Osteopathy at Sports Medicine Clinic
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine that aims at helping the body restore its balance. It looks at each injury from the view that the injury has an effect on the whole body. Therefore, only by taking into account the changes made by the whole body to accommodate the injury, can true long-term recovery occur.
Osteopathy is a safe and effective therapy for the whole family. Osteopaths are commonly used to treat various sports injuries.
Some conditions that are commonly treated with success at our clinics are:
- Lower Back Pain
- Disc problems
- Knee Pain
- Sports injury
- Ankle and foot injuries
- Numbness and tingling
- Shoulder and neck pain
- Postural problems
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Pain and activity during pregnancy
Restriction related to sporting activities:
- Throwing & Passing
- Over arm action
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What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine that aims at helping the body restore its balance. It looks at each injury from the view that the injury has an effect on the whole body. Therefore, only by taking into account the changes made by the whole body to accommodate the injury, can true long-term recovery occur. Osteopathy is defined by its principles:
The body is whole, working as a unit.
This seems obvious enough to most people, yet most other therapies don’t seem to take this into consideration when treating injuries. They end up focusing on the pain and symptoms only, without focusing on the cause. This leads to repeat injuries and pain coming back. E.g. Recurring ankle injuries.
Structure and Function are inter-related.
Quite simply put, the physical structure of the body will affect how your body will work. And in return, poor function of the body over time, will have an effect on the body structure. This will allow the osteopath to look deeper into your lifestyle habits, so as to explain why your body falls into certain positions. E.g. Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI).
The body has the ability to heal itself.
Osteopaths believe in the body’s proven ability to heal itself. Much like you can see a small scratch on your arm heal over time, the same process happens inside your body, but on a larger scale. It is only when mechanical restriction slows this process down, do injuries become chronic or long term. Osteopaths are trained in identifying and removing these restrictions so that healing can occur.
Osteopaths strictly follow the above three principles.
As obvious as it seems, it is the thought process of Osteopathy that sets it apart from other therapies like Physiotherapy and Chiropractic, and not the techniques that are used. This philosophy when applied correctly, is able to overcome mechanical and structural problems that cause pain.
Osteopaths are expertly trained in the specifics of biomechanics, and the anatomy and structure of the body. Osteopaths at the Sports Medicine Clinic work in this structural manner to specifically, efficiently and safely identify and treat your injury.