Testimonial of the Month

I first came to see Emily following a car accident with a fractured rib and whiplash. Emily has been incredible. Initially, I wasn’t sure what osteopathy would achieve, however the results speak for themselves.

She has explained everything to me and been very understanding at my frustration of not being able to exercise. She has given expert advice and exercises to do at home. Emily will put you completely at ease and it is almost like an added therapy session being able to talk to her during the treatment.

The difference the sessions have made are getting more apparent with each treatment. I am now on the road to recovery and I know this is down to Emily, her practice and advice. From a sceptic to a convert I highly recommend Emily and osteopathy.

Thanks,
Rebecca

Chronic Pain

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), defines pain as ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.’

 

So, what exactly is chronic pain?

In general, it’s described as pain that lasts longer than twelve weeks.
Normal, acute pain alerts us to possible injury and is usually short-term.
Physically there can be many indicators including tense muscles, limited mobility, lack of energy and changes in appetite.
Emotionally, it can result in depression, anger, and anxiety; and if trauma was the original cause, a fear of re-injury.

 

Common sources:

  • Low back pain.
  • Arthritis.
  • Headache.
  • Neurogenic pain (pain due to nerve damage).

Initially, chronic pain may be caused by injury or an ongoing illness. However, there are cases where a cause is not apparent.

 

How do we treat chronic pain?

In the past, treatment for chronic pain was weeks of bed rest. Now, we know that this doesn’t help, and can actually be detrimental. Lying in bed for long periods of time can cause stiffness, muscles and bones become weaker, sleep patterns may be affected and it can have adverse effects on your mental wellbeing (www.nhs.uk).

 

Good Health Centre’s approach …

  •  Fascia release.
  • Deep tissue massage.
  • Manipulation.
  • Breathing techniques.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Healthy lifestyle advice.

As always we use an integrative approach …

Pain is subjective. Two people may have the exact same cause of pain, but may not feel the same degree of pain; and sometimes a person may feel pain without an apparent physical cause.

Let’s look at a common example …

Two patients seek help for back pain originating from a bulging disc:

  • Patient 1 is given manipulative treatment and as a result is now symptom-free.
  • Patient 2 hasn’t responded as quickly as we would like to the same treatment.

In this instance, our osteopath would want to establish WHY this is the case. Are there other factors involved? Does the patient need a new mattress? Do we need to look at other areas of the body? Has the patient recently suffered a bereavement adding an emotional factor to the pain?

Our osteopaths believe it is vital to look at the whole person in order to create the best treatment plan possible.

At good health centre, we don’t treat the condition, we treat the person with the condition.

If you would like to be seen by one of our osteopaths or acupuncturists, or if you have any further questions, then please get in touch with us. You can call us on 0113 237 1173 or email [email protected], and we will get back to you promptly.

References:
https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pain/Pages/Gettingphysical.aspx
https://www.iasp-pain.org/

 

New Year’s Resolutions

A New Year’s Resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? We’ve asked our staff…

 

Ami – Director

I will be more mindful.

 

Mireille – Practice Manager

I will eat more dark chocolate.

 

June – Practice Manager

I will laugh more.

 

Justine – Patient Care Co-ordinator

I will write 2018 instead of 2017.

 

Linda – Receptionist

I will sleep more.

 

Christine – Receptionist

I will ride my horse Pharaoh more.

 

Josh – Osteopath

I will suffer with less man flu.

 

Sebastian – Osteopath

I will restart giving blood.

 

Pavan – Reflexologist and massage therapist

I will have no expectations of anything or anyone, and accept the outcome, whatever that may be.

 

Robert – Acupuncturist

I will reduce and re-use plastic, and drink more jasmine tea.

Are you this year’s Eddie the Eagle?

The mountains are calling…

And we can see the appeal; a day on the slopes can contribute to a healthy mind and body. Many of our patients and practitioners regularly ski, so we thought now was a good time to give you some information about common injuries and how to avoid them.

 

Some common injuries …

 Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture

Occurs when the skier is in the “back seat”, and catches an inside edge which causes the knee to twist beyond its normal range of motion. A pop in the knee is felt, and the joint gives way. There is usually an immediate pang of pain, but it’s the resulting instability of the affected leg that can prove debilitating. The knee will swell significantly, taking a few weeks to return to normal.

Concussion

A fall to the head can result in concussion. The skier may feel drowsy, weakness in arms or legs, vomiting, and/or confused.

Medial Collateral Ligament injuries

 Damage to this ligament can occur when force is applied to the side of the knee while it’s bent. It most commonly occurs when a skier is snow ploughing and they fall over without a change in body position. A pain is felt on the inside of the joint, followed by swelling and bruising.

Shoulder dislocation

 Often the result of falling directly onto the shoulder joint, or onto an outstretched hand. There may be swelling in front of the shoulder, along with a persistent ache and a feeling of looseness. The shoulder will quickly need to be replaced back into the joint by a medical professional.

Skier’s thumb

Occurs when the skier falls with a pole in their hand. The pole applies force across the joint, putting ligaments at strain. The ligament can tear partially or completely. This can cause tenderness in the joint area. If the ligament tears completely then it may not be very painful, but it can open the joint up, and treatment is needed.

 

Common causes of injury …

Time spent on the slopes without a rest.

Skiing above your skill level.

Going off-piste.

Dehydration and fatigue.

 

Ski equipment is a very important topic where injury is concerned:

Poorly fitting boots mean poor foot mechanics and subsequent foot pain. The most common mistake skiers make is wearing boots that are too big, you want to avoid your heel rising in the boot.

Setting bindings too tight – carefully set bindings based on your height, weight and skiing ability. This will decrease the chance of knee ligament injury.

Check the width of your skis – if they are too wide, it is more difficult to turn and guide them down a slope.

Wear a helmet – although there is no clear data to support its reduction in head injuries, a helmet can be beneficial in collisions.

 

Avoiding these injuries …

Focus on overall body fitness, balance, and coordination before you hit the slopes.

Check your equipment.

Warm up before you begin.

Drink plenty of water.

We recommend that 2-3 months before skiing, you ask your practitioner to provide you with individually tailored exercises that can help prevent such injuries from occurring.

If you would like to be seen by one of our osteopaths, or if you have any further questions, then please get in touch with us. You can call us on 0113 237 1173 or email [email protected], and we will get back to you promptly.

 

Muscle of the Quarter chosen by Ami – Temporalis

What is it?
Also known as the Temporal Muscle, Temporalis is one of the muscles of mastication (chewing). It is broad and fan-shaped, occupying a depression in the skull called the temporal fossa on each side of the head. If you place your fingers above your ear while clenching and unclenching your jaw, you will feel the temporalis at work.

Why have we chosen it?
Temporalis is a powerful muscle of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the jawbone to the skull. Due to its location and frequent use, patients come to us with jaw pain, headaches, and referred pain; we find this muscle is often the culprit.

Osteopathic treatment is often overlooked where the TMJ is concerned, when in fact, our osteopaths view it in the same way as any other joint in the body. It has muscles, ligaments, tendons and capsules which activate the joint, and they need the same attention given to other, more obvious, areas of the body.

Jaw Pain
Jaw pain can result from a number of issues such as, trauma, arthritis and posture.

In the case of the temporalis muscle it is likely caused by clenching the jaw and habitual grinding of teeth, namely Bruxism. This often happens during sleep, and can be due to stress and/or anxiety. Clenching the jaw can lead to overwork of the temporalis, resulting in pain.

Headaches
When we get a headache, what do we reflexively do? We massage the temples, meaning we are massaging the temporalis muscle.
We often find there is a strong connection between jaw muscle tension and headaches.

Other activities that have been associated with temporalis pain are:
• Excessive forward head posture.
• Texting, reading a book, or any activity that involves tilting your head down for prolonged periods.

Treatment
Osteopaths may use a combination of manipulative techniques, such as soft tissue, articulation, inhibition and trigger point therapy.

Trigger point therapy involves the application of pressure at different levels to tender muscular areas in order to relieve pain in local and referred areas. The treatment aims to reduce muscle tension and as a result alleviate the pain.

Self-help:

• Find tender spots in the muscle with your thumb.
• Apply direct pressure on to the tender spot for 10 seconds and then release.
• Repeat 3 times.

General advice from our osteopaths:

• Avoid sticky food such as chewing gum, and toffee.
• Avoid food that requires opening your mouth very widely, such as apples.
• Relax the jaw with stretching exercises.

If you would like to be seen by one of our osteopaths, or if you have any further questions, then please get in touch with us. You can call us on 0113 237 1173 or email [email protected], and we will get back to you promptly.