We can all at some stage pick up a ‘dreaded’ injury – if your car wasn’t running smoothly you would take it to a garage to be checked. So why not treat yourself as you would your car?
There are an enormous array of injuries seen in clinic on a daily basis, of which, the timescale that a person reports having less than 100% functional use is equally vast – from a few days to many years.
Osteopaths treat more than you think – most associate our profession with ‘backs/necks’ or ‘just bones’. Perhaps the word ‘Osteo-‘ meaning bone, doesn’t help us out here? Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues and nervous system functioning smoothly together.
But when is the right time to seek help?
Good question, there are a lot of self-help mechanisms out there with the internet sometimes not being particularly helpful. Generally speaking, the longer you leave an injury the longer it can take to rehabilitate.
Seeking advice from a professional can enable diagnosis/treatment and the right information to get back to your normal day to day activities and/or sport quicker.
Any practitioner should be working mutually and empathetically with you to provide solutions according to each person’s individual presentation.
We all think we’re invincible but sometimes we may need help on the road to recovery. Supports/strapping and medication can all provide valuable aids in rehabilitation of injuries, but rarely can they provide sole resolution in the absence of diagnosis.