An osteopath will diagnose, treat and prevent health problems by using stretching, physical manipulation touch and massage to help the body heal. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends upon the bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues working effectively together. In a sport setting, osteopaths can help with the treatment of common sporting injuries such as back pain, muscle and ligament injuries, knee foot and ankle pain, shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries.
In addition to the treatment of sports and exercise related injuries osteopaths also work with athletes to prevent injuries in the first place and to optimise performance. For example, by helping make sure the musculo-skeletal system is working effectively to reduce a person’s likelihood of injury, or perhaps in sports requiring mechanical movement, such as swinging a golf club, can help a person do so more effectively. Some osteopaths will also offer advice on diet, exercise, as well as posture to help healing and prevent symptoms recurring.
All osteopaths listed on Accredited Sports Professionals are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. To be registered with the General Osteopathic Council an osteopath will have studied for at least four years to complete an accredited degree, which will have included more than 1,000 hours of training. You can read more about the training routes here.