Hear from our osteo/PT Matt on the importance of doing your homework exercises to achieve the best results for your body!

Chances are you’ve visited an osteopath or physiotherapist and you’ve left with “homework” exercises to focus on until your next appointment. Why do we all do this and what’s in it for you?

Well, staying fit and healthy means engaging in regular physical activity. Often when pain occurs during or after exercise it’s due to doing too much too fast or too little for too long. Moderation is key but you have to start somewhere!

When we make the choice to improve our physical activity levels, we are often discouraged by pain, injuries, or a lack of progress. As an osteopath, I use my skills of diagnosis and injury management to encourage continued physical activity and avoid aggravating pain. As a personal trainer I can help re-program your gym routine to make sure you are spending your time in the gym efficiently and maximising your results to leave you with more time for other adventures!

As osteopaths, we use a variety of manual therapy techniques to decrease pain and improve mobility. Your homework exercises become a continuation of our treatment session and allow the benefits of our treatment to last as long as possible. It’s your job to maintain your body in a good way until our next appointment so we can take things even further next time! Each exercise is designed to improve stability, maintain flexibility and build up your tolerance to exercise in general.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to increase your activity levels, I will be involved with the Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre starting in 2020 running group exercise classes targeted at males and over 65s groups! These classes will also involve regular workshops and seminars from myself and other Oak Tree osteopaths on topics such as pain management, nutrition and many other self-help strategies.

Click on the links below to learn more about the classes starting in 2020!

Men’s class: “Strength and well-being for men”

http://www.canterburynh.org.au/health-and-wellbeing/wellbeing-and-exercise-classes/strength-and-well-being-for-men/

All groups >65: “Silver Sneakers”

http://www.canterburynh.org.au/health-and-wellbeing/wellbeing-and-exercise-classes/silver-sneakers/