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Chiropractic Technique Offers ‘Leg Up’ on Rehabilitation from Sports Injury

If you’re an avid sports fan, or an athlete yourself, you know how much punishment the human body can take in the pursuit of athletic excellence. No body parts take as much abuse in sports as the knees, hips and back; three complex musculoskeletal systems whose proper functioning is essential to mobility, athletic performance and painlessness. Running, jumping, twisting and throwing all require tremendous core strength to provide a foundation for scoring a goal or avoiding an opponent’s tackle. Quite often, athletes in amateur competition will suffer injuries to the back and neck due to overexertion, overexertion, or rough contact.

legs_upBack injuries for any reason can be debilitating and prevent you from doing the things you love to do, whether it’s scoring the next game winner, or just bending down to play with your kids. If you’ve suffered a back injury, chiropractic care can be an important part of your rehabilitation, helping to prevent long-term complications like chronic neck and back pain. An acute, short-term back injury can cause long-term back and neck pain when inflammation of the damaged area causes pinched nerves and a reduced range of motion.

Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to reduce back pain and increase range of motion, including manipulation and mobilization. In most cases, sports-related injuries are due to soft tissue damage to the intervertebral discs, or one or more of the ligaments connecting the vertebral bodies to the rest of the body. The structure of these tissues is extremely complex. Inflammation or herniation of a disc or ligament can cause symptoms ranging from mild irritation to an all-encompassing spastic pain that leaves the sufferer immobile. A good chiropractor will use the techniques available to them to bring the spine into proper alignment, reducing the inflammation around nerves to reduce acute pain, and thus preventing a detrimental pain adaptation model from developing. One technique chiropractors have been using successfully for many years is spinal decompression.


Spinal decompression works by using a gravity inversion table or a mechanical traction device – such as the one we have at BodyMend – applied through an on-board computer that controls the force and angle of the disc distraction, which reduces the body’s natural propensity to resist external force and/or generate muscle spasm. With either method, the objective of the treatment is to take the normal pressure of standing, sitting, or lying down off of the back. When the pressure in the vertebral discs is reduced, a slight vacuum-type effect is produced on the nucleus pulposis (part of the vertebral disc). At the same time nutrition is diffused into the disc allowing the anulus fibrosus to heal. Since most low-back and leg pain is the result of irritation to the nerve root sleeve by the inflammatory chemicals that are released as a result of inflammation in the disc, by gentle and calculated decompression of these discs, significant reductions in back pain are possible.

If you’ve suffered a sports injury, be sure to include chiropractic care in your rehabilitation program. Contact us at BodyMend to learn more about chiropractic care and the spinal decompression services that BodyMend offers. Email or call 905.451.8196 to make an appointment.

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