Regardless of whether you are doing it for fun, a weekend warrior or elite, the injuries sustained from sports can be assessed, treated and rehabilitated by our Osteopaths.
Rotator cuff tendonitis, tear, strain
Knee ligament or cartilage sprain
Muscle tears ie. Hamstring, calf
Achilles injuries (encompassing tears, rupture rehab, tendonitis)
Post fracture rehab (simply to get joints and muscles to co-operate and provide the maximum flexibility after being immobilised)
The Difference Between Pain and Injury
Injury is damage. Muscles tear, ligaments sprain and bones break.
Pain is different. Pain is a sensation. Pain is produced by your brain in response to the threat of damage.
I’d like you to read the following carefully:
- You can have injury AND pain … BUT
- You can also have injury WITHOUT pain … AND
- You can also have pain WITHOUT injury
Most people don’t think about the last 2 points. Most think that injury and pain always go together. That’s why, if they have pain they just assume that they’ve got an injury … and this freaks them out … and they often stop training altogether … which can appear to be a wise action … but might not be.
I’d like you to think of pain differently. I want you to think of pain as an alarm system. That alarm system is there to WARN you. An alarm system is useless if it only goes off AFTER you’ve been burgled.
The point of the alarm system is to get you to INVESTIGATE the problem so that you can PREVENT the burglary from happening.
It would be an under-reaction to hear the alarm and ignore it. That would be like having pain … even a niggle … and ignoring it, hoping it will go away.
On the other hand, it would be an overreaction to hear the alarm, freak out, sell the house and move away from the area. That would be like noticing some pain, freaking out and stopping your training.
The point of the pain is to cause you to INVESTIGATE the pain … to find out exactly what it’s trying to tell you.
What can an Osteopath do?
We use orthopedic tests to enable the diagnosis of many injuries. Although some injuries do require imaging (X-ray, MRI, CT, ultrasound) to determine the severity, many are successfully rehabilitated and treated with manual therapy and a tailored program.
Our Osteopaths are all trained to use of therapeutic ultrasound, which reduces inflammation locally in affected tissues, reducing pain and speeds up recovery.
Osteopaths will also look further into the “why” you suffered the injury in the first place. Are their factors that can be addressed to reduce recurrence (ie. is you low back stiff which led to the hamstring tear?). Osteopaths take a wholisitc approach to the body, and balance the muscles and joints for fluent movements.
We have some fantastic stretches that have been tried-and-tested on many sports people before you, particularly focusing on the deep hip structures buttocks and hamstrings. We prescribe them often, and regardless of sports ability or elitism, our clients learn plenty of tips to management the build up of muscle tension experienced by many sporty people. Our goal is to have you in control of your vulnerable areas so you don’t NEED us.
what about tendonitis?
I am glad you asked! Our rehab program for tendonitis is very successful. Our rehab program strengthens the tendon in terms of control. It is not about building bulk in a muscle to make it stronger (this will just amplify tendonitis symptoms), it’s actually about getting the tendon to be able to work with really slow movements. It works a treat for so many areas. Once back to strength, your everyday activities keep the tendon strong.
- tennis elbow
- rotator cuff
- and so on and so on…