303, 2014

Osteopathy treats Sciatica

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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 […]

1012, 2012

Pregnancy – Pregnancy Effects – Beat the Strain

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Pregnancy and birth are a time when a woman’s body undergoes the most change. Rapid weight gain, physical and hormonal changes, stretching ligaments and skin and all the added strains of looking after a newborn mean mom needs specific help to recuperate while she’s spending all her time on the new addition to the family. […]

2805, 2012

Herniated Disc – Lumbar Disc Prolapse

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Lumbar Disc Prolapse

I have suffered from chronic back pain for many years and as I am getting older, my “back episodes” have become more frequent and more debilitating. I am an ex-nursing sister and more than likely the years of heavy lifting have also affected my spine as well as bad posture and perhaps a bit of neglect too.

This year has been particularly bad and I had become frustrated with the unpredictability and instability which would catch me unawares. I have tried every treatment ranging from the allopathic to the esoteric, physiotherapists, chiropractors, and many others, and although they would treat the symptoms at the time, it did not seem to be a long-term solution.

I was then referred to Guy Ashburner by a friend,- I didn’t even know what an osteopath was, but was desperate to try anything at this stage. My first visit to Guy, I was in a very bad state, my mobility was very minimal, I was in a lot of pain and barely able to move my right leg, experiencing shooting sciatica pain even with the slightest weight bearing on the right side. I also had a cold at the time and sneezing was my worst night-mare .A recent MRI scan showed that there was a multi-level involvement resulting in prolapse and narrowing of disc spaces, and I was therefore not a candidate for surgery. On one hand I was very relieved about this, but on the other I was hoping for a ‘once and for all’ quick fix.

Guy did a very thorough examination, and very quickly made a diagnosis, which was very reassuring as I felt he was rather more concerned in treating the cause rather than just the symptoms. […]

2803, 2012

Osteopathy could be the cure

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Osteopathy could be the cure

“An osteo what?” – The answer nine of my 10 friends gave me when I told them I was seeing an osteopath for a muscle injury. They’re not alone – most South Africans fall into this category.
Fact is osteopathy, a “hands-on” manual therapy, has been around since the 1870s (before chiropractic and physiotherapy), but in South Africa it’s still relatively unknown. […]

803, 2012

Pain pain go away – and don’t come back another day …

By |March 8th, 2012|media|Comments Off on Pain pain go away – and don’t come back another day …

Pain, pain go away – and don’t come back another day …

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. It’s often caused by swelling of tissue, which creates pressure on nerves and leads to discomfort. Pain is a useful mechanism to alert you to a problem, and stops you from damaging your body further. It should therefore always be taken seriously. […]

1210, 2011

Other Questions

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There are many other questions that are frequently asked, for example; What is the best position to sleep in? How often should I do exercises? Are there any supplements I should take for my joints? What is a slipped disc? What causes sciatica?

All these questions plus other queries and whether Osteopathy can help you can be answered if you call the clinic. We are always happy to discuss your case personally over the telephone before you book a consultation on +27217159999

304, 2008

What Is Osteopathy?

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‘What Is Osteopathy? The mechanical principles on which osteopathy are based are as old as the universe. (Dr Andrew Taylor Still, 1874)

Osteopathy is an established system of complete medical practice, diagnosis and treatment, as recognised by the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa and the British Medical Association. It is a ‘hands-on therapy (no surgery, medication, tablets or gimmicks) that restores the normal structure of the musculoskeletal system, which in turn improves the function of the nervous, circulatory and immune systems and allows faster healing, reducing pain, congestion and restriction within the body. […]