Sports Injuries, Performance & Prevention

If you’re participating in demanding sports like hockey, soccer, basketball, body building, martial arts or running, you are putting your body in high tissue load situations resulting in regular tissue regeneration needs as well as potential sprains and strains.  With better fuel (NUTRITION), regular chiropractic care (MOVEMENT) and specific exercise (CONTROL) Redefined Health helps athletes achieve better balance, performance, and injury prevention.  We also offer additional movement therapies like Acupuncture and Registered Massage Therapy as well as specific tailored nutrition advice and prolotherapy with our Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.

Movement

PHASE I

Crisis Care
Damage control

  • 1-5x in office per week depending on exam findings/diagnosis until symptoms improve or resolve.

PHASE II

Stabilization
Healing

  • Continue in office specific mobility care as the injury or dysfunction actually heals and stabilizes. .5-2x/wk for 12 wks - 18 months depending on the nature of the injury, how long it has been, overall health status, etc.

PHASE III

ALL IN
Performance and Prevention

  • Continue with in office specific mobility care or check ups 1x/wk to 1x per 4wks depending on examination findings, lifestyle stressors/load, training goals, job requirements etc. Designed to keep things moving and working well in a world that is designed to do the opposite instead of waiting for a crisis.

Nutrition

PHASE I

Start Here

  • Good quality Omega 3 and Vitamin D essential nutrient supplements
  • Fresh Fibre First

PHASE II

COMMITED

  • Omega 3, Vit D, + Good quality multistrain probiotic
  • Limit Refined sugar, processed foods
  • Fresh Fibre First — Fresh vegetable (and/or fruit) with every meal

PHASE III

ALL IN

  • Omega 3, Vit D, Probiotic, WHOLE FOOD Multivitamin
  • Limit Refined Sugar, refined carbohydrates, Processed Foods, Dairy, Grains, Legumes
  • Meat —> Wild game/ 100% grass fed/finished beef/bison | Real free range chicken | Wild, line caught fish
  • Good sources of healthy Omega 3, protein, etc.
  • Local, organic Vegetables (and fruit) make up majority of carbohydrate intake
  • Healthy fats from healthy meat, avocado, coconut (No vegetable oils, saturated fat from dairy/unhealthy meats)
  • Optional Supplements: Not the robust evidence of the essential supplements, but if you are looking for more options for wellness and prevention, these are reasonable, show potential and may be ahead of the curve.
  • Resverotrol, Collagen, etc

Control

PHASE I

MINIMUM

  • Specific rehab exercises as directed

PHASE II

Rehab + some light
moderate CV ex min 3x

  • wk 30 min, 1-2 light strength training session per wk. 1-2 self directed mobility/movement prep sessions per wk.

PHASE III

ALL IN

  • 6 days a week moderate/intest CV exercise 30-60min, 2-4x per wk strength/resistance training focusing on functional strength/workouts Self directed mobility/movement prep foam roll, dynamic warmup etc with workout 3-4x/wk

FAQ

Just because there are no symptoms doesn’t mean a person is healthy. Healthy is the continuous movement of health in the right direction. We believe you are made to be healthy and to stay healthy for a lifetime. We believe that age is not an excuse, that you can get and stay healthy, perform better, feel better and reach your potential. We offer a three phase approach to sports injury prevention and performance.

Should I go to a Chiropractor or a Physiotherapist?

We have a longer post on this here. These are not mutually exclusive options and are not fighting against each other. I was asked by a PT colleague if I thought many of my patients needed to see physio. I responded that if they needed to see physio I would probably not be doing my job properly, but I think a better question is do I have any patients who also would not benefit from seeing a good PT? I doubt it. Most of our athletes also have a PT they work with and we work well together. Treatment will usually have some overlap if everyone is staying current but at least we have another set of eyes and thoughts to complement each other. We have a few good friends that we work well with on our recommended page, but it is by no means a comprehensive list.

How long will it take to recover from a sports injury?

This obviously varies with the severity of the injury as well as things like age, nutrition status, previous injuries, time and dedication spent on recovery, etc. A good general guideline for soft tissue healing is 4-6 weeks minimum, 12 weeks for more complicated injuries or slower healing tissue and 12-18 months for complete remodeling after things like significant ligament repair or joint reconstruction. Typically the pain will go away before we have complete tissue health and function, which should be the goal for long-term results.

Do I have to take time off?

Rest can be an important part of a care plan, but it is not always necessary and will rarely change a biomechanical problem. If poor running technique or an issue with form during a movement is causing the problem, rest may calm it down, but the issue is likely to return when the activity is resumed. Often if the problem is corrected, your tissue will be able to heal without complete rest. No one likes to rest and take time off training or competing so continued participation is always the goal if possible during care.

Our team is a cultivated group of highly trained and experienced professionals. We’ve seen it all, or most of it, and are confident in our ability to get you where you want to be, where you need to be. We are proud to work together in office and alongside any other members of your healthcare team.

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It is our vision to empower individuals and families in our communities to restore and maintain optimum health. We know that clarity fuels momentum to health and that alignment within your mind, body, and purpose fosters human excellence.