Sports injuries are almost inevitable in this day and age. As sports become more competitive at such a young age, we are seeing more injuries as a result. It is important to treat injuries after they happen, but it is even more important to prevent injuries before they happen. A proper physical exam should be performed on every athlete before they even begin practice. The doctors at Club West Chiropractic in Blaine, MN are sports injuries chiropractors and are certified to perform sports physicals. We are always glad to work with all athletes. With the use of state of the art therapies such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and muscle work athletes will recover at a much faster rate and will be able to get back on the field/court/rink.
Click here to watch a YouTube video by star football player Jerry Rice, and how chiropractic helped him.
Ultrasound is a therapy that uses sound waves to enhance the healing process.
Three primary benefits of ultrasound are:
- Increased blood flow to injured tissue allowing the area to heal more quickly.
- Reduced swelling and edema, which decreases pain and discomfort.
- Gentle massage of muscles tendons and/ or ligaments in the treated area to help soften and remove scar tissue and restore proper range of motion.
Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) is another common therapy used in the chiropractic profession. EMS differs from ultrasound because it uses electrical current instead of sound waves to heal the injured tissue. Electrical current stimulates the muscle to repeatedly contract in order to fatigue the muscle. As the muscles fatigue they are able to relax allowing the adjustment to hold longer. To learn more about EMS and how it can help speed up healing time click here.
Muscle work is a valuable tool used by our Blaine chiropractors to enhance the healing process. Your chiropractor may perform passive stretching or muscle stripping techniques at your routine office visit. Dr. Ally Bergh and Dr. Ryan Waddell and level one Graston certified and are very skilled at doing other soft tissue techniques such as Active Release Technique (ART). Graston and ART are both soft tissue techniques designed to break down scar tissue and relax hypertonic muscles that cause pain and dysfunction. Click here to learn more about graston technique and how it can help with sports related injuries. Your chiropractor may also recommend specific stretches and exercises that can be done in the comfort of your own home. Click here to review some of the common stretches and exercises used at Club West Chiropractic.
Kinesiotape is becoming more popular in the treatment of sports injuries. K-Tape is not like athletic tape; it’s purpose is not to support injured joints. Its purpose is increase circulation and speed up the healing process. Kinesiotape reduces pain and swelling and increases range of motion. Kinesiotape lifts the fascia allowing the lymphatic system to absorb and reduce the inflammatory fluid. Once inflammation is reduced, pain is also reduced and range of motion is restored. Click here to learn more about how kinesiotape can help heal sports injuries.
Club West Chiropractic is home to one of the leading sports medicine chiropractors in Blaine, MN. Your trusted sports injury chiropractor in Blaine, MN, Dr. Ryan Waddell, will help you recover quickly and get back in the game.