FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 26, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ft. Lauderdale sports injury patients seeking rehabilitation and natural pain relief may benefit from chiropractor Richard Henry's integrative approach to treatment. Dr. Henry combines chiropractic care with acupuncture and physical therapy. Dr. Henry says this integrated approach to treatment is most effective for relieving pain and preventing future injury. The chiropractor has substantial experience treating professional, college and high school athletes for sports injuries. He has also worked with Olympic gold medalists.

Chiropractic Natural Care Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL announced that chiropractor Richard Henry has more than a decade of experience treating sports injuries at all levels. He works with professional, college and high school athletes. Dr. Henry's patients include Olympic Gold Medal-winning sprinter Carl Lewis and Olympic Gold Medal-winning long jumper Bob Beamon.

"From professional athletes to recreational runners, a sports injury can cause serious damage to the musculoskeletal system," said Dr. Henry. "Often patients will ignore an injury, hoping the pain will simply get better on its own. Unfortunately, ignoring the problem sends patients straight to the sidelines. Proper care provides both long-lasting pain relief, as well as addresses the underlying causes for injury."

According to Dr. Henry, many sports injuries are due to a misalignment in the musculoskeletal system. When the spine is improperly aligned, a slipped disc may put pressure on nearby nerves. Restoring alignment corrects this mechanical problem and relieves pain.

"We use precise diagnostic techniques to accurately diagnose an injury and its underlying cause. Once a misalignment is identified, chiropractic care can correct this problem," said Dr. Henry.

In addition to spinal adjustments, Dr. Henry frequently combines physiotherapy exercises with acupuncture treatments. This combination of care is designed to promote internal healing and help injured muscles recover a full range of movement.

"Each patient faces unique wellness goals," said Dr. Henry. "That's why I create fully custom treatment programs for every patient. The goal of these programs is to not only relieve pain, but also to help prevent future injuries."

According to Dr. Henry, sports injury treatment and rehabilitation care improves the outcome for long-time patients. In addition to treating adult sports injuries, Dr. Henry also has experience with youth athletic injuries. Dr. Henry coaches his sons' football team, and the Fort Lauderdale youth baseball and basketball teams. He treats youth and high school athletes for back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and sprained ankles.

"As a chiropractor and youth coach, I work with young athletes on and off the field," said Dr. Henry. "Untreated sports injuries in childhood or adolescence can set the stage for long-term health problems. When injury strikes, I strongly recommend that parents meet with a chiropractor to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care."

Chiropractic Natural Care Center serves Ft. Lauderdale as well as the Weston, Plantation, Sunrise, and Tamarack communities.

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