Sports Injuries are often the result of overuse and over training, such as runner's knee or tennis elbow where the athlete pushes his/her body to the limit. Sports injuries can also occur due to under training or poor training practices. Not stretching or having a good warm up regime can also lead to injury as the body is not prepared for the exercise.
So whether you are a weekend warrior or an elite athlete, osteopathy can help with prevention of injury as well as treatment of many common sporting or recreational injuries. Ankle and shoulder injuries are very common in amateur and professional sport. These injuries are often neglected or poorly treated which can lead to recurrence and early degenerative conditions.
Some common sporting injuries are neck & back strain, shoulder, elbow & wrist injuries e.g. tennis/golf elbow, hip, knee, leg & ankle injuries, groin strain, achilles tendonitis, cartilage/ligament strain and more.
Kinesio tape (K-Tape) gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is an elastic therapeutic tape used by practitioners for treating athletic injuries and a variety of physical disorders. Although K- Tape has been around for over 30 years, it gained public prominence during the Beijing Olympics and was a much talked about feature of the London Games of 2012.
Some applications of K- tape for various parts of the body include:
- Joints: K- tape correctly placed helps to stabilise joints
- Muscles: Overused muscles can benefit by use of K-tape in therapy and facilitate underused muscles in rehabilitation.
- Blood: The wave pattern found on the adhesive of tape has a lifting effect on the skin which reduces swelling and inflammation by improving blood circulation.