BACK AND NECK PAIN

Back doesn’t always simply produce pain in the back. It may often cause symptoms in other areas such as the buttocks, hips, groin, thighs and legs. Problems in the upper back and neck can also cause symptoms such as headaches with or just dizziness, jaw pain, pins and needles in the arm or fingers and many more. Research stats that 60% of the UK’s population suffer from back pain at some stage in their lives. Back pain may be caused by;

  • Disc injuries-
    • The discs between the vertebras that help keep the spine mobile. Injuries here may be caused by heavy lifting with a poor posture.
  • Myoligamentous strain/spasms –
    • This describes what an injury or strain to the muscles/ligaments of the spine is. It can be caused by a wide variety of reasons which includes traumas such as falls or road traffic accidents, poor posture, sporting activity, gardening etc.
  • Joint Irritation-
    • This is when a joint becomes painful and inflammed from sudden movement, direct damage from injuries and poor posture.
  • Non-Mechanical causes
    • Such as infection, systemic inflammation, pain referral from visceral organs and more serious underlying health conditions. If this is the cause of pain we will refer you to your GP so that you can get the bet help available so that you can get better.

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence guidelines (NICE) advice that manipulative therapies including osteopathy are effective in treatment of low back pain. Our osteopaths will tailor the treatment to suit your needs with the various treatment methods like massage, joint manipulation and lifestyle advice. Treatment will mostly focus in assisting your body whilst healing, by improving joint movements, circulation and reducing muscle pain.

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WORK/OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES

A lot of working days are lost each year in Britain due to occupational injuries. Whether you work in a office or outside you need to be able to cope with the strains that your body is put through by the type of work you do. With manual there is inherent risk of injury caused by heavy and often awkward lifting, usually with overstretching, and some periods of prolonged bending which can lead to back and disc injuries, sciatica, and muscular strains not just on your back but could also be shoulders or arms. Driving and office work is most likely seated and more sedentary and can eventually lead to postural back pain due to sitting awkwardly for a prolonged amount of time and repetitive strain injuries either in the wrist (carpel tunnel syndrome) often due to using a mouse. There can also be repetitive strain of the neck/ shoulder due to frequent telephone use or turning whilst driving.

Our osteopaths access the demands the style of work you are undertaking is having on your body and help you find ways to prevent a recurrence of your injuries. The osteopaths will also treat the affected areas and offer you advice on posture and or lifting.

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SPORTS INJURIES

Sports related injuries can occur to people from all age groups from the elite professionals to the casual participant just trying to keep fit. Most sports related injuries are due to not warming up properly prior to a sporting activity or from not warming down after exercise. Sometimes incorrect equipment can lead to injuries whether it not correct for your height/weight, even ill-fitting footwear can to injuries on your feet, hips, and knees. Some of the injuries are the result of overuse usually when playing vigorously and too often examples are

  • Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow-
    • That sharp pain you feel on the middle side your elbow
  • Hamstring strain or any other muscular strain-
    • That pain in the back of your thigh after running or even when you are playing footy in the park with the lads.
  • Ankle sprain-
    • That pain you step wrong and you foot turn inwards or outwards.
  • Joint pain-
    • Whether it knee, hip pain whilst kicking/running or shoulder/elbow pain when throwing or pulling.
  • Reduced flexibility-
    • Not being able to turn fully for a swing in golf.

Our osteopath can help treat the injuries sustained and advice on injury prevention as well as improve performance. Our osteopaths will have to examine you to give the correct diagnosis in order to effectively help to restore structural balance, improve joint mobility, muscle health and enhance performance. Appropriate advice on diet and exercise which will help you with your specific sport may also be offered.

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DEGENERATIVE PAIN

The body will have changed over time as people age leading it to lose some of its elasticity and ability to adapt. As we age our bodies also experience injuries and postural stress during those years, often resulting in degeneration causing stiffness, reduced/slow movement, long term repetitive strain injuries, reduction in balance and being prone to falls and injuries. Other underlying health issues will also effect the body’s energy and ability to perform these can be either high blood pressure, circulatory disorders, digestive problems and arthritis. The common degenerative condition to see an osteopath for include;

  • Joint Pain-
    • Can be knee pain whilst getting up and down stairs, wrist pain whilst opening jars.
  • Sciatica
    • That shooting pain that starts from your lower back going down the back of your thighs, calf or your foot.
  • Stiffness-
    • The stiffness you feel on your back in the morning whilst trying to get out of bed.
  • Arthritic pain-
    • This can be pain and or joint stiffness in your knees, joints of your fingers and hips.

Our osteopaths take full case history in order to assess how the body has been affected over the years. A full examination and assessment follows then osteopath will be able to offer the appropriate treatment and advice to help reduce joint stiffness to improve your mobility, circulation and immune function, in order for you to keep active and enjoy retirement life. Gentle treatment is usually provided and aims at maintaining health and preventing further injuries. Our osteopaths will also provide dietary advice to help maintain healthy bones and joints.

For more information about our services or to book an appointment please email info@intuneclinic.co.uk or call 07717 063214.