According to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 8.6 million injuries occur every year as a result of participating in some type of sports or recreation activity. With numbers like these, it’s highly likely that you’ll see some of these individuals in your chiropractic office. But what types of soft tissue treatment options work best for patients who’ve sustained an injury while engaging in a physical activity they enjoy? There are many available, but here are three options to consider.
Those who are weekend warriors, people who tend to participate in a physically strenuous activity only on weekends or part time, have some distinct advantages.One of the most appealing involves being able to achieve the recommended amount of weekly exercise—150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—with just one or two sessions.
Are you asking your patients the right questions as a sports chiropractor? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that, in order to obtain “important health benefits,” the average adult should engage in a minimum of 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and two days of muscle building exercises per week. Even older adults, which they define as individuals 65 and older, should reach this same level of activity weekly to obtain and sustain a higher level of health. But how many people actually hit these objectives?
Clinical Concerns Treating runners is big business. There are a lot of them, and they’re frequently injured. A common cause for many of these injuries is a lack of stability in the frontal plane. When a runner’s foot strikes the ground, they need the stability to control two to three times their body weight. If they don’t have it, they will likely pay the price in the frontal plane. There are three common frontal plane dysfunctions you will see in runners. So what common factor can explain all three of these frontal plane deviations in runners?
The Brain Injury Research Institute explains that a concussion, also commonly referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury or mTBI, occurs when there is some type of “bump, blow, or jolt to either the head or the body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull.” Ultimately, this movement can change the way the brain works. Though some athletes will immediately feel the effects of a concussion—suffering from headaches, nausea, confusion, and memory issues—the institute stresses that, in some cases, these symptoms may take days if not weeks to appear.