Back & neck pain, postural problems & muscular injuries or strains
BACK & NECK PAIN
Back pain is the condition we treat most. That’s not surprising given that, in the UK, as many as 8 out of 10 of us will suffer from it at some point during our lives. It can affect all ages and can be caused by sprains and strains, poor posture, and osteoarthritis.
While back pain can be painful and inconvenient, thankfully it’s not usually serious and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommends osteopathy for treatment. Our osteopaths are also skilled at helping prevent back pain from becoming a chronic, long-term condition.
In addition, we successfully treat many patients with postural neck pain, often caused by tiredness, stress, long hours at your desk or at the wheel of your car.
Hip pain can sometimes be the result of an injury, it can be referred from the back or related to the way you move, stand and/or use your hip. We assess your posture, gait, muscle tension, and joint mobility as part of your diagnosis.
From experience we know that osteoarthritis or wear and tear in the hip joint is also common. We can’t cure arthritis and it depends on the severity of the wear and tear but our treatment and advice can often help ease your symptoms.
We strengthen and stretch the muscles, gently massage the hip muscles and stretch the hip joint to reduce tension and improve the mobility of the joint and work on secondary problems like backache.Book A Consultation
Knee pain can have a number of different causes and can be painful and debilitating. Although some conditions may require surgery our osteopaths can help patients by providing the right advice, exercise and treatment. We have plenty of experience in easing symptoms and supporting your recovery from knee pain.
Damage, strain or sprain to the structures of the knee can trigger painful symptoms. These might stem from a sudden injury like a sports injuries or by repeatedly placing strain on an area of your knee. We find that poor alignment of the knee or kneecap and altered joint mechanics in relation to other joints such as the hips and knees are often significant. Osteoarthritis or wear and tear is another common condition that affects the knee.
When tendons (which join muscles to bones) become inflamed this is known as tendonitis. Patients with the condition suffer from pain, swelling, stiffness, and restricted mobility in the affected joint.
Often in the shoulder or forearm this is caused by overuse or repetitive use of the local muscles, putting the attached tendon under strain. This can be triggered by heavy lifting, a sudden twist during exercise or competitive sport, or repetitive strain injury from common tasks like working at your computer.
Once we have treated your immediate pain at the practice we will help you maintain your recovery by recommending gentle exercise and stretches you can do at home.Book A Consultation
FOOT & ANKLE PAIN
Pain can occur in the foot and ankles for a number of reasons. Made up of a number of small bones interconnected by ligaments, muscles, and fascia all working together to give the strength, stability, and flexibility the foot and ankle need to function properly.
Conditions we often see in the practice are acquired flat foot, plantar fasciitis, Achilles pain, and sprained ankles. In the first 24-48 hours after an acute injury to your foot or ankle, we advise rest, ice, elevation, and compression. Treatment thereafter uses a variety of gentle massage and manipulative techniques to increase the mobility of the joints and the flexibility of the muscles in the foot.
Sciatica refers to irritation of the sciatic nerve that supplies the leg. However, it is often used to describe any pain in the leg, whatever the cause, whether it is related to circulation, pain referred from a back injury, trauma, or nerve irritation.
Osteopathic treatment for sciatica can be very effective in opening out areas of the spine to reduce pressure on a nerve, relax tight joints and muscles causing referred pain, we use a range of gentle and calming technique approaches.Book A Consultation
Shoulder pain can result from overuse, through activities such as heavy lifting, exercise, or overdoing the gardening. This can cause pain in the shoulder or upper arm that stems from a rotator cuff problem. Patients often report pain when lifting their arm, lying on it or when using the sore muscle.
We have helped patients with a wide range of other conditions that cause shoulder pain, including shoulder instability following dislocation, and ‘frozen shoulder’ or adhesive capsulitis.
Shoulder problems can be complex, taking a long time to resolve. We use a wide range of gentle manual treatments including massage, rhythmical articulation, and stretching techniques to try and improve the movement in your shoulder and reduce tension in any tight muscles.
Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) occur through the overuse of a muscle by repetition which can lead to fatigue, inflammation, and pain in the muscles or tendons and typically affects the joints and soft tissues of the forearm, wrist, and hand. The condition affects office workers, factory workers, musicians, gardeners, gamers, excessive texters, sportspeople, or anyone who uses a repetitive movement over a long period of time.
RSI usually starts with mild pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and cramps which can often become worse throughout the course of a day. Osteopathy can provide relief from the pain and symptoms of RSI with simple soft tissue stretches, joint mobilisation, and specific exercises.Book A Consultation
There are a number of reasons for headaches, most of which are not serious, and once the cause is established headaches can often be helped by simple changes in lifestyle. A common headache trigger is tension or strain in the muscles and joints of the neck and upper back.
For certain headache types, where the pain is linked to muscle tension, osteopathic treatment may help with the pain. We use a wide range of gentle manual treatments to reduce muscular tension in your neck and improve movement in the joints of your neck and upper back. By loosening the joints of your neck, thorax, and back we can relieve the build-up of muscular tension that may lead to headaches.
We offer sports massage for sports injuries which entails manipulating deep and superficial layers of muscle and soft tissue in the body. There are various techniques used to do this. The main aim is to promote faster recovery while also helping to prevents sports injury.
This is useful in treating muscle damage, relieving muscle tension, and mobilising soft tissues. The sports massage is usually deep and intense using various techniques that entail toning, friction, stretching, and compression. It has been shown to be effective in treating muscle damage, overuse injuries, and reducing the risk of injury. The massage is done pre and post-exercise. The massage is also effective in dealing with chronic and acute injuries.Book A Consultation
In your first appointment, we will work with you to understand the location of your trapped nerve and tailor a treatment plan to meet your individual needs.
Trapped nerves can cause local discomfort where they are under pressure, as well as referred pain or tingling in other parts of your body. We use a wide range of gentle manual treatments including massage, rhythmical articulation, and stretching techniques to try and release the pressure on the nerve to address the associated irritation to the nerve.
PRE & POST NATAL
The emotional strain of pregnancy followed by the physical stress of the birth often leaves the body with a feeling of being "pushed down" and "collapsed". Postural problems that develop at this time can cause problems later in life.
Frequently new mothers suffer back and neck pain in the weeks and months following the birth and are too busy to seek help. Freeing and balancing the body as soon as possible after birth helps mothers to cope with the new demands of her baby.Book A Consultation
We treat many patients with arthritis, a common condition causing pain, swelling, inflammation, and often stiffness in your joints.
We can’t cure arthritis and treatment options depend on the severity of the wear and tear but gentle manipulative and massage techniques can help some arthritis sufferers.
We use a range of techniques depending on your age, fitness, and diagnosis. This may include gentle movement and stretching of an arthritic joint and massage surrounding muscles and tissues, which can help ease some of the discomfort. Sometimes we may work on general mobility of the other joints and muscles in the body to help the mechanics of your body work better.
Many millions of working days are lost each year in Britain, due to occupational injuries. Whether you work in an office environment or outside you need to be able to cope with the demands made on your body by the sort of work you do. Occupational injuries affect manual worker, desk worker, those who drive for a living, and retail/shop workers
Occupational injuries may start off as an occasional niggling pain but may gradually increase until the pain is more frequent or constant. We can help to ease the pain and injuries caused. We can also give advice on how best to prevent further injury/strain and suggest different ways of working or giving stretches to help keep muscles from becoming too tight.
Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle form of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body and is suitable for babies, young children, pregnant women, and chronic pain sufferers or long-term pain conditions.
Visit our Cranial Osteopathy page for more information.