OSTEOPATHY IN SPORT

How can your osteopath help?

It is common to feel some minor discomfort after training, as the body takes a little time to recover and adapt to the demands of your activities. Soreness often quickly resolves itself, but occasionally it may persist for more than a few days or make it difficult for you to continue your normal activities. In these instances you may want to seek advice from an osteopath.

Osteopathic care is based on the individual needs of the patient and so varies depending on your age, fitness levels and diagnosis.

Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints. These are often used with exercise and helpful advice, together with strapping or taping, all of which are designed to relieve your pain, help you return to your normal activity levels and maintain the best of health.

As well as treating your injuries, your osteopath may offer you advice about optimal nutrition or suggest a sportspecific diet.

The good news is that although sports injuries are common, those who are active and have experience of following exercise routines may find they recover more quickly and easily from their injuries.

How can you help yourself?

  • Begin your activity slowly and build up intensity, especially after an injury

  • Drink plenty of water when you are thirsty, especially if exercising

  • Exercise regularly, and try to vary the types of exercise you do for all over body fitness

  • If you believe you have injured a limb, then rest, ice, compression and elevation may help, but seek advice if you are worried

  • Normal soft tissue healing time can take up to 12 weeks (if no other injuries occur). If you’re worried at all about an injury in the short, medium or long term it is worth seeking further advice

Getting the best out of sport

Taking part in sport or keeping fit can be rewarding, improve your health and reduce your risk of serious illnesses such as heart problems, stroke or cancer. It can also help maintain your weight and improve your self-esteem.

Adults between the ages of 19 – 64 are advised to do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week. This can include activities like brisk walking, cycling or aqua aerobics. It is also recommended to perform exercises to strengthen all the main muscle groups (arms, legs and body) twice a week.

Even if you are active regularly, you should also aim to minimise the amount of time you spend sitting for extended periods.

Sport has become a way of life for many in the UK, with participants ranging from elite athletes to those who just want to keep fit. But what happens if you get an injury?

Participating in sports too often or too hard may result in an injury. Failing to warm up properly beforehand, or warm down and stretch after exercise may also result in strains. Using inappropriate equipment or wearing the wrong footwear may likewise hinder your performance. An unresolved prior injury, which might not even be related to sport, can make it difficult to even get started.
About osteopaths

Osteopathic practice is a safe and effective form of prevention, diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of health issues. Osteopaths are highly trained healthcare professionals  who are experts in the musculoskeletal system (joints,  muscles and associated tissues) and its relationship to  other systems of the body, to keep you as healthy as you can be. Osteopaths see people of all ages from babies to the elderly and everyone in between, including pregnant women and elite athletes. You do not need to consult your GP before you visit an osteopath, although you may  wish to do so.

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Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr)

Reyhaneh is a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) specialising in weight management, pre and post-natal nutrition and sports nutrition. Having achieved a first-class bachelor (BSc) degree in Nutrition, she focuses on using evidence-based nutrition to empower food choices. Following University, she obtained her Master’s in Public Health. Additionally, Reyhaneh is becoming a qualified Level 3 PT and is completing her further sports nutrition education.


Reyhaneh’s mission is to fight modern day dietary and fitness myths and help people improve their relationship with food. As showcased on her Instagram @reys_nutritious_lab, Reyhaneh’s aim is to make evidence-based nutrition as accessible, relevant and exciting as possible. Whether your goal is weight management, increase energy or to boost sports performance, Reyhaneh will help you achieve your goals in a healthy and sustainable way.

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