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INTERVIEW - TIPPERARY MIDWEST RADIO (DECEMBER 2014)
Riverview Clinic about Osteopathy
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FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH EXERCISES
A comprehensive range of Stability, Strength and Mobility Exercises with photo demonstration.
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YOGA FOR ATHELETES & SPORTS
Yoga improves athletic performance by lessening the chances of sports injury, improves range of movement, increases concentration, strength, balance, and body awareness, endurance and reduces recovery time.
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STRENGTH AND MOBILITY BASICS FOR OPEN WATER SWIMMERS
Swimming demands a high degree of technical skill, coordination, and simultaneously contraction of major muscles groups in order to propel the body through the water efficiently.
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RECOVERY 101
Recovery from training is one of the most important aspects of improving athletic performance.
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MANAGING ANTERIOR/ MEDIAL TIBIAL STRESS SYNDROME or ‘SHIN SPLINTS'
Advice on ‘shin splints’ as well as treating and working with people who are effected by them.
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Riverview Clinic volunteer at Cork City Marathon 2011
Riverview Clinic practitioners were present at the finish line of the 2011 Cork City Marathon, where we had a cool down area located for athletes at the finish line.
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Osteopathic Information Services:
  • Work Strain
  • Pain Relief
  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Pregnancy
  • Children and Babies
  • Driving
  • Choosing a Bed
  • History of Osteopathy

Work Strain
Occupational injuries account for many for the 35,000 working days a year lost in Ireland.

Osteopaths are skilled at discovering underlying causes of pain. Trained to have a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology, they use their hands to investigate and treat injuries to the ligaments, muscles and joints.

Poor posture can contribute to daily aches and pains whether you lift heavy loads, sit at the PC incorrectly or drive for long periods. An osteopath can advise on correct posture and movement and can give instruction on back care and preventative exercises.
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Pain Relief
Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. It is often caused by swelling of tissue, which creates pressure on nerves and leads to discomfort. Pain is a useful mechanism to alert you to a problem, and stops you from damaging your body further. It should always, therefore, be taken seriously.

Pain can affect many areas of the body, but particularly the lower back, head, neck, joints and legs. It can result from injuries and arthritis, and can also manifest itself in the form of rheumatic pain and period pain.
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Back Pain
The trouble with back pain is that it can do more than just give you a pain in the back. It can create difficulties with walking, sitting, bending and lifting and can even lead to depression and incontinence. It can also be the cause of pain in the buttocks, groin or legs (commonly called sciatica), in the head, neck, shoulders and arms. It can also be one of the effects of hip, knee and foot problems.

Back pain can result from bad posture, a sudden jerky movement, a lumpy mattress or poor lifting techniques. It can also be caused by injury in a work place, by a sports accident or by muscular spasms. It often occurs during pregnancy or, because of decreased flexibility, as people get older.

There are also many diseases and pathological conditions that can lead to back pain. These include abdominal or pelvic disease, anxiety, arthritis, cervical or lumbar spondylosis, dermatological problems, kidney disease, rheumatic conditions, tumours and scoliosis.
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Arthritis
Broadly, arthritis may be divided into two types – degenerative and inflammatory. Degenerative or OSTEOARTHRITIS is the commonest form, sometimes called ‘wear and tear’ and is usually localised to a specific site such as the hips, knees or spine. Its classic features of pain, stiffness and restricted mobility may often be eased and improved with skilled osteopathic treatment.

Inflammatory arthritis such as RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS is generally a systemic disease affecting not just joints but the whole body. Like osteoarthritis it produces severe pain, stiffness and often deformity. Osteopathy may be helpful in addition to medication.
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Sports Injuries
Whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur or an elite professional, an osteopath can help with the prevention and treatment of common sporting injuries.

If you’re taking up a new sporting activity, you should seek the advice of a coach, trainer or instructor, and ask for an appropriate training programme for your age, experience and fitness.

With injuries, especially those to legs or arms, always remember the word PRICED:

Prevent injuries by preparing thoroughly. You should always warm up and stretch before exercise, and warm down and stretch afterwards.

Rest after injury, and give your body time to recover.

Ice should be placed on the injured area as quickly as possible.
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Pregnancy
For many women pregnancy means having to cope with a whole range of symptoms from back pain to morning sickness. As the baby grows in the womb, its extra weight results in a changed centre of gravity and posture changes from week to week. This can lead to a variety of aches and pains. As breast weight increases, this also causes changes and pain may occur in the upper back and neck.

Advice from your osteopath can help you to change your posture and learn to use your body correctly through pregnancy. Osteopaths can also help to ease other side effects of pregnancy such as heartburn, indigestion, constipation and pain in the buttock, groin or leg (commonly called sciatica).
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Children and Babies
Many of the problems that babies and children suffer are caused before, during and immediately after birth, and the child may be left with uncomfortable stresses within its head and body. These stresses can lead to problems such as suckling and latching-on difficulties, irritability, colic, wind and disturbed sleep patterns. Toddlers may suffer from difficulties with mobility and play, and they may sit, crawl and walk early, seeking movement to relieve physical discomfort. Sleep patterns are disturbed, teething may be uncomfortable and head banging or pulling at the hair may occur.

Distortions to the head can continue to hinder the growth and development of a child’s brain as it grows older. The child’s behaviour may be volatile, and they may have problems with coordination and physical development. They may be vulnerable to chronic ear infections, glue ear, headaches, growing pains and stomach aches. They may be habitual mouth breathers, and suffer from developmental problems such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The child's posture may suffer too, with the head being held on one side, or one shoulder held higher than the other.

During the teenage years, the body frame undergoes a number of changes. Problems may occur because of an exaggerated spinal curve or because of mechanical changes that occur through osteochondritis – a self-limiting condition that causes a distortion of the bone. Other problems are caused by sporting and recreational activities that carry the risk of sprains and strains.

If these problems are left undiagnosed and untreated they can worsen in later life.
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Driving
It’s not just the driver who can stiffen up in a car. Passengers are often seated for long periods of time in a fixed position.

Movement is key for car, driver and passenger.

The Five Tests

1. The Praying Test – The driver places both hands together, pointing forwards. If the steering wheel is not offset then the driver should be pointing straight at the centre of the wheel. The danger of having an offset wheel is that most drivers tend to rotate the middle of the spine to compensate for its position, producing long term back strain.

2. The Fist Test – With the seat in the normal driving position make a fist with the left hand keeping the thumb to the side of the index finger. It should be possible to insert the fist on the crown of the head. If it is only just possible to insert the flat of the hand between the roof and the head then there is insufficient headroom. The danger of having too little headroom is that the driver may compensate for the lack of height by slouching in the seat which puts a strain on the spine and thighs.
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Choosing a Bed
Is your bed helping, or is it part of your back problem?

Top tips for back pain sufferers:
1. The majority of mattresses need to be turned regularly (between six weeks and three months). Do get someone to help you avoid the strain of turning your mattress. If you live on your own you may prefer one of the foam/latex mattresses that don’t need turning.

2. The mattress should be supportive enough to take the weight of the body without sagging. If you are used to a soft bed, don’t suddenly change to a very hard bed; the difference may prove difficult to adapt to. However, the mattress does need to be firm enough to allow for shifts of posture during the night. This is necessary to lessen fatigue and relieve the prolonged stress on soft tissues – it is not easy turning on a really ‘giving’ surface!
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History of Osteopathy
Osteopathy was founded in America in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still of Kirksville, Missouri. Dr. Still was a doctor in a small frontier town in the mid-west. Life for a country doctor in those days was very different from what it is today. There were no pain-killing drugs, X-rays or other hospital tests. The local apothecary or chemist, if there was one, sold little more than remedies based on herbs and folklore, for modern pharmacology was as much in its infancy as medicine. The germ theory of disease put forward by Lister and Pasteur was still unheard of, so even if patients undergoing surgery survived the terrible ordeal of an operation without anaesthetic, they often died from an infection soon afterwards.
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