Chiropractors diagnose treat and manage conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine. As such, it is clear why they would be in demand in sport and exercise settings where injuries can occur.
Chiropractors are perhaps best known for using spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body as a treatment. In addition to this manipulation chiropractors also use a variety of other techniques such as ultrasound, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises well as provide advice about posture, diet and lifestyle. In addition to the treatment of sports related injuries chiropractors also work with athletes to prevent injuries in the first place and to optimise performance.
For example, a person may have a mechanical dysfunction which makes them prone to injury and benefit from advice and treatment. Similarly in sports requiring mechanical movement, such as swinging a golf club, a mechanical dysfunction may mean they are doing so less efficiently and also benefit from advice and treatment. We check that all chiropractors listed on Accredited Sports Professionals are registered with the General Chiropractic Council, the body established by parliament to regulate and develop the chiropractic profession. All chiropractors registered with the General Chiropractic Council will have graduated from a recognised college of chiropractic education, after a minimum of four years full-time training. You can read more about the training routes here.