Hear it from Sebastien Bodet, Osteopath at the UFIT Clinic. As a fully qualified Osteopath and former Olympic swimmer (he competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the 4x200m freestyle relay and represented France for eight years in international competitions), Seb understands the personal needs and requirements of returning to training, competition and full function following an injury.
Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
And what does Osteopathy do?
1. It cures pain
The most obvious benefit is the ability of Osteopaths to treat pain in a way that considers you as a person and your body as a whole. Osteopathic treatment can be used to effectively reduce and cure pain that you experience in a number of different areas of your body. You might walk into your Osteopathic clinic with a sore back and skip back out!
- Remove the underlying cause of pain
- Reduce pain and stiffness in muscles and joints
- Increase the range of motions in the joints
- Treat spinal problems from poor posture or spinal disk injuries
- Relieve chronic pain through non-invasive treatment
- Decrease the stress on the joints
- Reduce tension in the body
- Relieve tension headaches and migraine headaches.
2. Reduces discomfort from chronic illness
Another obvious benefit of osteopathic treatment will be seen if you suffer from a chronic illness (such as asthma, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome etc). Your Osteopath will be able to treat you in a way that alleviates your symptoms (even if they are unable to cure the disease itself).
This is a massive benefit if your illness causes you to have numerous symptoms that prevent you from carrying out your hobbies or reduce your quality of life.
3. Injury prevention
If you have just recovered from an injury or acute condition then Osteopathy can be used to reduce the likelihood of your problem reoccurring. For example, if you have just recovered from a period of knee pain, your Osteopath will be able to work to strengthen the structures that support your knee and retain the mobility in your joints. This will prevent you from injuring your knee in a similar way.
If you've never had an injury, but have a hobby or lifestyle that puts you at risk, then Osteopathic treatment could benefit you by preventing an injury. A common example of this is if you drive for long periods of time then your Osteopath will be able to treat your body in a way that prevents you from developing pain in your back (which is a common complaint of people who drive for their living).
- Reduce scars and adhesions
- Treat trauma resulting from accidents (Sport injuries, Motor vehicle injuries)
- Encourage the body to heal itself
During pregnancy your body undergoes a great amount of change and development to accommodate a growing fetus. The postural changes and increase in weight are obvious, but other changes may be more subtle like the effects of hormonal softening of ligaments and the position of the growing baby. A combination of these things can put additional pressure on your joints and muscles of your spine and pelvis.
The most common complaints that Osteopaths can help with during pregnancy are:
- Lower back pain
- Pelvic girdle pain
- Shortness of breath
- Neck, shoulder and upper back pain
- High blood pressure
Osteopathic treatment will bring you added benefits as it will give you time just to think about yourself and your body. You will probably find your consultations extremely relaxing and Osteopathy is known to reduce your stress levels by increasing the efficiency of your bodies systems (such as your blood flow, nerve supply and immune system).
- Increase circulation
- Reduce blood pressure
About the author
Sebastien Bodet is a qualified Osteopath from France and graduated with a MSc in Osteopathy from Ecole d’Osteopathie Paris. Prior to this, he obtained a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science from the University of Rouen. He is also a certified Personal Trainer and Swimming Coach.
Before relocating to Singapore, Sebastien worked as a Sports and Health Manager for a luxury Parisian spa and launched his own Osteopathy clinic in 2014.
Sebastien has a strong sports background. He is a former Olympic swimmer who competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the 4x200m freestyle relay and represented France from 2001 to 2009 in major international competitions. He was a member of the University of Michigan Elite swimming team and to this day remains an Olympic Sports Ambassador in France.