Musculoskeletal Problems

Musculoskeletal Problems

Head Pain Neck Pain

Upper Back Pain Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Pain

Lower Back Pain Hip, Knee and Foot Pain

To be able to work out what treatment you should have you need to

  • understand a little of what could be causing it
  • understand how each treatment may approach your condition.
What causes musculoskeletal pain?

Basically pain is caused when there is an imbalance of muscles and this may cause pain due to:

  • a joint which is jamming or slightly out of alignment
  • a muscle in cramp
  • Nerves being "pinched" because the boney structures are out of alignment
  • Blood to an area being stopped free flow because the muscles are cramping around a blood vessel or the blood vessel has been twisted around a problem and cannot flow properly.
What causes the Muscles to cramp and to stay cramped?

In our clinical experience the causes are

  • Trauma
  • Stresses and Strains
  • Lack of flow in the various communication systems of the body - the movement of energy
  • Messages from your internal organs
  • Emotional Stresses
  • Nutritional imbalances
  • Chronic underlying inflammation

A typical response to experiencing back pain is to take it easy - either staying in bed or at least stopping any activity that is at all strenuous. While this approach is understandable and may even be recommended in the short term, when done for more than a day or two it can actually undermine healing. Instead, active forms of exercise are almost always necessary to rehabilitate the spine and help alleviate back pain.

  • Osteopathic manipulation (a whole system of evaluation and treatment designed to achieve and maintain health by restoring normal function to the body)
  • Therapeutic Massage for tight/tired cramping muscles
  • Acupuncture for pain relief
  • Ortho-Bionomy for muscle rebalancing
  • Naturopathy for underlying organ and nutritional causes
  • Pilates or Yoga for Strengthening
  • Strengthening and conditioning
If you are a basically healthy person and you begin to experience pain suddenly then the chances are that you have strained a muscle in that area.

When should I have medical tests?

Our practitioners are able to treat most cases of back pain without a referral from your GP.

Pain is your natural warning system.
When your back pain is following any of the following situations or symptoms we suggest that you do attend your local GP first to have any tests that may be needed

  • Back pain that follows a trauma, such as a car accident or fall off a ladder etc
  • Pain that is constant, getting worse and is not relieved in any position
  • Abdominal pain that accompanies the back pain
  • Numbness or altered sensation in the saddle area (upper inner thighs, groin area, buttock or genital area)
  • Persistent back pain in individuals who have had or are currently being treated for cancer
  • Individuals who have osteoporosis or osteopenia (weak bones)
  • Individuals who are taking steroids
  • Individuals who have a weakened immune system (e.g. HIV)
  • If there is any obvious deformity of the spine that develops
  • Unexplained sustained fever with increasing back pain as you may have an infection.
  • Acute severe upper back pain, particularly if you have osteoporosis as it may indicate a vertebral body in the spine has fractured and collapsed.
  • Major unexplained weight loss accompanied by back pain and neurological impairment
The bottom line that everyone should remember is that if one is in doubt, consult a doctor, have some of the major concerns cleared and then undertake a corrective procedure as offered by our practitioners.

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