“For people with acute and subacute neck pain, Spinal Manipulation was more effective than medication in both the short and long term” Annals of Internal Medicine, Jan 2012 Cervical spondylosis is an age-related degeneration (‘wear and tear’) of the bones (vertebrae) and discs in the neck. As we get older the discs become thinner and the vertebrae move closer together. Further degeneration due to poor posture, trauma and inappropriate exercise will cause mechanical loading (compression) of one vertebra (neck bone) on another vertebrae which will increase the rate of joint damage.
“Recent studies have shown that, in general, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is more common in women than men, particularly among those with poor muscular development, poor posture or both.” Thoracic outlet syndrome occurs when there is compression, injury, or irritation of the nerves (brachial plexus) and/or blood vessels (subclavian artery or vein) as they pass from the neck toward the armpit or upper arm through a space in the upper chest between the collar bone (clavicle) and the first rib.
Autonomic_Nervous_SystemWorry affects circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects the heart.’ The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is an involuntary division of the nervous system that functions to regulate the basic organ processes needed for the maintenance of normal bodily functions. The autonomic nervous system is made up of two parts: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The Sympathetic nervous system is to help you survive a threat.
The word emotional tension refers to positive or negative feelings that are produced by particular situations.One way in which the body protects itself from emotional intensity is the development of chronic musculartension. Our emotional life has an enormous impact on our structure. Every thought and feeling registers inour muscles and joints, and our emotional structure and physical structure blend to make up who we are,and how we act and react.
Fatigue or Low energy, osteopathy has a solution for feeling tired, drained, exhausted, and depressed. These are symptoms commonly known as fatigue. Fatigue is a sign that your body is feeling physical or emotional stress. Thinking that it will just go away is a common mistake that many people make. Fatigue may result from: An unhealthy lifestyle, poor dietary choices, lack of exercise, emotional stress, poor spinal/musculoskeletal health, overwork, depression, trauma, sleep deprivation, use or abuse of alcohol, caffeine, or illegal drugs.
Osteopathic treatment for infertility which is when a woman is unable to conceive a child and can have numerous causes. Investigations do not always find the reason of this dysfunction. A basic principle of osteopathy is that structure and function are interrelated. In order to treat the conditions and diseases of the reproductive organs that may be causing infertility, it is important to completely understand the anatomy and physiology involved.
We know that any substance dependency has more than just a physical aspect and that it is important to treat any drug dependency holistically. The American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine has been promoting the inclusion of addiction in training programs for osteopathy. This movement is gaining momentum as recognition of the role osteopathy has to play in medicine generally and the field of addiction medicine particularly, as part of a multi-disciplinary core, offering support and healing to the patient, continues to grow.
Osteopathic Support for Smoking Cessation Although osteopathy and smoking may seem at first glance to be unrelated, there is a common interface which can be of great assistance to anyone giving up smoking. There is much information in the media today, focusing on educating smokers to actively encourage them to quit. Despite this, the link between smoking and back, muscle and joint disorders is not so well documented. Other than the conventional treatments for smoking cessation available with mainstream health services, there is other help that we can get to support us in becoming healthy non-smokers.
Good circulation is essential in order for the body to get proper nutrients, and for the removal of waste products. Lack of movement leads to the development of stasis, congestion of bodily fluids and pain and other problems appear. The movement may get restricted due to distortion of a tissue after an injury or due to the pull from some other tight structure that did not heal properly after an old injury.
Our backs and necks are perhaps two of the most neglected areas of our bodies. Statistics show that more than 80% of people will suffer from back and neck pain at some point in their lives – a number too high to ignore. Charlene Yared-West talks to the experts about what to do about it and how to avoid it. In the hustle and bustle of today’s society, people tend to ignore their neck and back pain until they get to a point where it is unbearable,” says Michelle Ferreira-Teixeira, occupational therapist at Rehab Worx at the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Pretoria.