Did you know that individualised exercise therapy in-between your Osteopathic treatments could be beneficial?

As we age, problems like osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, neck, and lower back stiffness become more noticeable. Osteopathic treatment combined with specific and individualised exercises aims to reduce pain and improve function. More targeted and individualised exercise programs are more beneficial than a standardised program.

Osteopathic exercises have been shown to be beneficial for a broad range of conditions including lower back pain, shoulder pain, foot pain, neck pain and patellofemoral (knee) pain.[1, 2]There is also strong evidence that exercise combined with Osteopathic treatment reduces pain and improves activity levels in patients with Arthritis.[3] Osteopathic exercise is effective for patients with ankylosing spondylitis, hip osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and for patients who have suffered a stroke.[4]

Osteopathic exercises are beneficial because they gradually increase the strength and flexibility of the joints and muscles; this makes them more resistant to injury, as well as increasing the efficiency of their performance.

Osteo Exercise can help to:

  • Alleviate pains, aches and discomfort
  • Decrease muscle stiffness
  • Improve range of movement
  • Increase muscle strength & core stability
  • Improve balance

In turn this will improve your:

  • Flexibility & strength
  • Posture & body awareness
  • Ability to perform daily activities like lifting or picking up objects from the floor
  • Ability to participate in physical activity (better performance & endurance)

The importance of prescribing an exercise based on the individual

Each person has a body as individual as their face, fingerprints and personality. It is important to select an exercise or adapt an exercise to best suit the person rather than make the person fit a generic exercise.

“Exercise therapy that consists of individually designed programs, including stretching or strengthening, and is delivered with supervision may improve pain and function”.[5]

To prescribe an exercise that suits the individual better might call for creating movement variation so that a patient can increase their movement capacity. There will be specific recommendations for the type of exercise or activity, specific workloads, duration and frequency of the activity, intensity guidelines and precautions relating to the patients specific condition.


 

[1] http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/cp95.pdf
[2] Effectiveness of exercise therapy in treatment of patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome: systematic review and meta-analysis. Physical Therapy [0031-9023] Clijsen, Ron yr:2014 vol:94 iss:12 pg:1697
[3] Deyle GD, Henderson NE, Matekel RL, Ryder MG, Garber MB, Allison SC. Effectiveness of Manual Physical Therapy and Exercise in Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2000;132:173-181.
[4] Smidt N, de Vet HCW, Bouter LM and Dekker J (2005): Effectiveness of exercise therapy: A best-evidence summary of systematic reviews. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 51: 71–85.
[5] Hayden JA, van Tulder MW, Tomlinson G (2005b) Systematic review: strategies for using exercise therapy to improve outcomes in chronic low back pain. Annals of Internal Medicine 142: 776–785.