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Sports Chiropractic at LMC

We treat all levels of athletes, from youth to professional.

We've all heard the motto "Bigger, Faster, Stronger" as it applies to athletics. To progress as an athlete and prevent injury, especially in youth athletes, our bodies need to be functioning optimally. Chiropractic and sports are now inseparable. Most professional athletes and teams have a "team chiropractor" who is on the sideline ready to provide care if needed. Chiropractors work with other medical professionals, like orthopedists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers to provide treatment for the athlete. Our athletes are generally categorized into one of 3 categories:

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1. Acute Injury: If you or your youth athlete has been injured, we can diagnosethe injury and make the appropriate recommendations for treatment. In this acute injury stage, it is important to manage pain, reduce swelling, and promote safe movements. We have a number of therapies to assist in these goals, including:

  • Examples: Sprains (ankle, shoulder, neck, etc), strains (hamstring, rotator cuff, etc) falls, collisions
  • Ice / Heat Application - reduce inflammation, pain relief
  • Electrical Muscle Stimulation - pain relief, reduce muscle spasm
  • Low Level Laser Therapy - speeds up the healing process
  • Kineseotaping - reduces swelling, supports muscle/joint, promotes muscle activation
  • Chiropractic Adjustments/Therapies - promote safe movement and joint function
  • Good Example: Ankle Sprain

2. Nagging Pain: This type of pain tends to linger for a season, or for years. The pain isn't from one event, but from repetition and over use. The nature of this injury is different than acute injury, and requires different treatment. At this stage, the muscle/joint is dysfunctional and needs more hands on therapy

  • Examples: Shin splints, plantar fascitis, tennis elbow, back/neck pain

  • Chiropractic Adjustments - restores optimal joint function
  • Myofascial Release - restores optimal muscle function, relaxes muscle, improves flexibility, reduces pain
  • Instrument-Assisted Myofascial Release - uses a tool to treat muscle / fascia
  • Exercise/Rehabilitation - exercises / stretches will be givenfor home care

3. Performance: Can chiropractic help with performance, even if thereis no pain? YES! High level athletes, or those to play competitively, know that to achieve their goals, they need to train hard. Keeping the body moving well, through chiropractic treatment, can prevent injuries from occuring and help them progress. Since there is no pain to "treat", we look for dysfunction - either tightness, or weakness.

  • Functional Assessments: identifies areas of tightness or weakness


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