1208, 2014

Osteopathic treatment for Dizziness

By |August 12th, 2014|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Osteopathic treatment for dizziness must first look at the many causes of dizziness, such as medication, ear infections, a head injury, dysfunction of the inner ear or brain and low blood pressure. Problems that affect the skeletal or visual systems, such as arthritis or eye muscle imbalance, can also cause balance disorders.

If you are feeling dizzy, it is important to see your medical doctor for a thorough exam. Accurate diagnosis of cervical vertigo is possible primarily only by effective elimination of the other causes of vertigo. Cervicogenic dizziness is vertigo brought on by conditions related to the neck and sometimes combining disorders associated with the inner ear.

Patients experiencing cervicogenic vertigo may feel a sense of dizziness or spinning aggravated by sudden head or eye movements or on rising from the lying position, walking, standing and sitting. Sensory information from the neck is combined with vestibular and visual information to determine the position of the head on the neck. These nerves transmit messages that control things like blood flow and positional sense to the brain.

Increased muscle/fascial tension and altered spinal mobility/position may compromise the nervous system resulting in abnormal nervous system feedback to the brain and you may then start feeling light-headed and dizzy.

Neck tension can be created by whiplash, neck injuries, teeth grinding, temporomandibular joint and temporal bone dysfunction, poor posture, stress and sleeping awkwardly on a pillow. Osteopaths take a full case-history of your symptoms, perform physical, orthopaedic and neurological examinations to find the origin of the symptoms and reach an accurate diagnosis and refer in the event of more serious conditions. Neck pain may be present with muscle tenderness, stiffness, and guarding of the neck region and may precede the sensations of imbalance by days […]

309, 2011

Osteopathy can help during and after pregnancy

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Osteopathy can help during and after Pregnancy. Being pregnant is a unique and powerful life experience, during which your body undergoes immense physical, hormonal and emotional changes. The effects of hormonal softening of ligaments, the position of the growing baby, postural changes and increases in weight can put additional pressure on your joints and muscles of your spine and pelvis. At Osteopathy Cape Town we are able to offer treatment during and after pregnancy to make this a more manageable and comfortable experience. Pregnancy will initiate numerous physical, hormonal and emotional changes over a relatively short period of time. Your body has to adapt to carrying up to 20lb (9kg) of baby, water (amniotic fluid) and placenta which can impose physical strain on all the organs and tissues. Benefits of Osteopathic treatment during and after pregnancy: Reduction of the aches and pains of pregnancy. Preparing for the demands of labour. Helping the mother to recover after birth. The common Aches & Pains during and after pregnancy Aches and pains are common during pregnancy due to the considerable changes to posture to accommodate for the increasing size and weight of the uterus and baby. Any mother with an existing back problem, or a history of strains or imbalances in her body from past accidents or trauma, may find it difficult to accommodate to these changes, and she may suffer more discomfort as a result.
How Ligaments Are Affected During And After Pregnancy
Ligaments of the pelvis soften during pregnancy due to the action of hormones to allow the pelvic joints flexibility to separate slightly. This increases the size of the pelvic outlet and thus encourages the passage of the baby’s head and shoulders through the pelvis. Unfortunately this softening […]

309, 2011

Babies and Children benefiting from Osteopathy

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Despite the common belief that children are young and flexible enough to have no musculoskeletal imbalances in their body, this is not necessarily true. The reality of this can only be ascertained on professional analysis of the birth history and on clinical observation and examination. In virtually every condition there is a mechanical component which contributes, either as a cause or a consequence, to physical and physiological dysfunction. Osteopathy is the science of discovering these factors and the art of manually assisting the body in adjusting to them. At Osteopathy Cape Town we are able to offer experience and understanding of treating babies and children.


Cranial Osteopathy is a very subtle and gentle approach to the treatment of the whole body (not just the head as the name implies). Cranial Osteopathy examines the complex structure of the head in detail and its considerable influence on the health of the whole body via its connection to the spine.

The skull is formed of 23 separate bones and in an adult these bones are intricately joined to allow very slight movement to accommodate fluid motion within and around the brain.

A baby’s skull is quite different and is more like a membranous bag with bony stiffening within it. The cranial vault bones (top of the head) allow enormous shape change while still protecting the delicate brain on route through the birth canal. At the same time the bones of the cranial base (bottom of the head) are stronger as they take maximum compression during birth and need to protect the most vulnerable parts of the brain.

The anatomy of the skull is complex and therefore a cranial Osteopath requires considerable post graduate training. Guy has benefited from years of experience and study at […]