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  1. Sports Injuries and Chiropractic Care

    3 Ways to Prevent Back and Neck Football Injuries

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    Although injuries can happen while playing any sport, football is one of the most risky because of the contact involved. Both neck and back injuries are fairly common, occurring in an estimated 10 to 15 percent of players. However, in many cases these injuries can be avoided by educating yourself on how the spine works.

    If you play football, you should seriously consider visiting a chiropractor. They can give you advice on how to stay safe as well as provide care that can benefit your performance. Although you may be young, one injury could keep you from playing the rest of the season, or even your whole life.

    Whether or not you decide to visit a chiropractor, here are three ways you can help prevent injuries while playing football.

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    Keep Head Up During Tackle

    Because of the high level of force involved in tackles, it is no surprise that this is one of the most common ways football players can get injured. During this action, the cervical spine can become compressed, potentially resulting in a serious neck injury. The impact to the cervical spine becomes increased if the player’s head is dropped during the collision.

    As a result, football players should always keep their heads up while tackling. You should also do everything you can to avoid head-to-head contact with another player. By properly following these tackling mechanics, you significantly reduce the risk of obtaining an upper back and neck injury.

    Condition Muscles

    If you play football, you likely already realize the importance of working out your muscles in order to improve your body’s performance. However, it can sometimes be easy to forget about vulnerable areas of the body, such as the neck, and instead focus more on areas of the body that produce more visible results, such as the upper body or legs.

    Always incorporate neck-strengthening exercises into your workouts. You may not initially see or feel a difference, but the stronger your neck becomes, the more the muscles in it will be capable of absorbing impact from a collision. This can greatly reduce the risk of injury, especially when the head is raised.

    Warm Up and Cool Down

    Your coach has likely already taught you this during practice, but it is an important aspect of avoiding injuries in sports. If your muscles haven’t been stretched or warmed up prior to a game, they are much more likely to tear or become strained. In addition, your muscles need to cool down so that they don’t experience sharp contractions from being over-exerted.

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    If you are concerned about obtaining back or neck injuries while playing football, or would like more information on how to avoid them, visit Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy. 

  2. Sports Injuries and Chiropractic Care

    Sports Injuries and Chiropractic Care

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    Most people think that visits to the chiropractor are only really beneficial for problems with the neck and back. While these are still the most common areas for chiropractors to work, in fact a good chiropractic alignment can benefit the entire body.

    This is especially true of athletes, who often work their body harder than the average person and may tax certain muscle groups more than is ideal. Recent studies have shown that regular chiropractic care can be a great benefit to athletes of all types. It provides a holistic way to relieve pain that is not reliant on drugs or medications. These are some of the ways chiropractic care helps athletes.

    Pain Relief

    One of the biggest benefits of chiropractic care for athletes is that it helps relieve aches, pains, and soreness associated with pushing yourself to your physical limits. Joints, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and discs can all benefit from chiropractic alignment. Even if you are not dealing with a serious injury, regular visits to the chiropractor can help relieve soreness and stiffness.

    Prevention of Injuries

    Athletes who go to the chiropractor tend to have increased flexibility and range of motion in their joints. This means that they are less likely to be hurt during the regular course of playing sports. They may also see an increase in their performance, which is a great bonus for athletes who participate in all levels of competition.

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    Alternative Treatment Options

    Many athletes understandably want to avoid taking pain killers and other drugs whenever possible. Chiropractic care can help with this. When used in conjunction with medication, it helps you get well faster. In some cases, it may even be able to be used as an alternative so you do not have to resort to taking medicine at all.

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    Athletes who rely on chiropractic care are more common than many people think, and there are a number of chiropractors who concentrate on the treatment of sports injuries. A good chiropractor will be able to find the source of your injury and adjust your body accordingly.

    Treats the Entire Body

    Chiropractic treatment focuses on the whole body, not just the sight of the injury. For example, a spinal adjustment may not only directly treat back pain but also correct irregularities in your gait and may even help with recurring headaches.

    Chiropractic care for athletes is not uncommon. We specializes in treating athletes at Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy.  Give us a call or send us an email to begin a regimen that will help decrease pain and increase performance.

  3. Prevent Running Injuries

    5 Warm-up Tips for Preventing Injury in Runners

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    Olympic and professional sports teams seem to have realized the importance of always having a sports chiropractor available to treat athletes and ensure they are able to compete at their optimum performance level.

    Proper chiropractic care, however, is not simply for professional athletes. A qualified sports chiropractor can benefit any athlete.

    Common Running Injuries

    Anyone who runs knows that this sport comes with its own set of injuries. Some of these include Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, knee tracking problem and IT band syndrome. While chiropractic care will not cure every problem related to the sport of running, many of these problems can be resolved once a runner’s spinal alignment problems are addressed and resolved.  

    It’s All About the Alignment

    A qualified sports chiropractor understands the importance of alignment when it comes to all athletes, including runners. This is because their training has taught them that when the spine is misaligned, muscles and nerves can feel unequal tension and pressure. Such pressure can increase the strain, wear and tear on the body which frequently results in injury. In order to avoid improper alignment, chiropractors recommend that runners:

    • Switch out running shoes so that they are not wearing the same pair each day.
    • Run on different types of surfaces such as grass, wood chips, pavement and track.
    • Move as close to the water as possible if the runner is on the beach. This provides a surface that is less likely to shift.
    • Making sure to properly stretch before running is one of the best ways to prevent sports injury.

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    Warm-Ups Can Be Key

    Warming up before running is one of the most important things athletes can do to avoid serious injury. There are many resources available on how to warm up properly, and which muscle groups are the most important. A basic runner’s warm up routine should include the following 6 kinds of stretch:

    Arm Swings – Keeping arms straight, move them in a motion similar to backstroke swimming.

    Hip Circles – Using a wall or chair for balance, work one leg at a time.  Alternate raising the leg, keeping the knee bent while circling the leg 10 times clockwise, then counterclockwise.

    Diagonal leg stretches – Holding onto a wall or a chair, extend the legs, one at a time, and swing the leg from side to side in front of you.

    Torso Twists – Turn your torso from the far left to the far right in repeated motions, thus loosening up the muscles in and around your ribcage.

    Lunges – Alternate lunging legs in this exercise. Keep one leg straight and lunge with the other leg, keeping that knee bent. Make sure to keep your weight toward the back so that you don’t experience too much pressure in the knee.

    Sports chiropractors have found that encouraging patients to take time before running can many avoid injuries that are frequently associated with the sport. Having frequent chiropractic adjustments can also help to ensure that runners are in proper alignment and in top form.

     

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    Better Sports Performance through Chiropractic Care

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    It’s no secret that professional athletes seek chiropractic help for pain management and to help recover from injuries. But did you know that chiropractic applications can help enhance athletic performance and prevent injuries too?

    Just ask a professional football player; every NFL team engages the services of a doctor of chiropractic in some manner. In fact, an estimated 90 percent of athletes at the world-class level participate in chiropractic care as a means of avoiding injuries and boosting their performance level. 

    The Impact of Sports on Your Body

    Whether you play golf or football, the required training sessions and ongoing practice, practice, practice demanded of athletes affects your body in some way. The exertion improves and helps build muscles, but it places great strain on your body. It also affects your spine and joints, and not always in a good way.

    During a soccer match, the average speed of a soccer ball between the time it’s kicked and the point of impact (when another player receives it) is about 67 mph. So it’s no surprise that one chiropractic expert likens the heading of a soccer ball moving at 70 mph to being hit by boxing great Muhammad Ali. If you’re the receiver, it’s surely going to rattle your cage and worse, it can knock spine, leg and arm joints out of alignment. The same is true in football and many other sports, including low-impact sports such as golf.

    How Spine Alignment Affects Performance

    When the spine is not aligned properly or not moving as it should, irritation can develop in the nervous system. The irritation can lead to decreased functionality, or at least a decrease from peak performance, in other body systems. This includes the respiratory system, which is vital to athletes and non-athletes alike.

    Benefits of Chiropractic Care

    The lion’s share of chiropractic treatment is for spine and nervous system complaints that include back and neck pain. However, as a practice, chiropractic also encompasses leg and arm joints, as well as headaches and strain on your body.

    Common athletic complaints also include shoulder pain and ankle injuries, and many athletes prefer to treat these ailments through chiropractic care instead of painkillers or surgery. Athletes who receive regular, non-injury adjustments may find they have better range of motion, heightened blood flow and fewer injuries. Better flexibility is another benefit, which can also help athletes experience fewer injuries.

    Proper spine alignment is a must for athletes seeking to improve their performance and for anyone who wants to feel better. Get in touch with Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy for an evaluation.

     

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    4 Reasons Baseball Players Should See a Chiropractor

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    Although baseball involves minimal contact between players, there are still a large number of injuries that are obtained during this game. Damage is most commonly caused to the upper extremity, with about 51 percent of incidents occurring in that region.

    While some injuries require a lengthy healing process, many of them, especially those involving ligaments, tendons, nerves and bones, can often be treated with chiropractic care.

    All athletes can benefit from seeing a chiropractor, but pitchers and key infielders may find it the most useful. One study found that pitchers had a much higher rate of injury to the upper body, and were more likely to become injured than other players.

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    Regardless of your position, visiting a chiropractor can help you treat common injuries to these three parts of the body:

    Back

    If you are experiencing pain in your back, a chiropractor can perform adjustments to your spine that will help reduce your discomfort. These manipulations can also decrease the risk of injuries in the future by improving your posture, balance, form and strength.

    Neck

    Neck injuries are fairly common among baseball players, but fortunately, many of them can be treated through chiropractic care. These may include issues such as herniated discs or spinal stenosis. Your chiropractor will diagnose the cause of your pain and then follow through with treatment, which may include mechanical or manual adjustments to the neck.

    Arms

    Many baseball players receive injuries to their arms and shoulders, such as damaged rotator cuffs or shoulder tendinitis. This can often occur as a result of overuse, meaning the player is throwing the ball too hard or too frequently. In many instances, this causes the nerves in the spine to become compressed. If this is the case, a chiropractor can find the location of interference on your vertebrae and perform treatment that will eliminate pain while enhancing movement.

    Preventative Care

    Even if you have not experienced an injury, all baseball players can benefit from visiting a chiropractor. This is because not only can they undo some of the impact put on your body while playing sports, but they can also perform adjustments and give you information on how to avoid injuries in the future. In many cases, chiropractic treatment will also result in enhanced performance due to an increased range of motion and improved balance.

    If you play baseball, consider seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis, especially if you become injured or are experiencing pain. You may be surprised how great you feel the next time you hit the field.

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    5 Benefits of Chiropractic Care and Sports

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    Aches and pains are an unavoidable part of playing many sports. Often, athletes are understandably reluctant to treat minor sports injuries with medication and so begin to seek alternative treatments to improve their performance.

    For more than 90 percent of world-class athletes, this includes regular chiropractic care. Visiting a chiropractor who deals with athletes can help make you a better and stronger athlete, and reduce pain and stiffness in your day to day life. Here are some of the ways chiropractic care can help benefit athletes.

    Undo Damage to the Body

    Good form goes a long way toward improving your performance and preventing injuries from sports. Slight imperfections in the alignment of your spine can compound small problems in your form, turning minor mistakes into major issues. A chiropractor can help adjust alignment problems and improve your overall form.

    Good form goes a long way toward improving your performance and preventing injuries from sports. Slight imperfections in the alignment of your spine can compound small problems in your form, turning minor mistakes into major issues. A chiropractor can help adjust alignment problems and improve your overall form.

    Target Sports Injuries

    Those who play high-impact sports especially can benefit from chiropractic care that targets their injuries. Regular adjustments can help increase blood flow and relieve pressure on nerves. This has been shown to reduce pain from headaches and increase flexibility as well as providing direct relief for the injuries the chiropractor is targeting.

    Reduce Usage of Drugs and Medication

    Athletes who are under pressure to perform may find themselves taking more medication than they are comfortable with. While medication and traditional medical visits are are necessary after some injuries, many athletes prefer to avoid medication whenever possible. In cases like these, chiropractic care may provide relief without drugs or invasive treatments. It may be possible to use chiropractic care as a supplement or an alternative to traditional medicine.

    Prevent Further Injury

    Chiropractic care is not just useful for treating existing injuries; it can also be used to prevent new ones. Studies have shown that athletes who receive regular chiropractic care have improved flexibility and range of motions and so are less likely to be injured while playing sports. There is even some evidence to suggest visiting a chiropractor can help improve your performance in the long run.

    Help Curb Pain

    Athletes who suffer from chronic pain from old injuries can also be helped by chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatments are great for mild to moderate soreness of the muscles as well as the accompanying stiffness. Pain in joints, muscles, nerves, and ligaments can all be relieved by regular visits to the chiropractor.

    To find out more about how chiropractic care can help you, contact Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy. 

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    Are CrossFit and Chiropractic Care a Good Match?

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    CrossFit and Chiropractic Care

    Though CrossFit has only been widely available since 2000, its popularity has grown rapidly. It is now considered a competitive fitness sport that includes interval training, plyometrics, gymnastics, calisthenics, power lifting and more. Those who participate in CrossFit have found it to be beneficial for a number of reasons.

    There are a lot of benefits to a CrossFit style workout. It can be performed in only 15 minutes each day, strong relationships are built by participants at the same location, and most find that their overall health is improved with frequent participation. Other benefits have been mentioned as well such as an improvement in lifestyle and heart health.

    As with any sport that has attracted many new participants, CrossFit comes with its own set of injury risks. Routine chiropractic care while engaged in CrossFit can help participants to avoid or heal quickly when such injuries occur.   
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    Common CrossFit Injuries

    With over 10,000 CrossFit affiliate gyms in 2017, many are wondering if injury rates associated with this type of exercise are higher than with other forms. According to the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine, no studies have been done, to this point, that have specifically looked at injury rates.

    Some of the most common CrossFit injuries include:  

    • Tennis Elbow
    • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
    • Lower Back Pain
    • Rhabdomyolysis
    • Anterior Knee Pain
    • Achilles Tendonitis

    The best way athletes and participants can protect themselves is by making sure to warm up properly and practice good form.  Regular visits to a chiropractor can help athletes to make sure that their spinal alignment is correct which helps in lowering the risk of injury.

    Should an Injury Occur

    Should an injury occur while participating in CrossFit, Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy can help with a combination of chiropractic care and physical therapy. We understand the biomechanics that are an integral part of CrossFit. We will also be able to help a CrossFit participant take precautions that will ensure they will not re-injure themselves upon resuming the activity.

    Most common among CrossFit injuries are those to the lower back and shoulders. This is most likely due to the fact that athletes compete by lift heavy weights and often these weights are lifted over their head. One lift, completed with poor form, can cause injury to the spine, shoulders and abdominal muscles. Our team of chiropractors and physical therapists can help CrossFiters recover from such injuries and teach them how to correct their lifting form once they are ready to begin again.

     

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    Chiropractic Care and Soccer Performance

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    Soccer has come a long way in the U.S. since our national team qualified for the final round of the World Cup in 1990.  An estimated 24.5 million Americans now play soccer at some level, second in numbers to only China. With the rise in popularity has come a rise in injuries and a closer look at how chiropractic care can help players avoid injuries and increase performance.

    Soccer Injuries

    Originally thought to be a no-contact sport, Americans have learned that, in reality, the opposite is true. Players crash into each other at top speeds, fighting for control of the ball, and are knocked to the ground. Players running in one direction must suddenly shift to another, leading with their shoulders and twisting at the knees, which results in common knee injuries.

    Then there is “heading,” when players head-butt the ball as a means of intercepting and redirecting it. Heading can be especially dangerous. The average speed of a soccer ball is 67 mph at the point of impact, enough to shake up any player and cause injury. Another means of causing joint misalignment is the way players kick the ball, usually while twisting their hips and lower back.
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    Cause and Effect

    All of the rough contact and repetitive movements can cause the spine to move out of alignment. When that happens, it applies pressure to nerves and can cause pain in an athlete’s arms and legs, as well as their back. The repeated twisting of the back while kicking can cause joint pain all up and down the legs and feet. Sometimes these injuries don’t surface right away, but they do chip away at an athlete’s speed, strength and kicking force.

    Chiropractic Treatment

    Chiropractors typically use spinal manipulation, or adjustment, to realign joints with decreased movement. The practice employs controlled force to move joints back to proper alignment. This not only restores mobility, but also eases pain and muscle tightness and allows damaged tissue to heal.

    Regular and routine adjustments can benefit athletes by correcting misalignments before they become problems, allowing a better range of movement, which is a must for soccer players. Additional benefits include better flexibility and a boost in blood flow, as well as fewer injuries.

    Soccer can be hard on the body. For more information about the benefits of chiropractic care for soccer players and other athletes, contact Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy.

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    Reduce Football Injuries with Chiropractic Education

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    Results of Cervical Spine Football Injuries

    Players and coaches alike know that cervical spine injuries place players of this American contact sport at high risk. All too frequently, this type of injury happens when a player lowers his head just before either blocking or tackling an opposing player.

    Once the lowering movement is made, the Cervical Lordosis and cervical spine flatten out – taking away almost all of the spine’s ability to absorb the shock of the hit. Such a hit can result in symptoms that range in severity from temporary pain and weakness in extremities to cervical cord neuropraxia which may result in permanent damage or death.

    Education is Key

    A chiropractor who has spent years studying the workings of the spine and correcting related problems may be just the professional to advise coaches and athletic directors about the best ways to keep athletes safe. They are frequently willing to meet with coaches and players and offer safety suggestions meant to keep each player safe and well.  Some of these suggestions may include:

    • Advising players about the importance of keeping the head up.
    • Explaining why making first contact with the helmet may be harmful.
    • The importance of a protected neck.
    • How to keep your head protected beyond simply wearing a helmet.

    Pre-season safety meetings with players, coaches and parents may help all involved to take heed of the many ways to stay safe while still enjoying America’s favorite sport.

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    An Ounce of Prevention

    Benjamin Franklin is credited with the phrase “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. In the case of football injuries, this certainly rings true. Working with a chiropractor who can help instruct coaches and players has been shown to decrease the rate of injury. Having a plan for addressing any catastrophic injuries that may happen at practice or during a game is another way to ensure that all involved will be prepared, should an injury occur.