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Picking a Healthcare Professional

Subscribe to BriefingIf you run into pain (literally) it can be confusing as to which medical professional you should put your trust in. Here is a list of specialists who can get you back on the roads fast.

Sports massage therapist- Therapeutic massage helps the body recover from the stresses of strenuous exercise, and facilitates the rebuilding phase of conditioning. The physiological benefits of massage include improved blood and lymph circulation, muscle relaxation, and general relaxation. It all adds up to relief from soreness and stiffness, better flexibility, and less potential for future injury.

Physical therapist - Generally, physical therapists provide a variety of medical services to help individuals who have been injured to recover or improve function. A physical therapist must be able to evaluate a patient’s condition and devise a customized physical rehabilitation and treatment plan to enhance strength, flexibility, range of motion, motor control, and reduce any pain, discomfort and swelling the patient is experiencing.

Chiropractor- Chiropractors use natural health treatments, without drugs or surgery, which relies on the body’s inherent recuperative abilities. By adjusting vertebrae in the spinal column, chiropractors believe it will eliminate obstructions of healing and help disorders including low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma. Some local chiropractors use Active Release Therapy, which is a soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves, often caused by overused muscles.

Podiatrist - Podiatrists are medical practitioners who specialize in the treatment of sore, badly shaped, diseased, or injured feet and ankles. If you are having pain in your feet, they are the ones to see.

Sports medicine doctor or orthopedist - A sports medicine doctor is a medical doctor who specializes in the prevention and treatment of injuries typically associated with athletic activity. Sports doctors are most commonly associated with injuries to the joints, muscles and bones. But many doctors now specialize in cardiac and lung procedures also.


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