Whether you are an elite athlete or you run around the park once in a while for general fitness, your osteopathic treatment can help with sports injuries.
Reduced joint or muscle flexibility will affect your performance. It may result in injury. If you do become injured, your osteopath can help with a return to optimal function and prevent compensatory strains from occurring. This aims to minimise re-injury and allow a quicker return to physical activity.
Osteopathic treatment involves manual techniques, including soft tissue stretching, mobilisation, inhibition and manipulation.
Sport and children
Children need to grow with optimal mobility, strength and balance. Sport and exercise can place exceptional demands on their bodies.
Before treating your child, the osteopath (as a primary healthcare practitioner) may perform a standard medical examination of the muculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems, and may refer to other health care professionals if necessary.
Did you know?
hamstring and groin injuries invariably involve low back or pelvic restriction and imbalances
knee pain is related to poor foot and ankle mechanics, thigh muscle tension and hip problems
shoulder injuries can be caused by tension in the ribs, neck, shoulder blade and upper back
shin splints may involve poor mechanics of the lower leg and foot
What to do when you suffer a sports injury
If you do get injured, remain calm and apply basic first aid. Seek proper medical assessment as soon as you can.
To prevent injury
To avoid injury while playing sport or exercising, make sure you warm up and warm down with stretches. You should also drink plenty of water to keep your tissues hydrated.