Please find below a list of all the back, shoulder, arm and hand conditions that we treat at our clinic. Please click on the condition heading for more information.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons people consult osteopaths. Back pain affects over 80% of the population at some stage of their lives, and that figure is growing. Back pain may vary from a slight niggling ache to sharp debilitating pain that can affect every part of the back and also radiate to other areas of the body. Some causes of back pain include bad posture, poor seating, unsupportive beds and pillows, incorrect lifting, sedentary lifestyle, stress (both physical and mental), trauma, sports injuries, pregnancy, “wear and tear”… the list goes on. So what can be done?
An osteopath is the natural and drug free way to combat back pain.
For a long term solution to lower back pain, one cannot look towards pain killers. They do not offer a permanent solution, and the problem will only get worse with time.
Back pain can be a debilitating disease or just a little niggle - but any sign of pain means that there is something wrong with your health.
Osteopathic adjustments provide a safe and effective treatment for back pain and are a proven way of relieving pain and rehabilitating the spine. Osteopaths aim for long term solutions, and through a maintenance program, keep you feeling well and pain free. The osteopath aims to restore normal function to your body allowing normal motion and posture.
Osteopaths are trained to diagnose, treat and prevent these disorders and bring you back to good health. Osteopaths mainly use manual methods of treatment. Osteopaths are able to advise the patient in exercise programmes, posture, ergonomics and diet that will contribute to the maintenance of flexibility and function.
The pain may hit suddenly like a lightening bolt, or may be like an excruciating "toothache" in your legs - either way sciatica is a painful experience that osteopathy is surely the answer for.
Early Sciatic Pain is often so mild it can be ignored. But this is the stage when it’s vital to see an osteopath.
Sciatica is a general term describing pain from irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve and its branches. Its symptoms are generally pain down the back of the legs and can sometimes be felt in the ankles, feet & toes. Even when sciatica originates from the lower part of the spine, low back pain isn’t necessarily present. A prolapsed disc may cause sciatica but there are other conditions, such as spinal decay, that can cause irritation of the sciatic nerve. If left untreated for too long, medical intervention may be required, although surgery is not always successful.
This is why osteopaths stress that treatment begins upon the first hint of sciatic symptoms. These may include numbness or tingling in one or both legs, occasional shooting pains, and tenderness in surrounding muscles. Pain killers will only mask the symptoms while the condition progressively gets worse. Osteopaths are trained to assess the patient to ascertain what the cause of sciatica is. Sometimes the osteopath may need to work in conjunction with other health care professionals to enable the patient to receive the best management for their condition.
Osteopathic care will help combat sciatica, and avoid surgery or long standing pain.
Regardless of age, when spinal damage goes uncorrected, the body deposits calcium on the surface of adjacent bones that aren’t moving properly. If neglected long enough, this splinting affect can result in complete fusion. This worsening process is called spinal decay and can occur throughout the spine. There are several phases of spinal decay but with early detection, appropriate osteopathic care has been shown to slow or stop the early stages of this process.
The intervertebral discs are the shock absorbers of the spine.
Technically, discs cannot slip. However, they can bulge, herniate, collapse and even rupture. Accidents or lifting are common ways of causing a disc injury. When the spine is forced beyond its natural limits, the ligaments, tendons and muscles that support the spine can become overstretched or torn. The bulging disc can compress on the spinal cord and nerves and produce pain in an area distant from the site of the problem. The vertebrae are often forced out of normal position, which reduces the normal range of motion. This instability can lead to pain, tingling and numbness in other regions of the body. Disc injury can also come from degeneration of the spine.
Slipped discs are a serious problem that could have you off work for months.
You may find that the pain will eventually subside. However, if spinal dysfunction remains uncorrected, you may develop irreversible changes in the spine that can cause problems later on in life. Your osteopath will determine whether osteopathic treatment is appropriate for your case. Most patients find remarkable improvement in their symptoms and are soon able to return to normal daily activities without painkillers and without surgery.
Arm & Shoulder pain isn’t always as clear cut as it would seem. Sometimes the hidden cause can be far more complicated.
The anatomy of your shoulder makes it vulnerable to injury.
Shoulder pain As with leg pain, the most important thing to do is to determine what is causing it. Your osteopath has been trained to accurately diagnose the problem and treat accordingly. Whether the pain is arising from a frozen shoulder, tennis/golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injury, sports injuries, awkward sleeping positions, or the way you sit at work for 8 hours a day, your osteopath will explain to you the best course of action.
Most problems can be related to a large nerve outlet called the brachial plexus. The nerves that service your arms and shoulders all meet here before they branch off. All it takes is a compressed (pinched) nerve to throw the whole system off balance. This can cause tingling in the fingers, and unpleasant feelings of heat, cold and swelling.
Osteopathy aims to relieve the compressed nerve by realigning the spine, reducing tension and therefore relieving the pressure on the nerve.