I see lots of patients who present with shoulder problems. These issues are rarely due to a traumatic injury, but tend to start with microscopic muscle tears and strains that happen as a response to heavy exercise.
Lower back stretching exercises are an excellent daily routine for people who want to mobilise and stretch their back before or at the end of a long day.
Effective early management of plantar fasciitis can prevent the problem developing into a more painful and chronic issue.
A little help with when to use ice and/or heat so that you don’t start off by adding to the problem.
Osteopoenia and osteoporosis are a growing problem in the UK. The latter is irreversible and is normally a result of many years of slow loss.
In this second installment on running injuries, I look at the common problems below the knee that I encounter, treat and advise upon in the clinic.
Marathon season is well and truly upon us and so now is as good a time as any to review the most common running injuries and best course of action for their management. Of course, this isn't just aimed at those of you who will endeavour to run 26.2 miles in the coming days and months, it is also relevant for anyone trying to lose weight or tone up after a long winter.
Medical acupuncture, which is sometimes referred to as ‘dry needling’, is a modern adaptation of traditional Chinese acupuncture. It was formed using the principles of evidence-based medicine and incorporates modern knowledge of anatomy and physiology. It is used by doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths and health practitioners who have undertaken the appropriate postgraduate acupuncture training.
There is no time during the life of a woman who chooses to have children when she will experience such rapid physiological and anatomical changes as both during and after pregnancy.
Shoulder pain can be difficult to shift. Due to the highly mobile nature of the shoulder and the fact that the shoulder has less integrity than many other peripheral joints (ie the muscles of the area are primarily responsible for its integrity), there is increased risk of injury to the structures of the shoulder. The good news is osteopathy can help with many of the symptoms of shoulder injury/dysfunction, and can also help manage the associated pain.
If there is one surety in life it is that we will age. Our musculoskeletal system is not immune from ageing - it affects us all to varying degrees. As we age the joints and surrounding tissues undergo changes. These include a decrease in the available movement of the joint, and weakening and wasting of the surrounding muscles.