You want to look after your health, lose some weight or simply enjoy the benefits of being active or being part of a team sport. Whether you are ruFor you In pregnancy we aim to balance the pelvis and create as much space as possible to enable your baby to find the optimal position for birth. The joints of the lower back and pelvis need to be able to move to accommodate the changes in your body in pregnancy and during the birth, so preparing beforehand with some treatment makes sense. Pregnant women are more vulnerable to injury, thanks to those pregnancy hormones, especially in your back, pelvis, leg hips or groin. At a time when painkillers need to be kept to a minimum, you may benefit significantly from osteopathy. Back pain after delivery is common and is usually easily treated and can prevent a lifetime of ongoing discomfort, so seek care earlier rather than suffering, when it can be resolved more easily. For your baby Being born is a traumatic journey and the effect on a baby’s soft skull and skeleton can cause even the most beautiful bundle of joy to become a fractious, irritable bundle of stress –unable to sleep or feed effectively and becoming colicky and unhappy. If the birth is more traumatic, for example with forceps or ventouse delivery, the likelihood of problems increases, often resulting in headaches or shoulder pain – for babies and parents! This is where we may be able to help. The evidence for effective treatment for babies with osteopathy or cranio-sacral therapy is inconclusive and we can only describe how babies react to our treatment. Generally they appear more settled and calm and usually parents report that this continues at home. We provide 2/3 treatments, monitoring any changes and will only continue treatment if we all agree that your baby seems to be benefitting. For children Most knocks and bumps in childhood are not a problem but sometimes there are anxieties with the way children walk or with limps, even if they are not painful, but may be indicative of more serious underlying problems. The children we treat usually experience pain due to sports activities where their enthusiasm gets them into trouble! These are often simple to treat and can help avoid a series of injuries. Just call us to discuss your needs. nning the marathon or taking a regular walk, training for a triathalon or playing the occasional round of golf, body- building or doing the gym once a week: everyone can become injured and to continue successfully, everyone benefits from help. We treat anyone from world-class cricket players, professional golfers, renowned footballers and international show jumpers to those who just like to dance or climb or relish an occasional spin on their bike. Whatever your sport, we can help, especially if frustratingly, you sustain injuries and then find it hard to train. You may be unsure if you are doing the right thing by continuing to exercise, feel perhaps you are getting too old for your sport or need specialist advice on strategies to keep you fit.
That’s where we come in: a specialist team, based in Derby, fully qualified to advise and care for you whilst you are exercising, maximising the effect of your training and helping to keep you well.
Our team consists of professional osteopaths, sports injury practitioners, podiatrists and if you’re struggling with motivation, hypnotherapists! Together, we can support your fitness program and help you stay injury free, minimising your pain. You may simply want a few tips, such as realising how important a good warm-up and warm-down is to minimise muscle, tendon and ligament strains, or you may need more detailed nutritional support to help you achieve your goals. Your training footwear may be causing or contributing to your pain so a lower limb biomechanical assessment may be required, or you are just experiencing muscle tightness and need massage and specialist stretches to help.
See below for more information on commonly acquired injuries or call to discuss your needs – we are here to help!
Just phone 01332 553332 and we will direct you to the appropriate member of our team.
Muscles become strained when they are under stress and micro tears then larger 1st,2nd or 3rd degree tears occur when they are being asked to contract further. This may be because the load may be beyond their capabilities, or because they were already tight to begin with. This is why a good training regime is important to build muscle which cam cope with increasing amounts of stress, and why effective warm-ups and warm-downs are essential to ensure the muscle is not already tight prior to exercise.
Once a muscle is damaged it needs a good blood supply to bring nutrients and remove waste products efficiently. It also needs to heal with the minimal amount of scar tissue to minimise further injury. The joints which the muscles surround need to be able to move freely to reduce strain on the muscles and if the skeleton is symmetrical, this also reduces needless strain.
Osteopathy treats both the muscles and joints ensuring symmetry and balance in the body which reduces strain on muscles. This is achieved with soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and re-alignment. Osteopaths at About Backs & Bones have a philosophy that ‘Less is More’ and will achieve these ends with minimal force and pain and a range of techniques to suit everyone. The emphasis then is on effective stretching and good warm-up and warm-down practices, which your osteopath will ensure is tailor-made to you.
Tendons are the tissue where the muscle belly narrows and changes in consistency to become more ‘stringy’, and less elastic and then attaches to a bone. They are subject to the same strains that muscle is, as they are, after all, the ends of the muscle. They do not have such a good blood supply as the muscle, however, and so take longer to heal. The treatment is similar to muscle strains.
Ligaments are connective tissue, often‘stringy’ similar to tendons but are less elastic and so prone to injury. Their function is to support joints in their optimal position and when they become damaged, other structures forming the joint also become vulnerable to damage. They do not have a good blood supply which means their recovery time is even slower than a fracture, and for some sprains, a hard cast is necessary to keep the joint supported to prevent further damage whilst the ligaments heal.
Osteopathy is useful whilst the healing is taking place as it minimises the pressure on the affected joint by ensuring surrounding joints are moving and functioning freely; taking the strain and compensating for the injury. It also reduces pain and helps disperse swelling by working on the soft tissue, which also promotes symmetry so the joint can heal in an optimal position. The surrounding muscles can often be trained to support the joint thus relieving the strain on the ligaments and for some individuals who are hypermobile, this may be the mainstay of their treatment.
Shin Splints and Stress Fractures
Shin splints and stress fractures occur when a muscle is so loaded, instead of tearing in the muscle belly, it tears where the tendon attaches to the bone (shin splint). Sometimes this causes the bone to split on its outer edge (stress fracture) and because the muscle is constantly pulling on that same area as we walk or run, it does not get chance to heal effectively. Osteopathy works on the muscles directly to reduce tension and promote a good blood supply to aid healing, whilst also ensuring the surrounding joints are mobile, reducing strain on the affected muscles.
Achilles Tendonitis and Severs Disease
The calf muscles are powerful muscles which propel us forward in walking or running, or upward in jumping. They have to perform strongly and often suddenly which makes them more vulnerable to strain. The Achilles tendon is the weak point, as is the point at which it attaches to the heel bone and tendonitis here is common (see muscle strains for more detail and treatment). Severs disease occurs when the Achilles tendon pulls hard regularly on the heel bone so that a bony lump eventually forms which is painful.
This is the same as Severs Disease (see above) but occurs just below the knee where the patella tendon inserts onto the tibial tuberosity, which then enlarges and becomes painful. (see muscle strains for treatment)
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