Coming SooFrom young kids to professional athletes, playing sports means training to perform and move well. One of the keys to optimal movement is making sure your spine, joints, and muscles are working together as a unit, and that’s where a sports chiropractor comes in. Learn more about how Dr. Michael Kwast can unlock performance, prevent injury, and rehabilitate existing injuries at iChiro in Grand Rapids.
What Is A Sports Chiropractor?
A sports chiropractor specializes in optimizing movement and performance in athletes, both preventing injury and treating pain after it arises. Unlike a doctor you might see at a hospital, a chiropractor takes a holistic look at the body, placing the health of the spine, nerves, and musculoskeletal system at the center of their practice. That means that in lieu of drugs or invasive surgery, they might use things like manual manipulation, electrical muscle stimulation, therapeutic exercise, nutrition, and more. Sports chiropractors often work hand-in-hand with a broader medical team, such as a physical therapist or orthopedic surgeon, to get an athlete back to optimal performance as soon as possible.
How A Sports Chiropractor Can Help You
Most athletes start seeing a sports chiropractor after an acute injury, such as a neck injury from a tackle, a knee injury from a fall, or a lower back injury from lifting. Others find sports chiropractic useful for more chronic conditions where pain arises from the overuse of muscles or joints. Finally, a sports chiropractor can be the most useful in preventing those injuries from occurring in the first place. They can identify and correct movement patterns and spinal misalignments that lead to problems in the long term.
Regular chiropractic visits can play a key role in becoming the best athlete possible. Common concerns treated with chiropractic care include:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder, elbow, arm, wrist, hand pain
- Hip, knee, foot, ankle pain
To get athletes back to top performance, we utilize the following treatments:
- Balance therapy
- Sports/athletic performance enhancement
- Quality of life improvement
- Mobility improvement
- Stem cell
- Joint injections
- IV therapies
Are you a recently injured athlete? Are you ready to have your best season yet? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kwast by calling iChiro at (616) 656-1830.