“In pursuit of optimal performance training, loads have increased dramatically, which in turn has increased the risk of overtraining” Gould & Dieffenbach, 2002 Athletes undergo rigorous training preparing to compete at a high level to succeed and win at their sport. Athletes must put their bodies under a certain amount of stress to increase physical capabilities. Where the stress loads are appropriate, then the athlete’s body adapts to the demands placed upon it.
My SHIP therapist referred me for Osteopathy and I was lucky enough to find Dr Ashburner. For the first time I have received “coaching” regarding my poor posture - he doesn’t just “rectify”, he coaches you to correct the underlying bad habits - how to adjust the seat in your car, what chairs are good or bad, how to stand up and sit down, how not to bend down, etc.
I developed a sporadic, low-pitched buzzing/humming in my right ear that would come and go with varying intensity, and seemingly no reason nor pattern. I went to the G.P., an E.N.T., an audiologist and a Tinnitus specialist and neither of them could determine the cause of the buzzing nor offer a solution to remedy the issue. At the suggestion of a friend and basically as a last resort I visited Dr.
I have been treated by osteopaths all my life. I am a 71 year old woman. Dr Ashburner has been successfully managing my back problems since I returned to South Africa - about 5 years ago. But what I didn’t realise, is that he does more than just back treatments. I was unable to play tennis because of my frozen, extremely painful shoulder and I mentioned this to him while I was having back treatment.
Osteopathic treatment is directed at improving fluid mechanics and venous and arterial flow to the area, decreasing nociceptive drive, and re-balancing abnormal compensatory patterns in the surrounding tissue. Integrative Medicine for Children, 2009 Inflammation is a part of the body’s natural healing process. Inflammation is the body’s response to injury (ankle sprain, joint strain, and muscle strain), infection (virus or bacteria) or irritation (allergen) or dysfunction of normal physiology (loss of normal structural mobility will effect physiology).
“Osteopathic manipulative treatment reduced pain and improved function in patients suffering from chronic, nonspecific low back pain. Further, patients reporting the worst pain and higher degrees of disability received the most substantial benefit from the treatments.” Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Chronic pain affects millions of people each year. Managing chronic pain without the use of medication is possible for some patients. The role of osteopathy in pain management is underutilized and sometimes misunderstood.
The very first time I heard of osteopathy was through my mom. She was sitting at a doctor’s waiting room and was browsing through a random magazine. She was captured by a title that says “Osteopathy and Conception”. This showed an osteopath (Dr Guy)doing a treatment similar to a chiropractor and a physiotherapist. However, the name osteopath suggested to her that there was more to be offered. My mom was convinced this is what I needed and will yield results.
“Osteopathic manipulative treatment reduced pain and improved function in patients suffering from chronic, nonspecific low back pain, research shows. Further, patients reporting the worst pain and higher degrees of disability received the most substantial benefit from the treatments” - Journal of the American Osteopathic Association /, February 2016 Back pain can be debilitating. Patients suffering from severe back pain often have trouble walking or even standing up. Lower back pain may be sharp or dull and may be severe enough to limit everyday activities.
“Osteopathy is based on the perfection of nature’s work. When all parts of the human body are in line we have health. When they are not the effect is disease. When the parts are readjusted disease gives place to health. The work of the Osteopath is to adjust the body from the abnormal to the normal; then the abnormal condition gives place to the normal and health is the result of the normal condition.
For as long as I can remember I’ve suffered with bad posture, lower back pain and very stiff shoulders that caused headaches. Over the years I’ve tried everything with little to no effect. I was only looking for relief until I accidentally discovered Guy Ashburner. This was a true live changer. I’ve only been seeing him for 2 months. Since the first time I saw him I haven’t experienced any backpain.