Osteopathy

Osteopathy focuses on how the musculoskeletal system interrelates with the body as a whole. This holistic approach makes it ideal for treating sports injuries.

Osteopathic treatment is largely hands-on, and may include stretching of shortened soft tissues, specific massage techniques, rhythmic joint mobilisations and joint manipulation.

Osteopathy isn't just for backs

Virtually any sports injury can be helped with osteopathic treatment, including:

  • hip and knee pain
  • hamstring strains
  • calf and shin problems
  • shoulder and elbow pain.

How does it work?

The effectiveness of osteopathy in treating sports injuries is shown by looking at one athlete's progress:

Steve, a 31 year old runner and triathlete had pain in his right shin region after running and swimming. A full assessment including taking a detailed history and physical examination was carried out to diagnose tendinopathy of the Tibialis Posterior muscle - a form of 'shin splints'. This muscle supports the arch of the foot, and contributes to pushing off the toes during running.

Treatment included

  1. Specific, dynamic release of affected muscle and tendon with deep massage.
  2. Mobilisation of joint restrictions in foot and hip. (Restoring the normal movement is important to help prevent the muscles tightening up again).
  3. Spinal manipulation to relieve lower back stiffness and sensitivity.
    Manipulation also helps to restore normal activation of nerves that supply the dysfunctional muscles;  immediate improvement in muscle power is often noted.
  4. Rehabilitation exercises to strengthen weak muscles. (If there is continual pain, stiffness or resistance to movement, exercise alone may not help. Barriers to movement and muscle activation are removed first, using the methods described. Rehabilitation exercises are then more effectively employed, thus accelerating the rate of recovery).
  5. Contributory factors such as work and driving posture were addressed.
  6. Sports-specific analysis of movement was performed:
    Swimming - use both feet evenly to push off at turns, rather using mainly the right foot.
    Running - minimise the use of racing shoes during training, as these lack the support afforded by normal running shoes.

The results

A rapid resolution of symptoms after four visits, and a swift return to enjoying pain-free competition.

Our rates

Osteopathy prices
OsteopathyStudent with a sports passMember, student without a sports passPublic

First appointment
45 minutes

£36 £40 £45
Follow-up appointment
30 minutes
£28 £33 £38

Health insurance approved

For example if you're a member of BUPA, AXA PPP Healthcare or Simply Health. Insurance prices in accordance with the clinic's insurance company agreements.

Book an appointment

To book an appointment contact us or speak to a member of staff at the reception desk in the Indoor Sports Centre.

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