- Osteopathy Benefits
As professionals in the treatment of pain and restrictions in the body, our team at Osteopathy Cape Town are experienced in working with all types of injuries.
Osteopathy helps to attain better performance and reduce probability of injury by removing restrictions within the body frame.
Competitive sport can contribute to musculoskeletal imbalances, and Osteopathic treatment is designed to help you realign the body to its natural state.
In addition to treatment, we offer the tips and techniques that will help alleviate minor aches and strains and offer guidance to minimise or avoid injury and muscle strain.
Acute injuries may be caused by overuse, direct impact or the application of pressure greater than a body part – such as an ankle – can structurally withstand.
Chronic injuries on the other hand are caused by overuse of muscle groups or joints, and poor techniques or structural abnormalities can exacerbate these conditions, leading to fractures and other complications.
The following common sports injuries and their symptoms include:
The commonly accepted advice for the treatment of injuries within the first 24 to 48 hours includes 1. Rest 2. Ice 3. Compression 4. Elevation.
By following these steps, and consulting your Osteopath, recovery time following a sporting injury can be greatly reduced.
The injured area should be rested for the first 24 hours. Full weight bearing e.g. on a sprained ankle should not be attempted. The body will gradually heal and accommodate more pressure on the affected area over time. For minor injuries, alternating been rest and light movement is important for recovery.
Following a traumatic injury where there is swelling, pain, redness and stiffness, it is important to reduce inflammation.
The best way to do this is to use an ice pack or cold compress to the affected area. Ideally one should use a protective layer between the skin and ice pack – such as Vaseline or a towel – and apply for 10 minutes at a time.
For additional relief and to stabilise movement, a supportive compression can be applied by using a bandage or similar alternative. The pressure needs to be optimal – not too tight because this will cut off circulation.
Elevation should be used within the first 48 hours after injury occurs. Lower limb injuries must be elevated above the height of the hip.
By elevating the injured limb, fluid will drain away from the site of the injury, leading to decreased swelling and a reduction in pain symptoms. Upper limb injuries must be elevated above the level of the heart.
Other treatment options for minor injuries include:
If a muscle is tight or has gone into a spasm, heat can be helpful. However it can create further damage if there are torn tissues and internal bleeding. So, when in doubt rather use ice.
It is always advised to seek the help of a professional when it comes to medication. However, it is generally accepted that Paracetemol is an effective painkiller. Aspirin and Neurofen may aggravate pre-existing conditions such as asthma and digestive problems.
Movement is recommended under certain conditions, e.g. when there is back strain – this so that your body does not stiffen too much. Gentle movements should be interspersed with periods of rest.
When returning to work or around the house, it is important to alternate periods of sitting with movement. Ideally if you are sitting at a desk, behind a computer, you should get up and move around every half hour.
More serious injuries require the intervention of emergency professionals. If the following symptoms occur, contact the nearest emergency service provider:
There are ways to minimise sports injuries, and these include the following simple techniques:
For any sports related injuries or enquiries, please contact our professional team at Osteopathy Cape Town on 0217159999