As you know I am a big supporter of proper mobility, which is a combination of flexibility, active range of motion, and the ability to execute proper movement patterns through full ranges of motion. These things are absolutely essential, not only for life in general, but also to allow us to perform to our full potential in a wide range of physical activities….Yes, including golf!!
One type of therapeutic practices that can help us not only recovery from injury, but also ensure we achieve and maintain proper mobility is Osteopathy (pronunciation). Luckily, a good friend of mine is working her way through the 5 year program with the Canadian College of Osteopathy so I have asked her to provide us with some background and education on this therapeutic practice…
Enter Roos Therapy
A blank stare. That’s the look I’ve been getting lately when I tell people I’m studying osteopathy. So it’s time to spread the knowledge and my friend, the Barefoot Golfer, was kind enough to encourage me to write about it.
Osteopathy is a therapeutic manual practice developed in the late 1800’s by A. T. Still. It is based upon the premise that manipulation of the bones and muscles or removing the blockages within the body will encourage the body to self regulate itself which in turn addresses imbalances within the body, restores function, and can reduce pain. It is a holistic approach to treating the body as we look at bones, muscles, joints, fluids, and organs. If one area of the body is restricted and not functioning properly, other areas of the body will adapt and compensate to keep you moving. However, if the body is not able to adapt, then disease can set in. Osteopathy looks to restore health within the body and can address numerous conditions ranging from TMJ, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, etc.
Osteopathy and Golf
A healthy balanced body will translate into a stronger golf game. I know golf is a love hate relationship, for both myself, and my patients, but if you’re healthy and strong going into a round a golf, you’re more likely to come away with a score you’re proud of! By ensuring there’s no muscle imbalances within the body and that you’re able to fully rotate through your hips and shoulders will allow you to activate the right muscles during your swing to generate more power and yardage. And who doesn’t wish they could hit the ball farther?! Another thing to consider is your weight distribution in your set up and your ability to transfer weight during your swing. If your weight is evenly distributed during set up it will translate into a more consistent and reliable swing. I treat a fair number of golf professionals in the Vancouver lower mainland as my husband is in the golf industry. Most have noticed an increase in range of motion throughout their lower extremities in addition to gaining yards on the golf course.
What to Expect from an Osteopathic Assessment and Treatment?
A detailed history will be taken, followed by an observation of how you’re standing and how you’re walking. It’s best if you come in shorts and a tank top or sports bra for the ladies as it helps us get an understanding of your alignment and postures during walking, standing, sitting and supine/prone positions. Treatment techniques can range from cranial sacral rhythms to muscle energy techniques to joint mobilizations to myofascial techniques.
I studied athletic therapy in university and have worked with various levels of football and lacrosse teams. I was a member of the medical staff at the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse. While studying athletic therapy, a supervisor at the time was working through the 5 year program with the Canadian College of Osteopathy and it’s taken me this long to realize that I was wanting to deepen my understanding of the human body and physiology and how all our systems interact. As a result, I’m currently entering my 3rd year of the program and have fallen in love with the profession!
If you have questions, would like further information and would like to make an appointment, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via my website
Thanks Roos Therapy! I definitely know more about Osteopathy than I did previously, and I have received very effective treatment from Roos Therapy for injuries and movement issues in the past. I hope you all have also learnt something from this post and feel free to contact Roos Therapy as noted above.
The Barefoot Golfer