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What Does A Sports Osteopath Do?

Written by Accredited Sports Professionals   Posted in:Rehabilitation   January 19, 2017

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A sports osteopath is a professional who deals with sports-related conditions within the field of osteopathy. In general, this discipline is about the use of massage therapy and physically moving or stretching muscles, tissue and joints in order to aid movement or help with any of the following conditions:

  • Tense or stiff muscles

  • Painful joints

  • Circulation problems

  • Injury recovery

A key principle of osteopathy is about the different elements of the body working together harmoniously, and ensuring that the entire musculoskeletal system is functioning correctly in order to support overall health and eliminate specific problems.

Osteopathy is considered an alternative form of medical treatment, since there are no drugs involved and procedures do not require any kind of surgery. In some cases, an osteopath will be assigned to help patients recovering from surgery as a complement to their previous medical treatment, or alternatively they may try to prevent the need for surgery before that step needs to be taken.

Although not all osteopathic techniques are based on medical research, there is plenty of scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of osteopathy for treating specific conditions. Depending on the underlying cause, these may include pain in the following areas:

  • Lower back

  • Neck

  • Arms or shoulders

  • Legs, hips or pelvis

Sports injuries are also a common area of expertise covered by osteopaths, especially those are specifically work in this field. All of the areas listed above are associated with relatively common injuries for people who play sports on a regular basis, so the profession is an ideal match. Osteopathic treatments also tend to be less disruptive than other medical procedures, which is important for professional players and athletes.

Taking care to minimise the risk of potential injury is important for anyone engaging in any type of exercise, especially athletes and sports players, but regardless there is a higher likelihood that these activities could result in short or long term health problems. A specialised sports osteopath can often help with this, since they would be trained to correct movements that are liable to cause injury over time, diagnose potential conditions and provide appropriate treatment for many different types of injuries.