“. . . 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 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 counseling/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.
(G. Weightman - Vannin Photos)
Andrew came to the clinic in 2010 after he started to have problems moving his neck and upper back. This was affecting his ability to train and perform to the highest levels. After several crashes and over 20 years competing a senior level he was "starting to feel his age". After his initial course of treatments he now attends 4 times per year. This helps keeps his spine, hips and shoulders working properly, helping his body to be more biomechanically efficient and thus reduce his chance of injury.
IOM footballer of the year
IOM Premier League record goalscorer - 48 goals in one season
Ciaran first attended the clinic after suffering recurrent hamstring strains, which were starting to affect his training and his performance. He attends the clinic regularly to help keep his hips, spine, and shoulders moving freely, which has helped him to train fully and miss very few games. A more fuctional body helps reduce the chance of injury and reduces the time for full recovery if injured (you can click on Ciaran's photo to link to an article on chiropractic and preventing leg injuries).