What is the difference between a Sports Chiropractor & a Regular Chiropractor?
Sports Chiropractors are those who tend to (but not always) work with athletes, weekend warriors, or those who just like to be active. The major difference between a “regular” Chiropractor and a Sports Chiropractor starts with their training in that they will uphold a separate degree or certification within the field of sports. In Chiropractic, the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians is our credentialing body and they have strict guidelines that we have to meet in order to become a licensed Sports Chiropractor.
Training to be a Sports Chiropractor typically encompasses treating and evaluating not only the spine but another area of the body such as the extremities (arm, hand, foot, ankle, knee shoulder, etc). In addition, Sports Chiropractors have knowledge of various assessment tools, rehabilitation of injuries, and take on advanced knowledge of soft tissue skills.
Oftentimes, Sports Chiropractors will have more of an individualized approach and your treatment times will likely be a longer duration than the average Chiropractic visit because they will use techniques and methods other than the adjustment as its only resource.
To understand more about why you should see a Sports Chiropractor, I would highly recommend you visit this article “15 Reasons Why You Should See a Sports Chiropractor.”
Who Uses a Sports Chiropractor?
Anyone can use a sports chiropractor but if you are looking to get more active, participate in the activity, sports, it will likely be beneficial for you to see this type of specialist. Those who use Sports Chiropractors include all professional athletes, Olympians, athletic teams, Colleges, amateur athletes, weekend warriors, and many other active individuals.
What do Chiropractic Adjustments Do?
Chiropractic manipulation aka Adjustments is a way of restoring motion and movement to the joints of the body (spine, hips, knees, wrists, etc). A joint complex (muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons) that do not exhibit an adequate range of motion also experiences altered neurologic integrity, decreased muscular function, weakness, decreased blood circulation, and are physiologically changed for the worse. Adjustments restore proper range of motion and thus allow the body to function at its optimal state by restoring the motion.