Whether you’re a weekend warrior or top flight professional your body is prone to the same type of injuries. Repetitive movements and contact sports involving big collisions can put your body under a lot of stress and strain. A loss of movement in your spinal joints can cause nerve interference adversely affecting your musculoskeletal system and ultimately your performance. The number one risk factor for musculoskeletal injury is previous injury, implying that our rehabilitation process is missing something. Often a functional movement assessment is not part of the discharge criteria or even part of the assessment. The goal of injury management is focused solely on pain and symptom reduction. But the mere absence of pain does not indicate functional movement restoration. It is possible to have pain-free dysfunctional movement which leaves you at risk of re-injury.
Chiropractic is not just concerned with the treatment of sports-related injuries but in how to prevent them in the first place and how to help optimise performance. It is possible that a person can have a mechanical dysfunction without being aware of any clinical symptoms. If that is the case then not only will they be prone to injury when applying that extra bit of effort, but as they are not functioning correctly they cannot perform to their maximum capability.
"The team wasn't just riders. It was the mechanic, masseurs, chefs, soigneurs and doctors. But the most important man on the team may have been the chiropractor. I could not have won the Tour without the chiropractor"Lance Armstrong