Conditions Treated

Back Pain
Neck and shoulder pain
Back Pain in pregnancy
Work Strain
Tension Headaches
Sports Injuries
Trapped Nerves
Arthritic Stiffness
Post Surgical Pain
Chronic Pain
Sacro Iliac Joint strains

Back pain

Man suffering with lower back pain

This is one of the commonest conditions treated by Osteopaths. Back pain is really a symptom which can be caused by a huge number of different conditions. This is why the case history and physical examination that Osteopaths carry out is so important. Finding the source of the pain is an essential first step to resolving it. Back pain can come from disc problems such as herniation or prolapse; facet joint injury, osteoarthritis, congenital or traumatic displacement of vertebrae, pelvic strains involving sacro iliac joints or the symphasis pubis; hip inflammation or arthritis. muscle problems, neural dynamic problems (eg sciatica) and many other causes. Back pain is complex because it can also relate to current or past problems in other parts of the body.

Neck and shoulder pain

The neck is the most mobile part of the spine and is vulnerable to trauma such as whiplash injuries. Pain can also arise due to prolonged computer use or other situations of prolonged immobility.

Back pain in pregnancy

Pregnant woman image

The changes that occur during pregnancy put a huge strain on the spine and pelvis. If this load is not spread evenly pain can result. The gentle drug-free techniques of osteopathy are a safe and effective way of treating this condition

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Work Strain

Long hours at a desk working at a computer often causes physical pain. Stiffness can build up in neck, shoulders, arms and lower back due to lack of normal movement. This can cause aching and also pins and needles or tingling due to pressure on nerves from tight muscles in the neck and shoulder.

Man with laptop suffering from neck pain

Tension Headaches

One of the commonest causes of headaches can be relieved by improving mobility in the neck and releasing muscle tension in cranial and cervical muscles

Sports Injuries

Group of runners

Osteopathy is an effective treatment for sports injuries such muscle pulls, ligament strains and tendon injuries. Osteopaths can also use wide ranging physical examination to help find the underlying cause of recurring injuries.

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Trapped Nerves

Nerves need to be able to move as the body changes position. If a nerve becomes trapped movements will cause strain through the nerve. This causes numbness, pins and needles, pain or muscle spasms. Trauma, muscle tightness or disc problems can all cause nerve entrapment.

Arthritic Stiffness

Osteo arthritis is caused by wearing of the smooth cartilage surfaces of joints. Osteopathy can relieve the effects this process has on muscle tissue. These muscular side effects can cause much of the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis

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Post Surgical Pain

Surgery places unusual physical strains on the body’s framework. The necessary use of muscle relaxants leaves joints vulnerable to injury. Strains can occur due to pressure from surgical procedures during operations or when a patient is moved before or after an operation

Chronic Pain

Not all problems can be cured. Many people with ongoing pain find that a regular monthly treatment from an Osteopath can reduce symptoms and make life more bearable

Sacro Iliac Joint strains

The sacro iliac joints are found between the bones of the pelvis at the base of the spine. They form the junction between the lower back and the legs, a major point of stress. Osteopaths have many techniques for treating this area

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Flowers in waiting area at the Osteopath Centre