At Innate Chiropractic we take a different approach from other doctors when it comes to sports injuries.
The typical approach is to treat a sports injury at the area that hurts. Simply try to alleviate pain and inflammation with medication.
We assess the actual injury, and also the entire kinematic chain that either lead up to the injury and or is affected by the injury.
Let’s take an example of a typical sprained ankle to explain:
- Once you have been walking around with a sprained ankle for more than a few seconds you are already using your body differently than you were before.
- First you lean away from the pain placing increased stress on your opposite hip and leg
- Next your body doesn’t like dealing with that extra stress so you translate your upper body slightly away from your hip affecting the mechanics of your core muscles
- Once you have altered proper function of the core, you place more stress on the upper body and either wind up with stress in the neck or shoulder area.
How long does it take for these issues to manifest? How severe are they? That all depends on whether or not this was your first injury. The more slips, falls, bumps and bruises you have been exposed to throughout your life plays into how you are going to compensate for your latest injury.
A saying that we use is: “your health and resiliency at any one moment is based upon a conglomeration of every stress that you were ever exposed to your entire life…especially the ones you have been experiencing during the past few weeks.”
Think about your injury whether it is a shoulder, knee, ankle, back and/or neck as a manifestation of a chain of events that has been brewing and building; not merely an acute trauma that will vanish in the next 4-6 weeks.
Only 9% of your entire nervous system is able to detect pain. You could be walking around with sub-optimal function from years of stresses or strains and not “FEEL” it because your body is doing what it’s supposed to do…compensate. When you run out of ways to compensate that’s where chronic problems are felt.
It is absolutely necessary to get assessed by a chiropractor that understands the mechanics of the entire body any time there is an injury. That is what Applied Kinesiology allows us to do for you.