Whether you consider yourself to be an athlete or you are just someone who enjoys taking a stroll through the neighborhood every few days, you could still benefit from visiting an osteopath. After all, one of the goals of an osteopath is to prevent sports-related injuries from happening to you no matter your activity level.
We often see athletes who come in complaining of musculoskeletal pain, wrist and ankle injuries, and strains and sprains. Structural imbalances or alignment issues within the spine could lead to reduced range-of-motion, flexibility and movement. Over time, this could put you at risk for an injury. When you turn to an osteopath we can provide you with everyday strengthening and stretching exercises, as well as other easy habits to adopt to make sure that your body is ready to get out on the field and play a fun game without getting hurt.
Of course, accidents happen despite all of our best efforts. While some people may turn to the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) for treating mild-to-moderate sprains, strains and other tendons, muscle, ligament and soft tissue injuries, there are some people who may require further treatment.
Before considering more invasive treatments, an osteopath may be able to improve your condition and promote faster healing through a variety of manipulative techniques, which can improve blood flow to certain areas of the body while also boosting mobility and function. Osteopathic treatment is a great option for someone who doesn’t want to turn to medication to relieve their pain and discomfort.
Osteopathic treatment will continue over several sessions. Once we determine the cause of your injuries we will be able to create a treatment plan and let you know how often you will need to come in for treatment. In many cases, you will need to come in pretty regularly for about the first two to three weeks, with maintenance osteopathic treatments performed less frequently after that.
Osteopaths are equipped to treat a variety of sports-related injuries including:
- Shin splints
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder and wrist problems
- Inflamed tendons
- Neck pain
- Achilles injuries
- Foot pain
If you are dealing with sports-related aches and pains you could benefit from visiting an osteopath. Find out what we could do for you! Be kind to your hardworking body and it will be good to you.