Some sports injuries are caused by direct impact either with a hard surface like the ground or a wall or with another player. But many injuries occur as a result of twisting or torquing the body either during competition or training, placing extreme and uneven strains on the muscles, joints and soft tissues. Many of these indirect-impact injuries result in inflammation and nerve compression that can cause pain at the site of injury as well as pain and other symptoms that radiate into the arms and legs. Because even a seemingly minor sports-related injury can have a significant and far-reaching impact on an athlete’s performance and overall health, having a comprehensive, hands-on chiropractic evaluation is essential for determining the best approach to care.
Once the cause of injury has been identified, treatment options may include chiropractic adjustments, deep tissue or sports massage, therapeutic exercises and sports-specific techniques like the Graston technique to loosen adhesions and muscle knots or Kinesio taping to provide adequate support to injured areas while they heal.
In order to treat sports injuries in more naturally, Dr. Giles obtained his CCSP (certified Chiropractic Sports Physician) certification from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP) in April of 2018.
The Graston technique uses a series of specially-designed instruments applied to the body in a specific way to gently “break up” trigger points or muscle knots that can cause significant long-term and recurrent pain. This helps to mobilize soft tissues and restore their normal health and function. The technique typically is used in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments or massage to stimulate circulation and promote natural healing. The Graston technique has been associated with many benefits, including faster healing and recovery for both acute and chronic conditions.
Kinesio taping is a technique that uses strong, flexible cloth tape to provide support to injured areas while they heal. The flexible nature of the tape means athletes can still remain active, so muscles don’t “freeze up” and become stiff. Plus, the gentle support promotes circulation and lymphatic drainage for better healing. The tape is applied in a specific pattern depending on the area being supported, and it can remain in place 24 hours a day.
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