Please find below a list of all the miscellaneous conditions that we treat at our clinic. Please click on the condition heading for more information.
Sports injuries can be a very real problem for all athletes. Osteopaths are not just concerned with the treatment of sports-related injuries but how to prevent them in the first place and how to help enhance performance.
Improve your competitive edge, top level athletes increasingly seek regular osteopathic care to enhance performance and prevent injury.
It is possible that a person can have a mechanical problem without being aware of any clinical symptoms. If that is the case, then not only will they be prone to injury when applying that extra bit of effort but as they are not functioning correctly then they cannot perform to their maximum capability.
If the wheels on your car are misaligned, this will increase the wear on certain parts of the tyres. If there are any structural problems such as muscle imbalance or fixed spinal joints, then you can suffer impaired performance or even worse - early degeneration like the tread on the tyre.
Your body can be fine tuned by working out daily and striving towards your personal goal, but can you be better through osteopathy?
Sports injuries are often problems that arise when increased demand is applied to a body part that is not functioning properly in the first place. These might include spinal or pelvic misalignment, muscle imbalance and poor posture to mention but a few. Athletes require all parts of their body to be working at there optimum to be able to work in a co-ordinated and cohesive manner. At competitive levels, athletes may not be able to take drugs for inflammation and pain relief. Osteopaths can offer pain relief with out drugs. We are able to assist the athlete in achieving optimum body mechanics, ensuring maximum performance whilst conserving energy.
Your osteopath can help you recover quicker, with less pain. More importantly an osteopath can uncover underlying problems and by correcting them, help prevent your problem from recurring. Osteopathic care for these types of injuries has become increasingly popular. Whether you are professional athlete, a jogger or a weekend warrior, osteopathy can help you.
Your osteopath will be able to give you advice on appropriate fitness workouts, regular stretching, preparation exercises, training programme to suit your needs, footwear and clothing, appropriate strapping and nutrition.
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis. Over 50% of people over the age of 65 suffer from arthritis. This type of arthritis begins years before any bone changes are found on x-ray. The impact of this disease process can be profound and the suffering immense. Poorly functioning joints do not tolerate loads and stresses, increasing the likelihood of osteoarthritis.
Arthritis is a problem of joints, and not a problem of old age.
Joints of the human body consist of two bones coming together. The ends of the bones are covered in cartilage and the whole joint is surrounded by a capsule. The joint capsule is filled with a lubricant called synovial fluid. Joints have a blood and nerve supply along with veins and lymphathic system that drains and cleans the joint. Joint health is maintained through proper joint alignment, good blood and nerve supply, and good drainage of the joint capsule.
Just like the proper alignment of tyres on your car, osteopathy can maximize the "mileage" you derive from your joints.
eliminate joint pain To treat arthritis and eliminate joint pain, an accurate diagnosis of the joint, as well as all of the other possible problem sources, is vital. To treat arthritis with pain killers, without knowing the cause of the joint problem, is crazy. Covering over the pain usually leads to problems in other areas, and does nothing to fix the source of the problem! Injecting cortisone or some other steroid deteriorates the cartilage and leads to future joint destruction. Too many times, patients have been given the diagnosis of arthritis without an accurate diagnosis. Arthritis is not a normal sign of aging so patients don't have to accept this rush to judgement type of diagnosis.
Osteopaths do not take arthritis away but they can often alleviate the pain and movement restriction that is often associated with the condition. Osteopaths are well suited to play a role in maintaining or increasing joint mobility and function. They are trained to help with many of the problems that senior citizens encounter. Osteopaths work to reduce the advancement of wear and tear, helping your body to work at its best. Even when there is severe arthritis, gentle osteopathic methods can assist in maintaining a reasonable degree of mobility.
Regular osteopathic care aims to maximise movement and balance of muscles and joints, gently and within their current ability. Years of use and misuse of your body may not show its effect until your lifestyle changes (which can occur at anytime, but especially at retirement). Wear and tear causes damage and stiffness in joints, muscles and ligaments that can result in pain and poor movement.
Osteopaths able to advise the patient in exercise. We can customize exercises that will allow the muscles to be strengthened. When your muscles are strong, less strain is placed on your joints.
Tension is very common these days and it can vary from slight sense of tightness to agonising pain.
Tension can affect the mobility of joints leading to long term damage.
If tension is anything but transient, then it can start affecting the joints that the tight muscles cross. This may result in abnormal functioning of the joint or misalignment of the bone, as tight muscles are pulling it off normal alignment. When the proper function of the joints is restored, soft tissues relax, as they can once again contract and relax normally. In most cases treatment together with specific stretches produce maximum results and prevent problems from recurring.
Pinched nerves are relatively rare. Whilst it is not very common to have a bone compressing on a nerve, it is much more common to irritate a nerve by inflammation, abnormal function or loading of the spinal vertebra.
Osteopaths are trained to relieve the pressure on the nerves caused by spinal misalignments or tight muscles.
Irritation and compression can result in pain, muscle weakness, pins and needles, numbness and burning sensation. Once the exact location of nerve irritation has been identified, your osteopath can then get on with the job of getting you out of pain and on the road to recovery.