The Rio Olympic Games has finally arrived with the opening ceremony kicking off the games to a spectacular start. The UK along with the rest of the world watched what can only be described as a work of art during the early hours of this morning.
The London 2012 Olympic Games was a huge success with athletes going for gold and bringing compassion to their desired sport. With the Olympics running for just over two weeks, Rio is set to pull out all the stops and take every nation by storm.
However with every sport being as competitive as it is, it puts the athlete at risk in terms of injury. An awkward dive, trip or a fall on the gymnastic bar can cost not only the athletes career but also their country.
While the London 2012 Olympics saw a lot of highs it also saw a lot of lows.
Germany’s Mathias Steiner was struck by his falling weight after he dropped it during the man’s +105 kg Group A snatch weightlifting competition. He suffered muscle and ligament injuries which meant he was unable to complete his crouch position.
China’s Liu Xiang knocked over the first hurdle during the 110m hurdles rupturing his Achilles tendon.
Some of us may remember the horrific scenes of Sayaka Sato from Japan screaming in agony after falling to the ground and twisting her ankle during her round-of-16 women’s singles badminton match against Tine Baun from Denmark.
While all of these athletes and more had the courage to try and finish their sport some fell short due to the seriousness of their injury.
Months on end after the Olympics athletes spend recovering with much needed rest and physiotherapy. However, on top of regular physiotherapy, Olympians (and aspiring Olympians) could benefit from Bowen Therapy.
The Bowen Technique works to heal niggling problems, pains or injuries in an extremely gentle but effective way.
Bowen is a natural, drug-free, non-invasive, complementary therapy that ‘asks’ the body to recognise the ailment and make the changes it requires as opposed to ‘forcing’ the body change.
During the 30-60 minute treatment, the Bowen practitioner makes small, rolling, movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual.
No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used.
Between each set of moves, the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes, to allow it to absorb the information it has received and initiate the healing process.
One client said after experiencing constant hamstring strain: “I no longer have the constant ache and I feel that, after one more Bowen session, I will have almost full resolution.
If you have a sports injury and are interested in how Bowen Therapy can help, please visit http://www.bowentherapy.org.uk to find a Bowen therapist near you or call 0844 561 7173.