Chiropractic Care to Treat & Prevent Sports Injuries

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Chiropractic Care to Treat & Prevent Sports Injuries

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Often we hear of professional athletes suffering a traumatic, possibly career ending, injury. The public debate on whether or not they can resume play can go on for weeks. However, it isn’t only the professionals that sustain injuries while practising the sport they love. Weekend warriors, amateur athletes and those living active lives also run the risk of getting hurt. Most of the time, with a proper warm up, awareness to form and appropriate equipment, athletes of all stripes are able to play safely. Yet, injuries can happen when you least expect it due to an accident or even an underlying condition that may necessitate treatment.

According to Statistics Canada, a2010 community health surveyshowed that 66% of adolescent injuries were related to sports. Also, among working-age adults, sports and work were the main source of injuries (47%).


How Do Sports Injuries Happen?

Sports and exercise are great ways to keep healthy, but there are often risks involved. Most often, excessive training, inappropriate training methods or perilous exercise equipment can be a cause of injury, but structural abnormalities and muscle imbalances/weakness can also be culprits leading to injury, including the ankles, knees, elbows, shoulder or spine.

Commonly, sports injuries are caused by traumatic force to a joint in motion causing hyperextension or hyperflexion. One such injury is a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament which results from a quick deceleration, hyperextension or rotation of the knee joint that may or may not involve contact with another person. Such injury, and others, may cause significant pain and debilitation taking you away from the sports that you enjoy. Chiropractors, as spine, muscle and nervous system experts, can help prevent and manage sports-related injuries.Click here to explore specific sports injuries treated by chiropractors.


Chiropractic Treatment for Sports Injuries

In Canada, chiropractic has a long and vibrant history of treating recreational and professional athletes. To further their expertise in treating sports injuries and enhancing athletic performance, Doctors of Chiropractic can complete a two-year post-graduate residency program or Master’s that will enable them, upon successful completion of the exam, to qualify for the sports specialists (CCSS) from theRoyal College of Chiropractic Sports Medicine.

Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose and manage sports-related injuries as part of their core competencies. In fact, through a comprehensive history and physical examination, chiropractors can help determine the cause of pain and dysfunction as well as recommend an appropriate plan of management. Conservative care offered by chiropractors, dependent on the injury and mechanism, may include joint manipulation and mobilisation, soft tissue therapies, adjunct modalities, rehabilitation and individualized exercises and lifestyle advice to restore proper function, enhance healing of damaged tissue and reduce pain. Chiropractors can also help, in partnership, determine the best strategy to return to play.


Preventing Sports Injuries

Injury prevention is key.Before starting a new exercise program or sport, visit your chiropractor to determine what measures can be taken to prevent injury or enhance performance.

Harmony Chiropractic Clinic has been recognized as one of the top Chiropractic practices in Kelowna since 2016. It has earned this recognition due to Dr. Harmony Mir’s passion for providing solutions to athletic related injuries and support. Having her experience from her years on the varsity x-country running team, Dr. Mir is able to relate to what support is needed specifically for each athletic patient. Using her previous experience with treating Olympians and NHL players, she is able to utilize several different techniques, such as:A phone with the number 2 4 in it's center.


  • Soft tissue techniques
  • Graston
  • Taping techniques
  • Spinal Manipulative therapy
  • Joint mobilizations
  • Specific exercise prescription


Dr. Harmony Mir understands the physical demands of sports and has a special interest in how these injuries affect them.


Best Chiropractor in Kelowna since 2016