Alpine Chiropractic

The link between soft tissue injuries, icing practices, and proper adjustments

September 21, 2013   •   James Hoffman

Greetings once again from our Thornton Chiropractic office! We trust that everyone had a great summer, and that the recent rains and flooding didn't exact to heavy of a toll on you, your family, or friends. With water recently on the minds of everyone in the area, I'd like to take the subject of water and put more of a positive spin on it. You see, among chiropractic doctors, water goes a long way in treating the needs of our patients. The connection lies in the frozen form of water - ice, and a recent personal injury made me recall the link between soft tissue injuries, icing practices, and chiropractic services.

Not long ago, I returned from my yearly rugby trip to New York. For the last 24 years, this has been a pilgrimage of sorts for me. This year however, turned out somewhat less than ideal. While playing in the tournament, I pulled my hamstring badly and was sidelined for the weekend. I immediately sought relief in the form of an adjustment. Far removed from my office or any chiropractors in Thornton, I was lucky to receive a short treatment from a local colleague. I then iced the muscle until I thought it had healed. Two weeks later, I made the "Weekend Warrior" mistake of trying to return to soon and reinjured it once more at practice . Again back on the ice for a number of days, then back for more adjustments, and now it's healed nicely.

As a Colorado licensed chiropractor, I'm always talking to patients about the benefits of icing. This may come as a surprise to many of you, or at least seem a bit off topic. Icing an injury is often associated with damage to soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, or ligaments, while chiropractic services are most often associated with spinal treatments or other orthopaedic conditions. Some of you may ask, why would you choose an adjustment after pulling a muscle, and where does icing fit into the equation? Answer: Muscles attach to bones through tendons, and if the bones are put back into an appropriate position, there will be less tension on the muscle. Immediately following an injury, the affected area should be iced thoroughly in the first 48 hours, 20 minutes at a time, as often as possible. This goes a long way in the healing process as it reduces inflammation. Chiropractic patients should then seek out their doctor for appropriate adjustments. The reduction in swelling as a result of icing results in far more effective chiropractic treatment.

Your Thornton chiropractors at Alpine can help you get back in the game. Our team of highly experienced chiropractors will evaluate your injury, and provide you with the most effective care for your body utilizing advanced adjusting techniques. Combined with our available in-house massage services, proper rest, and plenty of ice, you will soon be on the short road to a full recovery.

Here's to staying in the game,

Dr. Jim

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