Approximately 100 million Americans struggle with some type of chronic pain, according to The American Academy of Pain Medicine. For approximately 7 percent of these individuals, the pain is located in the hip area, with this type of pain especially problematic for athletes. The Rheumatology Network explains that hip injuries are fairly common in people who engage in activities that involve a high degree of increased force and extremes of movement across the hips.
Approximately 1 out of every 5 Americans (20 percent) participate in some type of sport, exercise or recreational activity according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, the average amount of time per day engaged in these and other leisure activities is typically around 5.25 hours. The benefits of choosing this kind of active lifestyle are many. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that exercise can help you control your weight more easily, strengthen bones and muscles, and can even help improve your mood. Being active also reduces your risk of major health conditions, some of which include cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and certain types of cancers.
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?