As children go through growth phases coupled with increased participation in sport, injuries; pains and strains can start to occur. With an ever-increasing number of children specialising in one particular sport at increasingly younger ages, the onset of overuse injuries is more common. As children are also still growing they are more susceptible to injury than adults.
The most common injuries we see as myotherapists are overuse injuries. These are injuries brought about by using the same muscle groups for the same action over and over (e.g. kicking in soccer, overhead shoulder actions in swimming or tennis). As we see children spending many hours training and participating in one sport, muscle groups take on increasingly more stress from being used over and over doing repetitive actions.
As children are still growing this repetition adds to the stress on their body. Bones will grow before muscles and tendons leading to tightness and pulling, often leading to pain and inflammation. Some of the more common overuse injuries seen in children include foot, knee and hip problems.
How can myotherapy help?
At the Myotherapy and Movement clinic, we are trained to assess and treat children and common overuse injuries. We have special, shorter appointments for children. The first appointment will entail a thorough history taking and assessment. Following this we will discuss a treatment plan with you for your child, this may include soft-tissue massage, kinesio taping, education and specific exercises for their condition.
Myotherapy and Movement Clinic is located in the heart of Camberwell Junction. In addition to Camberwell, we service the surrounding areas including Hawthorn East, Hawthorn, Glen Iris, Malvern, Malvern East, Toorak, Canterbury, Kew, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Balwyn and other areas in the Inner East of Melbourne.