.
  • Better flexibility
    Your flexibility will also improve by visiting a chiropractor regularly. This results in better agility on the sporting field, which helps you avoid collisions and resulting sports injuries.
  • Better muscle performance
    Having correctly align joints make it easier to harness the strength in your muscles. You will have great control over your strength, which helps you avoid injuries.

If you suffering from a sports injury why not visit our experienced chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic.

New Research Highlights The Common Triggers For Back Pain

back painThe British Chiropractic Association (BCA) have revealed the result of recent consumer research that has been undertaken to look at the trends surrounding back pain. Trends for the past 5 years were assessed including the most common triggers for back pain. Interestingly, there have been changes to the most common triggers that people believe cause their back and neck pain.

Sitting still for long periods has been reported by 45% as being a trigger for their back or neck pain. This number has risen from 35%. A fifth of people reported their job as being a trigger.

Housework and DIY have dropped out of the the top five triggers with sport and exercise now included. The ‘gentle’ act of sleeping remains a key trigger with women in particular reporting it as a trigger.

Disturbingly, but unfortunately not unsurprisingly, the trend over the past 5 years for people experiencing back or neck pain on a weekly basis is upwards from 40% to 49% . An increase of 16% is seen in the numbers of people experiencing these conditions on a monthly basis from, meaning that over two thirds of people experience back or neck pain monthly.

At our busy chiropractic clinic in Newcastle under Lyme our chiropractors treat patients on a daily basis that are experiencing back pain often associated by the top five triggers identified in the research. Unfortunately, back pain is quite common. However, for many patients chiropractic treatment along with appropriate exercise programmes and lifestyle changes can help prevent further occurrences.

It’s disappointing to see that sports and exercises are considered triggers as one of the best ways to prevent back pain is to stay active. However, as our chiropractors highlight often sports and exercise related back and neck pain can often be as a result of ‘overdoing’ exercises that the body is not yet ready for. This is why it is important to build up your body gradually and not push it too hard before it is ready.

As can be seen from the results of the survey, most common triggers for back and neck pain are daily activities that we are all undertaking. Our chiropractors believe that a few simple changes can make a significant difference to managing and preventing back and neck pain.

Stand up and move around: Our increasingly sedentary lifestyles are having a significant impact on the health of our spines and bodies. Whether sitting at our desks, driving or lounging on the sofa, set a timer and get up every 30 minutes and move around. Doing a few simple stretches at each break can help too.

Get active: A stronger back is better placed to help us cope with the stresses and strains we put on it. Taking regular exercise is important to strengthen it. It’s important to remember to builf up the intensity of your exercising gradually and to include warm up and cool down periods each time.

At your desk: For many working at  their desk in front of a PC is the norm. It’s important that you are positioned comfortably with your back and neck in mind. You can watch a video on how to set up your positioning at your desk on our Pain Prevention page

Keep your head up: Most of us use our mobile devices on a daily basis, some people are even glued to them more or less all the time! The head is extremely heavy so keeping it bent over a mobile puts a lot of strain on your neck and back.

Improve your posture: A good posture goes a long way to supporting a healthy back. If your posture is not so good right now why not incorporate a 3 minute programme developed by the BCA into your daily to improve your posture. The programme is specifically designed to develop balance, strength and flexibility in the spine. You can watch the video below.

Visit a chiropractor: A chiropractor will be able to identify any issues with your back and neck. Chiropractors are trained to treat back and neck problems with appropriate techniques and in addition to provide advice and guidance for exercises, nutrition and lifestyle changes that can help.

If you are suffering back or neck pain or want to maintain a healthy spine our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic a re here to help you. You can call us on 01782 711 191 to book an appointment with one of our chiropractors.

 

Keep Active And Have Fun – It’s Important For Your Back

Keeping active and taking exercise doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym. After all most gym memberships never get used!

However, staying active and taking regular exercise is important to our health and the health of our backs. Finding a form of exercise we enjoy is more likely to mean that we will do it and stick to it.

Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic want to encourage people to be active and take regular exercise and here they share their top 3 ways to do this:

Walking: This is by far one of the best forms of exercise that can be taken. Most everyone can do it and it can be taken at your own pace and the pace can be built up over time. It offers so many benefits from helping weight loss, preventing and managing various health conditions, aiding in strengthening bones and muscles and helping improve your mood and and reducing stress levels.

Swimming: This offers an all-round form of exercise that is low impact. Whatever your age or ability it is a great activity that helps you get fit, stay active and feel great. The Jubilee 2 pool is convenient if you live in Newcastle under Lyme or if you live in Stoke on Trent there is the Dimensions Leisure Centre.

Dancing: Programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing have brought a new interest in taking up dancing. It really is a great fun way to get active and take some exercise. Whatever moves you want to perform on the dance floor there are classes held regularly in dance schools in Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent. So what are you waiting for ” Get Dancing”!

Remember to seek the advice of your chiropractor or health care professional before starting on any new exercise regime.

Our chiropractors are here to advise you and help you.

 

 

 

Get On Your Bike And Get Peddling

back car advice from our chiropractor in stoke on trentCycling UK annually organises Bike Week to promote cycling with the aim to get more people cycling as part of their every day lives. Events are held across the country and this year Bike Week is on from June 9th – 17th.

Cycling is a great activity and all the family can get involved. It has so many benefits including health, social and environmental.

Our chiropractors at Newcastle Chiropractic Clinic encourage everyone to be physically active and take regular exercise. It so important for the health of our backs as well as our overall health and well-being.

Unfortunately our increasingly sedentary lifestyles are causing havoc with our backs and overall health, come to that. Moderate exercise is vital to building and maintaining strength and flexibility and improving posture which all help in protecting our backs.

If you’re suffering back pain then you may believe, as do many back pain sufferers, that resting is the best thing for it, however, in many instances this is not the case. Contrary to popular belief taking a moderate level of exercise can be the best thing. However, it’s always best to check with your chiropractor or health professional to determine what’s right for you.

Our team of chiropractors are here to help if you are suffering back pain. You can call us on 01782 711 191ti book an appointment. After a thorough consultation and examination they will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your back pain.

If you haven’t taken any exercise for sometime or are in pain or discomfort it is always advisable to check with your chiropractor or health care professional before starting.

If you are ready to saddle up and get peddling then we are very fortunate that we have many great places to cycle around our areas of Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent. Staffordshire Council have produced a sets of cycle maps for each district of Staffordshire to help cyclists plan their journeys. Here’s one for around Newcastle under Lyme. The Visit Stoke on Trent website also offers information on cycle routes around Stoke which takes in some of the 150kms plus of cycle routes around.

Why not give a cycling a go during Bike Week. Get active, get peddling and take in the local sites at the same time – what could be better.

 

Hitting The Golf Course?

The US Masters has rolled around again. It never ceases to amaze us how beautiful and challenging the Augusta course is.

Of course as chiropractors we can’t help but think about the golfing injuries and strains we treat!  Unfortunately most of these can be put down to a few things, namely, poor technique, inadequate stretching both before and after playing and finally incorrectly carrying heavy golf bags!

If you’re a golfer, following a few simple tips before teeing off could save you a whole heap of problems down the line. Our chiropractors have put together these tips for you:

Keep it light and even: Lifting and carrying a heavy golf bag can place strain on your neck and back so invest in a light weight model to reduce the risk when carrying and lifting your bag. Also look for a bag with dual harness straps over the shoulders which will help distribute weight more evenly.

Warm Up & Down: Spend a few minutes warming up before teeing off by doing some simple stretches. You want to stretch your hamstrings, quads, chest and shoulders. Likewise stretch out after finishing your round – before heading to the bar!

On the Course: Wear good fitting shoes that provide you the best stability. Always bend your knees when picking up your golf bag. Consider using a power or electric caddy instead of a trolley. Pulling a trolley puts your body in an awkward position which can result in injuries and strains.