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Headache disorders may be the third most significant cause of disability globally. During any one year the number of people suffering from headache worldwide is estimated at nearly half of the worlds population (47%). the pharmaco-economic cost of headache to the UK is £2 billion per annum. The vast majority, 78% of headaches are tension-type headaches and around 16% are migraines.
We know that general exercise can often reduce headache severity and frequenc
Many of us slouch so much throughout the day that, when home time comes round, our noses are practically grazing our desks. Sitting up straight takes a lot of effort, and possibly continuous yoga classes too. We’ve been told slouching is bad for us since since our schooldays - but school and desk jobs aren’t exactly conducive to having a ramrod straight spine. Then we get home and slump in front of the TV. We’ve know all this slumping and slouching can result in stiff necks a
On first glance this arm might appear to belong to someone who has been hitting the gym, however you might notice the bulge of the muscle is quite low down towards the elbow. This is in fact due to a ruptured biceps tendon that causes the muscle to bunch up (also known as the Popeye sign!). If the individual doesn't mind the cosmetic differences then this condition can just be left alone, alternatively the tendon can be re attached surgically. #osteopathy
Did you know... Between 30% and 40% of people in the UK may be living with long term pain? In fact, 32% of osteopathy patients have been in pain for over 3 months before they decide to book an appointment. So can putting off treatment like this have an impact on recovery time? Unfortunately yes. We all hurt ourselves from time to time - typically when you injure yourself specific nerves recognise this as pain which in turn triggers the healing mechanism. But what about when t
With four in five people experiencing back pain at some point in their lives - why not visit an osteopath so they can help you back to health? Visit The Institute of Osteopathy to find out more. #osteopathy
Did you know... The human shoulder tends to only last for about 40 years before it starts to show signs of wear and tear? In fact, one 2004 study found that up to 60% of people will experience shoulder pain at some point in their life. An ultrasound study conducted on 51 men aged between 40-70 with NO SHOULDER SYMPTOMS showed 96% of them had some degree of moderate to severe shoulder pathology! This was most often in the form of joint or tendon degeneration - they just didn't
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Scapular winging is when there is an excessive amount of forward movement of your shoulder blade against your rib cage? It can be caused by numerous factors and isn't actually that uncommon; most people will have a little asymmetry from one side to the other and is nothing to worry about, but bigger differences (as demonstrated below by one of my patients) can indicate more than just a cosmetic change and can lead to significant pain and functional impairment
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According to a ComRes poll for Bupa, the most common New Year's resolutions are either to lose weight (35%) or get fitter (33%). Approx. 4.5 million adults in the UK (7% of the population) have a gym membership, with 12-18% of all gym memberships starting in January and then steadily declining throughout the year. Unfortunately around half of the population won’t stick to these resolutions, with reportedly 80% lasting less than 3 months! What this means is th
A lot of people suffer from lower back pain, whether acute or chronic. Sadly, no matter how painful it feels, painkillers can't help you. But there is this one alternative medicine, called osteopathy, that aid to ease the pain. Osteopathy can help improve the health of your body systems by "manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework." There are basic beliefs that your body has a track record of your illness and injury. So by "observing your movement, exercis
Did you know that this week is BackCare Awareness Week? With four in five people experiencing back pain at some point in their lives - why not visit an osteopath so they can help you back to health? Visit https://www.iosteopathy.org/what-we-treat/back-pain/ to find out more. #osteopathy
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Frozen shoulder AKA adhesive capsulitis is a condition that occurs within 2-5% of the general population and causes intense pain and almost total loss of movement in the shoulder joint. It can take between 1-3 years to heal, however it is commonly misdiagnosed which can often lead to a poorer recovery. Osteopathy has shown to aid recovery of frozen shoulder. Here you can see a patient of mine who is recovering from frozen shoulder and asked to lift her arm as