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Sports Chiropractic at Optimize Chiropractic

Runner stretchingAs a chiropractor, Dr. Ennis focuses on making sure that your nervous system can function at its highest level. If you’re an athlete, it can mean recovering from injury, performing at your best or preventing injuries from occurring. We’ll help you achieve your best yet, on and off the field.

The Role of the Chiropractic Adjustment

Dr. Ennis performs chiropractic adjustments, designed to align your spine and all the joints of your body. He typically uses manually-based techniques, though instrument adjusting is available. There are also additional therapies to support your needs, such as muscle scraping and strengthening or passive and active stretching.

When you’re properly aligned and your joints are moving as they should, your entire body will have a higher level of mobility.

Sports Conditions We Can Address

Here are some of the most common issues for which athletes seek our care:

  • Ankle pain
  • Knee pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Toe pain

An Athlete Success Story

Dr. Ennis provided care to an elite competitive bodybuilder. The athlete had sustained a neck injury, and it affected his right triceps. The muscles began to atrophy, and he was no longer able to compete.

The patient finally resorted to neck surgery, hoping that this would alleviate the problem. Unfortunately, it did not. Dr. Ennis was able to determine that the area causing the problem was actually in the patient’s shoulder. Once under chiropractic care, the patient’s muscle began to respond to training again as it should.

Collegiate and Olympic level athletes utilize chiropractic care to stay on the field and perform their best. Regular chiropractic care can benefit athletes at all levels.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first visit process like for an athlete?

When you first meet Dr. Ennis, he’ll discuss your sport with you. You’ll go over your experience, career and the unique stress your body is under. We’ll perform an in-depth examination, including orthopedic testing, to get a true diagnosis of your particular issue. Then, we will create a plan around addressing the concern and reaching your desired outcomes.

Will you work with my individual goals?

Yes. Perhaps you want to perform at a certain level. Maybe you want to beat your last time. We want to know all about your goals when we first meet you. Then, we can focus your care around them.

How quickly can I return to my sport?

If you’re injured, you might feel that your livelihood is threatened or that you can’t participate in your favorite hobby anymore, depending on the level at which you play. We know your health is essential to you. We’ll work to get you back to playing as soon as you can without risking further injury.

How do you adjust athletes?

Dr. Ennis is skilled in several different chiropractic adjusting techniques. These include extremity adjusting, which is well-suited to people with problems in their ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, feet, hands and more.

If you can’t help me will you refer me to someone who can?

Yes. For example, if you have a torn meniscus, chiropractic care won’t help you. We will refer you out to the appropriate practitioner for treatment. Rest assured that we will never keep you in therapy for no reason. We know when we can help patients and when we can’t.

Can you treat my old injury?

Yes, Dr. Ennis will provide care that’s based on your particular injury. Whether a disc herniation, arthritis, or a sprain, you can get the attention you need here. Dr. Ennis has several techniques he uses, including instrument-based and manual chiropractic techniques, Graston muscle scraping, stretching work and therapeutic modalities.

If I have a new injury, should I apply heat or ice?

Some people apply heat to an injury. Though heat may feel good, it’s the opposite of what you want with a new injury. Applying heat will increase blood flow in the area, which will worsen your swelling. Stick to ice for optimal results.

Book Your First Appointment

Find out more about what we do and what we may be able to do to improve your life. Contact Optimize Chiropractic today to schedule a visit for athletic care Cornelius!

Sports Chiropractor Cornelius, Huntersville, Davidson NC | (704) 237-4010