Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hockey Players And Chiropractors Make A Good Team

Injuries are a part of life as a hockey player. Hockey
players, in many ways, are more prone to injuries than
their counterparts in other sports, such as baseball or
basketball players. Hockey is a high-impact sport, much
like football, and on skates hockey players move faster
than most athletes. As a result, it should not come as a
surprise hockey players suffer injuries when they play. Of
all of the possible injuries out there, groin injuries can
be among the most debilitating.

When you are suffering from a groin injury, it can make it
impossible to run, or walk, or even to stand up straight.
In many cases, just shifting on the couch with a groin
injury can hurt. This is because the muscles and bones in
the groin area serve an important purpose. They connect
your legs to your back. When the groin is injured, it can
affect all sorts of movement because of its location in the
body.

Fortunately, there is help for hockey players out there.
Chiropractic services can go a long way towards not just
treating groin injuries when they occur, but helping you
prevent them in the first place. Licensed chiropractors are
known for their skill in treating spinal injuries and back
pain, but they are trained in much more than just the back.
They understand that treating the muscles, bones, and
joints that extend from the back, including the groin, can
go a long way to providing relief for their aching patients.

Many doctors choose to treat groin injuries with a mostly
medicated approach, providing pain relievers to comfort the
patient and corticosteroids to reduce inflammation. In
contrast, doctors trained in chiropractic look at a groin
injury as being the result of a potential misalignment with
the back. If a misaligned back and pelvis are not treated
properly, not only will recovery be slower and more
painful, but the chance for the patient to suffer another
groin injury is increased because the groin is now in a
vulnerable position.

Part of the job of a physical therapist, especially one who
is a sports injury specialist, is in training an athlete in
the best practices to keep them from repeating an injury.
Proper stretching exercises are essential in helping the
hockey player from suffering from recurring groin injuries.
There are a number of stretching exercises, such as the
stick stretch, the lunge stretch, and the abducted anterior
pelvic nutation, or AAPN, stretch that can help. A
chiropractor can teach you the proper way to perform these
stretches, which condition the groin muscles to withstand
the kind of abuse they'll take on the ice.

If you are a hockey player, you owe it to yourself to visit
a sports chiropractor, whether you have already suffered a
injury and require treatment, or are just trying to prevent
the types of groin injuries that can leave you on the bench
for long periods of time. Chiropractors have the expertise
needed to help you get back into playing form.


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