#askyourosteopath - I’m running the Manchester Marathon, how could Osteopathy help me?

#askyourosteopath - Our osteopaths answer your questions!

Our Principal Osteopath Collette Bourke answers a question about the upcoming Manchester Marathon.

Collette Bourke

Firstly, congratulations on undertaking such a challenge and yes Osteopathy can help you prepare to train to your fullest potential, avoid injuries, and recover after the event. 

Osteopathy is increasingly used for preventing injury as well as rehabilitating injury and we can help in the following ways (click the title to head through to a more detailed explanation):

1)   Fail to prepare – prepare to fail!

Runners are enthusiastic and competitive, but eagerness to reach their goals means some will do too much, too soon. You can easily overwork and overstrain ankles, knees, hips and the back by starting intensive training without considering the impact it has on your body. One of the jobs of an Osteopath is to fully assess your joints, muscles and ligaments to identify a potential injury so we can provide treatment to prevent the injury from occurring.

2)   We help you achieve your personal best!

As an osteopath I am focused on getting your body 100% healthy. The body, like a well-oiled machine, only runs effectively and efficiently when all the parts are in good condition and are working well together. As a runner, this means I would be looking to ensure your muscles, ligaments and tendons are healthy and your joints are moving without restriction, so you can reach your goals.

3)   Post-Marathon Rehabilitation

Even with the best training and preparation, there is no hiding from the fact that a marathon takes a lot out of your body. Often niggles don’t present themselves immediately, so it is a good idea to see an Osteopath after the run so any tensions or strains can be picked up and treated. This helps your body to recover so you’re in tiptop condition for your next challenge!

To make an appointment to see Collette you can do so using our online booking system, just click here. For more advice please contact the clinic.

If you have a question you would like us to answer you can email us or use the hashtag #askyourosteopath !

Osteopathy & Running: Post-marathon rehabilitation

#askyourosteopath - Our osteopaths answer your questions!

Our Principal Osteopath Collette Bourke expands on a question preparing for a marathon.

Collette Bourke

Even with the best training and preparation, there is no hiding from the fact that a marathon takes a lot out of your body. After your body recovers from the event niggles, acute pain and stiffness as well as any other issues don’t present themselves immediately. 

Osteopathy helps post-marathon runners by assessing the body to identify any tensions or strains that could be causing you discomfort or that could manifest into a greater problem. So, it is a good idea to see an Osteopath after the marathon for assessment and treatment to identify any tensions or strains before providing treatment.

Osteopathy is a hands-on treatment; we loosen tight muscles, tendons and ligaments, and release stiff joints using tailored massage and manipulation techniques. We always tailor treatment to you, individually. This just means we don’t use a general routine, we take your medical history and condition into consideration to provide effective treatment.

Whether or not you are going to put your feet up or if the next endurance test or marathon is around the corner, osteopathy will help your body to recover quicker and ensure you are in tiptop condition for your next challenge! 

To make an appointment to see Collette you can do so using our online booking system, just click here. For more advice please contact the clinic.

If you have a question you would like us to answer you can email us or use the hashtag #askyourosteopath !

Osteopathy & Running: How we help you achieve your personal best

#askyourosteopath - Our osteopaths answer your questions!

Our Principal Osteopath Collette Bourke expands on a question preparing for a marathon.

Collette Bourke

For you to achieve your highest goal, like a well-oiled machine, all the body’s parts must be in good condition and working together. For your body to be efficient every muscle must be strong and healthy and every joint working smoothly without restriction. We will assess you to locate any imbalances before looking to rectify these through treatment and advice.

For example, if we do find you have a weak muscle your adjoining muscles, tendons or ligaments are taking on the additional workload. Whilst this still enables your body to function without you feeling any different, over time these muscles, tendons or ligaments will become overworked, overstrained and begin to affect your performance. 

If I was to pick up a weakness like this I would  firstly treat the neighboring areas that are being overstrained and overworked. Using hands-on treatment, I would loosen tight muscles, tendons and ligaments, and release stiff joints using tailored massage and manipulation techniques, before advising on a specific exercise to strengthen your weakened muscle. 

A follow-up appointment is needed to ensure our work has taken effect and we can discuss other issues like running technique and footwear to aid in your recovery and the best nutrition for your training. But mainly the next part is over to you - to continue the exercises to ensure you can perform at your peak!

To make an appointment to see Collette you can do so using our online booking system, just click here. For more advice please contact the clinic.

If you have a question you would like us to answer you can email us or use the hashtag #askyourosteopath !

Osteopathy & Running: Fail to prepare... Prepare To Fail

#askyourosteopath - Our osteopaths answer your questions!

Our Principal Osteopath Collette Bourke expands on a question preparing for a marathon.

Collette Bourke

Running a marathon is a test of endurance that requires both physical and mental strength. This makes marathon runners enthusiastic, competitive but also eager. It is this eagerness and drive than can push runners to take on too much, too soon.

Even with a carefully managed plan, it is easy to overwork and overstrain muscles and joints like ankles, knees, hips and your back due to the nature of running. The warning signs often go unnoticed before the injury surfaces, a lot of the time in the most innocuous ways. This is where osteopathy comes in. 

Osteopathy identifies and prevents injuries from occurring through physical assessments and hands on treatment. Osteopathy is used increasingly by professional athletes to minimise the chance of injury and to save athletes picking up injuries and missing events through rehabilitation. It enables athletes to maintain peak physical condition and maximise their performance,

As an osteopath I would assess your joints, muscles and ligaments to pinpoint a potential injury and will look to treat using a combination of massage and manipulation techniques tailored to your specific problem. The goal is to prevent the injury occurring, so you can continue running, reach your goals and maintain optimum performance.

To make an appointment to see Collette you can do so using our online booking system, just click here. For more advice please contact the clinic.

If you have a question you would like us to answer you can email us or use the hashtag #askyourosteopath !

What is Osteoarthritis?

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Osteoarthritis is a condition that The Arthritis Research Campaign estimates 8million Britons are affected by - but only 1 million seek treatment.

Osteoarthritis is often called ‘wear and tear’ arthritis and occurs when the cartilage of a joint becomes damaged.

Cartilage is a thin layer of gristle that covers the end of the bones and allows them to glide over each other; therefore, when cartilage deteriorates, the bone underneath can thicken to overcompensate for the cartilage.

This causes pain, stiffness and swelling. The joints most affected are the knees, hips, hands and big toes.

It can be in severe cases, the cartilage can deteriorate to the extent that the bones rub together, making it difficult to move the affected joint at all.

Osteoarthritis can affect any of the 33 joints in the feet but mostly affects the joints at the base of the big toes.

This joint is more prone to wear and tear from the pressures of walking, especially if you over-pronate - roll your foot in excessively as you walk.

Wear and tear at the ends of the bone cause the cartilage to erode and the bone ends may begin to join together.

Eventually your big toe may become rigid (a condition known as hallux rigidus) which makes walking difficult. Or your big toe may drift towards your other toes (hallux valgus) which can leads to bunions.

You may initially feel a toothache-type ache in the affected joint which gets worse when you’re active, wearing high-heels or when it’s cold and damp.

It may progress to the stage where your feet ache at night. In severe cases, the range of movement in the joint may fall to the extent that you can’t move it at all.

The exact cause of osteoarthritis is unknown; however, according to the Arthritis Research Campaign, it is probably due to the fact we tend to put on weight as we age – putting more pressure on joints as we get older.

As a result our muscles become weaker and our body loses its ability to heal itself.

Whilst uncommon before the age of 40, osteoarthritis can occur in younger people if the joint cartilage has been damage through injury, a bacterial or viral infection or even through overuse of a particular joint as is common in farmers (hips), plumbers (knees) and footballers (knees and ankles).

Symptoms do vary from person to person and some people may have Osteoarthritis without experiencing many/any symptoms at all - Osteoarthritis does not always get worse.

If you are worried that you have osteoarthritis you should see your GP or book in to see an osteopath.

The earlier you are diagnosed the more effective any treatment will be and if you do have osteoarthritis, there are many things you can do yourself to help ease the condition.

Source: http://ianjonespodiatry.co.uk/foot-problems/osteoarthritis/

What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder or 'Adhesive Capsulitis' is a painful condition affecting the shoulder causing pain and stiffness.

Frozen Shoulder effects 1 in 20 adults, most commonly occurs in people aged between 40 and 60 and is more common in ladies and people with diabetes.

In about 1 in 5 cases the condition also develops in the other shoulder at some stage.

Adhesive capsulitis has 3 phases:
1. Freezing: acute shoulder pain, a stiff shoulder and limitation of shoulder movement
2:Frozen: shoulder pain starts to ease but the stiff shoulder remains very restricted as the shoulder capsule has become sticky and adhesions have been formed preventing movement.
3:Defrosting: Your stiff shoulder becomes less restricted and painful and eventually recovers to normal or near normal.

Without treatment for Frozen Shoulder this whole process can take up to 2-3 years but with osteopathy this time is hugely reduced and if caught early enough can prevent your shoulder pain and stiffness from progressing to the 'Frozen' stage.

Click here for more information on The Village Osteopaths' treatment of Frozen Shoulder.

Osteopathy & Rugby Part VI: What are extrinsic rugby injuries?

Extrinsic injuries occur through impact or trauma and, unlike intrinsic injuries, cannot be prevented. Rugby injuries are seen to be most extrinsic injuries due to the competitive, physical nature of the sport.

Examples of these injuries are as follows:

The front thigh muscles (quadriceps) are particularly liable to direct trauma when hit by an opposing rugby player’s shoulder during a heavy tackle.

Ligament injuries to the knee, ankle, shoulder and neck may occur with sudden change of direction, as in sidestepping or when tackled simultaneously by multiple rugby players. Tackling or being tackled is the cause of half of all injuries during match play.

Players on the receiving end of the tackle can sustain fractures of the lower limb, knee cartilage tears and ligament damage, whereas shoulder dislocations, strains, and sprains may arise in players who are doing the tackling.

Falling on the tip of the shoulder can damage the acromioclavicular joint or fracture the clavicle. Shoulder dislocation may be caused by diving with the arms outstretched to touch down.

Your ostoepath can still help with these injuries through a course of tailored rehabilitation through manual treatment and exercises.

Source: Dr Guy Ashburner, Health24, updated August 2011.