Chiropractic is a system of health care aimed at maintaining a normally functioning nervous system. Chiropractic Health is intimately associated with the normal biomechanics of joints, the strength of muscles and the well being of the human nervous system. This is essential because all our cells and organs are regulated by the impulses carried through nerves. When there is interference to the nerve supply, tissues and organs cannot function properly and a state of malfunction may begin predisposing the body to a disease state.
Chiropractic prevents nerve interference by maintaining optimum biomechanics of the joints especially the spine which protects the spinal cord. The Chiropractor is therefore an essential member of the health care network for all sports teams. Chiropractors are experts in analyzing joint and muscle function with the purpose of preventing or correcting abnormalities in the movement and function of the skeletal joints and muscles.
The spine is the central axis for all parts of the body it is easy to understand that even slight malfunction can lead to a wide range of health problems.
Human performance is determined by the degree of neurological organization in the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. The nerves supply the muscles which move the joints. The muscles must have a good energy supply provided by proper nutrition. The efficiency of movement is determined by how the muscles function in moving joints. The joints must therefore be mobile and the muscles balanced to prevent assymetric movement patterns that can lead to injury. Chiropractors are experts in this field.
ROLES OF SPORTS Chiropractor
Regular biomechanical assessments of the spine and extremities for joint flexibility, muscle balance and strength.
Set program goals and work with the athlete to provide motivation, positive reinforcement and provide rewards to help build patient confidence.
There is growing acknowledgement of the importance that psychology and psychologists can play in helping sports people to achieve their full potential.
Fitness enhancing techniques and injury prevention e.g. Warming up, stretching regimes, cross training. Nutrition for optimum performance. Sports technique analysis refinement.
To resolve pain and dysfunction after injury, using rest, ice, elevation, compression and after the acute stage, heat, soft tissue therapy, massage, mobilization and manipulation.
Some athletes may need advice or treatment from other specialists e.g. Doctor, physiotherapist, dietitian, x-ray psychologist, or surgeon, dentist, acupuncturist, exercise physiologist or podiatrist.