U.S. News & World Report looks at Chiropractic Sports medicine for runners.
Today I had the pleasure of teaching three classes in Westfield High School about the specialty of Sports Chiropractic. Most people do not know that Sports Chiropractic began right here in NJ. Most people are also unaware that it was started by Joseph Santiago DC, who in the 1950’s was a physical therapist, athletic trainer and chiropractor. He began a chiropractic legacy which included three children, app sports chiropractors including Phil Santiago, who is a world ambassador for chiropractic, has helped chiropractors and chiropractic spread worldwide. He was the chiropractor for the Olympics in Barcelona, Spain in 1992. I know both Phil and his brother Jim who are outstanding people. Jim runs the original family practice in the Ironbound section of Newark.
In NJ, many of the doctors who have attended later Olympic Games, as well as other international sporting events are from right here in NJ as well and NJ is the model for Sports Chiropractic throughout the country. It was nice to see U.S. News cover Chiropractic Sports Medicine in their latest issue with regards to runners; my specialty. The discuss many of the methods we use such as Active Release Techniques and Graston Technique.
At many athletic events, the chiropractor often has a line waiting to see them. Most athletes know that a chiropractic treatment before their race may give them an edge, or perhaps, allow them to complete a race without injury or pain.
Check out the article here
Sports Chiropractic Treatment for Running Injuries
The lifecycle of a running injury is not always linear.
The cycle of many running injuries goes something like this: After admitting that the pain was more than just soreness, you listened to your orthopedic surgeon talk about options ranging from surgery to rehabilitation. You spent months in physical therapy trying to rebuild strength and repair soft tissue damage, eventually hitting a plateau, only to wonder if you’ll ever go out for a run again.
The desire to get back out to run is why many runners seek alternative rehabilitation plans that include seeing a sports chiropractor for targeted treatments for their injuries. In my case, after two months in physical therapy, my pain was shifting from my hip to my iliotibial band and psoas muscle, and I knew that it was time to try something new if I ever wanted to run again (or even sit for any length of time).
Why see a sports chiropractor for a running injury?
Although physical therapy is often the first line of defense in rehabbing a running injury, many athletes and runners have started to rely on sports medicine-trained chiropractors. While physical therapy can focus on strengthening and coordination, chiropractic care is designed to improve joint mobilization, making sure that all the joints in the body are moving correctly. Hirad Bagy, founder of the United Wellness Center in Herndon, Va., and team chiropractor for the Washington Redskins, Washington Nationals and DC United, believes that sports chiropractic care has evolved to incorporate the best of both worlds of joint mobilization techniques and soft tissue repair, creating a new gold standard of best practices in treatment plans for patients.
Bagy emphasizes that not only do all the joints in the body need to move correctly, but they also need to move in coordination with the soft tissue – a healthy body is one where all the factors are working well together. Runners who decide to visit a sports chiropractor should expect, according to Bagy, a thorough evaluation of bio-mechanics by their practitioner, including:
• How they are moving.
• How they are standing.
• What the arch of the foot looks like.
• How the knees are aligned.
• How the hips are aligned.