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If you are an active individual used to performing repetitive movements daily you often feel soreness or pain in certain areas of your body. A common type of injury of the joints or muscles caused by repetitive trauma is called an overuse injury.
The injury is usually caused due to the body’s inability to keep up with overload, stress or quick pace. Osteopathy can help reduce inflammation caused by repetitive injuries. It helps bring in circulation and increase mobility which can help achieve better form during physical activities.
Tendonitis is the most common cause of overuse; over utilizing certain muscle or joint groups can cause inflammation of the tendons leading to an overuse injury.
Overuse trauma can typically occur from:
a) Training errors: performing too much physical activity too quickly. Exercising for long periods or over-exercising can strain your muscles and cause an overuse injury.
b) Technique errors: Improper techniques can also cause unusual stress on the body. If poor forms are used during weightlifting or sports involving repetitive movements (golf, baseball, tennis, etc) you can overload certain muscles and cause an overuse injury.
Overuse injury can happen to anyone, individuals with certain health conditions may be more prone to this type of injury. Individuals with postural problems, chronic pain or age-related conditions e.g. arthritis are likely to encounter overuse injuries.
Manual Therapy like osteopathy can help prevent future injuries, mobility-based therapy will help strengthen joints and muscles increasing their ability to withstand overload and stress. Weekly therapy sessions are a good addition and can help reduce inflammation and pain-causing discomfort.
Other things to consider to avoid overuse injury:
1) Using proper form and gear: correct techniques, and replacing worn-out shoes
2) Pace yourself: if you’re starting a new fitness regime it's important to start slow, take time progressing. Gradually increase activity level.
3) Mixing it up: Add low impact exercises (biking, walking, swimming) to allow the body to use different muscle groups. It helps reduce the overuse of the body.
4) Rest: The simplest yet the hardest one, rest is crucial to our bodies' wellbeing. Adequate rest helps muscles and joints heal and aid in better growth.