Osteopathy & Running: Post-marathon rehabilitation

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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 !