Improved Mobility

Hip - Groin Pain - Repetitive Strain - Athlete

I have suffered from hip discomfort and pain for a few years now. Waterpolo was a big part of my everyday life. April 2013 I sought help from a hip specialist, I went for X rays and MRI scans on both hips. He told me that I had Labral tears in both hips; he said my hip joints were too shallow and it was hereditary. I was told that I would need surgery (age 16), and would never be able to run, swim or cycle, only “calm walks”, and that I would need a hip replacement later.

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Curtsy Lunges

‘Keeping your knees healthy and symptom free begins with developing a functional understanding of how this unique joint is constructed (anatomy) and how it does and doesn’t function (biomechanics)’ Lunges are excellent dynamic strength exercises for the lower body but can cause pain if not performed properly. The curtsy lunge is like the standard lunge, but your rear foot moves backward, crossing it behind the front leg, planting the ball of your rear foot about half a metre across the midline as though you were about to curtsy.

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Plantar Fasciitis

The arch of the foot functions like a bow (as in a bow and arrow), and the plantar fascia is like the string of the bow. The tension in the “bow string” holds the shape of the arch. But every time you step, the “bow string” stretches. and when stretched too hard and too often, it gets irritated, and then it’s like a bow shooting you in the foot!” Anon Plantar fasciitis sufferers feel a sharp stab or deep ache and stiffness on the bottom of the foot especially near the inside edge or center of the heel and along the inside arch in the mid-foot area.

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Chronic pain muscle spasms neck shoulders arms

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.

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Severe Headaches

Son struggling with severe headaches: My 15 year old son, Brogan, came home from school in October complaining about a headache. Thinking of his history with sinusitis we just thought it was a bad sinus attack seeing it was that time of the year. We gave him some meds that we kept in the house. The next morning the headache was actually worse. He had a fever and was very listless and he couldn’t keep his head up straight.

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Forward Head Posture

Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.”- American Journal of Pain Management 1994, 4:36-39.Forward Head Posture (FHP) can be recognised by the positioning of the ear being forward of the shoulder, rather than sitting directly over it. With today’s lifestyle, this condition occurs in between 66% and 90% of the population.

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Jaw Pain Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

Jaw Pain Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction - the jaw joint in front of the ear dysfunction is characterised by pain in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues and limitation in jaw movements. The TMJ is a muscular joint and muscular dysfunction within the joint may cause the jaw to deviate from its normal alignment Factors that may cause and contribute to TMJ dysfunction include injuries or repeated jarring to the jaw area such as trauma to the head or face and whiplash, stress, infections, dental and surgical procedures, forward head posture, arthritis, jaw overuse such as chewing gum or thumb sucking and forceps birth where really strong forces are applied to the sides of the baby’s head.

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Never lift and twist - Rotational deadlifts - Windmills

“Avoid repetitive lumbar flexion as it has been shown to be the damaging mechanism leading to herniations as the nucleus inside the disc breaches the annulus layer by layer with progressive delamination of the layers.” (Callaghan and McGill 2001, McGill et al. 2007, Tampier 2007) It is natural to use spinal rotation to reach across to grab something but it is unlikely that anyone would repeat these functional movements several times in a row through a full range of movement.

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Frozen shoulder syndrome

Frozen shoulder syndrome, or adhesive capsulitis occurs when the tissues surrounding the capsule of the shoulder becomes inflamed. This causes the tissues to thicken and eventually bond with each other leaving the sufferer less able to move the joint and often in a lot of pain. The cause is unknown but one theory is that “long-standing round-shouldered posture causes a shortening of the shoulder ligaments, which then makes the patient predisposed to Frozen shoulder.

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Find an Osteopath

To find an Osteopath please contact the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa for a full list of osteopaths in South Africa. Dr Olivia McKinlay olivia_mckinlay@yahoo.co.uk 082 266 7738 Fancourt George Dr Nicola J. Frickel, Osteopathic Clinic KZN, 45 Lynn Avenue, Glenashley, Durban Phone 031-5722940 0728912512 Email dr.frickel@gmail.com Dr Emma Roberts 11 Frans Hals, Petervale (by Bryanston and Ruvonia) Cell: +27 836471291 Email: bonedocem@mweb.

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