Chiropractic is often thought to deal only with the spine. But the modern sports chiropractor is also trained in functional movement assessment, biomechanics of the limbs, and rehabilitation to give a well rounded approach to sports injuries. Further, at Willoughby Chiropractic we have an interest in golf and running injuries, particularly focusing on the relationship between technique inefficiencies, injuries and pain, and performance
After an injury our body uses altered movement patterns to avoid causing pain (a limp is the most common example of this). Muscles surrounding the injured tissue also become deconditioned. An important part of injury management is restoring the natural movement patterns of the body, both at the injured site, and at nearby joints and throughout the body, and ensuring muscles return to their pre-injury capacity.
Tendinopathy is a common condition that occurs throughout different regions of the body. Examples are tennis elbow, achilles tendon pain and rotator cuff problems. These injuries take time to heal and require a specific rehabilitation plan to prevent the problem becoming chronic.
Golf specific assessment
Back pain is the most common complaint among golfers, particularly as we get older. However, neck, shoulder, elbow and hip pain are all common complaints among golfers of all ages.
Our golf-specific assessment allows us to identify any faulty movement patterns that are contributing to your pain. We use this along with orthopaedic and functional testing to arrive at a precise diagnosis of the painful tissue and an understanding of why the injury has happened. This information allows us to target treatment and create a rehabilitation/exercise plan to allow a quick return to golf, and to prevent further golf related injuries.
Running technique analysis
Running is a common skill across many sports. We perform video analysis and running technique workshops to assess what impact your biomechanics and movement patterns are having on injuries and pain syndromes you are experiencing. We can then create an individually tailored plan incorporating manual treatment, specific exercises and running drills to resolve your problem and prevent recurrence. To read more about our approach to and expertise in running injuries click here.