Research Shows Chiropractic Adjustments Beneficial at Preventing Sports Injuries

Asheville sports injury treatment and chiropracticWe come across a good deal of sports injuries in our Asheville clinic, and Dr. Myers is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are hurt each year while playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults hurt annually while participating in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the importance of minimizing these types of common injuries. One way to possible achieve that goal, as reported by a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at winning. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them playing.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study specifically, all of the participants got medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also received chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 session per week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one session each month for the remaining 3 months of the study. The other half were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic care.

After 24 matches, specialists reported a lessened number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Additionally, that same group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically lessen the amount of leg injuries. What's even more exciting about this information is that only Chiropractic adjusments were given, no manual therapy (FAKTR, ART, Graston etc). What sets Our office apart is Dr. Myers extensive soft tissue training and experience, which reduces the occurrance and liklihood of injury significantly. 

Dr. Myers Can Help People Find Relief From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Faster

If you or your child plays sports and you want to make sure more time is spent on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Asheville office at (828) 676-0963 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.
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