I have previously talked about what you can do to help yourself if you sustain an injury. However, having been practising as an Osteopath for 25 years, I have seen a staggering amount of injuries that could have been prevented. So from an Osteopath’s perspective, I would like to now explore the concept of ‘prevention is better than cure’.
We all experience sprains and strains at some point in life and for most they are a painful but temporary reminder to be a little more careful. Prompt action can help your body to heal faster and may prevent further injury or prolonged pain.
Most people just think of the physical benefits of exercise. However, research has shown that exercise may also improve memory and concentration in those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and may reduce the rate of decline. Also the endorphins released in exercise can have multiple natural benefits as an anti-depressant, painkiller and may strengthen our immune system.
Following an episode of back pain, many patients lose their confidence and are nervous about injuring themselves again. Having experienced a prolapsed disc in my early twenties, I know only too well what that feels like but swimming was one form of exercise I could do and combined with Osteopathy, got me back on my feet.
For many, the first indication of having this condition is the pain from an osteoporotic fracture when it is usually diagnosed by a doctor using conventional radiography and by measuring the bone mineral density. However, Osteopaths are in a prime position to screen for osteoporosis and to educate those individuals at high risk about prevention and management.