From amateur to collegiate and professional levels, athletes will get injured. Muscle, tendon, and ligament overuse and the competitive nature of sports leave athletes vulnerable to specific injuries, in both contact and non-contact athletics. At Park Avenue Spine, we have more than 15 years experience treating athletes. We understand the mechanism of sports-related injuries and the most effective ways to rehabilitate our athletes to get them back on the playing field as soon as possible.
Dr. Salinas is a highly trained sports chiropractor, who holds the prestigious title of Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (C.C.S.P.®). He is also an active member of the American Chiropractic Association’s Sports Council (ACASC), and a member of the Sports Chiropractors of New York. Dr. Salinas is a full-body certified Active Release Techniques practitioner, and he has had the opportunity to work with World-Class Ironman Triathletes, marathoners, professional golfers, baseball, football, basketball, and hockey players, along with many other endurance athletes.
Most athletic activities result in overuse of muscle, tendons, and ligaments. Everyday wear and tear to the soft-tissues of the body eventually lead to the breakdown of tissue integrity and ultimately result in injury. It’s our philosophy that adopting a proactive approach to health to prevent injuries is a best practice to insure that an athlete continues to compete at their highest level.
Techniques such as Active Release can help break down the accumulation of scar tissue in the soft tissue of the body. By helping the body to reduce scar tissue and restoring elasticity (flexibility) to the soft tissues of the body, an athlete may prevent some injuries before they occur.
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) can be affected in three ways: Acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc), Accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma) and Not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
Each factor can stimulate the production of 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. When a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.