The body is highly capable of healing itself.
There is no medicine, vaccine, technology or magic potion that can substitute a healthy combination of regular exercise and balanced nutrition.
Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t need to be a chore and it can prevent many unnecessary trips to the doctor.
Would you rather take painkillers and antidepressants to numb the pain or make a few, small lifestyle changes to eliminate pain completely?
I spent most of my late teens living in pain arising from poor posture, an imbalance of my shoulders and misaligned hips. At the time I was preparing to compete for the British Uni swim championships so pushing my body to its limits was part of my training. And I was told time and time again that the problems in my spine couldn’t be fixed.
Little did I know that the pain only intensified because I wasn’t giving my body enough time to rest.
I later learned through my studies of anatomy, physiology and sports therapy that the body is an extremely powerful self-healing machine and that these symtpoms were completely reversible. But only when we give it the right tools and fuels to support its recovery.
If we condition our body to be ‘stuck’ in certain positions or to move incorrectly then it’s only to be expected that our body will start to complain.
But it doesn’t need to be that way!
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I had a great example this morning when a new client arrived for an assessment and treatment.
He is an ultra-marathon runner, conditioned to running in excess of 95 miles at a time.
He knows his body better than anyone but he just couldn’t get to grips with the extreme pain he was experiencing in his calves. He had visited several physios, podiatrists and had already spent in excess of £350 on failed treatments as well as several pairs of trainers and insoles before he came to see me.
He was very worried as he plans to complete his next ultra event this weekend and had got it into his head that his achilles was about to snap.
Here’s the thing, the body is more than just a physical machine, it’s organised by many systems and components including our thoughts, hormones and emotional state.
By allowing ourselves to believe our body is on the brink of breaking, we fool ourselves into thinking there is nothing we can do to correct it and we condition ourselves to over-correct or over-compensate for these inconsistencies.
I assessed his condition and yes, it was true, his achilles tendon was excessivley tight but it was only compensating for a weakened arch in his foot and overpronation. This may explain why the pain intensifies when he runs.
Translating this into some simple biomechanics showed a weakening at the knee joint due to tight adductors and poor hip flexor mobility.
So when in previous cases, physios may have noted pain at the ankle and treated only the achilles tendon, this did not get to the root of the issue. I therefore proceeded to treat above and below the knee as well as the ankle joint, understanding that the hamstrings and adductors were having to compensate for the weakness at the achilles tendon.
What was the outcome?
My client jumped off the bed and exclaimed:
You’re more than a sports massage therapist Marc, I knew as you were working into my muscles you had found the right spots, those areas have never been treated before and I now feel I can put weight on my ankle again. My legs feel light and I’m confident I can proceed with my run without worrying about my achilles snapping. I have every faith in you to fix me next time I feel something isn’t quite right.”Ultra Marathon Runner Testimonial, 15th June 2021
So there you go, sports therapy is more than just knowing how muscles and joints work. With my background in sports and fitness coaching, I understand biomechanics, I understand anatomy and physiology, I can apply specific strength and conditioning protocols for rehab and I have an understanding of the psychology that ultimately limits or hinders our ability to adapt and recover.
Don’t leave it to chance, before you next decide to make an appointment to see your doctor to increase your dose of painkillers, why not make an appointment at the clinic for a review and treatment advice.
Supporting you in your recovery,
CEO, Fitness Is My Life