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Treating injured marathon runners osteopathically

Written by Rob Allport   Posted in:Sports Injury   April 16, 2008

Over the first few months of practice in Uxbridge, we have treated quite a number of patients training for marathon events.

Some visit because they have sustained an injury in the course of training, others because they are seeking supportive physical treatment and general advice in the context of their preparation and recovery.

The priority with injured marathon athletes is to “fix the patient” so that they can get back to their training schedule as fast as possible, with minimal interruption; but also to ensure the weakness that caused the injury is remedied and postural imbalances are corrected.

In all cases, we provide osteopathic treatment alongside a broader range of tips and advice to ensure that our patients are fit on the day, but also continue remaining fitter and healthier thereafter.

This advice covers a broad range of topics, including:

  • Holistic osteopathic treatment to ensure not only lower limb fitness, but also optimal neck, shoulder and rib cage function, and core strength for peak performance;
  • Deep tissue massage routines in the run-up and recovery phase of the run;
  • Warming up and warming down routines;
  • Input on a well-balanced running schedule that takes into account the athlete’s general health and fitness at the outset;
  • Advice on fitness training to achieve the right balance of cardio-pulmonary fitness, musculoskeletal strength, flexibility, endurance and balance;
  • Dietary advice to ensure that the right balance of nutrients is taken to deliver top performance and recover from the effort;
  • The imnportance of adequate hydration before, during and after the run;
  • Use of cryotherapy and contrast hydrotherapy to preserve and enhance muscle and organ health;

We have detailed this advice in a handy tips help sheet for our patients and other friends who are preparing for this great test of physical and mental endurance. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you would like us to email you a copy.

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