Preventing and treating injuries
Whether you’re an elite athlete or you run around with your kids in the local park, your osteopath may help prevent – and treat – many sporting injuries.
Commonly treated sports injuries include knee, leg, ankle, hip, pelvic, shoulder, elbow, wrist and neck & back strains.
Reduced joint or muscle flexibility will affect your performance. It may result in injury. If you do become injured, your osteopath is highly trained to facilitate 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. These techniques assist in improving elasticity, strength, endurance, mobility and performance.
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.
What to do when you suffer an injury
If you get injured, remain calm and apply basic first aid. Seek proper clinical assessment as soon as you can.