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.

 

The athletic clientele comes 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.

What is Sports Chiropractic?

Sports chiropractic refers to the professional practice of managing and prevention 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 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 behaviours 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 wellbeing 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 safely excel in their activities.

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 occured, 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.

sport chiropractor is available in Vancouver, Burnaby and other greater Vancouver area

What Should I Expect at a Sports Chiropractic Appointment?

If you have never visited a sports chiropractor before, it is normal to be curious or even apprehensive about what to expect from your first appointment.

Most sports chiropractic sessions will begin with an intake meeting. Here, your sports chiropractor will ask you a number of questions and perform a series of physical observations in order to gain a complete understanding of your particular needs and challenges.

Then, you and your sports chiropractor will work out a plan together that will be based on your individual goals. Your sports chiropractor will be able to give you an overview of how many sessions you should expect, and how much improvement you can expect after each session.

Depending on your goals, your sports chiropractor may assign you homework after every session in the form of exercises or stretches. If you are seeking advice on how to optimize your performance, your sports chiropractor may also provide you with exercises related to these goals.

What Kind of Training Does a Sports Chiropractor Have?

In BC, any chiropractor can call themselves a sports chiropractor and athletes may benefit from chiropractic in general through the treatments outlined above but not all sports chiropractors are sports specialists.  In Canada the only recognized chiropractic sports specialty designation is referred to as a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada).  This can also be identified by the letters FRCCSS(C).

 

Fellowship in the RCCSS(C) is a very challenging multi-year process consisting of 1000 hours of on-field training in addition to university-based research courses and participation in multiple peer-reviewed academic research projects.  Chiropractors who are currently enrolled in the process of becoming a fellow are referred to as residents of the RCCSS(C).   Residents who have completed the process are certified as Fellows only after passing a rigorous 2-day written and practical examination.   In BC, calling oneself a sports chiropractor does not mean they are a Sports Fellow.

 

There are currently just over 100 Fellows of the RCCSS(C) in Canada.  MSK Clinics is proud to have both Fellows and Residents working with us and setting a high standard of care for the community and the athletes and patients we serve.

Which Conditions Do Sports Chiropractors Treat?

Some of the most common conditions that sports chiropractic patients are experiencing include:

  • Joint injuries such as sprains
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Muscle pain (acute and chronic)
  • Tendinopathy/tendonitis
  • Overuse injuries
  • Foot and arch pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip pain including labral tears
  • Knee pain
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
our professional sport chiropractors can help you reduce pain

Why Choose MSK Clinics For Sports Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation?

MSK Clinics are your go-to for sports chiropractic in Vancouver. With convenient locations in both the Kitsilano and downtown neighbourhoods in Vancouver as well as Metrotown in Burnaby, our professional services are never too far away.

 

MSK clinics have both Sports Chiropractic Fellows and residents among our staff.  Our chiropractors are currently the Team Chiropractors for the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey team, Vancouver Giants NHL hockey team and Coquitlam Express hockey team.  While our team commitments have centred around hockey, our daily practice involves athletes of all ages and sports as well as athletes anywhere from the recreational to elite level. We participate in ongoing research in the field of sports rehabilitation and actively engage in knowledge sharing and mentorship both inside and outside our company.

 

Dr. Cashman sits on the RCCSS(C) national board of directors for Canadian sports chiropractors and sits on committees for education and research for chiropractic sports specialists.  Additionally, he is often invited to speak at conferences about sports chiropractic.  Dr. Ali Walizada and Dr. Elliot Mayhew are also residents of the RCCSS(C).  Dr. John White has extensive experience with golfers and rugby players.

 

Aside from sports chiropractic, MSK also offers services for patients of all ages ranging from physiotherapy, massage therapy, shockwave therapy, intramuscular stimulation, acupuncture, orthotics and even bike fitting. Get in touch with us today to see how you can improve your movements and improve your overall physical well-being!

At MSK Clinics, We Know the Meaning of Teamwork.

MSK Clinics sports chiropractors will utilize every tool they can think of to ensure you get the best results possible.  This includes utilizing other members of the team either within the clinic or collaborating with other members of your health team such as your medical doctor.  Getting great results for you is all we care about!