Sports injury

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As a martial artist, I've had my fair share of injuries, including 5 broken ribs, the usual sprains and strains, a ruptured hamstring tendon and most seriously a complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee and ACL reconstruction.

 

I know from first hand experience the benefits of osteopathic diagnostics and treatment. Injuries mostly heal up given time, but there is often a distortion in blood flow, connective tissue fibre alignment and tissue elasticity that simply does not get addressed by rehabilitation exercises. This is what leads to incomplete recovery from sports trauma or re-injury. The fine-tuning of joint alignment and soft tissues is of great interest to me. It may well be of benefit to you too.

Sports osteopathy is a specialisation within osteopathy. Osteopaths around the world work with professional sports teams, alongside physiotherapists. In Ireland, most clubs work closely with physiotherapists and treatment is often very successful for the injured athlete.

But there are times when physiotherapy, exercises, massage and lots of patience just is  not enough and injuries either drag on, or keep reoccurring. Often, following recovery from a severe injury, your game is never what it was. This is where an osteopathic perspective, based on our enhanced palpatory skills and somewhat different approach to treatment becomes very helpful.

 You can keep seeing your physiotherapist, if you chose. In many cases, physio's and osteopaths prefer to share diagnostic insights that will serve to help you. When possible, I will coordinate treatments and rehabilitation protocols.

 If you are interested in finding out more about how the specialism of Sports Osteopathy could help you, please give Gideon a call.

Gideon is also a Sports Injury Acupuncturist.