CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR SPORTS INJURIES
Professional, amateur and weekend-warrior athletes all strive to have the best possible performance in their chosen sport, and they all get injured.
Injuries happen, pure and simple. Injuries can be minimized, but they cannot be totally avoided. In all likelihood if you participate in any physical activity long enough, you will eventually get hurt to some degree. The way in which you treat your injuries determines how fast you will recover and get back to the activity you enjoy.
Usually there is a very simple reason why we get injured. In most cases, we play too hard, too long, or too fast. Overuse syndromes and playing full speed before warming up are the major causes of sports injuries. Since most sports involve body contact, fast starts and stops, or positioning that places an unusual amount of strain on the back and structural system, we treat each person as an integrated being, giving special attention to their spine, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.
Sports medicine is a substantial part our practice at Devine Chiropractic in downtown Seattle. We treat a wide range of sports-related conditions and problems, including acute injuries (those that happen suddenly), such as the dislocation of a joint and joint sprain; and over-use injuries (those that develop gradually), such as carpal tunnel, stress fractures, muscle strains and tendonitis.
Our chiropractors understand the importance that chiropractic adjustments, goal setting, perseverance and nutrition play in helping you to perform optimally.
Devine Chiropractic & Rehab Center offers a balanced approach to the treatment and the healing of sports injuries in Seattle. By using chiropractic adjustments to return spinal segments to their normal mobility and Graston, ART, and Kinesio-Taping therapies to facilitate the healing of muscles, tendons, & ligaments, we help the injured areas return to normal function. We will work hard to get you back in the game and teach you better strategies for exercise and stretching so you can continue to enjoy your sport.
To learn how we can help you prevent or recover from sports-related injuries, schedule a free visit today.
"Thank you so much for working with me two times in one day, and on such short notice. The magic you worked - adjusting me, and the "Volleyball" tape worked wonders and I was able to run the entire Rock N Roll Marathon! I had a slow and consistent pace for the entire race, and was able to run all of it and not have to walk at all. Even at miles 20 through 26 where runners typically are not doing so well, I was feeling great and running strong! As I ran, I kept remembering the quote, "Pain is temporary. Pride is forever." As I thought about that during the race I couldn't help but be thankful that I had no pain in my knee. I am so proud to have run all 26.2 miles, and am grateful that you were a big part of my first marathon.
At Devine Chiropractic & Rehab Center in downtown Seattle, we treat many runners for overuse injuries. By using gentle, specific manipulations (including adjustments to feet, ankles, knees and hips) we are able to free stiff joints, restore normal movement, and get you out of pain. In addition to chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy, we use the most cutting-edge therapies such as the Graston Technique and Kinesio-taping to treat running injuries. After you are free from pain, we encourage you to follow a program of rehabilitation exercises to help strengthen the injured area, improve flexibility and prevent a recurrence of the problem.
When using the Graston Technique, our chiropractors use stainless steel instruments to break down and release scar tissue. Scar tissue is less elastic than healthy tissue, limits a patients range of motion and can cause significant pain. The Graston Technique decreases length of treatment, provides faster rehabilitation and recovery, reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication and helps in relieving chronic conditions. Graston technology is used by U.S. Track and Field, and professional football, basketball and baseball teams.
Kinesio- Taping, the gold standard for therapeutic rehabilitative taping, involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. Taping for support maintains the full range of motion, enabling patients to participate in physical activities with functional assistance, while taping to prevent overuse or over-contraction helps provide facilitation of lymph flow 24 hours per day and is most commonly used in the acute stage of rehabilitation.
Some of the most common running injuries treated by our chiropractors at Devine Chiropractic Center are:
- Cause: Stretching or tearing the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot where the tissue attaches to the heel.
- Symptoms: Pain in a specific area on the bottom of the foot towards the heel, possibly radiating towards the ball of the foot. The foot feels tender early in the morning and becomes less painful with movement. Plantar Fasciitis is often associated with pronation and a fallen arch.
- Prevention: Regular stretching of the calf and Achilles tendon. It is important that the feet are assessed for any biomechanical problems. Orthotics or insoles may also be prescribed.
Bursitis or Tendonitis
- The Achilles tendon is the connection between the heel and the calf and is a very common site for a disabling injury. If your Achilles tendon is sore, get it treated immediately. It is important that the feet are assessed for any biomechanical problems. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, custom-made orthotics may be prescribed.
- Cause: Bad posture, poor shoes, fallen arches, insufficient warm-up, muscle fatigue, exercising on unyielding surfaces or poor running mechanics.
- Symptoms: pain or discomfort on the front, the inside and/or the outside surface of the shin bone or directly on the shin bone.
- Prevention: Good shoes with shock absorbing features, heel-toe landing for minimum impact and calf stretches. Sports taping will also help.
- These small fractures occur due to excessive stress (overuse of the bone) or an increase in intensity or distance running, resulting in gradual breakdown of the bone.
- Symptoms: Pain in the foot and lower leg that increases in intensity with weight bearing activity.
- Running on uneven terrain or slipping off a curb or stepping into in a pot hole can lead to an ankle sprain.
- Treatment: Treat immediately. Rest - Ice - Compression (gentle) and Elevation. Ice should be applied for about 15 minutes at a time, with 15 minute rests between each application.
Runner’s Knee and Ilio-Tibio Band Syndrome
- Runner’s knee includes pain directly under the kneecap, or the surrounding area. Climbing or descending stairs may cause knee pain. We treat runner’s knee with chiropractic adjustments and orthotics are often prescribed.
- Ilio-tibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) feels like a stinging sensation on the outside of the knees that may extend from the knee up to the hip. At its worst, pain can be very intense at either the outside of the hip to the outside of the knee. ITBS can be caused by over-striding, running on an uneven surface or running excessive distance before having trained enough. A complete biomechanical evaluation, foot to hip, is needed to diagnose the problem and prevent further running injuries. Stretching can aggravate running injuries of this type.
How to Avoid Running Injuries
- Most running injuries occur from over-training. Evaluate your training schedule and alternate running with other activities, such as swimming, to prevent overusing the same muscles.
- Increases in distance and intensity should be gradual. Distance should only be increased by about 10% per week.
- Alternate the intensity of your workout with hard days and easy days each week and devote one or two days each week to non-running activities to allow your body to recover.
- Stretch regularly to help reduce injuries.
- Replace your running shoes ever 350-550 miles.
- Ask our chiropractors to assess your running technique and running posture.
- Run on soft surfaces such as dirt paths to lessen the impact.
- When muscles are fatigued they don't absorb as much impact, so stop running before you get tired.
- Ask our chiropractors to recommend specific lower-body exercises to strengthen your leg muscles so that they will be able to absorb more of the impact.
- Pain is a warning signal. To prevent developing a chronic problem, do not run through pain.
Preventing Sports-Related Injuries:
- Always warm up and cool down with appropriate stretching exercises before and after playing.
- Wear the proper clothing and equipment for your sport. Ask for professional help to make sure all equipment is sized properly for you.
- Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workouts.
- Listen to your body and rest when you feel tired.
- Vary your routine. Alternate distance running with bicycling or swimming, for example.
- If you are experiencing symptoms such as pain, swelling, numbness, or stiffness while playing your sport, stop playing right away and see your chiropractor as soon as possible.
- Active Release Techniques (ART)
State-of-the-art, soft tissue management system that treats problems that occur with Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments, Fascia or Nerves.
See demonstration by Dr. Jeff Sneider of the technique on YouTube.com
- Graston Our chiropractors use stainless steel instruments shaped to treat specific areas of the body by breaking down and releasing scar tissue. Scar tissue is less elastic than healthy tissue, limits a patients range of motion and can cause significant pain. The Graston Technique decreases length of treatment, provides faster rehabilitation and recovery, reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medication and helps in relieving chronic conditions. Graston technology is used by U.S. Track and Field, and professional football, basketball and baseball teams.
- Kinesio-Taping Since the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Kinesio Taping Method has taken the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine world by storm and Kinesio Taping has become the gold standard for therapeutic rehabilitative taping. Kinesio Taping involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. Taping for support maintains the full range of motion, enabling patients to participate in physical activities with functional assistance, while taping to prevent overuse or over-contraction helps provide facilitation of lymph flow 24 hours per day and is most commonly used in the acute stage of rehabilitation.