Many of us are aware of the numerous physical benefits of yoga, such as strength, flexibility and balance of the musculoskeletal system. There is of course another side to yoga that comes with any sport or activity we do repetitively, and that is injury. Typically, yoga injuries that are commonly seen tend to be broken down in to two categories: acute and chronic.
Osteopathy and the acute yoga injury
The onset of these types of injuries can usually be pinned down to a particular asana or transition between poses that brought on the pain – perhaps it was an ambitious back bend or an overzealous hamstring stretch. In addition to working with the damaged tissue to aid recovery, osteopathic treatment would look to other movement patterns or altered biomechanics that led to you developing the injury in the first place. Why did your left hamstring tear, not your right? Is the hamstring taking the strain due to a torsion within the pelvis? Is there anything within your regular practice that’s contributed to this build up of tension? This holistic ‘whole body approach’ to manual therapy is unique to Osteopathy and is part of the reason why osteopathic treatment complements yoga practice so well.
Osteopathy and the chronic yoga injury
Chronic injuries from yoga are more complex injuries, usually the result of layers and layers of different compensations of the body. Osteopathic assessment and treatment begins to peel back the layers to discover the route cause of an injury.
Let’s take the hamstring example from above – perhaps this hamstring pain has been ongoing for many months despite stretching and resting from practice. Unfortunately these injuries don’t tend to get better with rest alone. Without addressing the imbalance or faulty movement patterns that led to you overloading that hamstring in your regular practice in the first place, the pain will come straight back when you resume activity. The body will respond to this in two ways: 1) stressing the hamstring to the point of failure i.e. a very painful tear or 2) in an attempt to offload the hamstring, the body compensates by awkwardly stressing another structure usually resulting in another injury (now you have hamstring and low back pain!)
With Osteopathy, you can get to the root of these imbalances and stop the vicious cycle from ruining your practice.
Who we are
The Chelsea Osteopathic Practice was established in 2011 within Triyoga on King’s Road in Chelsea, London.
Rebecca Root is an experienced Sports Massage Therapist, who has recently graduated as an Osteopath with a first class honours degree from Oxford Brookes University.
Rebecca takes a structural approach to Osteopathy and uses this perspective to identify patterns of imbalance that go on to predispose to the development of pain or injury.
As a health and fitness enthusiast, Rebecca has developed an interest in treating like-minded people and has experience from working with sports teams and at the London Paralympic games. Rebecca also enjoys practising Vinyasa and Bikram yoga.
Where to find us
The Chelsea Osteopathic Practice
372, King’s Road
020 7349 4150