Osteopathy for Sports Injury
We know what's at stake for athletes
...and understand the pressures on athletes to quickly return to their competitive level of sport after injury. Using accurate and detailed diagnosis, combined with clinically tested, hands-on techniques and carefully staged exercise regimes, we assist your recovery in the fastest time possible.
Sports activities are a regular way of life for many of us now, and involve people from across all age groups from those who have an avid interest to those who just wish to keep fit; from the casual participant, to the elite professional.
Many of the injuries we see are the result of overuse - playing too hard and too often. Examples of these would be tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and biceps tendinitis, or from not warming up properly beforehand or from not warming down after exercise. Overuse outside of sport will also led to these sorts of repetitive strains.
Sometimes incorrect equipment can lead to injuries – ill-fitting footwear can cause hip, knee and foot injuries (e.g. achilles injuries). Reduced joint flexibility will affect the degree of performance and may result in injury if the player is unaware that they cannot perform to the same level as they used to, for example golfers who cannot turn at the waist as well as they used to, and the enthusiastic older footballer whose knees do not bend as well as they once did.
Young people especially are vulnerable in sport as their growing bodies are often expected to perform to high standards and are putting exceptional physical demands on themselves.
How osteopathy can help
The good news is that although sports injuries are common, those who are fit tend to recover more quickly and easily from their injuries. An osteopath can help improve performance as well as treat the injuries being suffered.
By using their knowledge of correct, primary diagnosis and highly developed palpatory skills osteopaths can help to restore structural balance, improve joint mobility and reduce adhesions and soft tissue restrictions so that ease of movement is restored and performance enhanced.
For those wishing to keep training, the osteopath can help you keep supple and improve muscle tone so reducing the risk of injury to soft tissues unaccustomed to the extra work they are being asked to do*.
Advice on diet and exercise which will help you with your specific sport may also be offered. Occasionally, your osteopath may advise a break from training. Healthy Balance Sports Team realise the pressure you may be under and never take this decision lightly.
Begin slowly and build up, especially after an injury
Warm up first, and then warm down with stretches afterwards
Drink plenty of water when exercising
Exercise regularly, and try to alternate the types of exercise that you are doing every day
Following a joint injury apply ice to the area for 10 minutes, every hour, if practical.
Apply a bandage to compress the tissues. Elevate and rest if possible*.
To operate or not to operate?
Let's get something straight! Osteopaths never operate. They can't. They have no training or skills. Surgeons treat surgically. They don't treat osteopathically.
Your injury is at the mercy of opinions, agendas and the pressure to play, but it's YOUR body and your own sports career that is at stake. We will give you our very best opinion on how to do the right thing for your injury and that involves suggesting surgery as often as not. A decision to operate or not is yours only, and you must be fully aware of the outcomes and limitations of surgery and the likelihood of full recovery in the case of both types of treatment. We will make sure your opinion is an informed one.
Integrated Care and Real Communication
Osteopaths recognise that a team approach to injury recovery is sometimes necessary. We happily talk with your coach, surgeon or even sports psychologist IF you want us to. It is completely up to you but this can be extremely valuable. It doesn't mean that your whole health history is discussed, it is usually about discussing very specific points about your sports equipment or the way that it is being used.