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2705, 2015

Curtsy Lunges

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Curtsy Lunges

‘Keeping your knees healthy and symptom free begins with developing a functional understanding of how this unique joint is constructed (anatomy) and how it does and doesn’t function (biomechanics)’

Lunges are excellent dynamic strength exercises for the lower body but can cause pain if not performed properly.

The curtsy lunge is like the standard lunge, but your rear foot moves backward, crossing it behind the front  leg, planting the ball of your rear foot about half a metre across the midline as though you were about to curtsy. In this movement the knee travels across the body vs. the traditional forward and backward motion. The weight used in the exercise has to be lowered drastically. Not just because your muscle can’t handle it, but because there is no chance for your muscles and body’s passive structures to exert enough force in such an extreme, anatomically disadvantageous position.

The curtsy lunge exercise negates one foundational rule of biomechanics. To encourage proper movement pattern, function, and strength, the knee joint, hip joint, and shoulder joint should be kept in alignment with one another the entire time while bearing load. For the grand majority, this will produce unwanted stress since the hip socket doesn’t align with this movement angle or pattern. Consequently, the IT band and TFL will take a loaded stretch.

Increased rotation of the knee causes excessive overstretching or twisting of the ligaments or tendons or increased shearing forces on the bursa surrounding the knee, then ligament strain, tendinitis, meniscus tears, bursitis, iliotibial band and patella femoral syndrome can occur.

The knee is a hinge-type joint, roughly equivalent to a door hinge, but with a slight rotation to lock it into full extension. The meniscus is located between the femur […]

502, 2015

Chronic Pain – Muscle Spasms – Neck – Shoulders – Arms

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I have suffered with pain from muscle spasms in my neck, shoulders and arms for many years due to a combination of bad posture, stress, and a bad motor bike accident.

I have lived with this almost every day and have literally tried almost everything such as continuous massages to eleviate the pain which unfortunately, only gave temporary relief. Also, I have tried acupuncture, trigger point needling, Physiotherapy, Chinese cupping and massage, Ayurvedic massage and herbal remedies, thai massage, chiropractic treatment but had no permanent lasting relief.
I have visited Dr Guy Ashbuner, who has taught me a completely new way of sitting and posture together with certain simple exercices to strengthen sets of muscles together as a whole rather than isolated muscle exercises as they pull and  aggrevate my neck.  He states that the body works as a unit and must be strengthened as a whole.
Having had a series of only five sessions, I am now feeling so much better from strengthening my muscles along with slight adjustments combined with strong sweeping-like massage done with the back of his forearms in certain areas to soften and loosen muscle which felt blocked and locked to the spine which impaired my mobility. It even improved my eye sight which had also been effected, it’s rather remarkable!
I would highly recommend osteopathy to anyone. Dr Ashburner shows a great interest in his client’s wellbeing and he also writes extremely helpful and interesting articles on various related topics.
Many thanks for all your help.

Lisa Georgiou

401, 2015

Forward Head Posture

By |January 4th, 2015|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.”- American Journal of Pain Management 1994, 4:36-39.Forward Head Posture (FHP) can be recognised by the positioning of the ear being forward of the shoulder, rather than sitting directly over it. With today’s lifestyle, this condition occurs in between 66% and 90% of the population.

Forward Head Posture can be caused by performing activities that focus our attention directly in front of us with habitual poor posture. Adults and students sitting with shoulders rounded and back hunched whilst driving or working at their computers the whole day, looking into a microscope, texting on a cell phone, reading or sitting on the couch. Children develop forward head posture watching television, playing video games, and carrying heavy backpacks on their way to school. For every inch your head posture sits forward, the head gains 4.5kgs in weight. This forces the muscles in your upper back and neck to work much harder to keep the head (chin) from dropping forwards onto your chest, thus throwing the whole spine out of alignment .With your muscles in constant contraction to achieve this, pressure is added to the nerves at the base of the skull, which can cause headaches.

Forward head posture could result in as much as a 30% loss of lung capacity. Due to FHP the upper ribs are not be able to elevate properly during inhalation. Some studies show that FHP over time can contribute to disc degeneration, nerve impingement, bulging discs, or chronic back pain. In simple terms, the pressure of the spine radiating from the cervical spine (neck) […]

2709, 2012

Frozen shoulder syndrome

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Frozen shoulder syndrome, or adhesive capsulitis occurs when the tissues surrounding the capsule of the shoulder becomes inflamed. This causes the tissues to thicken and eventually bond with each other leaving the sufferer less able to move the joint and often in a lot of pain.

The cause is unknown but one theory is that “long-standing round-shouldered posture causes a shortening of the shoulder ligaments, which then makes the patient predisposed to Frozen shoulder.

Osteopathy aims to reduce the pain and stiffness, by treating the inflammation of the shoulder tendons and restore function and mobility to the shoulder joints and soft-tissues with Osteopathic massage, subtle shoulder movements, pressure points and myofascial release . The result is each muscle has a normal response to the nervous system, but also restored joint biomechanics, as the joint must rely upon the surrounding muscles for movement.

An Osteopath will  encourage the individual to become more self-aware and make adjustments to their lifestyle, diet and exercise regimes as necessary. When you have a frozen shoulder the posture you adopt is of great importance as it affects the speed of your healing and repair.

Poor posture  creates shortening  in fascia (connective tissue which entwines each  body part like a web or clingfilm) which increases over time.  Abnormal posture can bind the fascia to underlying tissues, causing “adhesions,”  that cling to muscle fibers. Even though these adhesions do not show up on x-rays or other scans, they can stiffen joints or contribute to painful motions, such as frozen shoulder . If they occur near a nerve, this may cause numbness, pain, and tingling,. By freeing up fascia it  improves circulation and nervous system transmission.

In the instance of a frozen shoulder, most osteopaths advocate early intervention for the […]

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Rugby Injuries

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Rugby is a sport with many physical demands on the player and as a result there are many common Rugby Injuries, which may not always appear immediately, but develop over time.

Frequent physical contact and collision cause upper limb (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand), and head to be most frequently injured. For example: Shoulder dislocation can be caused by diving with the arms outstretched to touch down, propping and hooking in the scrum, and the fall backwards tackle with the tackle arm turned out and outstretched up by the head (externally rotated and abducted).

Increased emphasis on fitness training and a faster match tempo has lead to a rise in the number of muscle and tendon injuries. Reduced stride length when sprinting along the wing, particularly at the end of the match may be related to hamstring shortness due to sitting at a desk or in a vehicle during your working day. Injury may be avoided with the appropriate stretching regime. An opportunity to stretch and avoid injury will usually arise during a penalty kick.

Help yourself to avoid injury. Instead of slumping in the changing room after a hard game sit with lumbar spine in extension. This will help avoid lower back pain disc problems.

Osteopathy is ideal for treating these types of injuries.

309, 2011

Babies and Children benefiting from Osteopathy

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Despite the common belief that children are young and flexible enough to have no musculoskeletal imbalances in their body, this is not necessarily true. The reality of this can only be ascertained on professional analysis of the birth history and on clinical observation and examination. In virtually every condition there is a mechanical component which contributes, either as a cause or a consequence, to physical and physiological dysfunction. Osteopathy is the science of discovering these factors and the art of manually assisting the body in adjusting to them. At Osteopathy Cape Town we are able to offer experience and understanding of treating babies and children.


Cranial Osteopathy is a very subtle and gentle approach to the treatment of the whole body (not just the head as the name implies). Cranial Osteopathy examines the complex structure of the head in detail and its considerable influence on the health of the whole body via its connection to the spine.

The skull is formed of 23 separate bones and in an adult these bones are intricately joined to allow very slight movement to accommodate fluid motion within and around the brain.

A baby’s skull is quite different and is more like a membranous bag with bony stiffening within it. The cranial vault bones (top of the head) allow enormous shape change while still protecting the delicate brain on route through the birth canal. At the same time the bones of the cranial base (bottom of the head) are stronger as they take maximum compression during birth and need to protect the most vulnerable parts of the brain.

The anatomy of the skull is complex and therefore a cranial Osteopath requires considerable post graduate training. Guy has benefited from years of experience and study at […]