Things are hotting up at the London 2012 Olympics. Only a few more days until the Opening Ceremony...
This week, the doors of the Athletes Village will open. Athletes and their support teams from 204 countries will start arriving. And, for the first time, chiropractors will be there!
Within the Athletes Village is the state of the art Polyclinic. Open 24 hours a day this multidisciplinary clinic is kitted out with some of the most sophisticated equipment in the country and staffed by highly skilled specialists - including, for the first time ever, chiropractors. It is expected that a high proportion of the anticipated 200 competitors visiting the polyclinic each day will be suffering from musculoskeletal injuries - sprains, strains, muscle injuries and joint pains - exactly the sort of problems that we chiropractors excel in treating. So, it is expected that the team of chiropractors are going to be kept busy, providing care from 7am - 11pm every day, with 24 hour emergency 'on-call' cover as well!
The state of the art Polyclinic in the Olympic Village
The team of chiropractors will be working alongside other musculoskeletal healthcare specialists - orthopaedic surgeons, neurologists, sports injury physicians - as well as other core services like dentistry, optometry, and physiotherapy. Together, this team of medical specialists will help to ensure that athletes are in their peak condition for this most important time in their sporting careers.
Richard Brown meets Lord Coe
Richard Brown, chiropractor and President of the British Chiropractic Association is one of the chiropractors who has taken time out of his busy practice and professional schedule to be treating the athletes. He had the opportunity to meet Lord Coe, Chairman of LOCOG, who voiced his support at the presence of chiropractors at the Olympics, and who said that his own career would have been far shorter, had it not been chiropractors.
Hopefully, Richard and the other chiropractors in the Polyclinic will be able to keep the competitors in tip top condition; here's hoping that they enable Jessica Ennis and a few of her fellow competitors to bring home some shiny medals...!
From a professional point of view, working up here in Anglesey can be lonely at times. North Wales is a long way from the rest of the UK, and the distances required to travel to professional meetings and conferences can be prohibitive. Not that I'm complaining - I wouldn't swap the beaches, hills and wide-open spaces for anything (particularly after a day on the beach in the glorious sunshine, watching the waves and the seagulls).
However, I am not alone in having this sense of isolation. It is something that I know is felt by many of my chiropractic peers, and colleagues within the other musculoskeletal specialities of osteopathy and physiotherapy, even though that practice in more urban areas. As a social animal, we strive the interaction, validation and acceptance by our fellow humans. Prolonged isolation can lead to feelings of inadequacy and insecurity.
Having identified this requirement for social and professional interaction, we've set up MSK247.com This online professional forum is an unbiased 'virtual' arena where like-minded health care specialists, particularly those that specialise in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems (i.e. problems with the muscles and joints) can get together and discuss topics of interest. We encourage all topics to be covered - from queries about the management of specific complaints, links to useful websites, to heated rants and rhetorical polemic. Whilst aimed specifically at chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists, the site is open to all with an interest in the musculoskeletal system, or just as a place to post (we have 'off topic' discussions too!). You simply have to register, and start posting!
Hopefully, whilst not fulfilling the real social contact and useful chat over a mug of coffee between patients, it will provide the informal contact that so many of us need. In addition, it should help to unite those of us in practising in the wider musculoskeletal world.
Eich Ceiropractydd yng Nghlinig Ceiropracteg Llangefnii