Sports Chiropractic care is a speciality branch of Chiropractic care. While Chiropractic care can be applied to sports, the act of Chiropractic itself is not Sports Chiropractic. Keep reading and you’ll see what I mean by that.
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.
Training to be a Sports Chiropractor typically encompasses treating and evaluation not only the spine but other area of the body such as the extremities (arm, hand, foot, ankle, knee shoulder, etc). In addition, we have knowledge of various assessment tools, rehabilitation of injuries, and take on advanced knowledge of soft tissue skills.
Often times, Sport Chiropractors will have more of an individualized approach and your treatment times will likely be a longer duration that the average Chiropractic visit.
Who Uses a Sports Chiropractor?
Anyone can use a sports chiropractor but if you are looking to get more active, participate in 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 are a way of aligning 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 experience 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.