Take ac­tion to pre­vent fur­ther in­jury

Shepparton News - - WEEKEND HEALTH - DR CHRIS­TIAN GEORGOPOULOS www.keep­activeosteopa­thy.com.au

The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple would agree once their in­jury has healed, my job as an os­teopath is done and their time at the clinic is no longer needed.

I en­cour­age all my clients to practise pre­ven­tive medicine, which is best deÅned as a branch of med­i­cal sci­ence deal­ing with meth­ods of pre­vent­ing the oc­cur­rence of dis­ease.

This is nei­ther a new method of prac­tice nor a new fad.

From a con­ven­tional med­i­cal ap­proach, re­ceiv­ing a sim­ple blood test on a yearly ba­sis is a way of prac­tis­ing pre­ven­tive medicine.

A blood test has the abil­ity to screen cer­tain mea­sures which helps your GP de­cide if cer­tain mea­sures need fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

It gives you a sufÅ­cient over­view of your body and po­ten­tially pre­vents the on­set of silent killers such as high blood pres­sure and di­a­betes.

How­ever, do we think like this when it comes to our phys­i­cal health? I would say many of us don’t. This takes us back to the ques­tion — what do I do with my clients once their in­jury has healed?

Firstly, pre­vent the in­jury from re­oc­cur­ring and se­condly, re­duce the chance of any other in­jury oc­cur­ring.

This is not only achieved through hands-on treat­ment but, more im­por­tantly, ex­er­cise pre­scrip­tion.

Here are some ex­am­ples.

FOR THE EL­DERLY

Main­tain­ing strength in our mus­cles and den­sity in our bones through safe ex­er­cise pre­scrip­tion is a pre­ven­tive mea­sure in re­duc­ing an early on­set of os­teo­poro­sis.

In re­turn, this re­duces the chance of any frac­tures oc­cur­ring through falls.

FOR MOST OF THE POP­U­LA­TION

Main­tain­ing back and hip strength can be seen as a pre­ven­tive mea­sure to re­duce your lower back pain from AEar­ing up.

FOR THE AC­TIVE BUNCH

Main­tain­ing op­ti­mal an­kle and hip mo­bil­ity can re­duce stress on the knee, there­fore re­duc­ing the chances of any in­sid­i­ous knee pain.

So the key mes­sage here is — next time your phys­i­cal ther­a­pist signs you off from treat­ment, al­ways ask if there is more to be done to help pre­vent any fur­ther in­jury or dis­ease from a phys­i­cal per­spec­tive.

And re­mem­ber, the world runs on healthy peo­ple.

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