Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Inspiring Olympics – get BACK to sport fitness

The Olympic and Paralympic Games have inspired the country to make a return to sport.

South-West Homeopath & Bowen Technique practitioner Paul Black is being called on by patients who are looking for a holistic way to sprint back to good health following sporting injuries.

Returning to sport after a gap can test old injuries and niggles in back, hip and leg muscles.  Bowen Technique helps remove tension and pain, giving improved flexibility, making it easier to return and to continue participation in sporting activities.  Homeopathic medicines also support the healing process by reducing inflammation and promoting repair in sprains and strains.

In the 2010 Winter Olympics, one in every 10 athletes sustained an injury, said a report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, with the most common ailments being bruising, torn ligaments and muscular strain.

Well known sports personalities are among the six million users of Homeopathy in the UK, including soccer star David Beckham, tennis stars Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova, and rugby player Will Greenwood.  Bowen Technique is a firm favourite of adventurer Bear Grylls who, after using it to recover from breaking his back during SAS parachute training, now describes himself as “hooked” on the therapy.

Paul said: “In my Portishead & Weston practices there is a great interest in holistic healthcare, and people often turn to Bowen Technique or Homeopathy for help in recovering from injuries.  Homeopathic medicines (known as remedies) have long been used to treat simple sports-related problems, the most well known being Arnica, traditionally used for bruising and muscular soreness. Ruta is commonly used in sprains and strains.  As a keen runner and sailor with local Portishead clubs I have personal experience of using the therapies to sustain my own sporting fitness and that of other club members.”

“I would normally expect to see noticeable improvement after just 3 treatments”, explained Paul.  He offers a £10 discount if 3 treatments are booked and paid for at the first session. If you would like to book treatment or know more about how Bowen Technique or Homeopathy can help you with your own participation in sport, please contact Paul Black on 07449 547406.

Homeopathy: is a holistic medicine which uses specially prepared, highly diluted substances (given mainly in tablet form) with the aim of triggering the body’s own healing mechanisms. Treatment is individualised, with prescriptions being chosen according to the patient’s specific set of symptoms.

Evidence-based: It is often said that there is ‘no scientific evidence’ that homeopathy works. This is not the case. More research is welcomed, but there are already high-quality randomised clinical trials demonstrating that homeopathy is clinically effective beyond placebo. See www.homeopathy-soh-org/research for a summary.

Professional: The Society of Homeopaths is the largest body of professional homeopaths in Europe. Established in 1978, it has 1,400 registered members, who are fully insured and have agreed to practise and abide by a strict Code of Ethics & Practice.

– Abstract from The effects of the Bowen Technique on hamstring flexibility over time: A randomised controlled trial – summary of Coventry University, taken from subsequent publication in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies:

The hamstring muscles are regularly implicated in recurrent injuries, movement dysfunction and low back pain. Links between limited flexibility and development of neuromusculoskeletal symptoms are frequently reported. The Bowen Technique is used to treat many conditions including lack of flexibility. The study set out to investigate the effect of the Bowen Technique on hamstring flexibility over time.
An assessor-blind, prospective, randomised controlled trial was performed on 120 asymptomatic volunteers. Participants were randomly allocated into a control group or Bowen group. Three flexibility measurements occurred over one week, using an active knee extension test. The intervention group received a single Bowen treatment. A repeated measures univariate analysis of variance, across both groups for the three time periods, revealed significant within-subject and between-subject differences for the Bowen group. Continuing increases in flexibility levels were observed over one week. No significant change over time was noted for the control group.  

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