04 November 2010

Osteopathy at triyoga soho

On a recent visit to the triyoga centre in Soho, I visited the on-site osteopath Rob Hill. I have used osteopathy, alongside my yoga practice, for many years and find they work really well together keeping the body healthy, flexible and strong.

Rob gave a thorough examination and took a case history, before giving me any physical treatment. I - like many who practice or teach yoga - had a sacroiliac joint (lower back) strain, which caused some discomfort in other areas. Rob was able to diagnosis and give the appropriate treatment for this condition, which I found really helped my back pain.

It was very interesting for me to have treatment from an osteopath who also practices yoga (I am married to one who doesn’t do yoga). I think this enables the practitioner to have an extra understanding of how and why yogis do what they do; as well as having an insight into the common injuries faced by yoga students.

I was given some stretches to take away and practice and I feel that all areas were covered. The diagnosis, treatment and after-care were all excellent.

Here is a little information on osteopathy:

Osteopaths focus on the body’s skeleton and joint function along with the underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs. They work with their hands, using techniques such as deep massage, manipulation and mobilisation to treat conditions like back pain, sciatica, repetitive strain and sports injuries.

Manual therapy used in osteopathy
  • Mobilisation - a more gentle technique to loosen stiff joints and ease painful joints.
  • Manipulation - a high velocity thrust technique with minimal range of motion, used to help loosen a stiff joint.
  • Soft tissue techniques - massage, deep tissue, trigger point and muscle energy techniques.
  • Traction - a gentle stretching technique either manual or mechanical.

What can osteopathy do for sportspeople?

Mobility of the body is of utmost importance to the sportsperson. Poor flexibility in the joints and muscles will prevent the body from performing at its optimum and is often a contributory element to injury. By assessing the posture and condition of those structures which make the human body a dynamic machine (the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues), the osteopath is able to promote a rapid recovery from injury. Osteopathy can help prevent, as well as treat injuries.

For more information contact: www.triyoga.co.uk

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