Ultimate Sports Therapy – Sports Therapist Carolyn Zepf discusses UST’s Health Assessment

March 24, 2011

There are a number of factors that can hold one back from resolving pain in their body, but many people have not been educated to understand what could be holding them back.   With limited time, energy and money most people decide it is too hard or impossible to find a solution to their pain.  So in many cases, people will just live with their pain and except it as “the way it will always be”!
When I see patients who have lived with their pain for years I always find numerous challenges with their alignment, walking patterns and posture.  This happens because they obviously wanted to reduce their pain and compensated by moving into positions where there was no pain.    Anyone who has had the “pleasure” of experiencing a painful condition can attest to this.  But, we have to consider that after only a few days of compensating for a painful condition your nervous system remembers this poor compensated patterns of movement and recognizes it as “normal”.  This continues even well after your pain is resolved and you have resumed your everyday activities.    An example would be someone continuing to walk with a limp after a painful condition in their lower body is no longer an issue.
At Ultimate Sports Therapy our health assessment is two hours in length and includes lifestyle questions on eating, sleeping, hydration, exercise habits and recognition of physical, mental and emotional stressors.  We take pictures from a front, back and side view.  We assessment the inner and outer unit of the core, do flexibility index test to determine tissue type, test the range of motion at every joint as well as a primal pattern analysis i.e. squat, lunge, push, pull, twist, bend, walking, jogging, sprinting and yes in some cases when needed even a crawling movement assessment.
After the Health Assessment has been completed, we chart the information, download the pictures and make notes on what was found during the assessment and what will need further investigation and treatment.  Once this is done, we have you come back in and review what we have found through your assessment.  Educating you through this process with the help of your pictures and results to reference.  This educational visit is called a results session.  During the results session we encourage you to ask questions to gain greater insight into your condition.  We also outline a program that we feel will best resolve main concerns and underline issues that are causing dysfunction.  The program may include a personalized periodized exercise program, eating plan, treatment plan, life coaching …

If you are living with pain and want to find a solution to your pain, come in and receive a full assessment. If you book one now you will receive a results session for FREE

For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/sports-therapy.html

Carolyn Zepf
osteopathy (current study) & Certified Sports Therapist, Keynote & Professional Speaker

Ultimate Sports Therapy – Osteopathy (thesis writer) Jason Brandow discusses Osteoarticular Adjustment

March 24, 2011

Tools of the Trade: Osteoarticular Adjustment

One of the most commonly used techniques used by Osteopaths around the world is the Osteoarticular Adjustment  technique.  This might seem similar to a chiropractic adjustment in theory, but is very different in the application and experience.  This technique is used when a joint has either sheered its axis (is extremely out of place) or when it cannot move in a certain direction where it should easily be able to.

Let’s take the ankle joint for example.  Basically, the long bone of the foot, the tibia, sits on top of a smaller bone in the ankle called the talus.  Tibia long shin bone, talus little ankle bone.  Got it J  ok. Sometimes with an ankle injury, the talus can “slide” out of place.  It should sit directly below the tibia to bear the weight of the body when in proper alignment.  Sometimes, a therapist will feel that the talus has “sheered” anteriorly, or forward towards the toes.  The only way to get the talus back into proper place is to use an Osteoarticular Adjustment.

A short, fast “impulse” movement is given at a specific angle to help the talus back into place.  The lightest possible amount of force is used to do this.  It is fast, absolutely painless, and is indeed one of the most powerful tools of the trade.

Sometimes a “pop” sound can be heard.  Some patients look forward to this, and others do not.  It is a sign of a change, but I’ve always believed that it is not always the sign of a correction in alignment.  The “pop” sound does not mean that the bone is reset in the right position, and sometimes there is no sound, and the correction is successful.  It is not our goal to hear a “pop”, it is out goal to gently realign the body.

The Osteoarticular Adjustment can be safely used on any joint of the body where a joint is “stuck” out of alignment.  There are always preparation techniques used to make the adjustment easier, and there are also integration techniques used to make sure that the adjustment holds for as long as possible, and quite often, they do not come back.

Call or email for an appointment or consultation. All of your questions can be answered.


For more information contact Ultimate Sports Therapy at info@ultimatesportstherapy.com or visit us at http://www.ultimatesportstherapy.com/osteopathy.html

Jason Brandow, BSc TR, CST
Osteopathy Current Study & Thesis Writer

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