For many of us, exercise is part of our everyday lives and we benefit from it in terms of our general health and well-being. However, taking exercise can put us at greater risk of injury. The role of an osteopath in relation to sports injuries is two-fold: prevention and treatment.
Osteopaths are particularly well suited to helping prevent injuries because of our understanding of how the body works as a whole and how a dysfunction in one area can make injury in another more likely. It is well worth having an osteopathic assessment if you are involved in sport in order to identify any of these potential problem areas. As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure.
Exercise appropriately for your current level of fitness. This is particularly important when returning to sport as your expectations of yourself may be too great. Begin slowly and build up, especially after an injury. Warm up first, and then warm down with stretches afterwards. Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercising. Exercise regularly, and try to vary the type of exercise you do. Make sure that your equipment is suitable. For example, ill-fitting or inappropriate footwear can cause lower limb injuries such as Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis.
By combining our knowledge of what happens in specific sports injuries with the methods of assessment and treatment outlined in the What we do section of this website, we are able to restore structural balance, improve joint mobility and muscular suppleness in order that the body’s inherent drive towards recovery can go on unimpeded. This includes advice about changes to your nutritional and exercise that will help you towards a full recovery. In the immediate aftermath of an injury the main aim is to control the bodies inflammatory response.
HOW TO BOOK
Payment is made to the practitioner on the day of the consultation.
Senior Osteopath – Ben Parker
£50 for first visit (up to 60 minutes)
£50 for follow up visits (30 minutes)
£45 for first visit (up to 60 minutes)
£45 for follow up visits (30 minutes)
Call 01892 671764 to book or fill out the form below to request an appointment online