Martial Arts and Chiropractic Treatment

How can Chiropractic help you?

One of our Chiropractors, Inderpal Ghir, has trained in martial arts for 12 years. He has done a mixture of Karate and Kickboxing (Mu-gendo; Mu-Thai, boxing, Karate, Taekwondo and Wrestling). Here he is speaking from his own experience about how chiropractic treatment can help a Martial Artist.

“I have experienced many injuries doing martial arts, injuries to my back, disc trauma, neck, jaw, groin, hamstring, calf, shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle and foot injuries, you name it. They have all at some point been affected as a result of training and combat.“

“Unfortunately, in my time there was little in the way of supportive chiropractic care for me and my friends.

If I had known about injuries, when to rest and recover, when and what rehabilitation exercises to do and how chiropractic could help to support my passion for martial arts, I may have been able to take my passion to another level.“

“As both a patient and a Chiropractor, I have had first hand experience and seen the benefits of chiropractic treatment, both for injury recovery and improved performance.”

“As you probably know, Martial Arts is a way of life for many, which involve daily practice, commitment, discipline and focus.

The aim of the martial artist is to train the body and mind to harness power, speed, balance, coordination and timing to be the best you can be. This is dependant on a finely tuned nervous system to allow all the important reflexes to function fully.

This is where chiropractic can really help you.”

There are many forms of martial arts

There are many forms of martial arts each with their own style and movement patterns. Today Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has become the way forward for many martial artists; this is an art which incorporates many forms of martial arts all mixed into one e.g. boxing, karate, ju-jitsu, Kung-fu, JKD, wrestling, mu-tai, kick boxing, judo (the list goes on).

They have many things in common, but there are also distinct differences. One thing that stands out is; they all involve using the whole body.

"Whatever your chosen art, the chiropractors at ISIS Chiropractic Centres can help you manage your condition and make you better."

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Training and injuries

Training of the body and mind daily, involves much repetitive movement of the joints, ligaments, and muscles.

Martial arts chiropractic treatment

The intensity of training needed can leave you feeling stiff and restricted in movement and, at times, very sore. The repetitive movements, pushing your body hard during these phases often lead to injury.

A martial artist not only develops a strong physical conditioning but also a strong mind. This approach to ‘mind over matter’ therefore can often lead to further repetitive or recurring injuries. It might seem contradictory, but it is important for you to know your limits as your body needs time for recovery. Pain doesn’t always signify gain! Overtraining is therefore common.

What Injuries are most common?

Naturally, being an art, which involves the whole body, Martial artists can be exposed to injuries almost at any joint anywhere in the body. Both traumatic injuries and overuse injuries.

Here are some of the conditions we often see:

•    Sacroiliac sprain / dysfunction
•    Piriformis syndrome
•    Lumbar facet sprain
•    Disc injury
•    Recurrent hamstring strain
•    Groin strain
•    Calf strain
•    Plantar fasciitis
•    Rotator cuff tendonitis / dysfunction
•    Temporo-mandibular (Jaw) dysfunction
•    Cervical facet sprain
•    Tennis & Golfers elbow
•    Wrist sprain strain
•    Cruciate ligament sprain
•    Meniscus tear / injury
•    Rib / Intercostal muscle strain
•    Pectoral strain

Fractures do happen, but although we do not treat fractures we often help in their recovery and rehabilitation.

When shall I have treatment?

You don’t have to be in pain to see a Chiropractor!

It is not uncommon for fighters to visit chiropractors to help them keep their joints, muscles and ligaments mobile to reduce the risk of injury.

The martial artist moves and uses their defense and attack techniques and is naturally exposed to traumatic blows and repetitive stresses and strains during combat.

So, having a regular check-up would make sense.

However, if you have pain, you should have it checked, especially if it lasts for more than a couple of days or recurs during normal training.

Why should a martial artist visit a chiropractor?

Martial arts and chiropractic have a lot in common.

Martial arts involve repetitive movement causing stress and strain on the body leading to stiff joints.

Chiropractors help to gently unlock stiffness in joints restoring better function to allow the joints more fluidity of movement. Fluid movement is important for the martial artists for delivering good technique in combat.

Martial artists constantly put their body through rigorous training, which means repetitive injuries develop in the background. Chiropractors may help with speeding up recovery time and healing between training sessions and combat.

The chiropractor can offer you the correct advice during the phase of injury so your body can recover without any interference.

Your body needs rest periods and your body will need to heal between sessions of training. Or you might only need to modify your training temporarily to help your body recover.

It is important to correct, strengthen and rehabilitate the injured area at the right time to limit the chances of the injury coming back to haunt you later.

Chiropractors have great knowledge of prescribing the correct exercises to put you back on the road to recovery. Chiropractors are trained to help guide you back to your goal of your chosen activity.

Chiropractors are trained to take a thorough case history, perform an orthopaedic, neurological, muscle and chiropractic examination. Chiropractors are also trained to take and read x-rays should you require any.

Martial arts chiropractic treatment

Some injuries to the body during or after training may persist and become chronic in nature, chiropractic is likely to be helpful in aiding the body to heal, maintain and help an old injury. Having chiropractic care to support martial arts training seems like a perfect combination.

If you are concerned about any aches you may be experiencing,  contact us now and book an appointment with your chiropractor at ISIS to find out how we can help you.

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