Some of the most common sports injuries experienced by athletes nationwide are knee injuries. They are up there in the rankings together with other common sports injuries such as fractures, sprains and dislocations. Knee injuries are not only problematic they can also be potentially career-ending for athletes. Fortunately, there are effective ways to heal and even prevent knee injuries. One of these is through chiropractic therapy. Below are some ways chiropractic therapy can help deal with knee injuries.
Several studies have shown that chiropractic therapy is a very effective tool when it comes to sports-related injuries. In one study, subjects who were provided with chiropractic care have shown significant improvements in their lower limb muscles compares to those who did not receive chiropractic care. There are was also a significant difference in the number of weeks missed between the two types of subjects, with the control subjects missing fewer weeks.
In another study, subjects who received chiropractic care for two consecutive weeks reported a decrease in pain severity. They also reported improved mobility compared to the other subjects.
To complement chiropractic therapy, patients can do other things to hasten to heal. Experts suggest the RICE method – rest, ice, compression and elevation. Patients can also do self-massage by applying deep, gliding strokes to the affected area. For knee injuries, patients can press four fingertips into the tissue surrounding the entire knee area, moving it up and down using short strokes.
Patients can also do knee strengthening exercises. Some effective exercise for the knees includes leg dips, squats and step ups. Performing lower body stretching exercises can also help strengthen the knees. These exercises increase flexibility and reduce muscle tightness.
Diet also plays an important part. People suffering from a knee injury should try an anti-inflammatory diet. They should eat more fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, berries and green leafy vegetables.
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