Neck Pain

Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction

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.

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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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The Effects of Backpacks on School-Aged Children

“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree” William Garner Sutherland (1873 – 1954) Founder of Cranial Osteopathy Most children are required to carry heavy school bags to and from school each day, and the load increases as they reach higher grades. Sports clothing and equipment often adds another bag to their load. Your child’s spine could be in for a tough time coping with all the increased stress, and when you add poor posture, lack of exercise and hours of computer time each day into the mix.

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Medical Doctor uses Osteopathy as first choice for musculo-skeletal problems

I have long suffered with upper back and neck pain secondary to poor posture and tension, and with a busy schedule, it’s so much easier convenient to take anti-inflammatories and analgesics then it is to actually deal with the problem. I had tried massage, Acupuncture and Acupressure, with little or short lived success. I stumbled across Osteopathy rather serendipitously while trying to find a chiropractor. After the first treatment by Dr Ashburner I had immediate and lasting relief.

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Sort yourself out today...Shoulder pain

Back and shoulder pain is a common complaint due to our sedentary lifestyles and bad posture. Nearly 50% of us will suffer at some point in our lives -our experts are here to help you avoid it. The Osteopath Dr Guy Ashburner is a Cape Town-based osteopath Painful shoulder conditions that limit movement are common, and are caused by injuries affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. As the shoulder has a high degree of flexibility, it’s less stable and more prone to injuries than other joints.

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Sort yourself out today...Shoulder pain

Muscle Left Behind - Muscle Imbalance. To get a strong and sculpt a sleek silhouette, you have to identify which muscles are slacking and whip them into shape. Nearly every muscle in your body has a corresponding muscle group that carries out the opposite function. Take your biceps and triceps: their even match-up lets you bend and straighten your elbow without any thought. That’s how it should work, at least.

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It happened to me: Osteopathy worked wonders for my son

Osteopathy worked wonders for my son. Since complications during his birth, Caleb Sedeman (12) of Cape Town has always struggled with low muscle tone, a speech impediment, epilepsy and ADHD. He also has a very high pain threshold which means he doesn’t always realise when he hurts himself. But his mom, Celestia, says osteopathy has worked wonders for her son. Caleb’s story “Hours after Caleb and I were released from the hospital following his birth, we were readmitted to the ICU unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital,” recalls Celestia.

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Stretching Exercises

Many office workers visit osteopaths or other physical therapists to relieve neck and back problems. Sitting with poor posture for prolonged periods of time often results in headaches, neck and back pain, postural fatigue of the shoulders, and a multitude of other unpleasant aches and pains. Fascia is the fibrous connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels and nerves, binding those structures together. Visualise how plastic wrap is used to hold the contents of sandwiches together, and you’ll get the general idea: When we adopt prolonged poor postures, our fascia becomes stuck in a certain position.

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Kettlebells

Kettlebells, cast-iron weights that look like cannonballs with handles, have grown in popularity, and many gyms, trainers and coaches have jumped on the kettlebell bandwagon. A popular kettlebell exercise is the single-arm swing. A combination of a squat and an arm swing, it is one of the trickiest kettlebell exercises to do correctly. Common sense suggests that swinging the kettlebell back and whipping it straight overhead in one clean movement is a recipe for injury.

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