Sports Chiropractic

Sports Chiropractic

DO you have an existing sports injury?

At MSK, our number one priority is your overall physical well-being.

As supporters of all health matters related to the musculoskeletal (MSK) system, our services are especially popular among both professional and novice athletes alike.

Athletic clientele come with their own unique set of needs and concerns — MSK offers equally specialized services that can help these active individuals maintain a fantastic quality of life all while looking after their body in the best way possible. At the core of this service is sports chiropractic.

To learn more about sports chiropractic and find out if it’s right for you, call us today and schedule an appointment at our chiropractic clinic in Vancouver Kitsilano, Downtown Vancouver or Burnaby Metrotown!

What is sports chiropractic?

Sports chiropractic refers to the professional practice of managing and preventing of sports-related injuries. Our MSK sports chiropractors understand and promote safe body movements that are involved in physical activity, and are well-equipped to train athletes on proper movement mechanics to optimize performance and reduce injury risk. While chiropractors are known for their expertise in assessing and treating the spine, the sports chiropractors at MSK are also experts at the assessment and sports rehabilitation of conditions affecting the shoulders, arms, hands, hips, knees, and ankles.

Aside from injury prevention, our MSK chiropractors can also intervene with existing injuries to protect athletes against behaviors that would further cause harm. If an athlete is already experiencing an injury, a chiropractor is qualified to analyze the extent of the damage and make recommendations for certain interventions and exercises that can help provide relief and speed recovery. If X-rays or special imaging is required or a referral to another specialist, our sports chiropractors can facilitate the necessary steps. The input of a sports chiropractor can enable injured athletes to return to their ideal level of optimal performance.

Furthermore, sports chiropractic is also useful for any athlete who is looking to reach their full potential while protecting the well-being of their body. Our MSK sports chiropractors are able to provide a personalized evaluation of an athlete’s capabilities and make performance recommendations that can help athletes to safely excel in their activities.

Our team can manage your injury, assess any underlying conditions now, and help prevent damage in the future. Our goal is to help you find relief and improve your function and overall health and well-being!

When should I see a sports chiropractor?


There are many different reasons why an athlete may seek out the help of a sports chiropractor. While many patients are already experiencing an injury that is interfering with their ability to practice their sport or even go about their daily lives, this is not always the case. Sometimes, these injuries may have recently occurred, while other times they may be old injuries that are causing a flare-up.

Injury prevention is another popular reason to seek the advice of a sports chiropractor. A sports chiropractor will take a holistic look at a patient to determine how and when they could be most at risk for an injury and can make recommendations based on their particular profile.

Other reasons to seek help from a sports chiropractor could include help with the following topics: posture, general pain, post-surgical recovery, stretching, and more. While many who are injured by physical activity are athletes, individuals who are not athletes may seek the help of a sports chiropractor if they are harmed through physical activity of any kind, such as through a recreational game or an exercise at the gym.

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I have been a patient of Dr. Cashman. I always feel better once treatment is complete. Recently, I have had the good fortune to become a patient of Mieguen for massage treatment and enough good things cannot be said regarding her. I can’t believe how well she can target the issues I’m having and although it’s not a painless visit when I see her, I always feel better when we’re done. I also have occasion to see Chloe for physio as well. I feel like a new man when my treatments are complete, and I’m an old guy so feeling new once in a while is amazing and I have this team to thank.

– Don W.

I have always wanted to try Chiro and I had a great experience with Dr. Ali and what I really loved the most is the warm welcome from all the staff! Would definitely be back!

– Nicole C.

I have been going to Ryan Takagi for years for chiro and he is the best chiro I have ever seen. He is smart, kind, and evidence-based and has helped me through numerous injuries. I recently started going to Ken Gordon for massage therapy and have also found him to be amazing. Everyone who works here is very kind and…

– Sarah C.

Are you in need of relief?

Make an appointment at our Vancouver & Burnaby, BC clinic right away!

We’re here to help you get back to doing what you love by restoring your pain-free lifestyle. Our team will give you the tools and work with other healthcare practitioners to ensure your recovery process!

If you are tired of dealing with pain or limited function, let our chiropractors at MSK Health and Performance in Vancouver Kitsilano, Downtown Vancouver or Burnaby Metrotown help point you in the right direction.

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Your Next Steps…

  1. Book An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life!



What is a chiropractor?

Chiropractors are doctors of complementary and alternative health care that focus on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the skeleton, muscles, and nerves of the whole body, not just the spine. Chiropractic is a drug-free non-surgical approach to health care. Chiropractors use manual therapy including spinal adjustments and soft-tissue manipulation as well as prescription of exercises and lifestyle counseling to treat a wide range of health problems. Chiropractors are the 3rd largest group of healthcare providers in North America after medical doctors and dentists. For more information about how chiropractors can help, you can visit the Canadian Chiropractic Association website.

What is involved in the treatment?

Your treatment depends on the problem you have. Joint manipulation, or adjustment, involves a gentle specific movement to the involved joint. A joint may be restricted or locked up, limiting normal movement and biomechanics. An adjustment applies a controlled force to such joints to normalize their movement and alignment. This treatment also stimulates joint receptors which inhibit pain signals and allow muscles around the joint to relax. An adjustment can also break up scar tissue that forms around joints.

We specialize in soft tissue therapies such as Active Release Technique™ (ART) using specific contacts and movement to actively release scar tissue and myofascial adhesions that have accumulated due to repetitive strain injuries/overuse, sports injuries, or motor vehicle accidents. These problems can affect muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. The treatment feels like a combination of deep tissue massage with stretching movements repeated several times to release pain and tension. We also use strengthening exercises and therapeutic stretching to complement in-office treatment. In addition, custom orthotics or braces may be prescribed.

What is the cracking sound?

The cracking sound when a joint is adjusted is the release of gas pressure in the joint. There is gas dissolved in the fluid inside joints and when the pressure is altered by stretching it, gas bubbles are released. It is similar to what happens when you open a can of pop. The purpose of an adjustment is not to make a cracking sound but rather to normalize the movement and alignment of the joint. The occasional crack that occurs is simply a side effect of treatment that many patients welcome.

Does the treatment hurt?

The adjustments do not usually cause any discomfort. In fact, most patients enjoy the relief of tension that occurs almost immediately. Soft tissue therapy with movement may cause some discomfort similar to getting deep tissue massage but patient comfort is our priority. Many patients request a more gentle approach which we can also offer.

Do I have to get cracked or are there other options?

Our treatment plans are tailored to the individual patient’s needs and comfort. If we determine joint adjustments would benefit the patient then we will recommend it as part of the treatment plan. If adjustments are contraindicated or if they make the patient uncomfortable we will use other effective techniques such as joint mobilizations, stretching, or exercises instead.

Is it safe?

Chiropractic care is one of the safest treatment options for back and neck pain. Every patient will be provided an informed consent process during which they can learn about the risks and benefits and ask specific questions.

Will my pain disappear if I leave it alone?

Chiropractic treatments help with pain relief. Some things may become less painful over time if you leave them alone; on the other hand, the pain and the condition may get worse. Treatment will usually increase the speed of healing and reduced the risk of future recurrences. It is always recommended to get checked by one of our doctors or therapists to determine the cause of your discomfort and the appropriate course of action whether it be active care in the clinic or home care that you can do on your own.

Do I have to keep going forever?

This myth started with people who only felt better if they got treated. When the positive treatment effects went unsupported and wore off they wanted to return for more treatment. If a patient presents with neck and shoulder pain due to poor posture and long hours at a desk, they generally feel significant relief. However the patient may experience a relapse in his/her condition if they return to their poor postural habits at work; if they neglect their homecare recommendations; or if they have a lifestyle that predisposes them to injury, the problem may return.

Patients generally fall into one of two categories: Those who suffer a traumatic injury such as a sports injury or motor vehicle accident and those who suffer from chronic conditions such as pain resulting from poor posture or repetitive stress. The traumatic injury patients typically follow a set treatment plan until their condition resolves and are released from care at that time. The chronic pain group of patients often experience fluctuations in their condition and generally do best with preventative or maintenance care overseen by our doctors and therapists. The frequency of check-ups can vary depending on the individual. These decisions are made together with your healthcare professional.

Do many people go to a chiropractor?

At any given time about 15-20% of the population see a chiropractor.

What should I wear to my first appointment?

For spinal assessments, you may be asked to wear an open-back patient gown along with pants/shorts. Men may simply remove their shirts if they wish.

Generally, it is easiest to perform an assessment when you wear something in which you can move freely and which allows the doctor to see and touch the area being assessed. Loose or stretchy shorts/ pants allow easier access to areas such as the hip. Knee assessments require that you wear shorts or loose pants that can be pulled up to mid-thigh.

If you forget to bring appropriate clothing, don’t worry, we can provide you with clinic shorts and/or gowns so you are never unnecessarily exposed and you will never be made to expose an area that makes you uncomfortable.

Is chiropractic covered by health insurance?

Our chiropractic services in Burnaby and Vancouver are covered by most private insurance companies. We offer direct billing to most third-party insurance companies. We also accept MSP, ICBC, and WCB.

What is the age range of people treated by chiropractors?

We treat patients of all ages. Children under the age of 10 can be co-treated with the cooperation of a pediatrician or family doctor.