Injuries are part and parcel of playing any sport. That’s why most elite athletes and teams have a chiropractor on their team to help prevent injuries, ensure peak movement and performance as well as help them recover from injury faster!
Generally, we get injured when we push our bodies to its limits, where it is unable to stabilise itself. In other cases, we are not the cause of the injury and its due to someone or something else.
Our nerves are designed to give our brain feedback about how we are moving and spatial awareness. When these nerves are not functioning properly, it affects the brains ability to control our muscles and enable them to stabilise our joints. This is where most injuries stem from. Poor nerve function.
Once these poor movement patterns lead to injury, our bodies are now on the journey of repair. Inflammation and tissue repair is the main focus.
Being proactive in preventing injuries is a major focus of chiropractic and the work we do at our office. Our focus is to maximise the function of your body so that you can perform at your peak, all the time!Learn About Our Free Initial Consultation →
How to Treat It
At our office we look at treating sporting injuries from 2 perspectives.
- Firstly, maximising function and preventing injuries.
- Secondly, speeding up recovering and repair.
First and foremost we strive to equip athletes and people with the best foundation to ensure their bodies are performing at its peak. That’s why we assess the spine and muscle function in great detail to evaluate and identify areas of weakness and improvement.
We create a program designed to improve and strengthen those weak movement patterns and ensure that those changes are retained for years ahead.
Our second focus is helping to speed up recovery and repair. When we get injured our bodies create inflammation. Inflammation is a not a bad thing. It leads to repair and allows the function to return back to normal.
The main focus is to increase stability and repair not decrease inflammation. Inflammation will naturally decrease when the repair and stability improves.
We also want to re-establish proper nerve flow in the area to ensure the brain can the muscles properly to stabilise the area to prevent re-injury while in the repair phase.
Research has shown that our conventional response of R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) slows the healing process down by preventing the necessary repair cells to flood to the area and replace the damaged tissue.
It’s better to introduce early mobilisation and movement to the area in the injury phase. This stimulates a healthy flow of toxins out and repair cells in to help speed up recovery and repair.
Chiropractic adjustments are gentle and specific. They are essential in maximising healthy movement to speed up repair. They are also the best way to keep the nerves engaged in the area that prevent from further injury.Learn About Our Free Initial Consultation →
Is it ok to exercise if the pain isn’t that bad?
This is the golden question for a lot of people. Each injury is unique and repairs at unique time frames. Generally, if you’re feeling pain, there is injury and the need for repair. The more you exercise and stress the area, the higher the chances are for re injury and worsening the existing injury. It is always best to get an assessment for you condition before you continue or start exercising. At our office, we provide you with a care plan that includes the best ways to stay active while still helping your body repair.
How man visits will it take?
Everyone is unique and so are their injuries. The severity varies from person to person, so we create a program that is tailored to you. Generally, it takes 6wks for an injury to repair from the first injury phase to a stable recovering phase. In that time, we’ll create a program which includes stretching, strengthening and adjustments to speed up your recovery time
What if Chiropractic care doesn’t help?
At My Health Chiro we endeavour to provide the best care possible. If at any point we find that your treatment plan isn’t achieving our intended goals, we will make sure we find out why. If we find at any point we are unable to help you toward your goal, we will find someone who will. We want to make sure you get the care you need, not waste your time or money! We work with a network of other allied health professionals who we can refer you to, who can aid the work we do or pick up where we left off.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No! You can visit a chiropractor without a referral. You can request a referral from your GP for Medicare’s EPC scheme. However, it is best to discuss this with us as well as your GP to assess your suitability.