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Every climber knows that climbing can be hard on the body because of falls and overtraining, and muscle stresses. Osteopathy is a treatment that gives a holistic approach to healing, focusing on the musculoskeletal system.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort because of climbing, an osteopath can be a beneficial treatment. Here are some of the most common injuries from climbing and how osteopathy can help:

Finger injuries

Climbing can put an incredible strain on the finger tendons, which can cause many injuries. Injury prevention is always the best method, so make sure you learn the pay attention to how you crimp and learn the correct techniques to use.

If you get injured, the most effective cure is to rest and not climb, but if you are a climber, you know that’s often not an option. Osteopathic treatment can help you continue to climb without risking further injury to your fingers.

Elbow injuries

Also commonly known as “tennis elbow,” elbow injuries can be painful and debilitating for your climbing and day-to-day life. Conditioning and strengthening can help keep your elbow tendons in good condition and prevent elbow injuries.

There is a range of elbow issues that climbers can suffer from, all with various treatments. Osteopaths can help diagnose and treat your specific injury effectively. Because osteopathic treatment is designed to support your body’s capacity for self-healing and promote well-being, they will be able to provide a range of treatments to heal and promote strength to prevent future injuries.

Shoulder injuries

Another part of your body that experiences a great deal of stress during climbing is your shoulder muscles. Climbers tend to be at a higher risk of shoulder impingements, a condition where your rotator cuff tendons are trapped and compressed during movements. This problem can result in severe shoulder pain during activities.

Strengthening your shoulders will help stability and prevent injuries. Osteopaths can perform a series of tests, assess your shoulder muscles for a range of motion and strength, perform ultrasounds and other scans if appropriate, and provide a range of treatment options.

Knee injuries

There is a vast range of knee injuries that climbers can experience, and because your knees are so closely connected to other parts of your body, such as your ankles and your hips, knee injuries can quickly throw much of your body out of balance.

After clinical examination, osteopaths will look for signs of ligament or tendon instability and other symptoms and offer holistic treatment to heal the knee and strengthen to prevent future injuries. Osteopaths will also ensure that other areas of your body are not affected by your injury.

If you’re experiencing discomfort or pain while climbing, osteopaths can help identify and treat all types of injuries. They have access to advanced testing while also using holistic treatment methods to treat the whole body so you can go back to climbing faster and stronger.  

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