Sports Chiro

An athlete’s body takes on a ton of stress.

Between tough workouts, the rigours of practices/games and inadequate rest (for most athletes who aren’t professional). No wonder athletes often suffer chronic aches and pains, which unfortunately can morph into serious injuries.

As an avid sportsman and sports chiropractor, this is something I try to minimize. By correcting spinal/joint alignment and function, a chiropractor can help maximize your performance on the field by preventing injuries and improving recovery.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional athlete who is looking to break records or a weekend warrior who exercises for health and enjoyment. If you want to be better or have more enjoyment, we can help you.
Here’s how it works:

Fixing Asymmetries

One of the biggest causes of non-traumatic injuries in athletes is asymmetry throughout the body, meaning one side of the body is different from the other.

It often involves a strength difference on the left or right side, but most commonly we deal with mobility and flexibility issues.

We use chiropractic adjustments to get the bones/joints properly aligned and perform muscle work to reduce tension that could be keeping the body out of alignment.

This reduces the risk of injury because one area of the body doesn’t have to compensate and work harder to pick up the slack from a weak/inhibited area.

Increasing Range of Motion

Chiropractic adjustments allow the body to move as freely as it was designed to do.

When your spine is out of alignment, your muscles commonly spasm or cramp up, causing a decrease in range of motion.

Relieving misalignments throughout the spine helps free up areas of tension in the back and neck, reducing pain and improving mobility.

As a by product, this treatment can also improve your exercise form—especially during overhead lifts—because tight muscles won’t be holding you back.

Promoting Faster Healing

Misalignments throughout the body slow down healing.

When an athlete is injured, his or her body tries to protect itself with muscle spams and inflammation.

This increases the time it takes for the athlete to heal fully and get back to training or competing.

Decrease Pain

Because the spine affects many other structures such as nerves, muscles, joints and discs, etc. when there is misalignment it places more pressure/stress on these areas which your brain can interpret as pain.

No matter where the area of discomfort is such as your neck, shoulders, hips, knees or back, etc. an adjustment can help restore and improve function, thereby relieving pain.

At Dunfermline Chiropractic Clinic, we always utilise the techniques that will help you recover quickly and maintain your high level of performance. Some of these techniques include:

  • Deep Tissue/Sports Massage

    Loosening off tight muscles and improving blood flow to aid recovery.

  • Dry Needling /Western Acupuncture

    Inserting tiny sterile needles into specific areas of tight and sore muscles can quickly and effectively resolve acute injuries including muscle spasms.

  • Chiropractic Adjustments

    Chiropractic adjustments not only improve mechanical joint function and alignment but also enhance the function of your nervous system.
    Research by Dr Heidi Haavik in New Zealand found that chiropractic adjustments had the following effects:
    1. Improved reaction times by 15%
    2. 45% increase in brain-muscle drive (the degree to which the brain can activate a muscle)
    3.16% improvement in absolute force developed by the affected muscle.These effects suggest chiropractic adjustments could play a significant role in maximising your sporting performance and aid recovery from a range of conditions where nerve and muscle function has been compromised.

  • Corrective Exercises

    We routinely recommend specific exercises to help our patients recover from injuries, improve biomechanical efficiency, prevent reoccurrence of old injuries and avoid picking up new ones.Research has recently shown core exercises to be more effective than conventional generalised exercise for lower back pain.

  • Kinesiological Taping and Athletic Support Strapping

    Using specific taping techniques can help protect joints/muscles or aid function while an athlete is recovering from and injury or returning to their chosen sport.

What Our Sporting Clients Have to Say About Us…

Brendan Brooks

Ice Hockey Player for the Fife Flyers

“My name is Brendan Brooks and I’ve been a professional ice hockey player for 20 years, currently playing for the Fife Flyers.

Keeping in tune with my body is a huge part of my job. Being a high performance athlete puts tremendous strain on the body and seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis over the years has allowed me to compete at the highest levels of my sport.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to see Mark from Dunfermline Chiropractic Clinic.

He has kept my body aligned and helped with my mobility.

I’m very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Mark to keep my body and muscles in the best condition possible.”

Brendan Brooks.

Gemma Nicol

Scottish International 400 / 4 x 400m Athlete

“My name is Gemma Nicol and I’m a Scottish international 400/4x400m athlete.

I have been coming to Dunfermline Chiropractic Clinic for many years now as the treatments I receive from Mark play a vital role in my training regime. I train 6 days a week and put my body through a lot of different stresses with various work outs, so my regular trips to the clinic help with injury prevention and body readiness.

Mark is very professional and understands my needs as an athlete. He is very quick to point out any changes that have occurred, and I get lots of feedback with follow-up advice when needed.

I highly recommend Mark at Dunfermline Chiropractic Clinic, so much so that several family members and friends now go to see him.”

Gemma Nicol.