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Can Osteopathy Improve Sports Performance?

Updated: Mar 24



Yes, it can and here’s how.


Among the most common reasons behind impeded performance in sports are

unresolved injuries, pain,not getting enough sleep, or good quality sleep, injuries that are slow to heal, flexibility issues and the inevitable interruptions to training as the result of injury, even injuries that you think are long healed can be negatively impacting your current performance.


At Brixton Therapy Centre our team of expert osteopaths can help with all of these issues. Starting with a thorough assessment, accurate diagnosis and fast relief from pain. We then lead into treatment including planning and programmes for injury prevention, dealing with recurrent injuries and helping injuries to heal faster so you can get back to training quicker. Osteopathy is also excellent for improving sleep quality.

Common Sports Injuries that Osteopathy Can Treat


  • Strains.

  • Sprains.

  • Tendonitis.

  • Pulled muscles.

  • Shin splints.

  • ITB syndrome (iliotibial band), also known as runner's knee.

  • Groin strain

  • Tennis elbow.

  • Golfers elbow.

  • Plantar fasciitis.

  • Back and shoulder pain/injury.

  • Knee injuries.


Why is Osteopathy So Beneficial to Those Who Do Sport?


Osteopathy Gets to the Root of the Problem.


Osteopathy is a holistic treatment that can diagnose and treat the underlying causes of sporting injuries, these are often due to spinal restrictions and imbalances within the body. For example, a problem in a knee could be the result of a spinal restriction, causing imbalance which affects weight distribution so the knee affected is disproportionately stressed.


Sports Affect the Body in Different Ways.


Contact sports such as rugby, boxing, martial arts and football can put high levels of stress on the body. Injuries are common and to a certain degree expected.

Other sports involve the sort of repetitive movements that can put added stress on particular areas of the body for example in tennis puts extra strain on one side.

Endurance sports too can put a unique strain on the body with the potential to deplete muscle stores particularly if strength training is not undertaken in conjunction with the endurance training.


Osteopathy is Holistic


Osteopathy is a whole-body treatment that utilises a variety of different techniques including movement and postural assessment, exercise planning, joint manipulation, counterstrain techniques, massage, stretching, traction (gentle pulling), MET (muscle energy technique which uses contraction and counterforce) and cranial osteopathy which is a more gentle technique often used for those with a recent and/or severe injury.

These methods are used in a variety of combinations according to what your body needs in order to help you recover quicker, recommence training and to reach your peak performance.


​Who Uses Osteopaths to Aid Sports Performance.


It is not uncommon to see osteopaths as part of the entourage of sports teams and professional athletes or at big events. Osteopaths work at the olympics, have appeared court side at Wimbledon, famously treating Roger Federer to enable him to continue, osteopaths also accompany the England football team to every tournament.


Get In Touch


Contact our friendly team at Brixton Therapy Centre, in the heart of South West London to see how we can get you perform better, get back to training quicker, and get rid of the aches and pains caused by unresolved injuries and traumas that have been holding you back.


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