What Is Sports Chiropractic?

November 4, 2008 · Print This Article

What Is Sports Chiropractic?

By Dr. Ted Omura, DC, QME

“Chiropractic, particularly sports chiropractic, can be of enormous benefit in training and preventing sports-related injuries and improving athletic performance.” – British Chiropractic Sports Council

Sports Chiropractic is a specialty in chiropractic care where the focus is to provide care in the management, rehabilitation and performance optimization of the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and bones) for athletes. Doctors of chiropractic identify underlying areas of dysfunction, which prevent athletes from achieving optimal performance.

For the athlete, chiropractic care is great for restoration of the spine to ensure it moves properly; helping to relieve pain; and to reduce inflammation after an injury.  However, many athletes are using chiropractic care as a preventive care to avoid injury in today’s highly competitive world. Whether it is golf, football, or participation in triathlons, chiropractic care is a key proactive ingredient to help you prevent injury in any sport.

Benefits of Sport Chiropractic Care

Some of the benefits Athletes receive with Sport Chiropractic are:

  • Running Faster
  • Better Coordination & Balance
  • Increased Range of Motion – Better Movement
  • Peak Performance – Allowing you to be your Best!
  • Proactive strategy for Reducing Injuries

If an athlete is injured as a result of a sport, chiropractic care can help their muscles, tendons, and ligaments undergo the proper joint movement to make the healing process much quicker.  Any injury to the muscles, tendons or ligament areas can restrict motion, blood supply and reduce overall performance. Seeking the care of a chiropractor who works with these specific injuries is a wise idea for any athlete.

Whereas a medical doctor will treat the symptoms, the Sports Chiropractor will work with the athletes in a more natural, preventative manner and treat the cause of the cause of the injury instead of simply masking the symptoms. Doctors of chiropractic also take the time to teach athletic patients the importance of consuming healthy, well-balanced meals as well as the relevance of proper hydration. Athletes especially need proper nutrition and hydration to perform at their best.

Reducing the Need For Drugs

However, the best thing about chiropractic is not only that it is drug-free natural care, but it is also preventative and performance enhancing care. Maintaining proper spinal alignment puts athletes in a state of peak efficiency, and adjustment after competition speeds the recuperative process after the stress of their particular event.

When the Chiropractor takes the time to teach the athlete in this manner and promote a proactive, preventive lifestyle, chiropractors help athletes cut their likelihood of injury while facilitating their nervous system to maximize athletic aptitude. Chiropractic also greatly reduces the need for non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs including Motrin and Advil,  Naprosyn and Alleve.

Sport Chiropractics is definitely a field where one must truly care about the people they work with. It is about taking an approach to healing where the doctor and patient must develop a relationship to work together for optimum healing.

About the author

Dr. Omura is the founder of SCORE Clinic – a San Jose Chiropractic care practice, founded in 1998. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at UCLA.  He completed his graduate education at Palmer College of Chiropractic West to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

He continued his post-graduate education to become a certified chiropractic sports physician, a strength and conditioning specialist, and a qualified medical examiner.

Dr. Omura has been practicing chiropractic for over ten years.  He is also certified in Active Release Technique and Kinesio Taping.

Dr. Omura grew up in Los Altos and currently resides in Almaden Valley.  He enjoys golfing, running, mountain biking, and especially spending time with his family.  Dr. Omura is a proud father to his son, Brandon and his daughter, Taylor.

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