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Painful Backs, Necks and Sports Injuries
I've treated a lot of painful backs, necks and sports injuries over the years - I'm sure your not surprised by that! There are so many reasons for how backs and necks and the spine in general can come to start to ache and then to pain and then to become agonising - we sit too long, we do too much of an activity we are not used to (like the common story of office all week and then a frenzy of gardening or DIY or football or marathon running at the weekend), over reaching before the muscles have warmed up, Road Traffic Accidents, nasty tackles in rugby or football - the list goes on and on. What we all want is a) to prevent it happening in the first place and b) how to get out of trouble as quickly as possible when we have got into trouble.
There are some very simple things we can do to prevent the horror of a painful "locked up" spine. I think the most important one (from my own observation in practice and out and about in gyms and on dance floors) is to WARM UP. I think I'll repeat that - WARM UP! What does that mean? Well that can be different for different types of activity or situation. When you get out of bed try to avoid moving suddenly and jerkily. Let your body wake up slowly. You've been lying down for a good long time so you need to get used to moving and coping with gravity again before you do anything to challenging. Once you have got yourself going and your going to start the day keep thinking about warming into things slowly. When you get to the gym don't go mad straight away. Take your time stretch - not "stretches" (often another name for weird contortions that look impressive but achieve little!) - but movements like you would do for a really good yawn when you are by yourself. Think about what you are doing. Once you've got your body used to the idea of moving around and told it that it is going to do a work out (or some sport or dance or DIY or gardening or lifting) do a little version of what you are going to expect your body to do. What I mean is don't do a whole golf swing (for example) at once - do a tiny one, then a bit bigger then a bit bigger still until your eventually get a good swing at full throttle - then you are ready to hit the ball. Same with dancing - let your body know what you are going to be doing and then gently get into it. Your body has got to be there for you for 80, 90, 100 years!!! You have got the time to take care of it. When you are doing sport or yoga or dance or DIY or swimming or golf or any other of the whole host of things that the body can do - remember another important thing - do them well. You get good at doing what you repeat - if you repeat a bad pattern you get good at the bad pattern, if you stand in poor posture you get really good at poor posture so go for the best you can manage. Do the gardening or football or fly fishing or dancing or running well - do it with the best technique you can muster, your body will appreciate it. This is a fundamental principle of my Franklin Method work and it is something that the workshops I teach try to help you achieve with your body. My Franklin Method workshops focus on different parts of the body - sometimes on different kinds of activity so choose the ones that seem to relate to the things you do - and to any problems you might have - but don't wait until the problem is agonising, get in there before you reach that stage.
The treatment of back and neck problems or sports injuries like any other kind of treatment needs to be focussed on the individual and their special requirements. Any Osteopathic treatment or individual Franklin Method session is tailored to you the individual. First we have to analyse what the problem is and what has caused it so we can find how to fix it and often even more importantly, how to stop it happening again. My Osteopathic work tends to be gentle (see Osteopathy) though like any good Osteopath I can use many different modalities of treatment. I'm someone who uses their body a lot - whether for my work (which can be a bit demanding on my body) or in life with dancing and gym activities. From that I gain an understanding of what not being able to do things due to injuries feels like. Both my Osteopathic training and the many years of subsequent practice and my Franklin Method work enable me to see the way the body works and to work out how the body needs to work to achieve the various technical requirements of different sports and other movement practices. I bring the whole of that knowledge, experience and intuitive creative thinking to my work to help you recover from and prevent injury.
take place at the two clinics where I see patients - 118
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1PN 01462 438622 and 28 Hallowell Road,
Northwood, Middlesex HA6
1DW, 01923 827833. Workshops are held in my
studio at 33 High Street, Graveley, Hertfordshire SG4 7LA. I also
individual or small group Franklin Method or other movement work sessions which are tailored
to the clients needs. These individual sessions are great for children
as well as adults. There are stairs to the
studio so I'm sorry that there is not full disabled access.
Please telephone the receptionists on 01462
438622 or email me at
David Kellett DO, Franklin
to book or for
information. People come a long way to see me sometimes (Hong
Kong and Bombay have been the longest journeys so far!! - long story..........)
but mostly people travel fairly locally. The Hitchin practice is easy to get to
from anywhere in Herts like Letchworth Stevenage, Baldock, Royston, Welwyn,
Hatfield, Hertford, Bedfordshire - like Luton, Dunstable and Bedford. and even
further afield like Cambridge. The Northwood practice is easily accessible via
the underground from London (Metropolitan Line), Harrow, Stanmore, Ruislip,
Pinner, Watford and Hemel Hempstead.
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