A sports chiropractor will still do spinal manipulation, if needed. They will also evaluate and adjust joints that may demonstrate limited range of motion due to restriction. But that is just the beginning.
Here are just a few of the treatments that you may get from a sports chiropractor:
Kettle bell exercise
Core strengthening exercises
Advanced soft tissue techniques (Active Release Techniques®, Graston, etc)
Sports chiropractors may also employ many other traditional therapies such as ice, rest, compression and immobilization depending on the injury or condition being treated.
While the evaluation, rehabilitation and treatment of injury are often the focus of a sports chiropractor, it’s not the only thing they do. Many athletes at all different levels will seek out a sports chiropractor to enhance their training and performance and prevent injury through using any or all of the techniques listed above and more.
Many have advanced knowledge of nutrition and can help with missing pieces of an athlete’s diet that may be keeping them from reaping the full benefits of their strength training. They may also recommend vitamins and supplements as part of their training program to enhance and maximize their results.
Because the overall focus and goal of a sports chiropractor is to promote and restore proper bio-mechanics, strength and optimal function, they are the perfect choice for any athlete at any level! The expertise they provide can be applied to almost all aspects of athletic training which makes them invaluable in the world of sports medicine.
How Do Sports Chiropractors Compare with Other Sports Medicine Providers?
Hopefully by now, you have a really clear idea of what a sports chiropractor is and what they do. Let’s take a look at some of the similarities and differences between a sports chiropractor and some other providers.
The point of this section is not to dissuade you from using the services of any of these other highly trained, skilled professionals.
Again, there is value in having an interdisciplinary approach to care.
Rather, our goal is to relay some points of education for you to consider if you’re not sure whom you need to see, and when and why you should seek their help.