If I’m Not an Athlete, How Can Sports Medicine Help Me?
May 12th, 2018 by Synergy Admin
When most people hear our name, Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, they assume we primarily treat athletes to help them heal from sports injuries and optimize their performance. Based on this, the average person assumes that a sports medicine practice wouldn’t be helpful for them. While that might be true at some practices, Dr. Michael Hatrak and the rest of our team at Synergy offers therapies and treatments that can help anyone from a senior citizen to a professional athlete, from an active child to an adult with a desk job.
Whether they’re a Doctor of Chiropractic, a massage therapist, or another type of medical professional, someone who practices sports medicine needs to have a thorough understanding of the body’s mechanics. They have in-depth knowledge of muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and everything in between, and they know how all these tissues work together as your body moves. Irritation and injury in these types of soft tissue don’t just affect athletes – they’re an extremely common cause of pain (like chronic back pain and neck pain). Many people also have pain or limited mobility due to old injuries that never healed properly, just like athletes do. Whether they’re helping an athlete knock down his/her 40-meter time or relieving a chronically stiff lower back, the knowledge base is the same.
What therapies are most common for non-athletes?
Sports medicine is actually a collection of various techniques that are used to address mechanical issues in the body. Our approach at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ is based on Dr. Hatrak’s innovative techniques. We begin by investigating the root cause of each patient’s issues, then treating the cause rather than just the symptoms. For that reason, every patient’s course of treatment is unique, but here’s a look at some of the most common ones we use for non-athletes:
- Synergy Release Therapy
Our signature treatment is called Synergy Release Therapy, or SRT. SRT looks at the seemingly small misalignments and dysfunctions in our body that put too much strain on certain tissues or areas, eventually causing an injury. The specialized therapy identifies these issues and resolves them before treating the symptoms or injuries they’ve caused, so patients get long-term relief and are less likely to re-injure the area.
Microcurrent therapy sends tiny electrical currents into targeted tissue. While the treatments aren’t painful because they’re acting on a cellular level, they aid in healing and allow your cells to accept nutrients more readily, among other benefits. Our experienced providers can customize your treatments specifically for the type of tissue and the concern you’re trying to treat, like inflammation or scar tissue.
- Trigger Point Therapy
The human body is a fascinatingly connected maze, and trigger points are a perfect representation of this. When certain areas of muscles are overworked or injured, they can form “trigger points” in the connective tissue that can cause pain or stiffness in a wholly different area of the body. In these cases, the area where you have symptoms might not actually be the area that needs treatment. Trigger Point Therapy uses this knowledge to massage and repair specific trigger points in your body based on your particular issues.
Seemingly small imbalances in the way your foot is structured can cause damage to other areas of your body over time, especially if you’re very active. Orthotics are customized sole inserts that compensate for these imbalances and stabilize your foot and ankle. This can prevent re-injury (or initial injury if you find the problem early enough).
- Active Release Technique (ART)
Dr. P. Michael Leahy developed the Active Release Technique when he noticed that soft tissue problems could often be felt by hand. Using a specialized method, our ART-trained professionals can detect and break up internal scar tissue that can cause pain and limit mobility by unnaturally binding muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.
- Rapid Release Therapy (RRT)
Similar to ART, Rapid Release Therapy aims to break up internal scar tissue that forms from old injuries (even injuries you didn’t notice at the time). But instead of using manual massage, RRT breaks up the scar tissue with a non-invasive device that sends waves of vibration into the area. Because the scar tissue is brittle and the healthy tissue is flexible, RRT breaks down scar tissue without affecting your muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues in the area.
- Chiropractic Care
For many patients, an unnoticed misalignment can put unnecessary stress on the body and lead to long-term pain issues and injuries. Our Doctors of Chiropractic have a strong track record of giving patients faster, longer-lasting results.
- Advanced Muscle Integration Technique (AMIT)
Dr. Hatrak has been performing this innovative therapy for over ten years. The advanced technique involves assessing individual muscles to identify injury-causing and stress-causing dysfunctions. Dr. Hatrak then treats these specific issues to relieve patients’ existing pain while reducing their risk of future injury.
As honored as our experienced, highly-trained providers have been to work with many professional athletes over the years, we put our skills to use far beyond stadiums and arenas as well. Pain, limited movement, or poor posture affects nearly all of us at some point in our lives, but there are countless proven treatments at your disposal and the list above includes just a few. To find out what we can do to help you feel better and move better, schedule a diagnostic exam at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™. For more sports wellness tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.