Our osteopaths are passionate about sports and activities, but are also well aware of the injuries that can happen whilst participating in these sports.
We love helping people achieve their sporting goals, so whether you’re new to a particular sport or you’ve been competing for a while, we enjoy helping our patients push their bodies and help keep them injury free.
Through hands on treatment, strengthening and stretching exercises and patient education our aim is to help keep you pain free and able to do what you enjoy.
If you’re wondering whether osteopathy might be able to help you with those niggles whilst running, help keep you in the gym each week or you would like some assistance keeping injury free whilst you train for a particular event, book an appointment and see how one of our osteopaths might be able to help you today.
Why So Many Sports Injuries Occur
From running, to cycling, weights, swimming or dancing, we get to see a wide variety of sports through our patients.
There are many types of sporting injuries, but there are two main reasons why these injuries occur.
One type of injury happens because the load being placed on our body is too great for it to handle. When we ask too much from a particular area of our body and its unable to meet these demands, injury can then occur. There are many reasons why the capacity in our bodies might be reduced – lack of sleep, high stress levels, not being fit enough and posture. Any imbalance in our bodies can then be highlighted when more demand is placed on that area such as during exercise. This is especially noticeable when playing sports which require repetitive movements, as this can further highlight areas of imbalance that aren’t functioning optimally and are unable to take on the extra load you are asking of it. These injuries can also happen because we don’t allow our body the time it needs to adapt and change. It is worth remembering, that just sometimes we need to be more patient and gradually allow our bodies the time they need to adapt to the demands of the exercise.
The other type of injury happens when the body experiences unexpected trauma. This could be through a sudden movement, a quick change in direction, a trip, fall or a push. Whilst you can’t prepare for all eventualities in sport, training your muscles and body using a range of activities, combining cardio, strength training, and stretching helps keep your body fit and strong, reducing the possibility of injury. If injury does occur, getting the correct treatment and rehab started as quickly as possible helps reduce the recovery time.
Can Osteopathy Help Sports Injuries?
We frequently see patients with sports injuries and they are usually pretty frustrated that the injury is preventing them from doing the sport they love. Osteopathy can help with a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries using hands on techniques such as massage and joint articulation to help alleviate your symptoms. Our practitioners are also trained in Western Acupuncture (dry needling) which is a technique aimed at releasing myofascial trigger points helping muscles relax, be less painful and improve their range of movement, we find this highly effective in all of our patients, but especially in athletes. Our osteopaths will aim to keep you as active as they can throughout your injury, making sure that the activity isn’t aggravating your symptoms further, as we understand being active has lots of perks to it. They will also provide you with tailored exercises to help stretch and strengthen your muscles which can help prevent the injury from reoccurring.
Why Use Osteopathy For Sports Injuries?
If you’re a keen sports person you will know how frustrating it can be to be injured.
Osteopathic treatment can help with both acute and more chronic injuries and the aim of treatment is to try and get you back to exercising as quickly as possible. We will try and keep you as active as we can throughout your recovery, as long as the activity isn’t aggravating your injury we understand that exercise has multiple benefits to it. If you are training for a big sporting event and the training is intensive, a more long term management plan can be effective to help prevent injury from happening whilst the training increases. Our osteopaths can help you identify and manage issues and give you practical lifestyle advice to help keep you fit and healthy.
Osteopathy is focused on getting different areas of the body working harmoniously together, without these areas causing dysfunction somewhere else. By using a combination of hands on techniques including joint articulations and mobilisations, soft tissue techniques to help massage muscles, ligaments and tendons and looking at the body as a whole, osteopathy can help get you functioning optimally. We also believe that by educating our patients, we can help prevent the injury from reoccurring, helping keep you injury free.