Wise words from my new osteopath

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!

15 Replies

  • It must be reassuring to have a runner looking at your injuries, at least they understand that stopping running is only to be envisaged if all else fails :)

    Glad you've got it all sorted. I missed out on the long stride onto the pavement episode... Hope it's not painful! I bet that with the new advice you'll be speeding up no end!

  • I hope so! Another couple of gentle runs to recover from the journey, then back at it!

  • How about a 'gentle' park run? 😄


  • Yes, definitely! Not this week, I'm still knacked but soon... Ooh! Nearly the 31st! That one would be fun, and then after that....

  • Or - are you running this week? I could manage it if we didn't go too fast....

  • Planning to, but don't over do it if you should be resting more. I'm not planning on 'racing' as just back up to 8.5k, and got the 10k on 1st Nov. Volunteering on the 31st, I'm marshalling, fingers crossed it's fancy dress, but they haven't announced it yet 🎃


  • I'll really try and join you this Sat, I'll email you on Friday xx

  • Osteopaths are useful people!

  • ooh yay! fab news, sorry you've been a bit plagued, I hope you're back at it how you like to run soon xx

  • Sorry to hear you have been having problems, although you have really done well there getting with your new osteopath. Hope the exercises work well for you. Good to get advice from a specialist who is also a runner.

  • Oh brilliant news Curly- a running osteopath who gives tips to improve your running technique and speed. Definitely money well spent! xx

  • That's reassuring! Good luck that he's a serious runner. Well done! You'll have a renewed spring in your step now. Enjoy that next run!

  • Fab stuff Curly , I think you fell on your feet seeing a running oestopath ! Good for you !

    Few gentle jogs and you will be as good as new !

    Good Luck ! Xxxx

  • Wow. How fortuitous Curly. Glad you're getting some answers.

  • John? Richard? You lucky lady 🍀

    Take it steady and welcome home 🏡 xx

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