Chiropractors have many different ways in which they can help athletes rehab from soft tissue injuries. Athletes are often at risk for soft tissue injuries as changes in the muscles occur due to repetitive stress. Over time the muscles can build up scar tissue that forms as knots. These knots and changes within the muscle can cause the muscle to lose strength, speed, elasticity, and ranges of motion. Changes to these muscular properties put athletes at risk for future injuries. If you work to prevent the build up of scar tissue, then you can decrease the risk of future injuries. Dr. Cobb specializes in several techniques that can directly be used on sports injury rehab and prevention. These techniques include:
ART is a doctor performed procedure used to treat soft tissue injuries. The doctor will assess and diagnose the problematic area before determining the best course of action. Soft tissue injuries include those within muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Injuries in these areas can occur due to a injury as well as repetitive stress over an extended period of time. The goal of treatment is to remove any soft tissue adhesions and restore proper biomechanics through a pain-free range of motion. Adhesions are knots that can form in tissues as the body attempts to heal itself. These adhesions can decrease perfomance, reduce motion, and increase pain.
Dr. Cobb at the North American Ironman Championships
ART was originally created to help treat injured athletes. Athletes often endure a lot of wear and tear on their bodies over time. This can lead to acute injuries or repetitive stress injuries that can become chronic in nature. Any significant injury regardless of the nature will cause a decrease in overall performance. Our goal is to get you back to your peak performance so you can return to competition. Dr. Cobb has treated many athletes with ART while working with Rice University in Houston.
If you have watched much sports over the past several years then you most likely have seen an athlete with kinesiolgy tape, also known as K-Tape. It comes in many colors and is used in a variety of patterns. Each pattern provides a unique form of support to the body. This form of athletic tape is often used to help improve in edema and pain reduction. It accomplishes this by creating a lifting effect on the surface of the skin. It can be applied with varying tensions and directions to accomplish different therapeutic benefits. Unlike your traditional support tape, K-Tape does not restrict movement while providing support. It has a unique weaved pattern that allows for unrestricted movement throughout the dynamic maneuvers that are required in sports.
Even though you typically see K-Tape on athletes, it can also be used for many soft tissue injuries that happen to people in everyday life. Often times when someone injures their neck or back the muscles are affected along with the joints. This can cause weaknesses within the muscles. These weakened muscles can be supported by K-tape to help alleviate pain and provide stability.
K-Tape is commonly used to treat: