Osteopathy for Runners – Bayley Forbes

Osteopathy for Runners

Common Running Injuries

With summer around the corner (if the rain holds off) this is the time of the year we start to see more running injuries at Central Mallee Health as everyone’s motivation soars with the better weather. Although running is an excellent way for improving cardiovascular, bone, mental and just overall general health. There are certain injuries that can arise which are most commonly related to a lack of training knowledge.

With longer-distance running, we tend to see overuse injuries. These patients have commonly come back from little to training for a certain time and attempt to run the same distance/pace as they were before their break. Or this may be due to a sudden rise in intensity/duration. The most common are plantar heel pain, Achilles tendinopathy, low back pain and bone stress injuries (shin splints).

With our shorter-distance runners, such as those training for a sport such as football, netball or if you are competing shorter harder interval runs, we may see more acute injuries related to a certain incident while running. For example, the sniper may be hiding in the bushes and pings your calf or hamstring. These injuries are normally more soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains.

How Can an Osteopath Help Runners

Due to the wide range of injuries that can be sustained Osteopathy can play a majorrole in the general management and rehabilitation of these injuries. Every injury is unique and can have many confounding factors which your Osteopath will take into account. Through a variety of hands on manual therapies su as soft tissue treatment, manipulation, dry needling and sport specific rehabilitation we aim to get you back fighting fit your training.

To Book and Osteopathy treatment please visit out online booking page

How Strength and Conditioning Can Improve Running Performance

But why wait until you are injured to have to come and complete rehab? Through sport specific strength and conditioning we are aiming to minimise the risk of injury by creating a more powerful and more resilient musculoskeletal system that is able to cope with the demands of running. The largest risk factor for injury is sustaining a previous injury, think of the bloke down at the local footy club that does multiple hamstrings throughout the year. This is mainly due to inadequate rehab and poor strength training in the off season. Strength and conditioning training does not necessarily mean work in the gym if that’s not your thing, but some type of strength training is a necessity for playing training at your best.


To book a strength and conditioning appointment with our resident running coach Bayley  click here.

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