Unfortunately for most professional and amateur athletes picking up some sort of injury is inevitable.
Depending on the individual and the type of injury it can mean a lengthy time off of sport, which if you are an active person you will appreciate is very frustrating.
Sports Osteopaths are trained to identify muscular, connective tissue, joint and skeletal problems and by doing this can assess the effect that these might have on your body. Osteopaths use a number of different techniques to treat injuries for example; myofascial release massage, medical acupuncture and muscular stretching, kinesiology taping and more. The aim is to get you pain free and back to participating in your sport at full capacity as soon as possible.
Often a combination of these techniques will be used to treat the injury to enhance blood and nerve supply to muscles aiding recovery. You will be offered advice on self-care and probably be given some stretches and exercises to do at home to help strengthen and mobilise your body to reinforce treatment.
The most common sporting injuries we see are:
Muscle strains Neck pain
Upper back pain and low back pain Tennis or golfers elbow
Plantar fasciitis Loss of mobility
Carpal tunnel syndrome Soft tissue injuries
Sprains which include joint injuries, knee, shoulder and elbow pain