Sports injuries is a broad term that is used to describe any injury to a structure in the body, predominantly affecting the bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. The injuries can occur through a fall, a collision with another sportsperson, poor technique or inappropriate footwear or equipment. Common sports injuries include:
- Shin splints
- Ligament strains, sprains, tears or damage
- Bone injuries or fractures
- Pain occurring in any part of the body
- Swollen joints or tissues
- Tennis or Golf Elbow
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- Tendon ruptures or injuries
- Cuts, abrasions and bruising
- ‘Runners knee’
Sports injuries are more likely to occur when there is an element of misalignment in one or more of the body systems. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, ligaments, connective tissues and muscles all functioning smoothly together, meaning osteopath treatment can play a pivotal role in treating current injuries and using preventative techniques to keep potential future injuries at bay.
The London Osteopath clinic has three separate bases across London, namely Beckenham, Holborn and central London. Treatment for sports injuries at these centres is tailor-made towards any level of sports from beginner to the advanced sportsperson. A variety of soft tissue techniques may be adopted, including massage, trigger point therapy, manipulation and articulation of structures. These soft tissue techniques will be simultaneously used alongside other modalities such as mobilisation, stretching and strengthening exercises to speed up recovery.
Your osteopath will be able to share their wealth of knowledge to formulate a plan to prevent further injuries. This can involve detailed advice in regards toa variety of topics including but not limited to, posture, lifestyle, weight management and diet. Exercise is of course pivotal to recovery and a detailed program will be put together taking into account your capabilities, fitness level and preferences.
In addition to osteopathy sessions, the London Osteopathy clinic is able to offer Pilates; an effective means to complement leisure or competitive sports, the sessions are focused on building up strength without compromising on alignment or causing further injury. The NHS website states that Pilates has multiple health benefits and can be used to develop whole-body strength and flexibility which will in turn reduce the risk of injury or further problems down the line. Pilates aims to strengthen the whole body in an evenly balanced way with an emphasis placed on core stability. The three London Osteopathy clinics each have the facilities and space to offer Pilates classes. Just about suitable for people of all ages and abilities Pilates is a fun and relaxing way to start to improve muscle weakness.
Osteopathy for Arthritis
The goal of osteopathy treatment in relation to arthritis is to reduce any imbalances that may be contributing to the condition. Following a thorough assessment at one of the three London Osteopathy clinics, your treatment will be tailor-made to your individual requirements. This may include a variety of gentle movements, stretching, massage and manipulation of the affected joints.
These techniques aim to relieve muscle tension and pain whilst working to improve joint flexibility. Work may be done on surrounding joints to take the stress and strain off the affected area, ensuring that loading of the joints through activities such as walking is as equal as possible.
The increased blood and lymph supply to the treated area can optimise healing to the joint and surrounding tissues, following several session you may notice a reduction in pain and an overall improvement of function in your everyday activities. With the reduction in symptoms, many patients can increase general fitness through activity and lifestyle changes which can further improve health and therefore breaking the cycle of inactivity and pain avoidance.
Your osteopath will be able to provide home exercises and positive, friendly advice in regards to posture, balance and nutrition to enable you to self manage your condition confidently and effectively.