Osteopathic care for all levels of athletes and all types of sport.
Whether you’re a professional or amateur athlete, or you just love keeping fit, sport and exercise -- by its very nature -- can be tough on the body. Osteopathic philosophy for sport and exercise is all about balance - optimal strength, balanced with flexibility, within a balanced body posture. Balance improves performance and decreases the likelihood of sports-related injuries.
We are specialists in sports-related osteopathic care for amateurs and professionals alike.
As osteopaths we are often described as ‘mechanics for the body’. At Growing Bones, we understand the requirements of the athlete’s body and the importance of postural balance, muscle and joint flexibility, and how efficient movement patterns impact on athletic performance.
All of our osteopaths enjoy sport and keeping fit themselves. From baseball to pilates, surf rowing to swimming, triathlons to yoga… Our osteopaths have first hand experience on the importance of body balance to keep fit and perform well.
How does a sports osteopath treat athletes?
Our osteopaths use a combination of functional, direct and gentle osteopathic balancing techniques when treating athletes. Mobilisation, inhibition and gentle osteopathic manipulation, along with soft tissue stretching may aid to foster increased strength, elasticity, mobility and performance for active bodies.
Our osteopathic approach to sports-related issues is complemented by the prescription of functional and pilates-based stretches and exercises that help athletes help themselves in between and beyond osteopathic treatment.
Sports-related injuries and conditions commonly presenting to osteopaths include, but are not limited to:
- Shoulder pain - impingement / rotator cuff dysfunction / bursitis
- Elbow pain- tennis elbow / golfers elbow
- Wrist pain
- Ankle and foot pain - acute sprains / recurrent sprains / plantar fasciitis
- Knee pain/injury - ligament sprains / patella tracking
- Hip pain - impingement / bursitis / tightness
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain and headaches
- General maintenance of functional flexibility and postural balance
- Functional treatment for optimal performance
- Rehabilitation post-injury or surgery
- Specific recurrent sporting injuries (hamstring strains, shoulder dislocations)
- Sciatica pain
- Muscle tightness, spasm, tension and strain
- Joint sprains
Want to know more about how a sports osteopath can improve your performance?
To find out if osteopathy is suitable for you, please call our sports osteopath on (03) 9687 3040, or make an appointment using our secure online booking tool.