Neck and shoulder pain is becoming a very common problem that we treat within our clinic. Many patients spend long periods of time in front of a computer, operating machinery or using other forms of technology. Holding our heads for long periods of time in the same position can result in poor posture and place undue strain on the neck and shoulders.
If left untreated it may result in issues such as muscle spasm and pain, nerve pain whereby you may experience symptoms such as a sharp radiating pain down one arm, headaches and stiffness to name a few.
The neck is a very complex structure so Your Osteopath will undertake a thorough history and diagnosis before getting started on your neck pain treatment. Every care is undertaken with this delicate area and we will fully explain what we are doing each step of the way. We may also suggest stretches or strengthening exercises to help you manage the problem into the future, thereby preventing its return!
Osteopathy may be helpful in the treatment for shoulder injuries such as tendinopathy, bursitis and inflammation of the shoulder joint. We may assist with the initial diagnosis and treatment of such conditions as well as rehabilitation.
At Your Osteopath Brisbane, we aim to cater for all degrees of sporting levels from the elite to the weekend warrior and the injuries that may result. Osteopathy provides a holistic approach to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sporting injuries.
Some common conditions which we treat include:
- Tennis/Golfers’ elbow
- Ankle sprains
- Knee and hip pain
- Muscle strains and tears
- Neck and back pain
- Sports trauma
Often treatment will involve not only focusing on the injured area, but addressing the body as a whole, rather than individual parts. This aims to allow for a faster recovery and reduce the likelihood of the injury reoccurring. In addition, exercises may be prescribed to manage the injury and offer long term rehabilitation rather than a ‘quick fix’.
Osteopathic care during pregnancy may be extremely helpful to relieve pregnancy related pain.
Why? During pregnancy your body is going through immense changes structurally to accommodate your growing baby.
A visit to Your Osteopath during your pregnancy may assist your body is in the best possible position to continually adapt to these changes and prevent or reduce pain and discomfort.
Osteopathic treatment may also assist in the preparation of your body for labour and delivery by ensuring that the mechanics of the pelvis are working correctly. It may also assist with:
- Lower back pain and sciatica
- Rib pain or pain in the chest area as the ribcage expands
- Pelvic pain and instability
- Hip, knee and foot pain
- Neck and shoulder pain and tightness
- Carpal Tunnel
- Pelvic floor weakness
- Swelling of the feet and ankles
Just as many changes occurred during your pregnancy, your body will now need to adjust in the weeks and months following birth. A check up in the first month post natally may be helpful in maximising your bodies ability to make these adjustments.
Demands placed on your body due to caring for a new baby from carrying, lifting prams and breastfeeding may result in neck and back pain. Your Osteopath may also offer advice on some simple exercises to re-strengthen your core muscles and pelvic floor muscles, and help keep you in the best shape possible for your new role of motherhood.
Most of us will experience some type of headache over our lifetime. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that headache is the most common symptom reported to GPs’ and also is the main reason for consuming pain medication.
With such a prevalent condition in the community, it is important to examine and diagnose each case individually and devise an appropriate management plan for each patient. There are many different causes of headaches, ranging from dehydration and stress to referred pain from the jaw and neck.
The type and location of the headache can also determine the treatment approach that is required.
Your Osteopath Brisbane is fully trained and equipped to complete a full examination and refer for further tests if required.
For more information on headaches you can visit Headaches Australia that lists osteopathic treatment as a preventative for headaches http://www.headacheaustralia.org.au/