Some of you will be aware that I have a herniated disc (used to be called slipped disc) that has been "grumbling" for some weeks. Now I am back in UK I asked for an appointment with my wonderful osteopath John who has put me right for many years only to be told he is on long term sick leave. Saddened I agreed to an appointment with a new one called Richard. Well, it seems I may have fallen on my feet, he is a marathon runner! He helped me a lot with my back, some gentle stretching and realignment, and told me the reason I am not as fast I was would like is that I have very little rotation in my upper back, and gave me some exercises to help with that. Also I have little movement in my lower back either, so some stretches for that too.
He also had a look at my knee, I was right I have torn the lateral collateral ligament, but not badly. The bruising is nothing to worry about and I can continue running. He gave me some pointers to help with running, I don't lean forward enough apparently, and the work I have done to increase my cadence and therefore shorten my stride is exactly the right thing for me to do. He said knee supports will be of no use - saved me some money there!
How cool is that? Very happy, £55 well spent!