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As athletes, sports people push their bodies to the limit, overstretching ligaments and muscles and picking up injuries. The more severe injuries and concussions which can result from heavy tackles can leave the body neurologically shocked.
The forces of a heavy tackle or impact can be retained as a memory in the body. These force vectors are non-anatomical and non-physiological but they can significant impair biomechanical and physiological function. They are undetectable by machines and devices but can felt by the highly developed palpation skills of an experienced osteopath.
These are all reasons why a healthy athlete may be having difficulty getting rid of a recurring sports injury. When we are young the body can adapt more easily to these stresses and strains but as injuries accumulate and we get older we lose some elasticity and flexibility in the body which impairs healing.
Osteopathy with its whole-body and from birth onwards approach to treatment can get to the root of why a problem is re-occurring. Revisiting seemingly unrelated injuries or illnesses which occurred many years before can often be the key to helping a stubborn or recurring sports injury get better for good.
Osteopaths often find that working directly with the neurological system, can reduce adrenal stimulation, treats these shocks out of the body and facilitates recovering from other injuries. Athletes while fit and healthy while playing their sports should not underestimate the effects of difficult births, childhood illnesses and injuries, emotional shocks, surgeries and old injuries on their body. These all accumulate in the body and they will leave strain patterns which effect other parts of the body.
Osteopaths using Biodynamic and Cranial Osteopathic techniques as well as classical musculoskeletal techniques are ideally placed to spot how these stresses strains are being held in and impacting the body and treat them. The athlete can do all the stretching and exercises they want but they will not be able to resolve these inherent developmental strains from birthing injuries, early childhood illness, surgeries, old injuries and illnesses unless they attend someone who can spot them and knows how to treat them. At best the body will compensate for them until it is no longer able to do so, then recurring pain will ensue.