Muscle Spasms

502, 2015

Chronic Pain – Muscle Spasms – Neck – Shoulders – Arms

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I have suffered with pain from muscle spasms in my neck, shoulders and arms for many years due to a combination of bad posture, stress, and a bad motor bike accident.

I have lived with this almost every day and have literally tried almost everything such as continuous massages to eleviate the pain which unfortunately, only gave temporary relief. Also, I have tried acupuncture, trigger point needling, Physiotherapy, Chinese cupping and massage, Ayurvedic massage and herbal remedies, thai massage, chiropractic treatment but had no permanent lasting relief.
I have visited Dr Guy Ashbuner, who has taught me a completely new way of sitting and posture together with certain simple exercices to strengthen sets of muscles together as a whole rather than isolated muscle exercises as they pull and  aggrevate my neck.  He states that the body works as a unit and must be strengthened as a whole.
Having had a series of only five sessions, I am now feeling so much better from strengthening my muscles along with slight adjustments combined with strong sweeping-like massage done with the back of his forearms in certain areas to soften and loosen muscle which felt blocked and locked to the spine which impaired my mobility. It even improved my eye sight which had also been effected, it’s rather remarkable!
I would highly recommend osteopathy to anyone. Dr Ashburner shows a great interest in his client’s wellbeing and he also writes extremely helpful and interesting articles on various related topics.
Many thanks for all your help.

Lisa Georgiou

1408, 2014

Posture and your child

By |August 14th, 2014|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Posture and your child.

 “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”  William Garner Sutherland (1873 – 1954) Founder of Cranial Osteopathy

A growing body of evidence shows that poor posture in childhood can lead to a lifetime of chronic pain, fatigue, and low self­ esteem. Children naturally imitate the behaviour of adults around them. If you care about your posture, so will your children. But that isn’t the only reason to take care of your own posture, you will be a more energetic and pain­-free parent as a result.

“School age children spend a growing amount of their free time watching TV or playing with hand­held devices. Many people have unsupportive furniture in their living rooms, leaving children mould their spines to the shape of the sofa and reinforcing their bad habits. In most cases, kids often hunch over when they are executing a task, walking, or even seated. This is compounded by sitting all day and carrying weighty backpacks at school. With time, the adverse effects add up to severe problems later in life.

Good posture is when your child’s back has the least amount of strain placed on it through keeping bones and joints aligned properly, allowing muscles to be used properly as well. Good posture naturally happens when the upper body’s muscles are balanced in strength and used uniformly. Bad posture can result in stress on the spine at certain levels. For instance the slouched position can put a lot of unnecessary loading on the middle back spinal region, which can lead to jutting forward of the head and jaw. This then leads to headaches and the inability to concentrate. This slumped posture can also effect the efficiency of breathing and gut motility. Poor posture also can […]

303, 2014

Osteopathy treats Sciatica

By |March 3rd, 2014|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Osteopathy treats Sciatica – The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest of all the body’s nerves. It runs from the spinal column through the pelvis and down each leg. Each sciatic nerve is made up of five smaller nerves that branch into the thigh, knee, calf, ankle, and foot. Sciatica occurs when this nerve is compressed, irritated, or inflamed.

Sciatica is not a condition or a diagnosis, rather it is a term used to describe the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that travels from the low back through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. The pain may be anything from a dull ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electric shock.

Because the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, pressure can be placed on it at many locations. Disc bulges can place pressure on the sciatic nerve in the back and cause low back pain and sciatica. The piriformis muscle, located deep in the buttocks, can become too tight and put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Pressure from the piriformis muscle usually causes sciatica that starts in the buttock or upper thigh. A misalignment of the lumbar vertebrae in the low back can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Finally, spinal degeneration from long-standing back problems can also put pressure on and irritate the sciatic nerve.

How can Osteopathy help?

Since there are many disorders that can cause Sciatica, an Osteopath will investigate the exact cause of sciatic nerve symptoms by taking a thorough case history, followed by relevant spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examination to establish an accurate diagnoses. Referral for diagnostic […]

303, 2014

Muscle Imbalance

By |March 3rd, 2014|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Poor posture can create muscle imbalance throughout the body. Some muscles can become shortened and tightened while opposing muscles can become lengthened and weakened.

Forward head posture with slumped spine and rounded shoulders is a common trait among office workers. This poor posture causes the muscles in the back to be stretched while the chest, rib and abdominal muscles become tightened. These imbalances may cause stress at joints and the involved muscles can pull unevenly on the bones they attach to, which can lead to pain and dysfunctional movements.

Muscle imbalance occurs in different ways based on daily lifestyle habits, physical activity, an individual’s body shape, previous surgeries or physical trauma, etc. A muscle imbalance causes the body to compensate, which sooner or later results in various musculoskeletal disorders—headaches, jaw dysfunction, neck pain, shoulder tension and pain, frozen shoulder, all forms of back pain, Sciatica, hip pain, knee pain, muscle tension and joint degeneration over the long term (osteoarthritis).

Osteopathic care combined with appropriate exercise prescription is an effective way of treating muscle imbalances. Being professionally assessed is the first step to helping alleviate muscle imbalance concern, pain, or dysfunction. Once you have been diagnosed by an Osteopath, treatment to help correct this imbalance can begin. Firstly an assessment and analysis is performed to establish how serious the problem is and then, if appropriate, treatment is performed to mobilize structures, balancing body mechanics, and freeing up the structures causing the symptoms. This reduces pain and increases balance and symmetry.

Ultimately the aim is not just to treat it but prevent the symptoms from reoccurring. This includes education on how to keep the area in question healthy in the future.

Moving naturally and normally is the best way to attain muscle […]

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Heel Pain

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Osteopathy Treats Heel pain can be caused by a range of conditions, the most common of which is plantar fasciitis, a condition largely affecting runners. Created by mechanical problems with the foot, including excessive pronation or supination, and associated with pain and often a tender spot on the inside area of the heel bone. Osteopathic treatment will include soft-tissue techniques and massage and lifestyle advice, including avoidance of causative factors, stretching exercises and the correct footwear.

Another cause of heel pain is that associated with Calcaneal Spurs, small bony projections at the bottom of the heel, caused by excessive pressure on the soft tissues and fascia on the soles of the feet and experienced as stabbing pain that can worsen without treatment. With prolonged stress on the calf or Achilles tendon, the tendons and muscles in the soles of the feet experience an overload of stress that can lead to small cracks in the tendons. As the body tries to compensate and repair the tendon through calcification, small bony spurs develop. Treatment by an Osteopath includes soft tissue techniques, lifestyle advice and stretching exercises in combination with correction through the right footwear.

Fat Pad Syndrome happens when the protective layer of fat under the heel is bruised after a fall or excessive heel impact without cushioning. Osteopathic treatment will include soft-tissue techniques and massage and lifestyle advice, including avoidance of causative factors, stretching exercises and the correct footwear.

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Spinal Misalignment

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Osteopathy Treats Spinal Misalignment – The philosophy of Osteopathy is founded on the principle that good health is maintained through the optimal mechanical functioning of the body. For example, a misalignment in the spinal vertebrae leads not only to an irritation of the nervous system, but also hampers the functioning of the musculo-skeletal system and the organs that provide life to our bodies.

C1 – Headaches, nervousness, insomnia, head colds, high blood pressure, migraine, chronic tiredness, amnesia, dizziness;
C2 – Sinus trouble, allergies, eye troubles, earache, fainting spells, deafness;
C3 – Neuralgia, neuritis, acne or pimples, eczema
C4 – Hay fever, catarrh, hearing loss
C5 – Laryngitis, hoarseness, sore throat
C6 – Stiff neck, upper arm pain, tonsilitis
C7 – Bursitis, colds, thyroid conditions
T1 – Asthma, cough, difficulty breathing, pain in lower arms & hands
T2 – Upper back
T3 – Bronchitis, pleurisy, pneumonia, congestion
T4 – Gall bladder conditions, jaundice, shingles
T5 – Liver conditions, fevers, low blood pressure, anaemia, arthritis
T6 – Stomach troubles, nervous stomach, indigestion, heartburn
T7 – Ulcers, gastritis
T8 – Hiccoughs
T9 – Allergies, hives
T10 – Kidney troubles, hardening of arteries, chronic tiredness, nephritis
T11 – Skin conditions such as acne, pimples, eczema Rheumatism, gas pains
T12 – Rheumatism, gas pains
L1 – Constipation, colitis, diarrhoea, hernias
L2 – Cramps, difficulty breathing, acidosis, varicose veins.
L3 – Bladder troubles, menstrual troubles, bed wetting, knee pains.
L4 – Sciatica, low back pain, frequency of urination
L5 – Poor circulation in legs, swollen ankles, weak ankles, cold feet, leg cramps Sacrum Sacco-iliac lesions, spinal curvatures Coccyx Haemorrhoids (piles) pruritis, coccyx pain when sitting

A randomized clinical trial showing osteopathic treatment to improve asymmetry in infants with Scoliosis.

Bergmann, H., Bieber, I., Dijs, P., Faldum, A., Jung, T., Kaemmerer, C., Pabst, B., Philippi, H., Reitter, B., Schleupen, A., (2006) Infantile postural asymmetry and osteopathic treatment: a […]

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Ankle Sprain a common injury

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

Osteopathy Treats Ankle Sprain a common injury that occurs when the foot turns inwards and the ankle ligaments on the outside are over-stretched or partially torn. Most injuries occur in sports that involve running, turning and jumping. Typical symptoms include severe pain and difficultly in applying weight on the affected foot and ankle. Swelling and discolouration also occur.
Osteopaths recommend avoiding any weight-bearing activity for the first 24 hours after the injury occurs. Ice should be applied to the swollen area at ten-minute intervals every hour, coupled with the intake of anti-inflammatory medication as recommended by a pharmacist. Osteopathic intervention will include physical therapy and advice on stretching and strengthening exercises.
A Clinical Trial Supporting Osteopathy As A Physical Therapy In The Treatment Of Acute Ankle Injuries
Eisenhart, A.W., Gaeta, T.J., Yens, D.P. (2003), Osteopathic manipulative treatment in the emergency department for patients with acute ankle injuries. Journal of American Osteopathic Association, Vol 103, Sept, pp. 417-421

This research paper demonstrates that a single session of osteopathic treatment can have a significant effect in the management of acute ankle injuries. In addition to this there was a significant improvement in the range of movement in the foot and ankle after receiving osteopathic treatment.


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309, 2011

Adults benefiting from Osteopathy

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

Adults benefiting from Osteopathy
Osteopathy is most commonly known for assisting in the treatment of ‘bad backs’, however, it is much broader than this and can help with a wide range of conditions including those such as arthritis and sciatica. At Osteopathy Cape Town we offer a holistic approach to assist in many conditions. Please visit our contact page for details and directions to our clinic.

The Following Conditions May All Benefit From Osteopathic Treatment:

Ankle Sprain
Autonomic Nervous System
Calf Strain
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Costochondritis – Tietze’s syndrome – Musculoskeletal chest pain
Disc Prolapse (Lumbar)
Dizziness (of spinal origin)
Emotional Tension
Fatigue or low energy
Forward Head Posture
Frozen Shoulder
Groin Strain/Injury
Heel Pain
Hip Bursitis
Hip Pain
Iliotibial band syndrome
Influenza or Flu
Jaw Pain
Knee Pain
Low Back Pain
Muscle Imbalance
Neck Pain
Plantar Fasciitis
Pregnancy & Back Pain
Psoas Pain & Dysfunction
Repetitive Strain
Rotator Cuff Syndrome
Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Shin Splints
Shoulder Pain
Spinal Misalignment
Sports Injuries
Tennis Elbow