What do Jason Day, Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Kobe Bryant, Venus Williams, Novak Djokovic and Cadel Evans all have in common? They all include regular chiropractic care as part of their health plan to help them achieve their peak performance.
In the past, chiropractors were not common members of sports medicine teams at the Olympics and other world class sporting events. However because of the amazing results that athletes have achieved through introducing chiropractic care into their preparations privately, they are now insisting that chiropractors become key members of the Sports Medicine teams that accompany them to these international meets.
A seasoned athlete or someone embracing on a new fitness program is all too familiar with the soreness and stiffness associated with exercise. Not only is massage a great stress relief in any exercise program it also has added benefits that help keep you on track to your goals. A common theme in fitness training of any level is overexertion. Exercise overload is reflected in muscle soreness, decreased joint flexibility and general fatigue that generally occur anywhere from 24-48 hours post activity. There are four indicators of possible overexertion, acute muscle soreness, delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), muscle stiffness and muscle cramping.
As chiropractors, we very often encounter patients suffering from pain in the shoulder. Finding the source of this pain can be quite challenging, as there are so many different potential causes that may be local to the shoulder region itself, or caused from referral from other parts of the body.
Shoulder complaints don’t have to be due to a single traumatic event such as a fracture, dislocation, or rupture of a tendon. Repetitive strain and overuse in sports such as weight lifting, swimming and throwing can all be sources of shoulder pain. In a work place setting, where there is need for over head lifting, there is also the risk of chronic shoulder injury.