Sports Injuries are very common place in this busy world where our endurance and competitive edge are pushed to the limit both at work and at play. Any accident can lead to muscle spasm and swelling around the injury site producing pain and a great reluctance, on our part, to use that area leading to a string of compensations and adaptations manifesting throughout the body.
Our brains tend to maintain this protective ‘strangle hold’ leading to long-term asymmetric body use, which is especially heightened if we return to activity/training too soon or build back up too quickly, which sadly occurs all too often.
Osteopaths look at the whole body, not just the area of pain, so they are very aware of how a twisted knee or ankle, for example, may lead to back or neck symptoms, in time. With this in mind by treating the whole body not just the local injury any resoultion produced may be more apparent.
Throughout a course of treatment your practitioner will be able to advise you on whether or not to exercise and at what level as well as recommend case specific self-help methods such as appropriate regular stretching and strengthening exercises, hydrotherapy, diet/hydration/supplementation, injury prevention measures and post injury tactics as well as recommend a maintenance program.