How to manage sports injuries with adjusting instruments
Injuries are so common in sports that they have their own customized names: tennis elbow, runner’s knee, jumper’s knee. Moreover, baseball players are prone to rotator cuff injuries, and football players to back pain. Chiropractors can help heal these injuries, as well as others that are common to all sports – such as soft tissue injuries involving tendons and ligaments – with instrument assisted cross fiber massage (IACFM). Adjusting instruments can aid in the healing of ligaments after they have been injured. Furthermore, this approach can also help prevent re-injury. Soft tissue is susceptible to wear and tear due to overuse, but IACFM can speed up the healing process.
Unfortunately, once an athlete injures a ligament – and 50% of all athletic injuries are ligament-related – his or her chances of reinjuring themselves increase exponentially. This is thought to be so because ligaments heal by forming scar tissue, which means the athlete is left with mechanical deficiencies. However, soft tissue mobilization (STM) breaks up scar tissue formation and is believed to lead to faster healing. An example of a chiropractor offering instrument-assisted care to an athlete may involve a runner who has a rotated hip but experiences pain in his knee.
Even though the pain is felt on the knee, spine, hip, knee, and ankle adjustments may be needed. As it turns out, though, instrument adjustments are pain-free and can help the runner get back on the track sooner, and stay there longer. On the other hand, without the adjustments the athlete would at risk of further injury and increasing pain. Instrument adjusting is very specific and frequently constitutes a chiropractor’s best alternative for healing athletes and ensuring that they are at the top of their physical function.
Employing an instrument enables a DC to target the exact area that needs adjustment, as well as accurately establish just how much adjustment is required. Athletes who are enduring tremendous amounts of pain may be surprised of how much relief instrument adjusting can provide and how much range of motion they can recover – and the chiropractor may be as well. Actually, the more experienced and skilled a DC is the better results will be achieved. Also to take into account are the type of injury, the degree of discomfort the patient experiences, and the potential for re-injury. Considering all these factors allows the chiropractor to make the best use of instruments to rehabilitate an athlete.