Wednesday, 23 October 2013

I'm in pain....what can I do??

Many people have varying degrees of pain from that niggling ache in their shoulders to a full-on injury. With so many different types of treatment available on every street, it can be hard to determine which is the best for you!

Osteopathy is a manual (hands-on) therapy which looks at the entire body to find the root cause of your pain, instead of just rubbing the sore spot! Osteopathy is based on the principle that the body can heal itself, and treatment is focussed on removing restrictions to strengthen this ability to heal.  

Treatment involves focussed deep-tissue massage, joint mobilisations and manipulations (the clicking one!), which all aim to lengthen the muscles, tendons and ligaments whilst getting joints to function better.  Acupuncture is also used in our clinic alongside the manual techniques. As a holistic approach to health, your Osteopath will look at your entire body and lifestyle, often enquiring about your hobbies, sports, work schedule and diet, as it's important to understand how you're using your body on a daily basis.

Osteopaths undergo a 4-5 year masters degree and are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council.  Osteopaths are also required to undergo continued-professional development courses every year, to keep up to date with the latest research and techniques.  If necessary, Osteopaths liaise with GPs and musculoskeletal specialists, and also physiotherapists/pilates instructors/personal trainers for specialised rehabilitation.
Most people think Osteopaths treat JUST BACKS....! However, we treat pain anywhere in the body, even headaches and digestive issues.

How is Osteopathy different from Physiotherapy or Chiropractic....?

Physiotherapy is rooted in that part of the medical profession concerned with restoration of movement and recovery from trauma following surgery or a major injury. Their treatment tends to focus on therapeutic exercise and lifestyle advice, with less hands on therapy.
Chiropractic is mainly concerned with the spine and believes that balancing the spinal joints will restore balance to the entire body. Chiropractors tend to treat primarily with spinal manipulations (the clicking ones!), with less direct work on the muscles.

Next time you're feeling some niggles or had an injury, give us a call to see if osteopathy can help you!

MFB Osteopathy
07530 515 708
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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Back Pain on Holiday

We're approaching the summer holiday season, but don't let a bad back spoil your hard-earned break. 

Back pain on holiday is very common. Instead of activities like biking, kayaking, tennis and walking trips being the culprit, the biggest cause of holiday pain is lack of activity and an already stiff spine. Mobilising the spine and a few simple exercises are often enough to prevent back pain from spoiling your holiday.

Make sure you keep moving on holiday...go for a morning walk or swim and keep moving throughout the day. Your spine will thank you.

If you spend a lot of time on a sunbed, make sure you vary your position frequently and also switch to a chair. Avoid laying on your front for too long, as this can aggravate your spinal joints. 

Hotel beds and poor mattresses are a major source of back pain. If the mattress is too hard, try putting a duvet under the sheet to soften it up. If its too saggy, try pulling the mattress onto the floor. If all else fails, complain and get a new mattress!

Be aware of how your carrying your luggage. Use trollies when available and make sure you're carrying bags evenly on each side of your body.

Having a pre-holiday check-up can go a long way in preventing a recurrence of back pain.

Top Tips to prevent holiday aches and pains
  1. Pack well in advance to avoid the stress and place the suitcase at a suitable height to reduce bending.
  2. Get help lifting bags and bend from the knees rather than the waist.
  3. Use wheeled cases or buy a separate lightweight luggage trolley.
  4. Use a ruck sack rather than a hand carrier.
  5. Take an orthpaedic travel pillow.
  6. Take Omega 3 oils for two weeks before departure and whilst away.
  7. Fold a jumper behind your back for support when in a poor seat.
  8. Put a duvet under you on a hard mattress, put a soft mattress on the floor.
  9. Don’t lie on a sun lounger for more that half an hour and for no more that 15 minutes on your front
  10. Book a spine check with your osteopath if you are having any pre-holiday niggles.