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Headache Migraine Diagnosis and treatment

Headaches are usually characterized by a dull ache, while migraines are more intense but discomfort may range from being a minor irritation that slows you down during your day at work to a disabling pain that knocks you out. Symptoms can vary anywhere from dull aching pain in head, pressure or pain in the front, top or side of the head, eye tension. Migraines are typically confined to one side of the head, while headaches are felt throughout the scalp or forehead.

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Piriformis Syndrome – Pain in the Buttock

“The mechanical principles on which Osteopathy is based are as old as the universe” - Philosophy of Osteopathy The piriformis muscle lies deep in the buttocks, below the gluteus maximus muscle. Piriformis originates on the lower part of the spine called the sacrum and attaches to the thigh bone. It aids us to walk, shift our weight from one foot to another, and maintain balance. Tension in the piriformis muscle may manifest in a variety of pain symptoms.

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Are you a flowing river or a stagnant pond?

We conclude that when the fluids of the body are stopped in the fascia, organs and other parts of the system, stagnation, fermentation, heat and general confusion will follow … Dr. A.T. Still, D.O. —Osteopathy Research and Practice In the closing days of World War I, a form of influenza (“flu”) appeared. The influenza pandemic of 1917-1918 claimed more lives than the war. The osteopathic profession showed the value of osteopathic manipulative treatment during this pandemic by reducing patient mortality rate by using lymphatic treatment techniques and osteopathic manipulative treatment.

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Arthritic back pain

Having osteo arthiritis from a young age I suffered a lot of back pain and sciatica pain in my left leg.I went to see two surgeons and both wanted to do a back operation and told me it would be the only way forward for me.. I did not want an operation on my back, so seek out different options Went to chiropractors, DPPT therapists and various massage therapies.

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Overtraining

“In pursuit of optimal performance training, loads have increased dramatically, which in turn has increased the risk of overtraining” Gould & Dieffenbach, 2002 Athletes undergo rigorous training preparing to compete at a high level to succeed and win at their sport. Athletes must put their bodies under a certain amount of stress to increase physical capabilities. Where the stress loads are appropriate, then the athlete’s body adapts to the demands placed upon it.

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Tight upper back

My SHIP therapist referred me for Osteopathy and I was lucky enough to find Dr Ashburner. For the first time I have received “coaching” regarding my poor posture - he doesn’t just “rectify”, he coaches you to correct the underlying bad habits - how to adjust the seat in your car, what chairs are good or bad, how to stand up and sit down, how not to bend down, etc.

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Tinnitus

I developed a sporadic, low-pitched buzzing/humming in my right ear that would come and go with varying intensity, and seemingly no reason nor pattern. I went to the G.P., an E.N.T., an audiologist and a Tinnitus specialist and neither of them could determine the cause of the buzzing nor offer a solution to remedy the issue. At the suggestion of a friend and basically as a last resort I visited Dr.

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Painful shoulder - Tennis

I have been treated by osteopaths all my life. I am a 71 year old woman. Dr Ashburner has been successfully managing my back problems since I returned to South Africa - about 5 years ago. But what I didn’t realise, is that he does more than just back treatments. I was unable to play tennis because of my frozen, extremely painful shoulder and I mentioned this to him while I was having back treatment.

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Chronic Inflammation

Osteopathic treatment is directed at improving fluid mechanics and venous and arterial flow to the area, decreasing nociceptive drive, and re-balancing abnormal compensatory patterns in the surrounding tissue. Integrative Medicine for Children, 2009 Inflammation is a part of the body’s natural healing process. Inflammation is the body’s response to injury (ankle sprain, joint strain, and muscle strain), infection (virus or bacteria) or irritation (allergen) or dysfunction of normal physiology (loss of normal structural mobility will effect physiology).

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Chronic Pain Management

“Osteopathic manipulative treatment reduced pain and improved function in patients suffering from chronic, nonspecific low back pain. Further, patients reporting the worst pain and higher degrees of disability received the most substantial benefit from the treatments.” Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Chronic pain affects millions of people each year. Managing chronic pain without the use of medication is possible for some patients. The role of osteopathy in pain management is underutilized and sometimes misunderstood.

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