How sports people can benefit from Osteopathy
A sport’s injury is one that arises during exercise, or a sporting activity, and usually involves damage to muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Whether an enthusiastic amateur, or elite professional, sporting injuries are likely to arise at some point. Injuries can come about through repetitive over use, poor warm up or cool down routines, increasing exercise levels too quickly or incorrect equipment; for example, incorrect footwear. Injuries often occur when increased demand is applied to a part of the body that is already dysfunctional. This restricts the body’s ability to function correctly. This might be due to muscle imbalance or poor posture. Accidents also happen, such as falls from a horse, bad tackles in rugby, twisting ankles in football and so on.
Common sports injuries that osteopathy can help with
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
After identifying the structures that have been damaged, an Osteopath can give advice for all stages of healing; for example, the use of hot/cold pack, to rest/not rest. Osteopathic treatment can speed up recovery time, getting you back to your sport quickly, making sure the tissues heal in a healthy way, reducing scar tissue and maintaining flexibility. Treatment might consist of deep tissue massage techniques, joint mobilisation, dry needling and stretching as appropriate. Importantly, we will also look to prevent reoccurrence of the injury by giving advice and/ or relevant home exercises. Also, by looking at the body and addressing joint dysfunction and muscle imbalances, athletic performance can also be enhanced.