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Osteopathy for Back or Neck Pain

Back and Neck Pain

Back pain

80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some time.

Studies show that osteopathic treatment reduces back pain, increases mobility and speeds the recovery process.

Your osteopath can assist you to develop the course of action consistent with your lifestyle, symptoms and goals to manage your back and neck pain. 

Your osteopath may:

  • work on joint mobility
  • work on muscular tension, inflammation and nerve irritation
  • investigate blood supply and drainage to and from the spine and pelvis
  • reduce the duration of low back pain and help prevent future episodes
  • offer advice on posture, exercises and stretching
  • provide advice on improving your ergonomic environment
  • provide guidance on diet, hydration and exercise
  • communicate and plan treatmnet with your GP
  • refer you for radiological assessment when required
  • provide care funded by workers compensation schemes and traffic accident shemes. 

Osteopaths can be visited without a referral from a GP and are trained to know the difference between uncomplicated back pain and back pain requiring referral to specialist care. In some cases there may be a more serious cause for low back pain such as disc injury, fracture, tumour and infection, which requires ongoing specialist support.

Common causes of back and neck pain:

  • extensive sitting or standing
  • heavy lifting
  • injury
  • changes during pregnancy
  • constipation, irritable bowel
  • endometriosis
  • menstrual pain
  • insufficient flexibility
  • muscle weakness
  • dysfunction in the thorax, lower limbs and pelvis.

If you have any questions regarding how osteopathy can help you please phone the osteopath in Ashford for more information on 07703777323 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reference: 

http://www.osteopathy.org.au/pages/back-pain.html

How to reduce Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) rarely has noticeable symptoms, but if untreated it increases your risk of heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, stroke or dementia.
Over 5 million people in England are unaware they have high blood pressure, yet it affects more than 1 in 4 adults.

Your heart pumps blood around your body to deliver energy and oxygen. A certain amount of pressure in your blood vessels is needed to do this. However, if there is too much pressure in your blood vessels, it puts extra strain on your arteries and heart, which can lead to serious conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, stroke, or dementia.

Your chances of having high blood pressure increase as you get older. There isn't always a clear cause of high blood pressure but you are at increased risk if you:

-are aged over 65
-are overweight
-have a relative with high blood pressure
-are of African or Caribbean descent
-eat too much salt
-don't eat enough fruit and vegetables
-don't do enough exercise
-drink too much alcohol
-drink too much coffee (or other caffeine-based drinks)
-smoke

You can take steps to prevent high blood pressure by:

-losing weight if you need to
-reducing the amount of salt you eat
-exercising regularly
-eating a healthy diet
-cutting back if you drink too much alcohol
-cutting down on caffeine
-stopping smoking

For more information contact the osteopath in Ashford Kent or Central London. 

 

Treatment for Osteoarthritis

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that affects your joints. The surfaces within your joints become damaged and therefore become degenerated and the joint doesn’t move as easily as it should.

When a joint develops osteoarthritis, some of the cartilage covering the ends of the bones slowly degenerates and becomes thin, and the bone beneath becomes thicker. The bone at the edge of your joint grows externally, developing bony spurs called osteophytes. Muscles and ligaments become tight around the joint to stabilise the joint.

 

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Pain and stiffness in particular when the joint hasn’t been moved for a period of time
  • Joints appearing larger (swollen)
  • A grating or crackling sound or sensation in your joints
  • Weakness and muscle wasting around the arthritic joint

Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, but the most common areas affected are the back, neck, knees, hips, hands and big toes. Often, you will only experience symptoms in one joint or a few joints at any one time. Osteoarthritis usually develops in people over 45 years of age, although younger people can also be affected.

 

 

Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can be slowed down from getting worse with a number of treatments offered to help alleviate the symptoms such as osteopathy, acupuncture and exercising.

The main treatments for osteoarthritis involve lifestyle changes – such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, pain medication to relieve your pain, and supportive therapies such as osteopathy or acupuncture to help make everyday activities easier. If treatments don’t alleviate the pain surgery is suggested to repair, strengthen or replace damaged joints. However, osteopathy can help with rehabilitation after surgery.

 

 

How can Osteopathy and Acupuncture help Osteoarthritis?

Osteopathic treatment and acupuncture can have a great effect in reducing pain, reduce swelling and improve mobility and the range of joint movement. Osteopathic Management emphases on eliminating or reducing symptoms through early diagnosis and improving lifestyle to prevent further degeneration. Treatment is not painful and often, symptom relief begins immediately. Osteopathic treatment involves gentle osteopathic techniques on joints, muscles and ligaments. This will involve soft tissue massage to loosen certain muscles around the joint to increase movement and reduce joint pain and stiffness, gentle stretching, acupuncture, mobilisations and traction techniques to increase movement in the joint. Acupuncture and osteopathy seems to relieve pain by diverting or changing the painful sensations that are sent to your brain from damaged tissues and by stimulating your body’s own pain-relieving hormones (endorphins and encephalins). This pain relief may only last for a while when you begin treatment, but repeated treatments can bring long-term benefit, often for several months to a year where you will be able to carry on with your usual daily routines without pain. Maintenance treatments once a month are recommended for arthritic patients to prevent further joint degeneration.

 

Exercise

Exercises to do at home may also be prescribed to improve joint mobility and to reduce muscle spasm. Regular exercise that keeps you active and mobile and builds up muscle, so strengthening the joints, will improve symptoms. Exercise is also great for losing weight, improving your posture and relieving stress, all of which will ease symptoms and prevent further joint degeneration.

 

Diet

Following a healthy diet can help you reduce your weight, which can make a significant difference when you try to manage your arthritis. Being overweight or obese often makes osteoarthritis worse as it can cause increased strain in your arthritic joint.

Supplements such as glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin sulphate may help symptoms and do not cause many side effects.

 

Hot or cold packs

Applying hot or cold packs to the joints can reduce the pain and symptoms of osteoarthritis significantly for a short period of time.

 

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