Hamstring Injuries

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From Hamstring Strain to Finish Line: Osteopathic Treatment Helps Runners Recover

As a runner, few things are more frustrating than being sidelined by a hamstring injury. These tears or strains in the muscles at the back of your thigh can leave you feeling stiff, sore, and unable to run, let alone chase your training goals. But fear not, runners! Osteopathic treatment for hamstring injuries can play a key role in your recovery journey, helping you get back on track faster and stronger.

Understanding Hamstring Injuries:

The hamstrings are a group of three powerful muscles responsible for knee flexion and hip extension, propelling you forward during your run. However, repetitive stress, improper running form, and muscle imbalances can all lead to:

  • Strains: Microscopic tears in the muscle fibers, causing pain, stiffness, and weakness.
  • Tears: Complete or partial ruptures, resulting in sharp pain, swelling, and difficulty walking.

Benefits of Osteopathic Treatment for Hamstring Injuries:

While seeking medical advice is crucial for diagnosing the severity of your injury, osteopathic treatment offers a range of benefits specifically tailored to help runners recover from hamstring injuries:


  • Reduced Inflammation: Manual therapy techniques like soft tissue massage and myofascial release can help reduce inflammation and promote healing in the injured tissues.
  • Improved Mobility: Gentle joint mobilizations can improve flexibility and range of motion in the hip and knee joint, crucial for proper running form.
  • Addressing Underlying Issues: Osteopaths can identify and address any biomechanical imbalances in your posture, joints, or other muscle groups that may have contributed to the hamstring injury. This can help prevent future occurrences.
  • Scar Tissue Management: As you heal, scar tissue can form, potentially restricting movement. Osteopathic treatment for hamstring injuries can help manage scar tissue formation and improve overall flexibility.
  • Rehabilitation Guidance: Based on your specific injury and needs, an osteopath can create a personalized rehabilitation plan, including targeted strengthening exercises and stretching routines to improve hamstring strength and flexibility.

Osteopath and Running Coach combined:

In addition to being an osteopath I am also a a qualified running coach, I can offer valuable insights to complement your osteopathic treatment:

  • Analyzing Running Form: Identifying any flaws in your running form that may have contributed to the injury and providing guidance on correcting them.
  • Tailored Training Plans: Adjusting your training volume, intensity, and stride mechanics to gradually ease you back into running safely.
    • Injury Prevention Strategies: Recommending drills and exercises to strengthen core and supporting muscles, improving stability and reducing the risk of future injuries.

The Road to Recovery:

By combining osteopathic treatment for hamstring injuries with personalized running coaching, I can create a comprehensive approach for your recovery. This will not only help you heal faster but also empower you to become a more informed and resilient runner. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of your body, improve your running form, and most importantly, get back to the sport you love, pain-free and ready to conquer the finish line once again.

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