We all know that chiropractic is effective at treating back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. But did you know that chiropractic is also great at preventing these conditions from occurring in the first place?

A new study from Australia looked at the power of preventive chiropractic care. The authors of the study took a group of Australian football players, and divided them into two groups.

Both groups received, “the current best practice medical and sports science management,” but one group also received chiropractic care as an added benefit.

After 24 matches, the researchers looked at the two groups of players to see if there were any differences in injuries.

The study found that there was a ” trend towards lower limb injury prevention with a significant reduction in primary lower limb muscle strains and weeks missed due to non-contact knee injuries through the addition of a sports chiropractic intervention to the current best practice management.”

So, if you’re a weekend athlete and looking to avoid injuries, chiropractic can be very helpful. If you have any questions about our services, please give us a call.

Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized control trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11:64.