Many patients come to our Salem office seeking relief from sports injuries. Chiropractic adjustments are known to be effective for alleviating neck pain, back pain, and other symptoms of musculoskeletal conditions or sports injuries. Now, research suggests that chiropractic care may also be effective at preventing such injuries from occurring.
The study involved 60 semi-elite Australian football athletes. All sixty participants received medical and sports science information. Half also received chiropractic preventive treatments. The chiropractic methods utilized during the study included chiropractic manipulations, mobilization therapy, and soft-tissue therapies on the spine and extremities.
After a series of 24 football matches, the players' lower-limb injury rates were evaluated. While both groups experienced similar rates of hamstring and non-contact knee injuries, other benefits were experienced by athletes receiving chiropractic care. Those undergoing chiropractic treatments were less likely to report lower-limb muscle strains. Their injuries also caused them to miss less playing time, suggesting reduced injury severity or improved recovery.
Chiropractic treatments offer athletes several potential benefits, such as injury prevention and enhanced recovery. Previous research has found chiropractic treatments to be effective at treating many common sports-related injuries, like sports hernias in soccer athletes. Spinal manipulation is also among the best ways to treat athletes' lower back pain, according to a study on conservative treatments for back pain. Previous studies have also suggested that chiropractic adjustments could restore pain-free movement in football and judo athletes, thereby improving their athletic performance.
At Michels Spinal Rehab & Associates, we treat many Salem athletes who are seeking relief from a previous sports injury, hoping to prevent future injuries, or looking to improve their athletic performance. Many athletes can benefit from chiropractic care. Salem chiropractor Dr. Geary Michels offers chiropractic treatments for active individuals, whether you're a seasoned athlete, a pediatric patients, or a weekend warrior. Contact us today to discuss how chiropractic care may improve your athletic outlook.
Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized control trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11:64.