6 Ways Osteopathy Can Help Post-Lockdown Pains

As lockdown restrictions start to lift, it’s time to assess all the aches, pains and injuries that have arisen during the last 3 months. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected us all in ways that we could never have imagined before it began. Significant changes in the way we work, exercise and shop have had an impact on our bodies.

Trading the daily commute for working from home removes a regular period of activity from the daily schedule. Even a short walk to and from the tube helps to keep the body mobile and flexible as well as using muscles that may not otherwise be engaged.

Working from home has been a big compromise. Many of us don’t have the luxury of a home office; so have been working on the kitchen table, on the sofa – even in bed. It’s not too bad for short periods, but over a full day’s work can result in a variety of discomforts due to poor posture, stooping or slouching.

In terms of activity, the more active team sports and gym workouts have not been available to us. Some have been able to carry out local exercise like walking, cycling or running; while others have been quite sedentary.

So now that lockdown is lifting, it’s time to address any issues that have arisen.

Osteopath Nick Cowan is based at The Smart Clinics, London. His excellent credentials and experience can help in a number of ways.

1. Back Pain

Osteopaths are commonly known for treating back pain and can be a tremendous help in relieving the problems. The first step is to ascertain the cause. It could be muscles or ligament strain or a slipped disc. Causes could be posture, wear and tear, or a specific trauma through accident or an activity like DIY or gardening.

As well as reducing pain, the osteopathy is also about improving mobility and health of the back.

2. Posture Problems

Repeated, daily sitting, standing or driving in the wrong position can lead to a host of issues. Not only the back, but also neck, shoulders – even arms and legs – can suffer from misalignment, leading to problems in the muscles, tendons and joints. Poor posture tends to become an unconscious habit which can have uncomfortable consequences. Osteopathy can help to assess the issues and help patients through the journey to better posture.

3. Running Gait Assessment

If you’re one of the many who’ve taken up running as your daily exercise during the lockdown, you may be experiencing a host of issues. Poor gait or stiff, tight muscles can lead to injuries; with the feet, ankles and knees especially vulnerable. If you’ve taken to running, then a proper assessment can make a radical difference to your performance as well as fitness. There’s more to it than buying the right trainers – expert assistance can give far more insight and practical help.

4. Headaches

The majority of headaches, neck pain, trapped nerves and migraines are caused by tension and poor posture.

Osteopaths can identify the source of the issue and help to release the tightness that is causing headaches and other associated issues.

5. Adolescents & Teenagers

Nick treats children from adolescence through to teenage years. Whether it’s sports related injuries, or more complex aches and pains related to juvenile pathologies. A thorough history and biomechanical examination is undertaken and a clear treatment plan is explained to achieve the best outcome.

6. Coordinated Team Work

In addition Nick works alongside our other practitioners; cranial osteopaths, podiatrists and nutritionist, to provide the most holistic approach to good health and wellbeing. Sharing information and working together is especially valuable when treating younger patients.


Nick Cowan, Osteopath

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The Smart Clinics welcome Osteopath Nick Cowan, to the London team. 

Nick Cowan initially qualified as an Osteopath in 2004 and is fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council, having graduated from the British college of Osteopathic medicine.

He also holds an honours degree in Biomedical Sciences, and a diploma in Naturopathic medicine.

His specialist areas are postural re-education, sports injury and running technique rehab.

The Smart Clinics

Founded in 2013, The Smart Clinics is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee. Private dentistry is also available as an optional extra.

The Smart Clinics brings together a host of medical professionals offering patients high quality health services in a choice of accessible London clinic locations.

For more information contact us on info@thesmartclinics.co.uk or call  020 7052 0070.

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