Principle Four Osteopathy Meets Elite Sports Performance








This week Principle Four Osteopathy were taken through a training and coaching session at Elite Sports Performance by Strength and Conditioning Coach Martyn Girvan in Sportswood, Melbourne.













About Martyn Girvan & Elite Sports Performance

Martyn has a degree in exercise science and a degree in psychology. Martyn has an extensive background in physical preparation in various sports at an elite level. Martyn was the Strength Coach for the Collingwood AFL Football Club from 2006 to 2014, highlighted by their 2010 premiership win.
Martyn is currently involved with the following sporting organisations:

  • Performance Manager for the Malaysian National Track Cycling team (both sprint and endurance) based in Melbourne
  • Presenter to the Australian strength and conditioning association

Martyn still competes at an elite level in powerlifting.


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Why Should An Osteopath Know & Practice Strength and Conditioning?

Strength and conditioning involves exercise prescription specifically to improve performance as well as helping individuals with injury prevention and rehabilitation from injuries.

As osteopaths we are dealing with clients who have injury concerns or are looking to improve performance on a daily basis and therefore I believe that it is paramount that we have a good understanding of strength and conditioning theory and its practical application as osteopaths in private clinical practice.

Many of the clients who attend Principle Four Osteopathy are actively training on a regular basis and are either dealing with small niggling musculoskeletal complaints or are looking to improve their performance, whether it be bodyweight training, personal training, crossfit, powerlifting or for a specific sporting activity.   We also see clients who are just looking to improve their general movement ability and/or reduce pain and therefore  exercise prescription is and should be an integral part of the treatment and management of our clients.


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A Look At Our Session At Elite Sports Performance

Our session at Elite Sports Performance involved reviewing and practising the following exercises:

  • Box Squat
  • Conventional Deadlift
  • Sumo Deadlift
  • Glute Ham Raise
  • Plyometric Swing
  • Belt Squat
  • Reverse Hyperextension
  • Back Attack


Practicing The Box Squat














Book A Seminar With Strength and Conditioning Coach Martyn Girvan At Elite Sports Performance

For those individuals or clinics looking to further their knowledge and skill set in the area of strength and conditioning, I would highly recommend consulting with Martyn at Elite Sports Performance who has the ability of turning complex training techniques into easily understood and applied training techniques.

Find out more about the seminars run by Elite Sports Performance by clicking here.


Why Is Principle Four Osteopathy Different To Other Clinics?

At Principle Four Osteopathy we are very much focused on introducing an active treatment and management strategy for all of our clients.  All of our osteopaths have an understanding of movement and will take you through an appropriate movement assessment and prescribe an appropriate stretching, mobility or strength program to help with the management of your complaint or help you reach your specific goals.  At the clinic we regularly run continued professional development for our osteopaths so that we are kept up to date with the latest information and practical approaches.  Recent training courses ran at the clinic include:  Kettlebell Training by James Ross, Crossfit Fundamental Lift Training with Andy Trinh of Vault 336,  Body Weight Movement Training with Morgan White.  In addition to this, each of the osteopaths at Principle Four Osteopathy have completed a range of post graduate studies such as the 3D MAPS (Gray Institute), Strength and Conditioning Certifications with ASCA, FMS, SFMA, CAFS (Gray Institute) and Pilates.  Find out more about our practitioners by clicking here.

Deadlifting Technique Training














This blog was written by Osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.


Principle Four Osteopathy

Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading Osteopathy clinics. At the clinic we treat a wide range of clients, ranging from the office worker, exercise enthusiast to athlete. We have 3 experienced osteopaths working across both of the clinics.

The Melbourne City CBD clinic is located at 29 Somerset Place (basement), close to the corner of Elizabeth St and Little Bourke in the Melbourne City CBD. Our premises adjoin the Jon Weller Personal Training Studio, a fully-equipped training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials or specific training programs and rehabilitation.

The Docklands clinic is located at 717 Bourke St (Ground Floor), beneath the Channel 9 building near the walkway from Southern Cross Train Station to Etihad Stadium. Our premises adjoin Pilates on Bourke, a fully-equipped pilates and yoga training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials, pilates or specific training programs and rehabilitation.

To speak to an Osteopath or book an appointment at Principle Four Osteopathy, please book online or call 03 9670 9290.