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Osteopathy explanation of a minor slip and fall injury .

Why is it painful to walk and most people limp after a fall?

A simple minor slip and fall injury onto the tailbone can induces an upward compression force from the buttocks into the low back. The bones are jammed up, and the muscles deep in the pelvis that attach to these bones seize up and spasm.

They spasm for two reasons:

  • 1) because of the shock of the trauma;

  • 2) because of the bones are jammed up together, the muscle ends are now shortened. The normal resting lengths of these muscles have actually been altered.

Often on the buttocks affect the psoas muscles. The psoas is one of the main muscles of hip flexor that we use them to lift our leg up. We use hip flexor to walk up stairs, to get up from a seated position, to swing one leg up and forward as we walk. Because this muscle is shortened through involuntary contraction from the trauma, it is already “engaged.” This is why after a fall; it is painful to walk and most people limp.

How Manual Osteopathy treatment do to undo the injury?

With Manual osteopathy Treatment (MOT) , we take the client back to the time of the injury-“engaging’ the tissue. We apply work to “disengage” it. Traumatized tissue lives and functions with the memory of injury.

Take, for example, If the injury left along over time, the tissue and muscle will remodel themselves after this new, artificially shortened length, as the body comes to accept it as normal. MOT treatment will investigate time not only on treating muscle, tissue but the most important on Osteo articulation , the structure of the bone and ligaments. Our hands has been trained to feel the tissue and only apply enough tension to the tissue need at that time and nothing more to induce additional strain.

Why the treatment need a few follow up sessions?

Once an injured tissue is freed up, because of the elastic nature of living tissue, it will "bounce" the other way into freedom, and then back again toward the old injury of restriction-the Rubberbanding Effect. The tissue toggles back and forth between its recent pathological injured stat and the prior memory of the "normal" it used to know. So for the client's dense of well-being, the follow up treatment and monthly maintenance session can be important for rebalancing tissue tensions.

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