It’s important to stay active, and one of the best ways to do that is to participate in a team or individual sport. However, every sport comes with the risk of injury. Whether you’re looking to prevent injury or you’ve been hurt in competition, call or make an appointment online for sports rehabilitation with Dr. Sarah Merritt at Merritt Chiropractic in San Ramon, California.
Sports Rehabilitation Q & A
What is sports rehabilitation?
Sports rehabilitation enhances the health and performance of athletes. When you see Dr. Merritt for a sports injury, she offers rehabilitation to help you restore your health, functionality, and range of motion. In addition to evaluation and diagnosis, Dr. Merritt also helps you reduce your risk of reinjury.
How do chiropractors help with sports rehabilitation?
As a doctor of chiropractic medicine, Dr. Merritt provides nonsurgical treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and focuses on the relationship between your body's structure and its functionality.
Dr. Merritt uses several different treatment approaches. Most include adjustments, also referred to as manipulations, usually done to your spine. The goal is to correct alignment issues, alleviate pain, improve function, and support your body's natural ability to heal itself.
What chiropractic techniques aid with sports rehabilitation?
When you see her for sports rehabilitation, Dr. Merritt offers a number of different treatments depending on your specific rehabilitation needs. They include:
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
These tests assess your musculoskeletal system when pain is present. SFMA assists Dr. Merritt in choosing the best exercises that are both rehabilitative and therapeutic.
A manual therapy technique that is often used in massage, fascial trains focus on the pain that arises from the tough membranes that wrap, connect, and support your muscles.
Sometimes called kinesiology taping, this technique incorporates a special tape product that allows you to maintain your full range of motion while gently stretching your muscles.
Neuromuscular Re-education (NMR)
More than 90% of sports rehabilitation involves soft tissue injuries. This causes a limited range of motion and weaker muscles. NMR simply and effectively gets you back to your normal activities by inhibiting feedback signals from your affected area.
Dr. Merritt puts each involved joint through the fullest possible range of motion, enabling you to get back to your favorite activities as soon as possible.
Active Release TechniqueⓇ (ART)
A combination of examination and treatment that includes over 500 unique and specific moves, ART helps Dr. Merritt identify and correct your specific problems.
If you need sports rehabilitation, call or make an appointment online today at Merritt Chiropractic in San Ramon, California.