In This Month
Get Active! – Top Tips for injury avoidance
Stretching Ideas: Static, Yoga, Foam Rolling…take your pick
Focus of the Month: Olympic Volunteering: News from our GB Triathlete who has been volunteering at the Olympic Village
Our patient Ellie Barnes tells us what it has been like volunteering at the Olympics: “I’ve been working in the Welcome Centre at the Athletes Village, helping the tired and somewhat anxious athletes settle into their new temporary home. Seeing World class athletes in the flesh standing less than a metre away from me was INCREDIBLE, there was a real mix of characters with some athletes travelling for the last 36 hours (some with babies too…) “
Ellie herself runs Barnes Fitness which is a Reading based freelance mobile Personal Trainer company . She is also a pretty damn good triathlete (not quiet an Olympian!) and has qualified to represent GB in the 25-29 Age Group Standard Distance World Triathlon Championships in New Zealand in October.
Unfortunately Ellie does not get any funding to compete for GB, to cover the costs she has organised a 5km walk/run event at DINTON PASTURES on Tuesday 11 September, 2012 – more details can be found here.
He’s also enjoying his new found freedom, following his son passing his driving test, and is enjoying being driven around for a change!
Is looking forward to seeing the athletics at the Olympic Stadium on August 8th!
Our July ‘Star of the Month’ goes to Kat Belton. Kat is a massage therapist based in Finchamstead, we would like to thank Kat for referring her clients to us and in taking such good care of Marcus, with her relaxing treatments and friendly approach.
She will receive her free treatment in July.
Welcome to the Olympic Edition Newsletter from Lower Earley Osteopaths!
With only 3 days to go…..Olympic spirit is already in the air, so we turn our attention to the exercising essentials.
Common sporting injuries:
The Olympics have inspired patients to get fit and active, however as a result we have seen an increase of patients come in with easily avoided sporting injuries.
We’ve seen shin splints, runner’s groin, knee pain and outer thigh pain, and low back pain. These can all be avoided with careful stretching and muscular rebalancing.
Why do injuries occur?
Sporting activities place repetitive strain on different parts of our bodies, the more we train the more these areas are over-used. If the body isn’t maintained, then injury can occur leading to pain and time off training.
Stretching improves flexibility allowing the muscle to relax and elongate, and decreases your risk of injuries. If your muscles are too tight, the tendons (which attach muscle to bone) can pull on the bone and cause tendonitis. By keeping the muscle stretched and looser it allows a greater range of movement in the joints and decreases the risk of muscular overloading. Stretching promotes faster recovery, it increases the blood flow to the muscle to aid in tissue regeneration, and pumps away toxins built up during exercise. When you rest, your body repairs microtears, when you stretch the microtears heal evenly, making you stronger and more resilient.
Even if you don’t work out stretching is still beneficial. You probably spend long periods of time sitting in chairs or curled up in bed. Our hips become flexed making our hip flexors tighten, one in particular attaches to the spine and can cause back pain. Stretching for just 2 minutes a day can help reverse the tightening before it turns into a more serious injury.
What can you do to help yourself?
Check your kit
and for general relaxation watch this one.
Two Top Stretches
The Psoas Stretch
The Plantafascia Stretch
What can Lower Earley Osteopaths do to help?
We stretch tight muscles, mobilise restricted joints and examine for muscular imbalances, we can then advise a personal stretching and strengthening programme specifically for you.
Our first Lower Earley Osteopaths Curry Night is 7pm on Thursday 26th July at the Waterfall in Earley…..please come join us!