Common Complaints

Cervicogenic Headaches

“Osteopathy is based on the perfection of Nature’s work. When all parts of the human body are in line we have health. The work of the osteopath is to adjust the body from the abnormal and health is the result of the normal condition.“ Dr.A.T. Still M.D. There is nothing quite like a headache to ruin one’s day. Depending on the severity of symptoms, they can be highly debilitating. There are various types one can suffer from, one of them being a “cervicogenic headache” which means “from the neck.

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Rugpyn

Meer as 80% van volwassenes ervaar rugpyn op een of ander stadium in hul lewens, maar net omdat dit so ’n algemene probleem is, beteken dit nie jy kan of moet dit bloot net ignoreer nie. “So een keer elke paar maande skiet hierdie verskriklike pyn deur my rug en slat my asem weg,” vertel Carola Spies (42), ’n tuisteskepper van Kaapstad. “Vir so drie of wat dae moet ek net in die bed lê, plat op my rug.

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The impact of poor posture on Women's Health

In Women’s Month, instead of focusing exclusively on the accomplishments of women, its equally important to focus on the health of a women. In this modern and fast-paced world of ours, poor posture is having a major impact on Women’s health. ‘Osteopathy is based on the perfection of Nature’s work. When all parts of the human body are in line we have health. When they are not the effect is disease.

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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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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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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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Emergency Back Pain

“Osteopathic manipulative treatment reduced pain and improved function in patients suffering from chronic, nonspecific low back pain, research shows. 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 /, February 2016 Back pain can be debilitating. Patients suffering from severe back pain often have trouble walking or even standing up. Lower back pain may be sharp or dull and may be severe enough to limit everyday activities.

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Forearm flexor strain - tear

“Osteopathy is based on the perfection of nature’s work. When all parts of the human body are in line we have health. When they are not the effect is disease. When the parts are readjusted disease gives place to health. The work of the Osteopath is to adjust the body from the abnormal to the normal; then the abnormal condition gives place to the normal and health is the result of the normal condition.

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