Chiropractic care is a form of physical therapy that can be used to treat sports-related injuries for athletes of all kinds, be it football, mountain biking, golf or tennis. Our focus is to provide care, improved performance and rehabilitation to enable recovery.
Alleviate Pain and Injuries
Chiropractic treatment is used to manage pain and injuries like tennis elbow, Achilles tendon pain, muscle tears, muscle strain and pulled hamstrings - to help the body recover as naturally as possible.
For most athletes, chiropractic care provides a holistic approach encompassing multiple techniques to build strength and improve mobility, which allows you to return to your active lifestyle quicker.
Treatments Tailored to High-Intensity Lifestyle
High-intensity lifestyles require a focus on the individual to provide tailored treatments, including optimum performance, recovery and nutritional advice for a good recovery outcome in the long run.
Who Do We Treat?
As a competitive sports player, athlete or even a weekend warrior, you may be susceptible to sports-related injuries like sprains, bruises, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, knee injuries, shin splints and more. Anyone who is active and plays regular or recreational sports can benefit from chiropractic care to recover from injuries or mobility restrictions.
There is a chance of knee injury from overdoing the treadmill or poor weightlifting technique at the gym. We will work with you to identify the source of your issue and alleviate any pain or discomfort.
Common athletic injuries include joint strains, lower crossed syndrome, knee injuries, posterior chain weaknesses and pains from excessive activity. We pinpoint the problem and structure a treatment plan for you.
Tennis players commonly suffer from an injury called tennis elbow, which causes the tendons to swell and become painful. We will explore a combination of ice therapy, adjustments and rehab exercises as part of your tennis elbow treatment plan.
Golfer’s elbow is caused by overusing the elbow and resulting in pain inside the elbow and forearm. To treat this, we will use non-invasive chiropractic adjustments, rehab exercises, ice and heat therapy and active release of scar tissue.
High-Impact Sports Players
Players engaged in high-impact sports like rugby and footy face several injuries including sprains, tears, bruises and fractures. We'll assess your condition in detail before outlining a specific treatment plan.
Common Sports Injuries
Whether you play low-impact sports like cricket and tennis or contact sports like rugby and footy, injuries are always likely because of the additional pressure on your joints and muscles. Common sports injuries include:
Neck and Back Pain
Thigh and Groin Muscle Strains
Tennis or Golfer's Elbow
Thumb or Wrist Sprains and Strains
Rotator Cuff Strains
Our Chiropractic Techniques
We usually follow a multi-modal treatment approach that includes joint manipulation, soft tissue massage, dry needling, spinal mobilisation, exercise rehabilitation, nutritional advice, and heat and ice therapy. Each of these treatments may be used individually or in combination to give you the best possible recovery outcome.
Joint Manipulation and Mobilisations
Sports that require repetitive movements or put pressure on specific muscles may result in injuries that require joint manipulations or mobilisations for the best possible result.
Soft Tissue Massage and Releases
Injuries like sore tendons and torn ligaments require direct action on the tissue and muscle to help your body recover, which is where our soft tissue massages become beneficial.
Golfer's and Tennis Elbow Treatment
Golfer's or tennis elbow is caused because the muscle is used repeatedly. Our treatment may involve dry needling, joint manipulations, exercises and heat and ice therapy.
When your muscles are strained or sprained from excessive movements or force, we may recommend specific stretching exercises to help alleviate any symptoms or discomfort.
Heat or Cold Therapy
Where injuries, sprains and strains are painful, we will use heat and cold therapy to relieve or numb aching muscles in combination with other treatments.
Our dry needling technique involves the use of stainless steel needles to stimulate muscles and ease muscular pain that is limiting movement or causing discomfort.
Where necessary, specific exercises may be recommended between treatments to give your body the best chance at recovery and to restore your full range of motion.
How Can NP Chiropractic Help You?
At NP Chiropractic, we have detailed knowledge of the workings of an athlete's body. We use our experience and qualifications to get to the root of your problem and tailor treatments to your specific needs so we can restore your full range of motion, help your body recover and reduce injury risks.
We offer advice on proper motions and movements that reduce pressure on your muscles and improve your body’s performance, coordination and resistance following a sports injury.
Whether you’re a recreational player, active athlete, or regular gym-goer, your body will be susceptible to injuries and pain in time. We use a combination of treatments to stimulate or relax your muscles and help your body recover faster.
We use specific manual therapies like spinal adjustments and joint manipulations to treat sprains, strains and tears, along with prescribing exercises between each treatment to give you the best possible chance at recovery.
Apart from spinal adjustments, joint manipulations and massages, we also provide advice to help you improve performance, enhance your lifestyle and reduce your risk of injuries in the long term.
NP Chiropractic Sports Treatment Process
NP Chiropractic works with athletes to help them achieve a positive recovery outcome. From the initial consultation where we diagnose the cause of your problem to helping your body heal naturally through a structured treatment plan, we will work with you at every step.
Diagnosis and Management
The first step is to discuss your sports injury in detail so that we can get to the bottom of the problem. Where necessary, we may recommend X-rays and other tests to help us arrive at the most accurate diagnosis.
Treatment and Rehabilitation
Injuries are bound to catch up with athletes, so treatment and rehab become an important part of your recovery. Once we are able to diagnose your injury, we will develop a tailored, multi-modal treatment and rehabilitation plan to help you recover.
Prevention and Performance Optimisation
We focus on strength and flexibility to help your body better recover from injuries while providing lifestyle guidance and advice to give you the best chance at preventing and reducing severe injuries in the future.
Can chiropractors treat athletes?
Chiropractors can treat sports-related injuries like tennis elbow, shin splints, torn or pulled muscles and neck or back pain, to help restore your body’s natural balance and movement. At NP Chiropractic, we are experienced and follow a multi-modal approach to treat our patients, assist with performance recovery, alleviate pain and help in injury prevention.
How do sports injuries occur?
This depends on the sport you play. Contact sports like rugby and footy can cause spinal problems, herniated discs and back pain, apart from bruising and bleeding. Weight-bearing joints like your hips, knees and ankles are overused when you play tennis, golf or are an athlete. If your sport requires throwing or swinging, you could be at risk of shoulder, wrist and elbow injuries.
Can poor balance cause more injuries?
Yes. A spinal injury or posture problem can cause your body to go out of balance. This results in uneven weight distribution and can put pressure on one part of the body, which can increase your risk of injuries.
Can chiropractic care help with my sports injury?
Yes. Chiropractic care including adjustments, manipulations, dry needling, massage, heat and ice therapy and rehab exercises may be used to treat your joints, spine and nerves and make sure they are in proper balance to give you the best chance of recovery and maintain peak performance. It works to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and ensure proper joint alignment.
Can We Help?
If you are an athlete, golfer, tennis player, gym-goer, footy player or just recreationally active, an experienced chiropractor can help you treat relevant issues more effectively. Contact NP Chiropractic for a consultation.