Neck Pain

2102, 2017

Cycling Neck & Shoulder Pain

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Cycling Neck & Shoulder Pain

“45 per cent of cyclists suffer from chronic neck pain, which is often worse after a ride”

Wilber et al. 1995

Cycling posture requires bending forward at the low back and hips and maintaining the neck in an extended position to see the road ahead. This unnatural cycling position puts a lot of pressure on the junction between your neck and upper back due to the neck joints compressing against each other which may lead to neck irritation. Looking over your shoulder for traffic and the vibration from the road travelling  along the arms to the neck may be uncomfortable.

Riding with the arms and the weight of the head (typically 5kg) held forward for hours at a time may cause neck and shoulder tension which can cause fatigue and neck pain when cycling long distances. Cycling induced symptoms may include stiffness and discomfort in your neck and/or upper back, headaches, migraines, jaw pain, shoulder muscular aches, pins and needles in your arms and finger tingling.

Neck pain is often maintained by poor posture and weak shoulder girdle mechanics when on the bike. The problem with a bike posture is that it accentuates a poor forward head desk bound posture.

Heavy exertional breathing causes the accessory breathing muscles (scalenes) on the front of the neck to be overused and chronically tighten up. As we fatigue the flexed/hunched posture of the lower and upper back becomes more pronounced affecting the thoracic spine, rib cage and shoulders which then leads to an increase in extension in the neck to look forward.

The body is very good at compensating for slight postural strains or muscular imbalances and it can be a while before the problems manifest as pain. If you have […]

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

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Rugby Injuries

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

Rugby is a sport with many physical demands on the player and as a result there are many common Rugby Injuries, which may not always appear immediately, but develop over time.

Frequent physical contact and collision cause upper limb (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand), and head to be most frequently injured. For example: Shoulder dislocation can be caused by diving with the arms outstretched to touch down, propping and hooking in the scrum, and the fall backwards tackle with the tackle arm turned out and outstretched up by the head (externally rotated and abducted).

Increased emphasis on fitness training and a faster match tempo has lead to a rise in the number of muscle and tendon injuries. Reduced stride length when sprinting along the wing, particularly at the end of the match may be related to hamstring shortness due to sitting at a desk or in a vehicle during your working day. Injury may be avoided with the appropriate stretching regime. An opportunity to stretch and avoid injury will usually arise during a penalty kick.

Help yourself to avoid injury. Instead of slumping in the changing room after a hard game sit with lumbar spine in extension. This will help avoid lower back pain disc problems.

Osteopathy is ideal for treating these types of injuries.

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Spinal Misalignment

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

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 can Treats Whiplash

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Osteopathy can Treats Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash is an injury associated with motor vehicle accidents, contact sports injuries, accidental falls and assault which causes chronic pain, disability, activity limitations, and often psychological distress.

When you have an accident that causes excessive motion or force applied to your neck it can damage the ligaments, muscles and joints. In addition the nerves can be overstretched that leave the neck and this can lead to arm pain, numbness and even blurred vision.

Whiplash Symptoms may be immediate or progress gradually taking a few days, weeks or months to manifest completely. The injured party often perceive themselves to be uninjured initially, having a few symptom-free days. A whiplash of the neck region rarely, if ever, results in symptoms exclusively at the neck, rather the entire body will experience the repercussions of the injury.

Common complaints following whiplash are: 

Sprains and Strains
Shoulder and Neck Pain
Dizziness & Vertigo
Lower Back Pain
Pain in Legs or Arms
Car Seatbelt Injury

Osteopathic management of whiplash injuries is aimed at reducing pain and inflammation and then at restoring mobility and function throughout the body reducing the need for medication. After a thorough case history and examination (especially important with whiplash due to the widespread nature of symptoms) the osteopath will use gentle manipulation and appropriate rehabilitation to return the body to its natural and healthy state.

Any treatment that the whiplash patient receives that fails to address the all musculoskeletal effects of the whiplash may result in reoccurrence of whiplash type symptoms.

Osteopathic whole body approach benefits whiplash injury patients by aiding  recovery from acute injury, improves physical mobility thereby reducing further injury in the future and  promotes a healthy future and the ability to sustain a pain-free life.

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Neck Pain

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

Osteopathy Treats Neck Pain

The neck supports the weight of the head and is vulnerable to huge postural stresses, strains and injuries, so not surprisingly many people suffer from neck discomfort.

Holding your head too far forward or rounding or hunching of the shoulders can cause strain to neck muscles and tension in the upper back due to the weight of your head as well as increasing strain of jaw muscles which reflects tension into the neck.

Causes of neck pain include:

Whiplash, Inappropriate ballistic, jarring or overexerting exercise, Sleeping in an unusual position or sitting at a computer for too long in a non-ergonomic position, Stress, An underlying medical issue.

Neck pain symptoms are often due to inflammation or immobility in the facet joints, that run down either side of the neck (which may include nerve root irritation) or muscular or ligamentous strain. A herniated disc is more severe cause of neck pain which may be the result of damage caused by an impact such as a road traffic accident or increased pressure due to overuse, or simply by the natural ageing process.

Shoulder and arm pain are often symptoms of neck problems. This is because the nerves that supply the shoulder and arm travel through gaps between joints of the neck and can be trapped by them.

During an osteopathic assessment for neck pain you can expect a full medical history to be obtained. Assessment of the muscles, joints and discs of the neck as well as the surrounding areas is undertaken. After this a diagnosis is formed and discussed with you. Referrals for further investigations or other medical practitioners are made when appropriate. Treatment can involve combining different osteopathic techniques such as soft tissue massage, articulation and gentle re-balancing […]

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