Rehab goals include general strengthening as well as enhancing sport specific strength and stability. Most programs involve proprioceptive strength training, which means training in an unbalanced environment (using exercise balls, wobble discs, balance boards, etc.) to become more stable when on flat ground.
Along with treating existing injuries, athletes find that being checked for problems and weaknesses on a regular basis and correcting them while they are still minor helps prevent major injuries. We like to call this "Pre-hab", as strong, balanced and properly aligned joints are much less prone to injury.
Interesting fact: the average athlete will experience a 17% increase in peak performance by being under chiropractic care.
Some common issues that typically respond well to sports chiropractic care:
- Neck and back pain/dysfunction
- Golfer's and tennis elbow
- TMJ dysfunction
- Knee pain
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Chronically sprained ankles
- Carpal tunnel
- Plantar fasciitis