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Sports and Activities

Horse jumpingWhilst exercise is undoubtedly essential and highly beneficial to us in various ways, boosting circulation, toneing muscles, increasing 'feel good' hormones, and burning excess calories it is also in some cases capable of causing problems. Sports and many strenuous physical activities can place a considerable amount of strain and stress upon the structure of our bodies which may be more than our repair mechanisms are able to happily cope with. High risk sports lke rugby, skiing/snowboarding, skydiving, eventing etc, can also result in frequent injury subjecting the body to strains and compressions which can take their toll on the system, even to the point of affecting ones feeling of general health and well-being. Unless properly attended to these injuries may well lead to early degenerative wear and tear changes to the structures previously traumatised.

In general, untreated strains and sprains are likely to lead to loss of performance or problems with progress in the chosen sport; the damaged areas restrict posture and free movement of the sportsman or woman, and may indeed actually be painful to use properly. This problem is even more noticeable in team and partnership sports like dance, gymnastics and equestrian sports etc. Here the sports/wo/man is striving to work in synergy with their horse, partner or team, causing lots of problems all round if this cannot occur due to bodily pain or dysfunction whilst attempting this.

A good example lies in the equestrian sports, where proper rider balance is essential to the comfort and performance of the horse. Quite frequently problems with soundness, perfomance or attitude of the horse may be traced to an unbalanced rider. Often this unbalanced posture is not registered by the rider as being due to his/her own body having restrictions and holding itself unevenly, many of us use ourselves unevenly and are quite unaware of it, to us it just seems normal! The horse then may be blamed for being inherently unlevel, when actually it can easily be that the rider has unwittingly contributed to the situation by unbalancing the horse.

Again historically this is an area in which  patients atttending 'The Douglas-Mort Practice' have reported that our experienced approach to treatment using focused release techniques and cranial osteopathy has supported and hastened their recovery. This treatment approach that we use encourages rehabilitation and re-establishment of improved function. Restoration of normal mobility to the body is very likely to help to assist the overall biomechanical balance; thus making life and ones chosen sport even more satisfying and enjoyable!