“Postural strength and coordination are essential for injury prevention and sports performance.” Thomas Harris, MD, The Sports Medicine Guide Overuse injuries happen when a young athlete inappropriately overloads their muscles and bones repeatedly and over time this may result in micro-trauma to the tendons, ligaments, bones and joints.Gradual onset of pain, no history of direct injury, decreased performance, loss of strength, stiffness or aching after or during exercise, increased frequency of pan, point tenderness, swelling (oedema), limping, decreased range of motion, missed training sessions as a result of pain or injury or symptoms that persist are signs of overuse injuries that should be evaluated.
Scheuermann’s Kyphosis (osteochondrosis) is a condition that affects the growing skeleton in which the normal curve in the upper back (thoracic spine) is increased, forming a hunched back which can have a profound effect on total body development. Disturbance of the spinal end growth plates causes frontal spinal segment (vertebral body) wedging usually in a group of 3-4 vertebrae that results in a forward curve of the spine (kyphosis) during a growth spurt.
‘As the twig is bent, so grows the tree’ ~ William Garner Sutherland (1873 – 1954), A muscle strain is typically a muscle tear or “pull”, and is a common injury among young athletes. A muscle strain/tear is graded according to its severity. A grade I strain is a small tear and heals quickly; a grade II strain is a partial tear (part of the muscle stays normal, part of it tears); a grade III strain is a complete tear of the muscle.
“Science is about defining truths about nature through experiment or experience.” – Richard Feynman, nuclear physicist Many people suffer from shoulder pain at some point in their lives. There are many contributing factors that can lead to the cause of shoulder pain such as arthritis, bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, and even torn tendons or ligaments. Understanding the anatomy of the shoulder is critical if you want to restore and maintain shoulder health.
“Research suggests that static stretching can negatively influence muscle strength and power and may result in decreased functional performance.” Journal of Strength and Conditioning, 2012 A dynamic warm-up is a sequence of movements done dynamically to restore suppleness and prepare your muscles, connective tissues, joints and the nervous system for physical activity with the purpose to promote muscular force. The idea is to start with some light jogging and low –impact compound multiple joint movements (push, pull, squat) to allow the body to adjust to movement and then progressing to more explosive movements.
“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.
“The mechanical principles on which Osteopathy is based are as old as the universe” - Philosophy of Osteopathy Teeth grinding (Bruxism) is in an involuntary habit of clenching or grinding in a back-and-forth or sideways movement of the top and bottom teeth against each other. The biting force of an adult human can equal up to 200 pounds per square inch. Clench your teeth on a regular basis, and that prolonged pressure takes its toll not only on teeth and their supporting structures, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints of the jaw, skull, neck and shoulders.
“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.” Dr.A.T. Still - Osteopathy Research and Practice Whether due to allergies or chronic issues, such as asthma, bronchitis, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), breathing issues can reduce patients’ quality of life. There are different causes and reasons for breathing problems.
“The problem of antimicrobial resistance is here to stay because the natural adaptive response of microorganisms is to develop resistance. New approaches must be developed to enhance antimicrobial stewardship. The evidence indicates that adjunctive OMT can enhance the human immune system, shorten the duration of antibiotic therapy, and improve outcomes” Noll (2016) The Potential of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Narrative Review Donald R. Noll, DO. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association September 2016 | Vol 116 | No.
“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Thomas a. Edison Neck Circles or Neck Rolls are a warm up movement sometimes done prior to exercise or as an attempt to relieve neck and shoulder tension accumulated from poor posture, poor spinal and upper back mobility and stress after a long day.