Doctor of Chiropractic students are trained in anatomy, physiology, and treating pain associated with exercise injury and overexertion, which leads many to pursue specialized careers working with athletes.
Those who do often receive training in biomechanics, strength training and conditioning, and treating athletes with an array of musculoskeletal injuries. Such was the case with Dr. Tim Simansky, 2010 New York Chiropractic College Doctor of Chiropractic program graduate, Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Dr. Simansky’s chiropractic sport and rehabilitation office focuses on treating sports injuries through methods that include chiropractic manipulation, instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM), Cox Flexion Distraction Technique, Active Release Techniques (ART), passive care, exercise rehabilitation, and nutrition.
“The body is a machine,” Simansky says, explaining that there is nothing magical about treating athletes; all the tools you need are right before you.
He is also known for his work as “The WODdoc™” and Project 365, a growing social-media presence and website focused on providing mobility, stability, and functional symmetry-based videos, as well as a new service for doctor-recommended remote programming called WODhabilitation. (WOD is a CrossFit-coined word, short for Workout of the Day, connected to Simansky’s strong ties to CrossFit training, coaching, and rehabilitation.)
“Through WODhabilitation I can now provide much more accurate and detailed information through personalized remote programming, guiding athletes back to what they love to do most,” he writes on his website.
According to one literature review, published in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, there are many reasons why athletes visit a chiropractor, such as adjustment/manipulation of the spine and extremities, which “comprises the greatest part of most sports chiropractic practice.”
Some other reasons an athlete sees a chiropractor include the role of a sport chiropractor “to facilitate an athlete’s performance by the early determination and prompt treatment of injury, and by working with coaches and other sport health professionals to identify and correct an athlete’s performance deficits when present.”