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What osteopathy can treat: sports injuries


Sports activities are an increasingly regular way of life for many, 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 elite professional to the casual participant.

Many of the injuries are the result of overuse i.e. playing too hard and too often e.g. tennis elbow, golfers elbow, and biceps tendinitis, or from not warming up properly beforehand or from not warming down after exercise.

Sometimes incorrect equipment can lead to injuries - ill-fitting footwear can cause hip, knee and foot injuries (e.g. Achilles tendon injuries). Similarly, inappropriate use of gym equipment and poorly thought out training regimes can lead to problems, such as shoulder tracking difficulties.

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.

The good news is that although sports injuries are common, those who are fit lend to recover more quickly and easily from their injuries.

Osteopathy can help improve performance as well as treat the injuries being suffered. We can use our knowledge of diagnosis and our highly developed palpatory skills to help restore structural balance, improve joint mobility and soft tissue tightness so that ease of movement is restored and performance enhanced.

For fitness,osteopathy 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.



  • · 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 alternate the types of exercise that you are doing every day
  • · Following a joint injury, ask your osteopath for advice.



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