Chiropractors are one of the most in-demand types of practitioners in the sports health profession. This is because their specialisms cover a wide range of sports and they can help to prevent, diagnose and treat some of the most serious potential injuries for sports players.
Chiropractors deal with musculoskeletal issues, including muscles, joints, nerves and bones, mostly when related to the spine. The most common treatment service provided by chiropractors is known as manual therapy or manual adjustment, which refers to manipulating the spine in such a way that injury prevention or recovery is enhanced.
Part of the basis for chiropractic as a concept is the relationship between the spine and the rest of the nervous system. The spine is integral in connecting and physically supporting the rest of the skeleton, but it is also crucial in a neurological sense, and spinal issues can be linked to problems in many other areas of the body.
Spinal problems can also be difficult to treat with surgery or other medical means. Therefore, chiropractors usually offer alternative or supplementary treatment options in conjunction with doctors and other healthcare professionals. Of course, diagnosis is a major part of this process and a chiropractor would be responsible for identifying a problem and a solution on a patient-by-patient basis.
For sports chiropractors specifically, it is more common for athletes, professional players or even amateurs to consult a professional about improving their performance. The advice of a sports chiropractor may help sports players to become more efficient in their movements, or reduce their risk of future injury. This may not all be directly related to physical movement, since diet and other lifestyle factors can be relevant to the same issues and a chiropractor would often be able to provide advice on these.
Accredited Sports Professionals gives you a way to find local sports chiropractors, or join our directory yourself in a professional capacity. All sports health practitioners registered with us will be checked against national databases to ensure they are fully qualified and legally suitable to practice.