The Sports Chiropractor

Sports chiropractors are experts at the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries. Most people seem to think that if you have a muscle problem or need rehabilitation on a sports injury you should see a massage therapist or a physiotherapist and that’s about it. Chiropractors have traditionally only been considered to treat the back however here’s an interesting fact you’re probably not aware of. Some chiropractors called sports chiropractors actually perform more muscle, joint and soft tissue (tendons, ligaments, fascia and muscles) therapy than any other practitioner. So what’s this mean? Well put simply it means sports chiropractors specialise in the treatment of all types of sports injuries to all regions of the body not just the back or spine.

Sports chiropractors will assess the way you move, the way you’re put together and the way you play your sport. If something is found to be wrong, mechanically unsound or inefficient then the sports chiropractor will treat and offer the best advice to help the issue.

So how do they treat the sports injury?

– Chiropractic therapies such as adjustments and manual methods such as mobilisations

– Muscle therapy

– Joint therapy

– Soft tissue therapy (ligaments, tendons and muscles)

– Prehabilitation (exercises to stop injury before it occurs)

– Rehabilitation (exercises to help injury after it happens)

– Strength and conditioning

– Sports specific recommendations

A number of Practitioners at Mona Vale Chiropractic Centre specialise in the treatment of sporting injuries. Chris Knee has years of experience in sports injuries and treatments. Chris is also a distinguished strength and conditioning specialist which allows recommendations to be made about your training technique and gives him the ability to prescribe the very best strengthening exercises for individuals who not only want to repair an injury but provide the muscles and joints with enhanced stability, endurance, strength and power so reoccurrence of the injury is less likely.

Lots of Wrist Problems in April

It is funny how it is common to get a run of patients who have a similar problem needing treatment. This month I have seen a number of patients who have come to see me due to problems with their wrist. Both my son and my wife have sustanined a break to their scaphoid bone – this is a small bone in the wrist at the base of the thumb that has a limited blood supply and consequently is hard to heal. With a scaphoid break it is really important to get the hand immobilised quickly. Often surgery is required. My wife needed a pin and a bone graft and then a further operation to take the pin out as it did not heal. 5 years later I am helping to improve the range of movement she has but I don’t think she will ever do a handstand again! The lesson she learnt was the importance of lots of rest and total immobilisation for many months when the break first happened.

Patients I have seen recently all have an old wrist injury that continues to niggle and cause distress. SCANAR, Osteopathic soft tissue techniques, accupuncture and gentle adjusting have helped to improve the range of movement and reduce the pain. Don’t loose heart if you have an old wrist injury. We may not be able to make your wrist 100% perfect but we can definitely use techniques to reduce the pain and improve the range of movement.

Neil Gregory

The true story of a kidney stone that disappeared

For a number of years I have been treating patients using SCENAR, which was invented in Russia and initially used for medical treatment for those involved in the space program. This week I had an amazing result. I treated a patient for lower back and neck pain. The patient had been diagnosed with a kidney stone which he was told required surgery. The kidney stone was contributing to his back pain which prompted his visit to see me.

I treated him using Chiropractic manipulation and SCENAR. A week later he went back to his GP for a follow-up scan. He had been told this was required before finalisizing the surgery to remove the kidney stone. To everyone’s amazement the kidney stone had disappeared. When asked by the GP what he had done the previous week all he could think of was the SCENAR treatment.

This really reinforced to me how the body has an incredible ability to heal itself when we give it a bit of help.

Neil Gregory

How does SCENAR work?

Scenar device

SCENAR is a non-invasive regulation of body functions used by medical professionals world-side.  It uses a small computer device to stimulate the body’s in-build self-recovery system.

Under normal circumstances the body has the ability to heal itself. For example, if you cut your finger it gets better. With chronic problems, the body repeatedly tries to fix the problem in order to achieve a point of balance. When balance can’t be restored because of low energy it ignores the dysfunction and cuts off the lines of healing communication.

SCENAR stimulates the nervous system to re-open the lines of communication, prompting a reboot of the healing process. SCENAR releases neuropeptides that regulate life processes on a cellular level. Patients often report dramatic pain-relief because these neuropeptides act as natural pain relievers.

The SCENAR device transmits a signal through the skin and reads the response – listening to the body. The device then adjusts its own signal using a unique process of active reflex bio-feedback. When the device is brushed over the skin it will drag over problem areas and slide easily over areas not affected

With acute injuries, SCENAR speeds up healing by triggering the release of neuropeptides (some of which are profoundly involved in inflammation), as it assists the body to direct its focus on healing the injury.