Osteopaths have been part of the official health care support for Olympic athletes since 2012. It’s become a widely accepted physical therapy that helps to protect from harm, and also assists with healing.
You’re probably familiar with the use of sports massage and physiotherapy in both professional and amateur sports. Both of these disciplines are commonly used to help with sports injuries. So where does osteopathy fit in?
The two professions – physiotherapy and osteopathy – are closely related and their practitioners treat very similar conditions. The physiotherapist gives attention to movement and exercise, education and advice. Your osteopath pays much more attention to the structure and function of your body. We have a deep understanding of how the skeleton, muscles, nerves, ligaments and connective tissues function.
Osteopathy for sports injuries considers every aspect of your life. We have to, because you’re using your body all the time and every aspect of your lifestyle can make a difference to your performance in sports.
Do you spend long hours working at a computer? Does your work involve a lot of standing or lifting? Any pain or discomfort in your body could be as much due to activity outside of your sport as being caused by it.
Our role, as osteopaths to sporting professionals and sports lovers, is to help improve your physical fitness through gentle massage, non-invasive manipulation of muscles and ligaments, along with exercises and advice.