If you have suffered a sports injury, you may be tempted to take painkillers and let your body heal itself. In fact, there are many good reasons why you should consult a chiropractor as part of your healing process. This form of treatment involves manipulation of the joints and spine to improve their function and effectiveness. What are the advantages of using this method to help recover from injuries?

1. Preventing further injuries

The body possesses fantastic abilities to recover and heal, but the fact is, untreated injuries can lead to further injuries. And the fact that the injury appears to have healed does not mean you are back to your original strength; the injured body part may be weaker than it was originally, and you may find you are more prone to the same injury again. A chiropractor will be able to assess the damage and ensure that the injured part recovers fully.

2. Root causes

Your body may have been more susceptible to the injury because of an imbalance or weakness in your skeletal and muscular structure. A chiropractor will be able to identify and realign these areas and ensure that the rehabilitation process can proceed properly.

3. Personalised treatment

A chiropractor will consider how the injured part fits in with your skeletal and muscular system as a whole, and will also take into account your medical history, to ensure that the treatment will be suitable for you personally, rather than just addressing the symptoms alone. They will also be able to advise on nutrition and will suggest exercises which will keep your whole body strong and less prone to injury.

4. Speed up recovery

As well as ensuring you make a full recovery, chiropractic care has been shown to speed up the recovery process, by addressing any underlying causes of the injury, and by improved monitoring of the process. A chiropractor will know that any or aches or pains that you may experience while recovering may be a sign of a problem with your rehabilitation, rather than just "one of those things" that will go away of its own accord.

Chiropractors deal with a variety of sport injuries to the muscles and joints, so if you've had an injury that you're treating with painkillers and rest, think again -- a visit to the chiropractor will help you get back to full fitness, and could help to prevent more injuries in the future.