common complaints

1907, 2016

Disc Prolapse Lower Back (Lumbar)

By |July 19th, 2016|common complaints|Comments Off on Disc Prolapse Lower Back (Lumbar)

A disc prolapse in the lower back (the lumbar spine) can produce sharp, sudden debilitating lower back pain. In addition there may be a burning, electric-like linear pain radiating through the buttock and down the back of the leg, into the calf and sometimes into the foot. Associated symptoms include pins and needles, numbness and muscle weakness.

Symptoms are generally made worse with activities involving lifting, bending forwards, prolonged sitting, or when moving from sitting to standing (e.g. getting out of the car). Coughing, sneezing and twisting may also aggravate symptoms. Patients with a lumbar disc prolapse often experience pain that is worse first thing in the morning.
When a disc is prolapsed, part of that disc may press on a nerve root (a nerve coming from the spine) or the inflammation caused by the prolapse can irritate the nerve roots and thus cause pain down through the distribution of the nerves affected.

When you were younger. Discs do not actually “slip,” a disk may move, split, or rupture.
A prolapsed disc often occurs with lifting, pulling, bending, or twisting movements. In people with a weakness in a disc, this may be sufficient to cause a prolapse. Factors that may increase the risk of developing a prolapsed disc include: a job involving lots of lifting, an occupation involving lots of sitting (especially driving), inappropriate exercise such as weightlifting with poor technique or fast kettlebell exercises, smoking and obesity.
An osteopath can help address back pain. During your initial appointment, your osteopath will go through your medical history, do a physical exam, and perform orthopaedic and neurological tests. If your osteopath finds that you have advanced loss of strength, sensation, reflexes, and other unusual neurological findings, then they will refer you […]

2110, 2013

Osteopathy can treat Attention Deficit Disorder

By |October 21st, 2013|common complaints|Comments Off on Osteopathy can treat Attention Deficit Disorder

Osteopathy can treat Attention Deficit Disorder – Hyperactivity Disorder(ADD/ADHD) is characterised by poor attention span, impulsive behaviours, and hyperactivity. To be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, you or your child must display a combination of strong ADD/ADHD hallmark symptoms, namely hyperactivity, impulsivity, or inattention. It is recommended getting diagnosed by a mental health professional if you suspect that you or your child may be ADHD.

Possible causes of ADD/ADHD include adverse responses to chemicals and additives in processed or chemically tainted food, sensitivities to environmental chemicals, exposures to neurodevelopmental toxins, such as heavy metals and history of a traumatic birth.

Osteopaths seek to resolve structural issues in the body. Problems of labour and delivery that may have compromised the structural integrity of the head and spine and thus disturb the nervous system within, which may interfere with its physiological development.

After birth, there is still much growth and development yet to occur in the brain, and this can be delayed or impaired by restriction within the skull.

Physical stresses respond more readily to treatment when the child is very young. Osteopaths feel that early treatment to ease birth stresses to the head and body can help remove physical restrictions to the growth and development of the brain.

Learning difficulties do not suddenly happen. Usually there are indications that a problem may be present from birth onwards. Early on the child may be able to overcome these difficulties, and seems to be reaching milestones. However, as demands are placed on them at school, it may become increasingly difficult for them to keep up with their peers. Eventually they fall behind, and a learning difficulty is identified.

An osteopathic assessment of the child can be useful to ensure that there is no undue strain in the body that […]

2110, 2013

Osteopathic treatment for bad circulation

By |October 21st, 2013|common complaints|Comments Off on Osteopathic treatment for bad circulation

Osteopathic treatment for bad circulation. Circulation is essential in order for the body to get proper nutrients, and for the removal of waste products. Lack of movement leads to the development of stasis, congestion of bodily fluids and pain and other problems appear. The movement may get restricted due to distortion of a tissue after an injury or due to the pull from some other tight structure that did not heal properly after an old injury.

Osteopathy embraces the philosophy that the body has an innate or natural ability to self-regulate and to heal itself. The key factor that permits this process to proceed unimpeded is the ability of the body to circulate all of its fluids and liquids. These fluids include the blood, lymph, synovial fluid, digestive juices, and other fluids of the body. These liquids carry many of the body’s life-sustaining compounds, such as hormones, enzymes and their secretions, immune and anti-inflammatory factors, neural impulses, nutrition, and dissolved gases such as oxygen.

Any obstruction that impedes the circulation of fluids within the body is the focus of osteopathic assessment and treatment. Structural impediments include twists, curves or pulls within the body structure and organs as well stress and its effect on the nervous system .These faults may either affect the control of a system that controls fluid circulation, or affect the circulation of liquids along with the life sustaining and regulatory products that they carry.

Over time, the body gradually loses its ability to efficiently self-regulate and to self-heal. Some of this loss may be due to the aging process, the prolonged influence of posture, accidents, illness, surgical scarring, childbirth, repetitive activity, or the effects of mental and physical stress.

If allowed, the body is able to heal itself. But sometimes, as an injury heals, it may create a scar that may pull […]

2110, 2013

Fatigue or Low energy, osteopathy has a solution

By |October 21st, 2013|common complaints|Comments Off on Fatigue or Low energy, osteopathy has a solution

Fatigue or Low energy, osteopathy has a solution for feeling tired, drained, exhausted, and depressed. These are symptoms commonly known as fatigue. Fatigue is a sign that your body is feeling physical or emotional stress. Thinking that it will just go away is a common mistake that many people make.

Fatigue may result from: An unhealthy lifestyle, poor dietary choices, lack of exercise, emotional stress, poor spinal/musculoskeletal health, overwork, depression, trauma, sleep deprivation, use or abuse of alcohol, caffeine, or illegal drugs. Fatigue is a symptom that may be caused by illness or adverse effects of medication. A visit to a doctor usually is needed when fatigue occurs along with more serious symptoms or if fatigue lasts longer than 2 weeks. Fatigue can present itself in myriad ways, which is why it can be difficult for doctors to make an accurate diagnosis.

A common cause of fatigue is an unbalanced body framework. Structure is the main reason for energy expenditure and, conversely structure has a remarkable influence on energy levels. Static tension and immobility within the body uses more energy in movement. Muscles must work to cause movement but their opposing muscles must also release sufficiently to allow ease of movement. Where excessive tension exists, extra energy is used doing anything and everything from walking, to playing sport, to simply sitting and giving something your full attention, even to sleeping. Blocked, wasted and depleted energy can lead to fatigue. Your posture is a good indicator of fatigue levels. People with poor posture use more physical and neurological energy to maintain that state.

Osteopathy is a natural medicine – and science – based on the principle that the structure of the body affects how it will function, and that it functions as a unified whole. On a practical level, this means that problems in any one […]

2110, 2013

Osteopathic treatment for Influenza or the flu

By |October 21st, 2013|common complaints|Comments Off on Osteopathic treatment for Influenza or the flu

Osteopathic treatment for Influenza or the flu which is a viral infection. Common symptoms may include fever, chills, sore throat, body aches, headache, and fatigue. A flu infection may worsen any chronic illness such as emphysema, asthma, or bronchitis. These viral infections are usually transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes and spreads contaminated droplets through the air.

The strength of your immune system is an important factor in your vulnerability to cold and flu. Boosting your immunity is the key in staying healthy during the cold and flu season.

Dr A. T. Still M.D. who founded Osteopathy in 1874 discovered that by removing musculoskeletal (structural) derangements, which are impediments to good health, with the aid of Osteopathy allows the body to function optimally and may help a person’s nervous system and thereby enhance a person’s immune system. The musculoskeletal system, being the largest system of the body, will have a profound effect on all other systems of the body. The importance of this relationship between structure and function has been now been realised as recent neuroimmunology research has discovered the relationship between the immune system and the nervous system.

Osteopathy is intended to address the whole body, to increase its vitality. This is achieved by freeing restrictions within joints and muscles, thereby affecting posture and mobility. This helps to remove any blockage or restriction to the flow of blood, lymph or nerve. It is this increase in flow, this increase in the body’s tissues receiving nutrition and oxygen, and the increase in drainage and removal of waste, which increases the vitality, the health, of the body. This in turn gives the person reserves of energy and building blocks for repair, when needed, and further, improves immune function and response for the prevention of disease in general.

“Natural forces within us are the true healers […]

2110, 2013

Osteopathic treatment for infertility

By |October 21st, 2013|common complaints|Comments Off on Osteopathic treatment for infertility

Osteopathic treatment for infertility which is when a woman is unable to conceive a child and can have numerous causes. Investigations do not always find the reason of this dysfunction. A basic principle of osteopathy is that structure and function are interrelated. In order to treat the conditions and diseases of the reproductive organs that may be causing infertility, it is important to completely understand the anatomy and physiology involved.

Osteopathic treatment for infertility helps improve function of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, nervous and hormonal systems, as well as the release of emotional stress. The main causes for infertility are problems connected to the pelvic region, hormonal imbalances, emotional stress and other associated ailments. Faulty body mechanics, incorrect body posture or misalignment of the organs will lead to abnormal blood flow and nerve function, which are vital for optimal reproductive system function.

Osteopathy helps to increase fertility by releasing tensions in and around the pelvic anatomy and the spine by use a variety of osteopathic techniques to increase joint mobility, improve spinal and soft tissue health, and improve circulation. Osteopathy techniques can be applied to an area that has influence over other areas of the body thus achieving the desired outcome. According to research in Osteopathy about infertility done by Mme Kermorgant D.O (Osteopath in France) many women manage to get pregnant after osteopathic treatments. An Osteopath’s aim is to help your body perform the most natural and normal processes of conception and pregnancy. In particular osteopathy has been shown to be successful in the treatment of stress which can be a key factor in reduced fertility.

We also offer advice on your health and life-style with the aim of achieving a positive outcome. Osteopaths work holistically to help your body find good structural balance and to allow it to function at its best.

2110, 2013

Knee Pain Helped with Osteopathy

By |October 21st, 2013|common complaints|Comments Off on Knee Pain Helped with Osteopathy

Knee Pain Helped with Osteopathy – Because the knee is a weight bearing joint, knee pain affects almost everything we do that requires mobility, including those things most of us have usually taken for granted. Routine activities of living, work, social and recreational activities are often limited or avoided because of knee pain. A person with a bad knee knows how often it gets in the way of doing the things they want and need to do in daily life.

Knee pain can be caused by direct trauma to the knee from falls, over-use or impact sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, poor alignment /muscle imbalance, congenital weakness, disease, and age related wear and tear. With both chronic and acute knee conditions, an osteopath can be an invaluable resource in the diagnosis and treatment of your knee condition

The stress and jarring of routine running activities combined with a poor tracking ability of the kneecap (Runner’s knee) wears down and inflames the knee joint cartilage. The result can be pain, swelling, and dysfunction. Left untreated, these inflammatory knee disorders inevitably lead to arthritis.

Whether a knee condition is acute (injury related) or chronic (wear and tear related) the importance of getting a good diagnosis and receiving the proper treatment cannot be understated. Although analgesics can help relieve some pain and swelling, it takes proper corrective measures to address the underlying cause of the problem. A consultation with an osteopath could help you determine just how much you can do to improve the condition of your knees by taking a comprehensive medical history and perform a thorough physical and biomechanical examination in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Treatment would involve hands on osteopathic techniques to relief pain, improve joint function, reduce any swelling and treating areas around the knee that can be contributing to your Knee pain and advice […]

1710, 2013

Fibromyalgia

By |October 17th, 2013|common complaints|Comments Off on Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterised by widespread muscle pain, joint stiffness, and fatigue. The condition is chronic (ongoing), but pain comes and goes and moves about the body due to turmoil of the central nervous system The disorder is often misdiagnosed or unrecognised.

Complex conditions such as Fibromylagia invariably have a combination of causes such as stress, illness, trauma and exposure to environmental toxins.

While medical science searches for a better understanding of fibromyalgia Osteopathic management aims to reduce the impact of any factors that are effecting the nervous or immune system and repair mechanisms of the body, while at the same time trying to enhance the function of those mechanisms. This is achieved by correcting misalignments of the whole body including the spine and pelvis through skilful hands-on manual manipulation, which improves blood flow containing oxygen and nutrients to tissues and removes cell wastes as well as decreases muscle spasms, relaxes tense muscles, relieves pain, and can increase range of motion. As mobility within the body improves, fibromyalgia patients discover that the pain can be reduced or, in some cases, eliminated. Once pain is reduced, other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia – such as fatigue, sleep deprivation, and depression – also diminish.

Accurate diagnosis is essential. Other medical conditions can produce widespread muscular pain. Osteopathic consultation and other medical tests can assist in identifying conditions which are not fibromyalgia. Where pain exists it is important to discover how much of the problem is musculoskeletal in origin since the pain from muscular tenderness may easily be resolved using methods chosen from osteopathic bodywork and postural and/or breathing re-education.

Overall health and wellness is affected by an individual’s nervous system, an area in which osteopaths are proficiently trained to address, making […]

810, 2013

Breast Health – Poorly Fitted Bras – Posture

By |October 8th, 2013|common complaints, media|Comments Off on Breast Health – Poorly Fitted Bras – Posture

Bras, breast health and posture.

Bras are designed to hold the breasts in place however a poorly fitted tight bra can impact on your health according to a study at the British school of Osteopathy.

A tight bra strap can affect the natural movements of breathing by reducing the mobility of the ribcage, diaphragm and muscles and joints of the thoracic spine.

Muscular tension and joint immobility in this area can create an imbalance in diaphragmatic breathing, forcing the upper ribs and accessory breathing muscles which attach to the neck to contract leading to increased neck tension.

The thoracic spine provides a nerve supply for the intestines and a reduced mobility of the thoracic spine and diaphragm may influence gut function possibly resulting in constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

External pressure of an ill-fitting, fashion or tight elastic bra may affect circulation and compress the lymphatic vessels of the breasts, underarm and shoulders and prevent proper drainage of the breast tissue, leading to fluid accumulation in the breast and the potential for toxins to build up in the breast tissue as well as lesions or lumps on the skin.

Slouched posture like what you probably do while working on your computer or driving your car causes your chest muscles to actually stiffen, which pulls your shoulders forward into a permanent slump. If the problem is severe enough, the neurovascular bundle of nerves to the arm can become compressed and the woman may feel pins and needles. This poor posture eventually fatigues the muscles and painfully stretch the ligaments of the neck, shoulders and mid-back.  Postural changes can cause are an increased kyphosis (curve in the upper back) and rounded shoulders. This posture type is known to predispose people to suffer from […]

810, 2013

Massage – Sports Massage – Therapeutic Osteopathic Massage

By |October 8th, 2013|common complaints, media|Comments Off on Massage – Sports Massage – Therapeutic Osteopathic Massage

Osteopathic Massage

Massage techniques are used to induce relaxation, reduce muscle spasm, relieve tension and tightness from muscles, helps clear muscles of lactic acid that builds up during exercise, increases range of motion, stimulates the immune system by increasing blood flow and lymph drainage which aids in the repair of painful, tense, damaged muscles and tendons. Benefits of massage also include improving muscle tone and delaying muscle atrophy resulting from inactivity. Deep massage can separate fascial fibres, and prevent the formation of adhesions and helps reduction of inflammation and oedema in joints and soft tissue.

Osteopaths use massage techniques which works through the connective tissue layers from skin through to deep muscle, the Osteopath will be able to judge the depth required to achieve the greatest effect. Osteopaths combine cross fibre stretching with massage techniques to achieve greater effectiveness. Sometimes the techniques can be uncomfortable if the tissues are very tight or there is scar tissue present, but the patient usually experiences relief as the tissue relaxes.

There are a wide variety of soft tissue techniques that osteopaths use, including massage (light or firm pressure), cross-fibre muscle kneading and myo-fascial release.  What these techniques all have in common is the aim to relax or stretch out the muscles and tendons and ligaments (the soft tissues).  This can be a very important part of the treatment process with tension in the muscles contributing significantly to pain and stiffness in many patients.

Osteopaths also use fascial release techniques. Fascia is a continuous sheet of connective tissue from our head to our toes. It wraps around muscles, bones, viscera (organs), nerves and blood vessels .  It offers support and spaces for all fluids of the body and the nerves to travel through. […]