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Back pain
Back pain is one of the most common reasons people consult osteopaths and it is for this reason that we are true experts in dealing with back pain of all types and severity. Currently, back pain affects over 80% of the population at some stage of their lives, and the pain may vary from a slight niggling ache to sharp debilitating pain that can affect every part of the back and also radiate to other areas of the body too.

The pain may hit suddenly like a lightening bolt, or may be like an excruciating "toothache" in your legs.
Sciatica is a general term describing pain from irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve that leaves your spine to supply your leg. Its symptoms are generally pain down the back of the legs and can sometimes be felt in the ankles, feet & toes. Even when sciatica originates from the lower part of the spine, low back pain isn’t necessarily present. A prolapsed disc may cause sciatica but there are other conditions, such as the spinal wear and tear of osteoarthritis that can cause irritation of the sciatic nerve. The first hint of sciatic symptoms may include numbness or tingling in one or both legs, occasional shooting pains, and tenderness in surrounding muscles.

Slipped Discs
The intervertebral discs are the shock absorbers of the spine and are essential for the day to day as well as long term health of your spine and the nerves that run through and around it. Technically, discs cannot slip; however, they can bulge, herniated, collapse and even rupture.

Accidents or lifting are common ways of causing a disc injury, especially where severe forces have gone through the spine or where years of poor posture have weakened its structure leaving it vulnerable to damage with only the slightest amount of force. When the spine is forced beyond its natural limits, the ligaments, tendons and muscles that support the spine can become overstretched or torn. The bulging disc can compress the spinal cord and nerves and produce pain in the local area and areas distant from the site of the problem, this can be in the arms or legs or both.

Muscle tension
Muscle tension is very common these days and it can vary from a slight sense of tightness to agonising pain. Getting to the root cause of the tensions is paramount in providing long term relief, which more often than not requires more than a simple massage.

As each muscles job is to move your joints, it is easy to see that if the joint is not moving well then the muscle will have to work harder to achieve the same result, conversely if the muscle is tight then the joint itself will struggle to move freely.

Neck pain
The average adult head weighs about the same as a bowling ball and bad posture can cause your head to deviate from its most comfortable position to one that can substantially increase the weight that the muscles and joints in the neck and shoulders have to hold, net result being pain in the form of local tension, arm pains and often headaches spreading from the neck to up and over the head.

Trauma to the neck is also very common, especially in car accidents and falls. The speed and unprotected elements of these type of injuries can lead to substantial tissue damage and cause a long list of symptoms to arise; neck pain, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, reduced ability to turn and bend, low back pain, pins and needles, and numbness or muscle spasms in the shoulders, arms and hands.

Scoliosis is a general term meaning a sideways curvature of the spine so that when looking at the spine from the front or the back it would have deviations to one or both sides often in a “C” or “S” shape curve. One shoulder or one side of the pelvis being higher than the other may be a sign of scoliosis.

No one has the ideal spine that is 100% straight, but on occasions a scoliosis can occur which is out of the bounds of comfort for the patient in both pain and social terms. Whether scoliosis can be corrected by the osteopath or surgery depends on the individual case. Scoliosis often develops in early teenage years and the earlier you intervene, the easier it is to treat. When scoliosis has been present for a long time, the sideways curvature may not always be corrected, however the function of the spine can, in most cases be improved, thus relieving any pain, discomfort and even the breathing difficulties that may occur.

Fibromyalgia syndrome affects the muscles and soft tissue, it includes chronic pain in the muscles, fatigue, sleep problems, and painful tender points or trigger points at certain parts of the body.

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the area directly in front of the ear on either side of the head where the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) meet. Within the TMJ, there are moving parts that allow the upper jaw to close on the lower jaw. This joint is a typical sliding "ball and socket" that has a disc sandwiched between it. The TMJ is used throughout the day to move the jaw, especially in biting and chewing, talking, and yawning. It is one of the most frequently used joints of the body.

The temporomandibular joints are complex and are composed of muscles, tendons, and bones. Each component contributes to the smooth operation of the TMJ. When the muscles are relaxed and balanced and both jaw joints open and close comfortably, we are able to talk, chew, or yawn without pain.

Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overworked, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Tennis elbow can result from poor technique in executing a tennis backhand. However, many occupations also feature repetitive wrist and arm motions that can cause tennis elbow.

The pain of tennis elbow occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony prominence on the outside of your elbow. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist.

Frozen Shoulder
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Signs and symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve, usually within one or two years.

Your risk of developing frozen shoulder increases if you're recovering from a medical condition or procedure that affects the mobility of your arm — such as a stroke or a mastectomy.

Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain
Osteoarthritis patients can have joint damage which is evident on x-ray or other imaging studies while experiencing few symptoms. Conversely, it is possible for an osteoarthritis patient to have pain or other symptoms while not having x-ray evidence of the disease.

Headaches, migraine and dizziness
Because headaches are so common, some people think they are a normal part of life. Taking painkillers might give some relief from your headaches, but they do not address the cause of the problem which is the neck. It is important to note that the level of head pain is no indication as to the severity of the problem.

Headaches are common but they are not normal. There are many types of headaches: tension headaches are often associated with our hectic lifestyle and stress; migraines can be very debilitating and disturbing; sometimes there is no headache to speak of, but symptoms may include visual and hearing disturbances, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, even vomiting. Pain can be experienced at the base of the skull, the surface of the head or the face and eyes and can be on one or both sides of your head.

Kyphosis can round your upper back—your thoracic spine—and give you a “humpback” look (view Aesthetic posture treatment for more info)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve -- the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers.

Postural Problems
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