Dr Duane E. Stewart
Being an extremely active individual myself and having an interest in Sports Chiropractic, I enjoy taking on the challenge in helping both recreational as well as professional sports men and women recover from their injuries, getting them back onto the sporting ‘field’ as soon as possible.
Having said this, Chiropractic has been proven to increase and improve the performance of all active individuals, making Chiropractic an integral part of any training regime, as well as being an important part of the recovery process. Athletes, then, need not to have suffered from injury to benefit from Chiropractic treatment.
Having a multi-disciplinary approach, I work in conjunction with Physiotherapist and Biokineticists (and orthopaedic surgeons if required) to help give the best possible care.
I am currently (and always will be) a member of ChiroSport South Africa, and I have had the privilege of working with international professional athletes on an international and local stage.
Let’s get you back on track.
Sports Chiropractic is a branch of the Chiropractic profession that takes the entire Neuro-Muscular- Skeletal system into account when trying to correct Biomechanical abnormalities (Pathomechanics).
We as Sport Chiropractors try to ascertain why an athlete suffered from a particular injury, manage that injury and prevent it from happening again.
Basically, treatment involves more than just receiving spinal manipulation and the patient will receive other modalities (soft tissue, needling, strapping etc) to help the body better maintain their alignment post-treatment.
The overall goal of this type of treatment is to decrease pain, and increase range of motion improving the ability of the body to perform under stressful conditions.
Patient education about their specific injury is also an important part of this type treatment modality, as it teaches the patient to better manage their painful symptoms.
Sport Chiropractors often include other professionals as part of their treatment regime, such as Physiotherapists, Biokineticists and Homeopaths.
Why should athletes see a Sports Chiropractor?
Other than treating most sporting injuries, athletes can use Chiropractic Care as a preventative measure to help reduce the chances of getting another injury. Athletes use their bodies for than just getting around, and peak performance is key to being competitive in sport.
If the musculoskeletal system is not performing at its peak and is not optimally aligned, the body cannot reach its full potential.
This potential is regulated by the nervous system and sometimes inputs from misaligned joints (spinal or peripheral) as well as improper functioning muscles can send incorrect signals resulting is abnormal movement patterns, and therefore the athlete is less efficient.
In the case of an injured athlete, proper alignment will result in a faster recovery and a quicker return to the sporting field.
Which famous athletes see Chiropractors?
Most athletes at the top of their game use Sports Chiropractors and ‘traditional‘ Chiropractors as part of their training and rehabilitation regime.
Tiger Woods is probably the most well known athlete to regularly use a Chiropractor.
What can one expect when seeing a Sports Chiropractic?
A full spinal screening and well as movement assessment, and a muscle functioning test if there is an injury that needs to be assessed. Postural exam
How many times should an athlete see a Chiropractor?
Well, that depends on the intensity at which the athlete is training or partaking in their respective sport.
In a perfect world an athlete should be seeing a Chiropractor once every 6 to 8 weeks (maximum) unless he/she has picked up an injury.
Can anyone see a Sports Chiropractor, or is it only for Athletes?
Yes of course. Anyone can benefit from seeing a sports chiropractor. Nerve interference can affect anyone and people of all ages, not just sporting individuals. These ‘mixed signals‘ often involve tight or stiff muscles which can be treated efficiently and effectively.