Saturday, April 04, 2009

Dem bones, dem bones, dem bones........

.....The leg bone's connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone's connected to the back bone........

Last Monday I made an appointment to see an osteopath. She was recommended by my massage therapist, and as I trust her judgement, I decided to give it a go. I had no idea what an osteopath was, or what they did, but I was about to find out! The reason she suggested seeing an osteopath is that I have been having ongoing problems with my left hip, glute and hamstring which was exacerbated when I hurt my back late last year.

According to the Australian Osteopathic website "Osteopathy is a "whole body" system of manual therapy, based on unique biomechanical principles, which uses a wide range of techniques to treat musculo-skeletal problems and other functional disorders of the body." Treatments can include massage and stretching; articulation techniques, in which joints are mobilised by being passively taken through their range of motion; muscle energy techniques, in which contracted muscles are released by alternately being stretched and made to work against resistance; counterstrain techniques, which achieve release of restriction by placing the affected joint or muscle in a position of comfort, while applying a "Counter" stretch to the antagonists of the tight muscles; functional techniques, which involve gentle mobilisation of joints in a way which "probes" barriers to normal movement until a way is found through the restriction; and, manipulation, which may be used where it is appropriate and safe to do so, though it is not the mainstay of most Osteopathic treatments. Osteopathic manipulations are carried out using minimum force levels in order to maximise safety and minimise patient discomfort.

I think pretty much all the above techniques were used. At one stage I did ask whether I would be taller by the end of the session, given the amount of stretching that was happening. There was one particularly uncomfortable period where she was manipulating the deep rotational hip muscles - they are so incredibly tight. Whether this will help, only time will tell. If I can comfortably get through 42.2km in a fortnight's time I'll be happy.

Running this week has been limited for several reasons - a sub-5min/km pace run (9km) and an easy 5.30min/km pace run (10km). Tomorrow I plan on running 26km. Fingers crossed everything holds together!

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."
- J. K. Rowling


strewth said...

You go girl - it WILL hold together - only 2 weeks and 2 days and the marathon will be over. I wish 5:30 pace for 10km was easy for me!!

speedygeoff said...

I think you will greatly benefit from this new treatment. Just do what the osteopath has recommended, especially for the first few days, and you will feel great and run freely. Sometimes when you try something like this for the first time it produces excellent results.

Jen_runs said...

The osteo (in theory) 'sounds' excellent; I will be very interested to read how you feel next week.

Good luck!

Ewen said...

You're alive!

Be careful with that treatment - we wouldn't want you any taller - you'd be towering over Strewth and she'd be copping elbows in the head when you run with her.

Two Fruits said...

You must be built differently to me. My thigh bone and back bone don't meet, maybe connected by a few other bones in between. That's where the problem is. Did you know that if your nose runs and your feet smell, then you are built upside down.