“When our fascia is free, we are free. Osteopathic treatment unravels these fascial strains, re-establishing fluid continuity throughout the body.” AT Still MD 1899 Myofascial Release “Myo” meaning muscle and “fascia” meaning connective tissue, is the term used to describe the matrix created by muscle and connective tissue. Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that can help relieve pain and restore function by providing a release into myofascial restrictions (tightness in connective tissue, scar tissue, injured areas).
Technology is pretty cool isn’t it? You want to take a four-minute clip of your kitten playing in a box? No problem. You want to watch Miley twerking 21 times in a row on YouTube? Go wild. You want to make a confession on Twitter? Go on then, embrace those 140 characters. Despite the convenience of technology, though, research is showing that the gadgets we use every day are doing us a fair amount of harm, both physically and emotionally.
Muscle Left Behind - Muscle Imbalance. To get a strong and sculpt a sleek silhouette, you have to identify which muscles are slacking and whip them into shape. Nearly every muscle in your body has a corresponding muscle group that carries out the opposite function. Take your biceps and triceps: their even match-up lets you bend and straighten your elbow without any thought. That’s how it should work, at least.
Osteopathy worked wonders for my son. Since complications during his birth, Caleb Sedeman (12) of Cape Town has always struggled with low muscle tone, a speech impediment, epilepsy and ADHD. He also has a very high pain threshold which means he doesn’t always realise when he hurts himself. But his mom, Celestia, says osteopathy has worked wonders for her son. Caleb’s story “Hours after Caleb and I were released from the hospital following his birth, we were readmitted to the ICU unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital,” recalls Celestia.
osteopathy can help with migrainesA Migraine is a painful and sometimes disabling headache, which typically effects one side of the head and can be accompanied by a sensory warning sign (aura) via the sympathetic nervous system that may include increased sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, blurred vision and tingling in the arms and legs, which can last from two hours to four days. If preceded with an aura then the migraine is known as a “classic migraine”, if not then it is usually a “common migraine”.
Sacroiliac Joint Pain - I have suffered from chronic recurrent lower lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint pain for 14 years, related to a recurring alignment fault of my lower lumbar facet joints and sacroiliac joints. A history of hospitalisation and multiple tests came to naught. I endured progressive paralysis of the torso for 11 months and from the compacting of muscle and nerve compression I endured permanent migraine and partial blindness in my right eye.
Many office workers visit osteopaths or other physical therapists to relieve neck and back problems. Sitting with poor posture for prolonged periods of time often results in headaches, neck and back pain, postural fatigue of the shoulders, and a multitude of other unpleasant aches and pains. Fascia is the fibrous connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels and nerves, binding those structures together. Visualise how plastic wrap is used to hold the contents of sandwiches together, and you’ll get the general idea: When we adopt prolonged poor postures, our fascia becomes stuck in a certain position.
Kettlebells, cast-iron weights that look like cannonballs with handles, have grown in popularity, and many gyms, trainers and coaches have jumped on the kettlebell bandwagon. A popular kettlebell exercise is the single-arm swing. A combination of a squat and an arm swing, it is one of the trickiest kettlebell exercises to do correctly. Common sense suggests that swinging the kettlebell back and whipping it straight overhead in one clean movement is a recipe for injury.
Good circulation is essential in order for the body to get proper nutrients, and for the removal of waste products. Lack of movement leads to the development of stasis, congestion of bodily fluids and pain and other problems appear. The movement may get restricted due to distortion of a tissue after an injury or due to the pull from some other tight structure that did not heal properly after an old injury.
I have suffered from neck pain, headaches and dizziness for over 10 years. I have tried everything, from physiotherapists to chiropractors, pilates instructors, professional trainers and osteopaths. Nothing and no-one seemed to help. I saw Dr. Guy for about 3 sessions, and he was able to help me, providing immediate pain relief and I could not believe the difference in my ability to move my neck. The stiffness and pain went away, and the dizziness really improved.