Aussies love their sports and we all know how much of a drain sports injuries can be! They not only affect your performance on the field but they also impact your daily life, stop you playing with the kids and living the lifestyle you’re striving for. And whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, sports injuries can be a common and frustrating problem.
The problem is that sports all too frequently lead to injuries, so many of which can be prevented. The good news is that our Osteopaths can help you prevent, manage and move past most sports injuries. Proper first line injury management, rehabilitation planning and prevention advice are the critical first steps of returning from injury and they can all be sought through the expertise of our Osteopaths.
So many sports injuries are related to overuse and over training, such as runner’s knee or tennis elbow where the athlete really just pushes their body beyond what it’s current condition is capable of. These sorts of injuries often come back to what we call The Terrible Toos…Too hard, Too fast and Too soon! Having some help in planning a training and progression program can help you avoid these kinds of pitfalls and even better an Osteopath can help you plan based on your current condition and a fair understanding of what your body is really capable of.
Treatment goals include:
- Relieving your pain fast with joint mobility techniques, massage and stretching
- Improving any scar tissue with techniques to guide the direction it forms
- Getting you back to sport and work quicker with optimised tissue healing times
- Mobilising or strengthening your injured region with individually tailored exercises
- Improving your performance when you do return to sport – we’ll assess for, and help you to correct any biomechanical faults that may be affecting your technique and predisposing you to further injury
Our osteopaths are highly trained in the assessment and treatment of sports injuries. Sports Osteopathy treatments employed include the basics like ice, heat and strapping and other more specific techniques like joint and muscle mobilisation and manipulation to increase the length and strength of muscles and prescription of exercises to enhance agility, balance and co-ordination.
Our key rehabilitation goal is always to help you to learn self-care and prevention. This may be in the form of exercises, strapping/ bracing or helping you modify your activity to reduce tissue stress. We’ll even teach you some easy self-treatment strategies.