Category Archive: 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.


  2. Surprising Benefits of Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy

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    Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy

    Many people undergo physical therapy around the world each year. Reasons for engaging in some type of physical therapy vary from person to person. Some may require assistance in regaining a full range of motion after an injury while others may find that visits to the physical therapist delay the worsening of symptoms of degenerative disease.

    Children born with illnesses or conditions which limit their ability to move freely are often enrolled in physical therapy as well. Still others have found that frequent trips to the physical therapist helps to manage long-term pain and often helps to decrease the use of prescription pain medications.
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    Study Verifying Benefits of Added Chiropractic Care

    In 2007, the American Pain Society and The American College of Physicians offered several recommendations for low-back pain that was not improving for those who had tried self-care. On this list of treatments was spinal manipulation (chiropractic care). Since that time, there have been over 25 clinical trials that have reviewed the effectiveness of such treatment on ongoing pain in the low back. These studies proved conclusive for the fact that spinal manipulation does, indeed, help with low back pain.

    One year-long study followed over 191 individuals who were suffering from ongoing back pain. The groups were divided with some receiving chiropractic care anywhere from 2-4 times a week for a full month. The rest of the group was assigned to undergo physical therapy in the same amount and for the same durations.

    By following these patients for a year post-treatment, the study found that 16% fewer patients who had received chiropractic care requested after care, once the treatment phase of the study had concluded. Patients who had undergone physical therapy averaged 6 visits to a healthcare professional after the initial treatment while those undergoing chiropractic care averaged only 2.2 visits.
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    Physical Therapy Plus Chiropractic is a Powerful Combination

    With each type of therapy having unique benefits for the patient, it is becoming more common for healthcare professionals to advise that patients suffering from ongoing back pain employ some, if not all of the following therapies:

    • Application of heat
    • Physical therapy
    • Exercise
    • Pain-relieving medications
    • Massage
    • Chiropractic care

    It is important for healthcare providers to explain the benefits of both chiropractic care and physical therapy to their patients as “complementary health therapies”. Such multi-faceted therapy recommendations have been proven to speed up the recovery process and may even help keep patients from developing more injuries or problems in the future.