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Is a Sports Medicine Chiropractor Right for You

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What is a Chiropractor?

A Chiropractor is a holistic medical profession that is often concerned with the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions which often heavily relates to the spine. Special consideration is directed to the orthopaedic and neurological components of the physical examination, incorporating direct assessment of articular soft tissues and joint play in order to determine whether the patient is a candidate for manual therapies. Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative medicine that involves manual therapies including spinal adjustments/mobilisations, massage, trigger point therapy, acupuncture, traction, activator and many options.

Most common complaints presenting to chiropractors include:

  • Just over 50% of spinal complaints
  • Almost 20% extremity (legs and arms) complaints
  • 12% are headaches or facial pain

What is a sports medicine chiropractor?

A sports chiropractor is a practitioner that focuses more of their attention to athletes that have succumbed to an injury of some sort. Sports Chiropractors manage, rehabilitate and optimise performance of the neurological and musculoskeletal system using an evidence based approach. Sports chiropractors give consideration to the connective tissue components of the human body including tendons, ligaments and muscles and utilise a range of treatments to suit the patient’s condition. Many patients believe that chiropractic only focus their attention towards pain and discomfort involving spinal structures; although many actually treat all musculoskeletal disorders including sports injuries e.g. a hamstring tear. A sports chiropractor also focuses on performance issues in athletes and aids to provide advice to help them for future performance.

Throughout their five year degree, chiropractors are introduced to rehabilitation units to better their advice throughout and after treatment. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose all conditions and treat these accordingly. Sports chiropractors utilise a hands-on approach to complement each treatment. There are differences between a sports chiropractor and a standard chiropractor in the way that certain techniques and treatment modalities are used. Sport chiropractors do 1 year post graduate diplomas in sports chiropractic. With emphasis on soft tissue and extremity techniques. Sport injuries can be complex and specific training and learning about these gives a sports chiropractor a better understanding on managing and diagnosing the injury.

Dr Schiller adjusting patientSports chiropractors provide many benefits to the human body including pain relief, increased range of motion, reduction in muscles aches and spasms and improving performance issues. Chiropractors go through an extensive amount of training to ensure they provide their patients with the best service possible.

Dr Linda Schiller at Lakeside chiropractic holds a post graduate diploma in sports chiropractic ( CCSP- certified sports chiropractor ) and has treated many elite professional sport persons over the past 23 years.

At Lakeside Chiropractic we have extremely experienced chiropractors that not only focus on spinal conditions, but also treat many sport injuries as well. Lakeside Chiropractic is located in the heart of Joondalup in one of Perth’s northern suburbs and treat many musculoskeletal conditions throughout Perth. We also have HICAPS Facilities for all major health insurance providers in addition to being a Medibank Preferred Practitioner and BUPA first provider. We also accept Medicare referrals from General Practitioners. If you are in need of any further information or wish to book an appointment please give us a call on 9300 0095 or check out our website at We look forward to seeing you!

September 03, 2020