Our Unique Approach.
At Kentucky Sports Chiropractic, we focus on the complex relationship between nerves, muscles, and joints of the body and how this relates to the overall function/performance of the body. How the spine works (i.e., its biomechanics) can influence the nervous system and can alter the overall function of the body. Abnormal peripheral joint function (knees, shoulders, elbows, etc.) can alter nervous system function and reduce performance.
Specifics of examination and correction of body mechanics, including the spine and peripheral joints, is the domain of the sports chiropractor. By ensuring proper mechanics of the spine and peripheral joints, a sports chiropractor can influence a number of body functions: from reducing the coefficient of friction at the joint surface level; to balancing and restoring normal muscle tone through soft tissue techniques; to proprioceptive retraining. The sports chiropractor can enhance an athlete’s recovery from injury, prevent future injury (such as overuse/overtraining syndromes) and improve athletic performance.
Here at Kentucky Sports Chiropractic we are specialists in athletic injuries with an emphasis on correcting and preventing musculo-skeletal injuries and biomechanical imbalances. Our clinical experience and ongoing active participation in sport gives us a unique approach to treating athletes. We treat athletes of all ages and abilities from local beginners and first time participants to international world-class athletes. Our expertise covers all athletic injuries and also common aches and pains experienced with everyday life.
Our approach and goals remain consistent for each of our patients.
Identify and correct the current problem .
Teach the individual to manage their injury while it heals .
Determine a specific plan to prevent future occurrence .
All treatments are personalized for the individual and their specific needs. Because many problems are complex in nature, with additional help needed from other sources, we work with a network of the best sports medicine healthcare professionals in the area. We look forward to helping you in any way we can.
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Doctors of chiropractic, often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians practice a hands-on approach to healthcare that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.
The most common procedure performed by a chiropractor is known as “spinal or joint manipulation” also called a “chiropractic adjustment”. The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile, or restricted in their movement, as a result of tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as the improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as running with improper biomechanics. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation of the affected joints maximize range of motion, improves overall function of the area, and decreases pain.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, and other diagnostic interventions to accurately determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient's condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
Soft Tissue Mobilization.
Kentucky Sports Chiropractic offers the latest techniques in soft tissue mobilization. Active Release Technique (ART) as well as Graston Technique are both utilized to treat soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue is everything other than bone. When dealing with musculoskeletal injuries, we are referring to muscle, tendon, ligaments, connective tissue known as fascia, and bursa.
KSC is excited to now offer Dry Needling. Dry Needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle "trigger points", fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc) resulting in pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation. A variety of musculoskeletal conditions typically respond well to dry needling. Conditions include: Plantar Fasciitis, Acute/Chronic injuries, Headaches, Neck/Back pain, Tendinitis, Muscle Spasms, "Sciatica", Hip/Knee pain, Muscle strains, "Tennis/Golfer's Elbow",Overuse injuries, etc.
Active Release Technique® ART.
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
How do overuse conditions occur?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three imprtant ways:
Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc)
Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
Not getting enough oxygen
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of 7 full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting in those with known musculoskeletal pain. When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of the movement pattern, the clinician has the opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability. This concept, known as Regional Interdependence, is the hallmark of the SFMA.
Gait analysis is an essential method to help both explain previous running injuries and prevent future issues. Using a treadmill and slow motion camera, we work to identify biomechanical abnormalities in your running gait. Using this important information, we then map out a plan of action to increase speed/effiency and decrease risk of injury.
Kinesiotape and Leukotape
Kinesiotape: The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting
Leukotape: Leukotape is a rayon-backed rehabilitation tape with a high tensile strength. Its zinc oxide adhesive ensures that once wrapped Leukotape will remain in place for hours, even when a patient is active and in motion. ... Leukotape is used in combination with Cover-Roll Stretch, a support adhesive bandage.