Minor sports injuries
Sports activities are a regular way of life for many of us, and involve people across all age groups, from those who have an avid interest to those who just wish to keep fit, from the elite professional to the casual participant.
Many of the injuries seen at Cannock Osteopaths are the result of overuse ie: playing too hard and too often e.g. tennis / golfers elbow and biceps tendinitis, or from not warming up properly beforehand or from not warming down after exercise.
Sometimes, incorrect equipment can lead to injuries i.e. ill fitting footwear can cause hip, knee and foot injuries e.g. Achilles tendinitis. Reduced joint flexibility can affect the degree of performance and may result in injury if the player is unaware that they cannot perform to the same level as they used to, e.g. golfers who cannot turn at the waist as well as they used to, and the enthusiastic older footballer whose knees do not bend as well as they once did.
Young people are especially vulnerable in sport, as their growing bodies are often expected to perform to high standards, putting exceptional physical demands on themselves.
The good news is that although sports injuries are common, those that are fit tend to recover more quickly and easily from their injuries.
At Cannock Osteopaths we can help improve your performance as well as treat the injuries being suffered. All our Osteopaths use their knowledge of diagnosis and highly developed palpatory skills to help restore structural balance, improve joint mobility and reduce adhesions and soft tissue restrictions, so that ease of movement is restored and performance enhanced.
For those wishing to keep fit our Osteopaths can help keep you supple and improve muscle tone so reducing the risk of injury to soft tissues unaccustomed to the extra work they are being asked to do. They will also advise on exercises which will help you with your specific sport.
We will help you recover from injury more quickly, get you back to the sport you love and prevent further injury by advising on warm-up and stretching exercises.
The sooner an injury is treated the quicker it will recover.