“. . . the loss of any single component in the neuromusculoskeletal apparatus leads to compensatory changes in the remaining functional parts.”
Inman and Ralston, Human Walking
The core contribution of the sports chiropractor to the sports medicine team and athletes – the ability to find the key joint and/or soft-tissue dysfunction or dysfunctions from an overall assessment of the neuromusculoskeletal system, and to treat that with skilled manual and other conservative care. Chiropractors have a broad diagnostic and therapeutic role consistent with their education and general chiropractic practice. This includes an assessment of injury and function throughout the neuromusculoskeletal system, manual treatments, prescription and supervision of exercise programs, use of physical therapy modalities, taping, nutritional advice and counselling/education. This encompasses the three areas of importance to all athletes:
• managing injury – the fastest possible recovery and rehabilitation, getting to the source of the problem
• prevention of injury – most athletic injuries result from repetitive stress, an accumulation of minor trauma and overload, which finally leads to break down and injury. Chiropractic assessment of biomechanical and neuromuscular problems can prevent many such injuries.
• improved performance - it is because of their success in this key area that chiropractors are now in such demand from elite athletes and their coaches.
Athletes of all standards are looked after at Back2Health.