We’ve had a lot of questions about how Sports Chiropractic is different than regular Chiropractic, so we thought we’d ask our Sports Chiropractor, Ali, to answer some questions for you all!
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health profession that focuses on the diagnosis and management of neuro musculoskeletal conditions. This includes bones, joints, muscles, tendons and related nerves. Training involves a postgraduate or double degree with a minimum of five years university education.
What is Sports Chiropractic?
Sports Chiropractic is a branch of Chiropractic with a special interest in treating athletes and active patients. Sports Chiropractors manage, rehabilitate and optimise performance of the neuro musculoskeletal system using an evidence-informed approach.
Sports Chiropractors are required to meet standards set out by the Federation of International Chiropractic Sportive (FICS). FICS is the peak body that regulates Sports Chiropractors internationally. This body sets the standard for Sports Chiropractic participation in International Sporting events such as the Olympic Games or World Games. The minimum requirement to attend such events involves completing an International Certification in Sports Chiropractic (ICSC).
How does Sports Chiropractic differ from traditional Chiropractic?
Traditional Chiropractors, while not true for all, are usually concerned with the osseous (bony) component of a patient’s pain or injury.
Sports Chiropractors give consideration to both osseous and soft/connective tissue components (muscle, tendon, fascia and ligaments) in treatment, and encompass a variety of techniques to address these conditions.
Sports Chiropractic is not only manipulation of the spine. Sports Chiropractors can address pain and dysfunction related to the spine, as well as peripheral pains such as shoulder pain or knee pain.
Multi-modal in nature, management plans are tailored towards the needs of the patient. This can involve the use of manual therapies. From manipulation, mobilisations, soft tissue releases, and dry needling. The main focus of Sports Chiropractic is patient education, exercise therapy and cognitive/ psychological interventions.
The prime focus of Sports Chiropractic at Sportreat is the rehabilitation of pain or injury in order to build self-efficacy and on-going relief.
When should you consider seeing a Sport Chiropractor?
You should consider seeing a Sports Chiropractor at Sportreat if you experience any of the following:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Headaches associated with neck pain
- Jaw pain
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
- Sporting injuries
- Limited range of movement or stiffness