This is the first in a regular feature of introducing some of our businesses and sharing their top tips on sports injuries, recovery and finding treatment.
Who are you and where are you based?
My name is Bob Allen, my business is Sollus Healthcare and I am an osteopath based at the Chris Moody Centre in Moulton, Northampton which is a specialist sports injury and rehabilitation centre. I specialise in treating sports injuries, posture related problems and workstation assessments.
What are the most common sports related injuries you see?
The type of injury that I see relates to the sport so with runners or keen walkers I see a lot of knee and ITB problems, powerlifters, swimmers and Wheelchair basketball players it’s low back and shoulders
What's your top tip for reducing the risk of injury?
I always advise my clients with lower limb problems to do dynamic warm ups and post event stretching and anyone with upper body problems to improve spinal mobility.
Are there any ways people can speed up their recovery?
I have found that managing their expectations is the best way to speed up recovery. Athletes always want to get back to their sport asap and don’t always give themselves sufficient time to recover which can mean they are out for even longer. They should listen to their therapist and stick to the rehab plan – Pain is not their friend.
What should people look for when choosing a treatment provider?
The best advice I can give is to speak to the treatment provider, explain the problem and listen to their answers. If they can give you a good, easy to understand, explanation of what your problem is and how they intend to resolve it that is a good sign. If they try to baffle you with science and meaningless jargon then probably best to walk away. The other thing is whether you like and trust them because if you don’t it’s going to be a very long recovery period.
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