When playing sports activities that demand a lot of lower body motion, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not at all uncommon to suffer some type of injury to your lower extremities. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many players have found themselves out of commission. Dr. Helton has seen all of these issues in our Portland patients. Thankfully, chiropractic adjustments can help prevent some of these injuries from happening and research proves it.
Dr. Helton keeps current with all of the latest scientific research, and in a report published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules football players. Roughly one-half were placed in a control group and the others were put in a treatment group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant engaging in care once per week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before decreasing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.
The authors noted that there was a "significant" difference in the number of lower limb strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they observed that the subjects who engaged in chiropractic care also had less weeks of missed practice and games as a result of non-contact knee injuries. This led them to determine that sports chiropractic intervention should be added to "the current best practice management."
Every major sports organization in the US and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their players, because they know that chiropractic adjustments really works. If you live near our practice in Portland and would like to see if Dr. Helton can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (503) 771-1974 for an appointment.
If you're troubled with severe problems, Dr. Helton and our staff are here to help you get relief. Give our Portland office a call today at (503) 771-1974 for an appointment.
Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back problems, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(64).