Osteopathy is becoming established as a key provider of physical therapy for those involved in sport and is one of the disciplines sought for inclusion in sports medicine teams.
Osteopathy works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together. This principle demands that the whole body always be considered when treating an athlete and is one of the ways in which osteopathy differs from other therapies. On assessment, using palpation and a functional biomechanical evaluation, the emphasis is on determining whether somatic dysfunction exists. Somatic dysfunction can be defined as soft tissue changes, asymmetry, restricted range of movement and tenderness. If somatic dysfunction exists then our osteopath directs treatment towards the cause of the dysfunction.
Ryan, our Osteopath will be able to offer an assessment and treatment that is tailored not just to aiding the relief the athletes’ immediate symptoms but to also support the optimal healing process of the body and to establish a good balance of flexibility and muscular support so as to offer better resistance to breakdown in the future.
Ryans’ treatment modalities are primarily hands-on and include soft-tissue treatment, joint articulation, myofascial release techniques, neuromuscular inhibition, cranio-sacral therapy and joint manipulation techniques. He also uses medical acupuncture and myofascial trigger point dry needling. Postural advice and exercises may be provided to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring along with cross-referral to other therapists within The Performance Clinic.
With the introduction of osteopathy at The Performance Clinic this allows a truly integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the treatment and management of injuries.
In order to undergo osteopathic assessment and treatment, contact The Performance Clinic and make an appointment with our Registered Osteopath Ryan Myers.