Lisa Opie at Osteopath West, with her experience of competitive squash and treatment of top level tennis, squash and wheelchair tennis players and triathletes of all levels, is qualified to offer you a combination of skills. Her osteopathic training enables her to assess and treat minor sport injuries, whilst her degree in sport injury rehabilitation extends these skills to offer musculoskeletal management of your specific sport related injuries. The aim is to facilitate recovery of function and your return to full physical activity.
What it involves
Your first appointment will be no different from the usual osteopathic consultation and evaluation (see osteopathy page). You will be asked specific questions related to your particular sport or even to demonstrate some movements. Your diagnosis and treatment plan will be discussed in the usual way. Treatment is likely to involve the use of osteopathic techniques within the treatment room combined with a more specific exercise based programme in the studio gym.
An individually tailored treatment plan will be devised on diagnosis using the most appropriate techniques for you. Techniques may include mobilisation, manipulation, articulation, soft tissue massage, muscle energy techniques, stretching, core strength/stability, strengthening and balance exercises. Kinesio taping may also be used to assist your recovery and you are likely to be prescribed some progressive exercises to do in between appointments and given injury prevention advice. Recommendation of referral to other specialists can be advised if necessary.