Chiropractic adjustments have long been used by professional athletes to help rehabilitate, correct, and help prevent injuries. To keep the athletes at the top of their game, Dr. Hancock employs a multi-discipline approach to sports medicine to improve function and improve performance.
As an athlete herself, she has benefitted from sports medicine chiropractic care and remains fully engaged in the sports realm through regular races. Her passion for the aspiring athlete took root in an internship with the United Kingdom's Olympic-hopeful swimmers and triathletes.
To maximize results and increase performance as a sports chiropractor, Dr. Hancock uses a variety of techniques.
Graston Technique® Soft Tissue Technique
Dr. Hancock is M-1 certified in Graston Technique®, an evidence-based soft tissue technique that utilizes instruments to break down scar tissue and release myofascial adhesions.
Using Graston Technique® in the following conditions has been clinically proven to result in faster recovery and better outcomes.
- Achilles Tendinosis/Tendinitis (ankle pain)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
- Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)
- Lateral Epicondylosis/itis (tennis elbow)
- Lumbar Sprain/Strain (back pain)
- Medial Epicondylosis/Epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)
- Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
- Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
- Rotator Cuff Tendinosis/Tendinitis (shoulder pain)
- Scar Tissue
- Shin Splints
- Trigger Finger
- Women's Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)
Kinesio-Tape | Rock Tape
Kinesiology Tape has gained popularity over the last few years thanks to professional athletes sporting the effective tape in the Olympic games. K-tape, as it is commonly called, is not just for the professional athlete and has been proven to aid in recovery and pain management by supporting the body's natural processes. It is a normal reaction to rub your arm after colliding with the door. This action alters the pain signal before it reaches the brain and acts to "deaden" the intensity of the brain. K-tape also accomplishes this by altering the somatosensory information being sent to the brain. The effects of the lifting action on the skin is most noticeable after an injury as it helps relieve swelling and discoloration. As a sports chiropractor, Dr. Hancock's goal with each patient (athlete or not), is to offer speedy and effective recovery and management techniques.
She uses Rock Tape because of the clinically proven technology they employ and the effectiveness in treating the follow conditions:
- Rotator Cuff
- Lower Back pain/sprain/strain
- Tennis elbow and pain
- Plantar Fasciitis and ankle pain
- Shin splints
- Knee pain/sprain/strain
Active Release Technique | ART
ART® is a patented, soft-tissue technique that treats muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia in the body. Different than a "deep tissue massage", ART® using specific pressure coupled with active movement of the patient to yield faster and many times permanent relief. The conditions treated included headaches, shoulder pain, hip pain, strains and sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow and golfer's elbow, runner's knee/jumper's knee, and many more. Active Release Technique works well with soft tissue injuries because it targets the overused muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia contributing to the problem. These injuries can be due to three main causes: micro-trauma (small, compounded tears), acute conditions (sprains, strains, pulls, tears, trauma), or lack of oxygen (hypoxia). Your body attempts to heal the damaged tissue by laying down more tissue (scar tissue). Unfortunately, the addition of scar tissue interferes with how the muscles are normally supposed to move and actually cause abnormal motion patterns. The scar tissue can translate into reduce motion in the joint, loss of strength or stamina, or even pain.
Dr. Hancock was introduced to an Active Release Technique practitioner after severely injuring her left knee in ballet. She credits that sports chiropractor and his rehabilitation program coupled with Active Release Technique for her ability to walk normally today.