Osteopathy, Exercise and You

As an Osteopath I have to say I see a lot of people who would benefit from either increasing the level of exercise that they undertake or improving the quality of the exercise that they do. Many of the complaints that I see that are not sport related could have been avoided or mitigated by having stronger muscles or even simply by stretching and moving more. Many people underestimate the power and benefit of regularly stretching muscles which are shortened and restricted from everyday activities such as sitting at a desk, commuting or housework. Equally it is important for people who regularly exercise to have manual therapy, either sports massage, osteopathy or similar to help improve movement and ensure that whichever exercise you do is being effective and not creating inappropriate movement patterns in the body. Being based in Waterloo, SE1, almost all of my patients commute in order to get to and from work, and often posture is compromised or not even thought of outside of the working environment. My recommendation is to remember to think about how your shoulders and back are moving in all of your day to day activities and not just when you are at…

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Shoulder pain and Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder pain can be debilitating and frustrating to live with as it affects so much of what you do in daily life. It can have many different causes and can be confusing as the pain can appear to shift or move around. Shoulder pain can also lead to neck pain and headaches, and, if not addressed correctly, could lead to reduced movement within the affected joint. In this article we will look to discuss the most common types of shoulder pain that happen and what you can do about it. Our shoulders’ are designed to enable us to have a wide range of different movements, but the trade-off for this ability to scratch our backs or reach for things means that the main shoulder joint, the gleno-humeral joint (GH Joint), is held in place by only four tendons, known as the rotator cuff and a ligament capsule. So if any of the muscles leading to those tendons become damaged or experience trauma, it will affect how the tendon holds its part of the joint.  Rotator cuff injuries are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain and can often take longer to heal, mainly because of the temptation to…

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