Barry Harpur Principal Osteopath Kinesis Clinic
Barry Harpury
Principal Osteopath
Date Posted
February 3, 2017

With the European skiing and snowboarding in full swing, we’re seeing a lot more patients with injuries sustained on the slopes coming through the doors of the clinic.

Skiing and snowboarding does have a reputation of being a risky sport, but the overall injury rate for skiers is a little lower than it is for snowboarders, who have a higher injury risk rate.

In general skiers tend to sustain injuries to the knee due to the twisting motion and the ski boot fixing the position of the ankle in place, leading to greater force transference than usual at the knee.

Around 45% of skiing injuries occur to the knee joint. The anterior cruciate ligament (found in the middle of the knee) is prone to rupture, when skiers weight continues forward during a fall. Rotation injuries can, as with borders not only injure the medial collateral ligament (a band of tissue on the inside of the knee) but sometimes also affect the cartilage inside the knee, otherwise known as the meniscus.

Snowboarders are more vulnerable to injuries of the shoulders, wrists and ankles. With 40% of injuries occurring to the wrist due to falls and the repetitive action of pushing up from the floor, which can cause over-strain of the ligaments at the palmar side of the wrist. This can lead to localised swelling and discomfort.

Skiing or snowboarding over rough terrain can alter the forces experienced through the lower back. If a turn isn’t quite successful it is possible to cause a jarring force into the lower back that can cause localised swelling between the small joints in the spine. This can cause an initial sharp pinching sensation that can later result in stiff and sore back.

Most injuries for both skiers and snowboarders occur either by falling down or loss of control during a jump, with a very small amount occurring by collision with other skiers or riders. This demonstrates the fact that the skiers or riders themselves’ are at fault. Poor fitness, poor selection of terrain or conditions, poor judgement of one’s ability, or poor maintenance of equipment are factors in many injuries.

The key message here is that many skiing and snowboarding injuries are preventable.

Some of the most common skiing and snowboarding injuries we see are:

  • Knee ligament injuries, such as stretches or tears to the 4 major ligaments that provide stability to the knee joint. The anterior cruciate, the posterior cruciate, the medial collateral and the lateral collateral
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Shoulder separations
  • Stiff / sore backs
  • Sprains to the lower extremities, such as calf, ankle, or foot
  • Sprains to the upper extremities, such as wrist, hand, or thumb

Fortunately, most snow sport injuries are minor and should be treated immediately with R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression and elevation).

The following treatments are recommended at Kinesis Clinic for the above injuries:

  • Active Release Technique (ART)
  • Graston Technique
  • Deep Tissue Laser Therapy
  • Sports Massage

If you’re planning a skiing or snowboarding holiday in the next couple of weeks, now is the time to think about how best to avoid any of these injuries.

Here are some top tips to an injury free snow sports holiday:

  • Make an appointment with an Osteopath to address any long-standing or current injuries, aches or pains, to ensure you have the best possible and safest time on the slopes
  • If you know that you’re prone to an injury in a particular area, i.e. that dodgy knee, then it’s always best to prevent injury by supporting this joint with sports tape whilst on the mountain. We offer a strapping service with a special kinesiology/sports tape called Rock Tape. It provides support while allowing full range of motion, helps to decrease pain and unload tissue via decompression
  • Ensure you have suitable, well-maintained and properly adjusted equipment (including a helmet and gloves)
  • Always get your boots properly fitted to prevent unwanted movement that can be the precursor to twists and strains in the lower limbs
  • Specially fitted insoles such as Superfeet can be hugely beneficial to tailor fit your boots to your foot. Superfeet insoles are available in the clinic alongside a fitting service
  • Although it might be a holiday, both skiing and snowboarding have rigorous physical demands on the body so it’s advisable to exercise before you go. Remember it’s important to keep muscles strong to allow maximum stability at joints
  • Technique is key. It’s always worth having a refresher lesson to ensure that you aren’t starting your holiday with any bad habits
    * Always remember to stretch before and after skiing or snowboarding
    * Warm up with some dynamic stretches or movements (such as lunges or squats) as these will activate the muscles being used during skiing and snowboarding
    * Do some static stretching at the end of your day on the slopes, holding the stretches for between 10-30 seconds to help improve mobility and range of movement
    * Don’t forget to breathe easily whilst performing of exercises

The most important thing in all this though is to enjoy your holiday and put yourself in the best stead to come back home with nothing more than good memories.

If you do experience any injuries on the slopes, remember R.I.C.E and give us a call on your return further assistance.

For further information on any of the above or to make an appointment, please call: 01483 50431


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Jason treated a debilitating back injury that had left me in pain for more than a year. Prior to this, I had seen every specialist going and nothing seemed to be working, I had almost given up hope that it would ever get better. I am so glad that I came here on recommendation, as I am now almost completely pain free and can manage any twinges at home with the exercises provided.Jason was very well informed and knowledgeable, able to explain everything very clearly and talked me through treatment and what to expect every step of the way. He used a mixture of laser therapy, dry needling and manipulation and sent follow up exercises, amending my treatment plan as time went on - a completely tailored service that was adapted to my personal recovery. I felt in completely safe hands and couldn’t believe that finally, after such a long time I was seeing progress.If you’re considering seeking treatment and have tried lots of different avenues to no avail, I highly recommend giving this a try, I’m so glad that I did. The difference it has made to my day to day life is unbelievable, and I’m extremely grateful!
Lily Csombor
Lily Csombor
Five years ago I had spinal surgery following a fracture. Whilst relatively successful giving a better range of movement initially, by year three years post op intense pain had returned. I could not walk very far and only with the support of a cane.On recommendation, I booked an appointment with Barry Harpur at Kinesis Clinic in October 2023. The scar from my spinal operation is approximately eight inches long and was, in Barry's word's, like concrete. No wonder I couldn't move much.Under his care and more recently Zaneta Kwiecien, things have much improved. Zaneta has a special interest in scar tissue and has worked hard on mine, additionally giving me exercises to improve my core and general mobility and introduced me to acupuncture which I believe has been beneficial.My mobility has much improved and the scar tissue itself has improved so much that it no longer restricts my ability to bend. I only wish I had attended the clinic sooner.Today I spent four hours walking around RHS Wisley Gardens, without once resorting to the support of my cane. It is difficult to express how this feels and how grateful I am to the Kinesis Team for getting me this far in improving both my physical and mental health. I have had a particular walking goal for the last three years, and I know that this year I will achieve it.I would encourage anyone with scar tissue that has an adverse affect on health and mobility to consider a consultation at Kinesis Clinic
Chris Costa
Chris Costa
I injured myself weightlifting and my backpain was waking me up and preventing sleep. Jason was fantastic, very professional, calm and great at explaining everything he was doing and why, which made me feel very comfortable and literally 'in safe hands'. He not only manipulated the injured area but also used a laser therapy which felt amazing. He kept the exercises I needed to do at home simple, and sent a video for future reference. Having had an awful experience of another osteopath who literally sat behind his desk, lectured me and did nothing re actually treating my injury beyond a few at home exercises, Jason and Kinesis were brilliant. The pain gradually got better and now I simply come in for a top up if anything tweaks.I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Sally Davis
Sally Davis
Six years ago I fell out of a raft whilst white water rafting, bouncing over some rocks I cracked some vertebrae.The following year having fallen again I started to have severe pains in my hip and leg making it painful to walk.Over the next years I tried all sorts of treatment, painkillers, injections and manipulation. Nothing seemed to work and I was beginning to give up.In October last year a friend suggested I try once again with a practice in Guildford called Kinesis Clinic.I made an appointment for an initial assessment and met Miss Zaneta Kwiecien. Having been assured that something could be done to lesson the pain I booked for treatment to begin.I could not believe it but after just a few sessions I began to feel an improvement. Now months on I walk my dogs for a hour or more a day with only a little discomfort and some days NO pain.The mixture of laser, aquapuncture, manipulation and most important designed exercises has changed my life.Many, many thanksRobin Gardner
I came to Zaneta with severe lower back pain and symptoms of sciatica. She was able to quickly diagnose the root cause as weakness stemming from pregnancy and labour. The treatments provided significant relief from the pain and she has been equipping me with functional exercises to improve strength and ensure that it doesn't flare up again. I've been amazed by the results so far, Zaneta has been fantastic.
Hannah E
Hannah E
I cannot recommend the Kinesis Clinic highly enough. Earlier this year I came to Barry on the recommendation of my son for muscle pain in different areas of my body. To date he has worked a miracle and seem to be relatively pain free. Throughout this process I have tried other practitioners and none compare with Barry and his in depth knowledge. One of the most impressive things is the knowledge of his individual patients and the attention he gives you. I must also add that Lucy on reception is a real asset and is always willing to help in any way for the benefit of the clients.
Maureen kulik
Maureen kulik
There's simply no one better than Kinesis. If you're looking for an osteopath, you've found the answer! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Marc Gorman
Marc Gorman
I had been in pain for 7 years and thought that was what life had to be like, and then I found Barry! He worked out immediately what my issue was (a long list of people had failed!!) and in one session reduced my pain significantly. Over 4 sessions he has made significant progress on my hip and shown me what the plan is going forward. Finding Barry literally changed my life and I couldn't be more grateful to him.
Ellie Apperly
Ellie Apperly
I went to see Barry for rehab after fracturing my spine. He’s an excellent Osteopath, taking time to understand the issues, and provide the right treatment and a tailored home exercise program. His YouTube exercise videos are also very helpful to follow. My mobility and strength improved significantly as well as much less discomfort. Thank you Barry!
I had a reoccurring shoulder dislocation injury due to playing various contact sports and after numerous operations my shoulder was weak, the muscles trembled as I tried to strengthen it. After struggling with it for over 10yrs I went to see Zaneta in the clinic. The main problem for me was the trembling and shaking as I tried to exercise and lack of flexibility. Zaneta used some instrument (big stainless-steel spoon in my non-medical world) to breakdown the scar tissue. After a few weeks my shoulder was unrecognisable. I can now exercise without the shaking, meaning I can strengthen it. Interestingly, I now have a greater range of movement than my ‘good’ shoulder.
Richard Leader
Richard Leader
Ms Zaneta helped me a lot, especially when my back was falling apart after pregnancy! Huge thanks!
Ola Dos
Ola Dos
Gareth has provided to me a fantastic and very personal service regarding my shoulder and lower back problems. I would thoroughly recommend him – well done
Peter Craig
Peter Craig
I can't praise Jason highly enough, I've been seeing him for a few months and he's helped me so much, he's much more than my osteo, he's also a counsellor, business coach and all round great listener.Whenever I leave our session I feel better inside and out.
Susan Walsh
Susan Walsh
Cannot rate Barry and the clinic higher, I have met everyone there and they are all professional but very friendly. They have been great at fitting me in, supporting me and making me feel like a valued customer. Have recommended to a number of friends that have had the same experience.
Lisa Collins
Lisa Collins
I am so grateful to the whole team at Kinesis Clinic for all of the treatment I have had with them over the past 2.5 years following an accident. For the past year, Barry has helped me to heal my neck, and the dizziness associated with the injury. I feel that he really cares about his patients' recovery, and has so much wisdom to share. He has helped me to see how my mind and emotions also play a role in recovering, and this has prompted me to change patterns in my life that were worsening my symptoms. His approach to treatment has been gentle, but very effective. I can't recommend Kinesis Clinic enough. Thank you :)
Megan McInnes
Megan McInnes

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Barry Harpur

Principal Osteopath

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