Find a Sports Osteopath Near You

Sports Injury | Sports Massage | Physical Fitness

A Sports Osteopath giving a massage

Thank you so much for visiting My Sports Map. If you are looking to find a sports osteopath near you then you have come to the right place. 

We are an online sports directory listing people, and clinics, offering a range of sports services. The best way to use our site is to use the search function on our homepage. But for a quick overview you can see the excellent selection of sports osteopaths across the UK listing on the site here

All osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. 

A sports osteopath is a professional who deals with sports-related conditions within the field of osteopathy. In general, this discipline is about the use of massage therapy and physically moving or stretching muscles, soft tissues and joints in order to aid movement or help with any of the following conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal pain (e.g., tense or stiff muscles, painful joints) 
  • Circulation problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Injury recovery

Sports performers and teams are increasingly recognising the benefits of osteopathic support. For example osteopaths from Brazil, Japan and the United Kingdom provided 700 treatments to Olympic athletes and about 400 to Paralympians at the Rio Olympics in 2016

A key principle of osteopathy is about the different elements of the body working together harmoniously, and ensuring that the entire musculoskeletal system is functioning correctly in order to support overall health and eliminate specific problems to become pain free.

In some cases, an osteopath will be assigned to help patients recovering from surgery as a complement to their previous medical treatment, or alternatively they may try to prevent the need for surgery before that step needs to be taken.

There is plenty of scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of osteopathy for treating specific conditions. Depending on the underlying cause, these may include aches and pains in the following areas:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arms or shoulder pain
  • Legs, hips or pelvis pain

Sports injuries are also a common area of expertise covered by osteopaths. All of the areas listed above are associated with relatively common sports injuries for people. In general osteopath treatment tends to be hands on examples include techniques like medical acupuncture, sports taping, postural advice or deep tissue sports massage.  Osteopathic treatments also tend to be less disruptive than other medical procedures, which is important for professional players and athletes. While osteopaths typically offer hands on treatment an increasing number are now offering video consultations. Osteopathic treatment plans are often part of a broader sports medicine approach and for example osteopaths and physiotherapists will work together. 

The experienced sports osteopath gauges the time required to recover adequately for a safe return to sport. This safe return to sport depends upon a considerate, collaborative and open relationship between the athlete and sports osteopath. A trained sports osteopath integrates ‘soft’ skills (e.g., listening, understanding, supporting) with physical treatment to allow the athlete to trust their collaborative worth together and return safely to participation.

Taking care to reduce the risk of potential injury is important for anyone engaging in any type of exercise, especially athletes and sports players, and a premature return to competition, or performing with an injury, can mean a higher likelihood of long term health problems. A specialised sports osteopath can often help with this, and be able to reduce pain, since they would be trained to correct movements that are liable to cause injury over time, diagnose potential conditions and provide appropriate treatment for many different types of injuries. Sports osteopaths offer a full package of diagnosis and treatment. 

On our directory we have sports osteopaths who offer services that address sports injury, sports massage, and physical fitness. They are often an integral part of a sports injury clinic. If you are looking to employ a sports osteopath it is also worth knowing that many are often covered by health insurance as well. If you would like to read some of our material relating to sports injury, sports massage and fitness training then you can find relevant articles on our blog page

Thank you once again for visiting our directory to find the ideal osteopathic clinic or osteopath near you. Please feel free to contact the clinic or person who best suits your needs directly through the online profile to book an appointment. 

If you can't find what you need online then please contact the highly professional My Sports Team and we will be delighted to help.