Injuries happen. Sometimes we know the cause and sometimes…well, it’s just life catching up with us. Whatever the source, our bodies need time—and usually a little help—to heal properly and completely. If you’re facing daunting recovery downtime, why not schedule a consultation with Dr. Chani Henderson at Vancouver’s Family & Sports Chiropractic Clinic to see if chiropractic care can get you back on your feet again soon.
Dr. Henderson works with the goal of “treating the whole patient, not just covering up symptoms.” She asks in-depth questions, takes a detailed medical history, and opens individualized dialog with each and every patient. She regularly sees patients for general chiropractic needs, as well as issues arising from childbirth, sports trauma, or car and workplace accidents.
Chiropractic care is, in itself, a unique medical practice. Harvard researchers explain that “Chiropractors manipulate the body’s alignment to relieve pain and improve function and to help the body heal itself.” This can be ideal when recovering from injuries sustained in surgery, automobile, or sports accidents. Under a chiropractor’s care, individuals typically require fewer prescription drugs, find improved range of motion, and enjoy the benefits of non-invasive treatment, often with shorter recovery times all around.
Any type of surgery, while both necessary and beneficial, can be hard on the body. But hospitals agree that, with regards to back surgery for example, “One of the most helpful therapies used post-surgery is chiropractic care, which involves performing chiropractic adjustments to allow your body to heal and relieve pain and discomfort in the body…The spinal adjustments a chiropractic physician performs can be incredibly helpful in relieving back pain after surgery. The spinal manipulations can even address neck and joint pain. Chiropractic physicians use a gentle approach with patients who have had surgery and are experts in non-rotational manipulations, which can help relieve pain. Your physician will likely perform manual manipulations and may use instruments to assist with the treatment. Chiropractic care can result in improved joint movement, nerve communication, and overall health.”
Road studies show that there are approximately six million car accidents annually in the U.S. alone. From these, there are three million people injured every year. One of the most common injuries is whiplash, otherwise known as neck sprain or strain. The American Chiropractic Association reports that “Approximately two-thirds of people involved in motor vehicle accidents develop symptoms of whiplash…Whiplash can also occur from falls, sports injuries, work injuries and other incidents.”
To treat whiplash, they advise that “chiropractic care is beneficial. A retroactive study…demonstrated that chiropractic treatment benefited 26 of 28 patients suffering from chronic whiplash syndrome [because] a neck adjustment works to improve the mobility of the spine to increase range of motion, while also enhancing movement of the adjoining muscles. This will eventually eliminate pain, soreness and stiffness and allow a patient to painlessly turn and tilt the head. In addition to adjustments, a treatment plan of mobilization, massage or rehabilitative exercises may speed up the recovery process.”
Athletes are finely honed machines who use body and mind in amazing ways. They can benefit from chiropractic care before and after any match, meet, injury, or strain.
The National University of Health Sciences explains that “Chiropractic care is one of many forms of natural health care, specifically a non-invasive, drug-free alternative that can help patients find relief from a variety of musculoskeletal issues…Professional sports leagues, including Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Football League (NFL), have recognized these benefits for years. In fact, most professional teams employ their own official sports chiropractor.”
The reasons behind this are clear. “A chiropractic sports physician has the tools and skills necessary to optimize the performance of an individual’s musculoskeletal system, as well as their nervous system. This specialized training allows sports chiropractors to provide therapies that are geared towards maintaining strength and rebounding after an injury. It’s also important to help athletes avoid injuries altogether, or if that’s not possible, to effectively manage the associated pain and healing.”
However you were injured, don’t go it alone. Speak with your primary care provider and see if chiropractic care is right for you. Then give Dr. Henderson and her team a call at (360) 254-0400 to schedule a consultation or fine more information on their website. If, after a dialog, she believes care would help, she’ll develop a course of treatment carefully tailored to your specific needs. Before you know it you’ll be behind the wheel en route to the court, green, pitch, diamond, or gridiron again.