Asia Pacific Conference of Osteopathic Medicine 2016
Korea, October 2016: Osteopathy seems to be gaining popularity in Korea! The second edition of the Asia Pacific Conference of Osteopathic Medicine (APCOM) was organised recently in Jangheung, with osteopaths from different countries attending the event.
The Osteopathic Health Centre was also featured at the event, with Jorge Esteves, Head of Research at British School of Osteopathy, representing OHC.
Participants witnessed some great outreach work at the International Integrative Medicine Expo as many people visited APCOM for osteopathic consultation and some treatment. The event was covered by Korean national news television channels.
Sports Therapy: Injury Prevention and Management through Naturopathy
Optimising athletic performance means asking a lot from your body, which requires support in the best possible way with nutrient rich foods, balancing relaxation techniques and perhaps mental coaching to set your goals. Here are a few ways in which naturopathy can help you prepare and treat/manage injuries:
1) Nutrition for athletes should take into account weight management, muscle rebuild and recovery, strong bones and healthy tendons. Right after working out, food should restore the glycogen in the muscles with healthy carbs, whilst providing healthy fats and protein to support anabolic metabolism.
Insulin and testosterone balance are influenced by food, restore cellular energy and maintain healthy body fat-muscle ratio. Strong bones and healthy tendons are a great prevention for sports injuries.
Food that nourishes the musculoskeletal system can be derived from a wholesome, nutritious, vegetarian, vegan or raw food diet, without the need for synthetic additives. A naturopath can provide an individualized food plan, which addresses your personal needs and provides adequate nutrients for optimal performance.
2) Relaxation is as important as daily training! Adequate relaxation techniques increase muscle restoration and bring you back to balance.
The German relaxation and stress management programme Autogenic Training works with visualisation, affirmation and guided meditation and is often combined with progressive muscle relaxation. This training influences the nervous system, muscle tone, body temperature regulation and heartbeat. It balances blood pressure, eases breathing and clears the mind. During a state of deep relaxation, muscle restoration is increased.
Autogenic Training can be used for mental coaching to improve sportive performance, as the mind becomes focused on optimization of the sports activity while you de-stress.
Four to six customized sessions of Autogenic Training are adequate to learning and incorporating the technique and using it for mental preparation, relaxation, stress management and restoration.
3) Ear Acupuncture is another naturopathic modality for improved recovery and pain management after injury. Basic principles are those of reflexology as the ear reflects the whole body´s organs. By stimulation of certain points of the ear, the corresponding organ or body function is influenced.
It helps reduce use of pain killers, swelling and inflammation, and speeds up the healing process. Ear Acupuncture is used to treat acute, chronic and perioperative pain. Commonly a series of six to eight treatment sessions are conducted, often complementary to other (alternative) medical treatments.
4) Homeopathy considers that any injury can entail three situations: a fright or shock of various dimensions; damage of tissue including bone fracture and bleeding (inner organs or open wound).
Homeopathy provides a range of remedies to prevent a fright from becoming a shock, or a shock from leaving a trauma. This is not only helpful for athletes but also important for preventing anxiety or panic after an accident. Without being a sedative, homeopathic medicine calms you down naturally; emotional stress and physical tension are reduced.
There is also a variety of homeopathic medicine to help stop bleeding of inner organs or wounds. Tissue damage is likely to affect the soft tissue, tendons or bones and maybe nerves. Healing processes can be initiated and improved with the appropriate homeopathic prescription. It can reduce the use of pain killers; has no side effects nor is it habit forming.
Care after sports injuries can entail homeopathic pills to ease bruising, swelling and scarring, and improving exhaustion during recovery.
In most cases it´s best to use a combination of treatments to ensure optimal recovery from injuries.
14th Networking Meeting for Healthcare Practitioners in Dubai
Dubai, 19 September, 2016: The Elephant Club hosted its 14th event during which healthcare practitioners discussed the different approaches to injury prevention and management.
Participants included: Anil Daniel Prasad (Physiotherapist, Osteopathic Health Centre), Milos Rankovic (Personal Trainer, Results Fitness), Nuno Goncalves (Osteopath), Nargis Raza (Managing Partner, Osteopathic Health Centre), Paul Cheung (Dr of Chiropractic, Up and Running Dubai), Saifudeen (General Manager, Stryder Health Solutions), Taif Delamie (Head of Strength and Conditioning, Up and Running Dubai), Tina Krombach (Naturopath, Osteopathic Health Centre), William D. Murrell (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon) and Youssef Youssef (Osteopath, Osteopathic Health Centre).
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I have participated in many sports and athletic competitions and I have come to love the mechanics of all sports. My background is in Kinesiology and Osteopathy. I did my Bachelors of Science, majoring in Kinesiology and Masters in Osteopathy. This allows me to treat and manage a wide variety of sports injuries.
I will keep this post simple but provide the principles of how osteopathy can help with sports injuries and their management.
Many athletes and coaches have not considered osteopathy for treatment of sports injuries as it is not the first approach that comes to mind. The osteopathic approach to sports injuries follows the principles of osteopathy: by looking at the body as a whole; one unit of function.
The first approach is to understand the balance and mechanics of the athlete that is coming in with an injury or the athlete that has an upcoming sports season. To begin with, I will go over the understanding of mechanics of the athlete who is not injured but has an upcoming sports season.
The osteopathic assessment is based on ensuring the athlete is mechanically ready for the sport they are going to participate in. Everything should move relatively smoothly: good muscle balance and joint ranges. I will look for imbalances in the musculoskeletal system, general movements and sport specific movements. The goal of this assessment is to locate any mechanical or muscular dysfunction that can make the athlete vulnerable to an injury. The most obvious injuries are ones that occur due to a direct trauma to an area of the body; but there are also many injuries that occur due to playing the sport with abnormal mechanics which creates sprain and strain to tissues/joints.
If for example there is an imbalance in the athlete’s pelvic/hip movements, this will change how the muscles respond to those same movements as well as how joints above and below the pelvis absorb force. The knee or ankle will adapt a change in its motion as well as the associated muscles and ligaments. These changes may be minute but will have a great effect on muscle tone, ligament laxity or tension and more. This principle is the same for the spine and shoulder as the pelvis is a major contributor to the mechanical movement of the rest of the body. Remember nothing in the body moves in isolation; it’s one unit of function. With these imbalances, if untreated and unmanaged, the athlete will go into the season at risk of sprain and strain injuries. The treatment for this is: manual osteopathic therapy to correct these mechanical imbalances; corrective exercise to maintain and strengthen muscles; and self-treatment exercises and stretches.
The treatment of injured athletes is very similar to what was described above. There may be further imbalances in the body due to compensation from the injury depending on how long the athlete has gone without rehabilitation. The osteopath will find and correct any changes from normal, help with pain and restriction of the injured area, and prescribe home exercises for rehabilitation.