Spinal

High Heels and Chronic Pain

“When your feet hurt, you hurt all over.” Socrates Women complain of the pain from high heels regularly. However in many situations, high heels are considered a must-wear item. Wearing high heels is your choice, but you or your work (Some workplaces require women to wear high heels) should at least be aware of the problems related to high heels. If you frequently wear high heels, you are setting yourself up for long-term issues.

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Deadlift

‘The best exercises are those which mimic natural movement patterns, like the deadlift.’ Young children typically perform squats and deadlifts without anyone having to show them how. Yet when a deconditioned adult tries to perform these movements, they may feel very unnatural. Many adults have spent their entire life sitting in chairs and cars, avoiding natural movement. Many adults and even school children have done this to the point where they have unlearned instinctive habits like lifting from the hips and legs, and replaced them with lower back pain and hip ailments.

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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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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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Fatigue or Low energy, osteopathy has a solution

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.

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Osteopathic treatment for infertility

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.

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Combating the effects of Birth Trauma - Natural Birth - Caesarean Birth

Being born is a pretty strenuous experience for both mother and baby, and the strain on baby in particular can produce a range of post-birth problems such as colic, poor sleeping patterns, excessive crying and so forth. Paediatric Osteopaths can help relieve these strains and tension, and make for a much happier, healthier baby. By Dr Guy Ashburner OSTEOPATH on behalf of the osteopathic profession. Although it is a common belief that babies are flexible enough to recover from these strains, which can be the case for minor strain, with larger strains the problems often cannot self-heal.

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Say Goodbye to Neck and Back pain for Good

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.

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What is Osteoporosis?

With more than four million potential osteoporosis sufferers in South Africa, it’s time we stood up and paid attention. Osteoporosis is more serious than you think, affecting over 200 million women worldwide; most women don’t know they have the disease until they’ve fractured a bone. And, by the time a fracture occurs, the disease is in its advanced stages and damage is severe. These fractures are common and an important cause of disability and death globally.

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Can a person who has had back surgery see an Osteopath?

Can a person who has had back surgery see an Osteopath? Osteopathy is beneficial for post-surgical rehabilitative care as it offers gentle, non-invasive treatment which promotes the natural healing processes of the body. In addition to this some people who have had spinal surgery experience a return of their original or similar symptoms months or years later. Osteopathy may help prevent repeated back surgery; in fact, if Osteopathic treatment is initially utilised back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.

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