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 !