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Published on Jun 8, 2012
McTimoney Chiropractors have been involved in the treatment of sports people and sports-related injuries from the very beginning of the profession. They see patients of all ages and abilities with a range of acute and chronic conditions.
Your chiropractor is not just concerned with the treatment of sports-related injuries but in how to prevent them in the first place and how to help optimise performance, whether you are a professional sports person or someone who plays sports for fun. It doesn't matter what level you play at - McTimoney Chiropractic is still appropriate. New patients tend to visit a McTimoney Chiropractor for crisis care, but they soon learn the benefits of a regular maintenance programme and pre-tournament care.
It is possible that a person can have a mechanical dysfunction without being aware of any clinical symptoms. If that is the case, then not only will they be prone to injury when applying that extra bit of effort, but, as they are not functioning correctly, then they will not perform to their maximum capability. As a discipline that deals with functional disorders of the joints, McTimoney Chiropractic is suited to being included as part of the medical back-up team of any sport.
How often a patient needs to visit their McTimoney Chiropractor is uniquely dependant on the individual, but things to consider are whether treatment is about pre-habilitation or rehabilitation. That is, are we looking at preventing or fixing the problem? Age, fitness level and competition level are also an important consideration in determining how often you should visit your chiropractor and whether your involvement is for fun or serious. The more elite sportspeople tend to have a session every month off season, and roughly every fortnight in season, but it really does depend on an individual's need.