There’s no doubt that whether you play professionally or recreationally, sports are fun. As an athlete, you understand the demands that participating in sports can have on your body from running, jumping and tackling. Repeatedly putting your body through these activities can bring about unexpected injuries, especially as we get older. Since our bones and muscles age with us, our bodies are more prone to suffer tears, sprains and strains. But seeing a chiropractor for treatment not only can help prevent injuries, but if an athlete sustains an injury, it can help with a more speedy recovery.

Many professional sports organizations have added chiropractors to the staff to consult on treatment options when a player is injured. Chiropractors not only treat the spine but other conditions, including general neck and back pain and hip, knee, ankle and foot sprains and/or strains. Here are three ways receiving chiropractic care can help you recover from your sports injury.

  • Faster Healing

Acute sports injuries or any injury that you have had less than three months can lead to chronic injuries if you continue to use the part of your body that’s been injured. This often results in pain, swelling and loss of range of motion.  But a combination of chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy can help you heal faster and reduce the chance of further injury.

The massage therapy techniques used by chiropractors help improve the blood flow to your muscles and soft tissues by allowing them to receive more oxygen and nutrients. When your muscles are able to receive the proper nutrients, they are able to recover and heal faster.  Regular chiropractic adjustments will help to reduce localized inflammation and will help to remove excess pressure from soft tissues and nerve roots that are causing the swelling to take place.

  • Better Mobility

A variety of treatments that include stretches, corrective exercises, ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation and heat and ice therapy are physiotherapy treatments. These treatments can help athletes’ muscles and other soft tissues heal by loosening and strengthening, which can improve mobility and flexibility.

  • Relieve Lower Back, Neck and Body Pain

Chiropractic care treatments can help reduce inflammation while improving joint function. Having your muscles loosen by massage therapy will help make your chiropractic adjustments more comfortable and effective.  When your joints are all properly aligned, you will have a reduction in pain and reduced need for pain medications.

If you or someone you know has sustained a sports injury and is interested in receiving chiropractic care, contact The Gulf Coast Pain Institute in Pensacola, Florida. Our experienced chiropractors on staff are ready to help you recover and get back in the game as soon as possible. Call 1-800-920-PAIN (7246) today.