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How Osteopathy can support rowing injuries

Written by Harry Rogers   Posted in:Osteopathy   March 7, 2016

How Osteopathy can support rowing injuries
At the end of March, Rowing becomes national news with the classic Oxford and Cambridge boat race. Whether you’re sculling on the Thames or on a rowing machine in the gym or front living room; rowing is a great total body workout. However, there are some risks and common injuries associated with this particular exercise.
 
Forearm compartment syndrome consists of pain and swelling of the muscles of the forearm. It’s often related to having a ‘death grip’ on the oar, so you can try making a conscious effort to loosen your grip or another good tip is moving your thumbs on top of the oar. Osteopathic treatment can also be very effective in relieving forearm tension by massaging the muscles and improving the movement and relationship between your two forearm bones, where all the muscles attach to.
 
The other very common injury in rowers is shoulder impingement. Due to the repetitive strain the shoulders go through and the protracted position, the most superior rotator cuff muscle can often get inflamed and irritated causing pain and shoulder weakness. By improving scapular, rib and mid back mobility and function you can help take some of the pressure off the shoulders allowing for improved shoulder mechanics. An easy way to start this process is by using a foam roller to mobilise your mid back and ribs. The other key is to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles which will produce a much more stable shoulder complex.
 
I hope you find these few tips helpful, for more feel free to get in touch with me at Harry@bridgetohealth.co.uk


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