My hands get to the root cause of the headache. Dont let your headache rule your life. Share with any friends who have migraines and jaw or neck issues. They will be so pleased! Life is too short to suffer.
Manual workers need maintenance and it is easy to neglect one's body. Without one's body there is no work. As an osteopath I use my body every day. It is easy to forget to take care and this morning after a long week I woke with shoulder pain and neck pain. I forgot to take care! Osteopathic service will be resumed tomorrow as I know how to sort it!.
However it prompted me to think of tradepersons who don't have my skills. Time is money. There is no let up for the self employed especially tradespersons,, hairdressers ... (and osteopaths!)
We treat construction workers, plumbers, electricians, painters, roofers, scaffolders, stone masons and builders every day.
We know your jobs and have taken the time to assess the strains you are under.
We deal with emergencies and maintenance. Like you.
Unfortunately you only get one body. We are good at fixing pain.
We know that as you are often self employed or start early time is a problem so we offer early bird and late evening appointments to suit you. Appointments from 7.30am to 8.30pm dependant on availability.
Share this with your hardworking manual worker friends.
Leaving an injury at work or a strain will make it chronic. Time off work equals no money . Bodies need regular maintenance too.
We can fix you.
Back pain and Pelvic Girdle pain PGP aren’t normal part of Pregnancy.
Did you know Osteopaths TREAT in PGP in pregnancy?
Call Oxspines Osteopathy in Wheatley 07894 151654 and enjoy this time in your life.
PGP/SPD describes pain in the joints, the ligaments and the muscles that make up the pelvic girdle. The pelvis is the main bony weight bearing part of your body and provides the outlet through which your baby is born. PGP/ SPD is due to the pelvic girdle struggling to accommodate the structural, functional, and hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy.
You may find it uncomfortable to do the following:
If it is not treated the pain becomes chronic and women can end up using crutches and a wheelchair. We rehabilitate you and keep you enjoying this most important time of your life. We treat this daily and have a wealth of experience.
Call 07894 151654 www.oxspines.com for a chat how we can help you too.
For many people the sensation of spinning is a debilitating condition and not associated with a good night out or a cycle exercise class or as with many teenagers this week Fright night at Thorpe park or sparklers!
It is caused by problems in vestibular (balance) system of the inner ear and, if from the inner ear, is termed Peripheral Vertigo. It may be caused by Ménière's disease, labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, vestibular migraines and inflammation resulting from a common cold, bacterial infection, or physical trauma.
The most common peripheral vertigo is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) and this is the one that osteopathy is most likely to be able to help you with.
Do you have it? Do you know a friend who suffers? Share this page and call Oxspines Osteopathy. Do not suffer. My patients cannot believe how much better they feel.
We have developed a good word of mouth following success here at Oxspines Osteopathy and it is a relatively unique service with patients coming from afar. I have been trained by an ENT surgeon, coupled with subsequent continual professional development courses. It is a condition that GPs and A and E departments often see and once a diagnosis of central vertigo from more serious causes has been discounted by them ( we assess too) then there are long waiting lists or nothing for this tiresome debilitating condition. It is a common condition seen in all ages from 30s to elderly.
BPPV occurs when loose calcium carbonate deposits enter the inner ear creating a sensation of motion. If you are suffering from BPPV you will likely experience repeated episodes of vertigo that typically last for a minute or so and often occur with a change in position such as turning over in bed. In addition to dizziness, you may also experience nausea, vomiting, hearing loss, tinnitus, and pain in the ear.
It’s not pleasant at all (huge understatement) and symptoms of peripheral vertigo can last for weeks but a single treatment using the Epley manoeuvre may rid you of your symptoms in just a few minutes. We usually repeat it in two weeks. If you would like to discuss your symptoms or options for treatment, then please give me a call on 07894 151654..
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DOG WALKERS NEED REGULAR OSTEOPATHIC CHECKS to continue to be able to walk their dog safely and enjoy these autumn days.
This week I have seen three serious dog walking injuries. One squirrel excitement can equal one serious very nasty long-term injury. If you are in top health, strong core and aligned perfectly (and don’t do long drives, or manual work or a desk job and are chilled as a cucumber) the injury may be less! However most of us don’t fall into that category so read on and get checked out so you don’t have to stop walking ‘Mans best friend’.
Call Oxspines Osteopathy and Massage Wheatley for a ‘Dog walkers check up’ for a discounted rate of £30 if you LIKE and SHARE this page. 07894 151654 Book online at www.oxspines.com
Top tips for avoiding dog walking injuries
Make sure your dog is well behaved when walking and does not pull on the lead – this will help your neck, back and shoulders.
If you throw balls a lot for your dog try a ball thrower to help take the strain off your shoulder and arm.
If your dog cannot easily get in and out of your car consider a ramp so that you do not have to lift them. We see many back injuries from this.
Wear footwear that supports your foot and has good amount of grip to deal with muddy or slippery conditions. An old pair of wellies does not give the support over rough ground and you might like to consider orthotic support to protect your back and ankles.
Don’t text and walk or not concentrate as you may be taken by surprise as your darling pooch suddenly sees a squirrel and takes off with you still holding the leash. The dog can move quickly and with so much force. You, at the other end, holding just the leash, absorb all the energy. The longer the leash the more energy transfers to you when the dog runs. They tend to be nasty injuries because the leash viciously twists your wrist or fingers. The bones can separate, and there's also likely to be cartilage, ligament and tendon damage. This can also transmit up the humerus and cause severe ligament or fractures in the shoulder. Recovery can take anywhere from several months to a year. So top tip don’t wrap the leash and keep it short.
Emma Hillsden is the proprietor of Archway Kennels in Garsington, an excellent facility, with three caring souls who regularly have MOTS at Oxspines Osteopathy so they can give the best to their dogs. www.archwaykennels.co.uk.
Emma says ‘"Front fastening harnesses can be much more effective than a collar and leash as they're more comfortable for the dog than a collar if it pulls, but gives them much less power than a back fastener. They can still pull a bit but tend to get pulled to the side so most dogs do learn to walk slightly better than on just a collar. few dogs, like French bulldogs and pugs, ideally do need to be walked on harnesses as their breathing can be very laboured anyway (due to awful skull shape!) that as little restriction as possible to the airway is best. But, even with small dogs, they can still pull and over time this affects a person's body so I would still go for a front fastening harness. Genuinely can't think of any situation where I'd use a back fastener... unless I had a pack of huskies ready to pull a sledge!!
For big, strong dogs, I use a halti. Even with small dogs, these are by far the best way to stop a dog from being able to pull. They attach round the mouth and under the chin so if a dog does pull, it tightens and pulls the dog's head to the side; there's very little power in the pull and they quickly learn it's not too much fun and that walking nicely is more comfortable!”
If you do have any aches and pains after a dog walking incident then make sure you have them examined. Call us Oxspines Osteopathy and Massage on 07894 151654 or book online www.oxspines.com
As an osteopath based in Oxford I spend a large amount of my time encouraging and aiding patients to improve their abdominal strength. Good core strength is fundamental to good back health. Reduced tone in the front affects biomechanical chains and puts strain elsewhere. The usual way to promote core strength is to suggest joining a gym class or pilates or to prescribe exercises. However, everyone’s lives are busy and for some, the luxury of the gym is not an option. However I would like to encourage everyone to have that ‘me exercise time’ even for fifteen minutes each day as it is fundamental to inner peace and mental and physical health.
If you struggle to make time for exercise, here are some ideas for you:
For busy people Oxspines Osteopathy, Oxford, wants to shout from the rooftops – go hoop!
Stop neck and shoulder pain and reduce stress. No more cares breathe like a baby!
Wooden spoon fencing
Ever fancied fencing? Feel at war the world? Fencing is the ultimate exercise to help with back pain.
Often when taking a case history with a patient suffering headache or neck pain I find they have a clicky jaw. It’s not just backs that can have a slipped disc. The jaw joint is called the temporamandibular joint and is made up of an articular disc. When you hear a click when chewing it is the disc displacing. This can interfere with the smooth gliding of the jaw bone the mandible on the temporal bone of the skull. The disc is often displaced due to the straining of the masseter (chewing) muscle and the lengthening o the lateral ligaments. The pain that comes from a slipped disc in the jaw or associated muscle spasms can range from annoying to debilitating. I have been very interested in treating this area for some time now and have built up this specialist service. A clicky jaw in itself may not cause you a problem but it may be having a knock on effect somewhere else.
Osteopaths now realise that the way the jaw and teeth operate affect the balancing of the whole body structure. You may remember the old adage ‘ the hip bones connected to the knee bone’ but did you realise how intricately and fundamentally the jaw bone is connected to the hip bone?Teeth meet together 2000 times a day and so an uneven bite transmits itself down the skeleton to accommodate the uneven bite the head tilts slightly, the eyes levelling with the horizon, so the neck kinks. The lower spine compensates to prevent you falling over by creating a sideways S curve. This in turn causes the pelvis to tilt. This can cause pain in the back, knees, feet, uneven gait and wear and tear on the joint.
An uneven bite can be caused by birth trauma, stress, teeth grinding and clenching as well as muscle and joint conditions. With teeth grinding and clenching excessive forces occur on the ligaments, the disc and the jaw joint. At the very least muscle bruising can result but over a period of time one can experience debilitating headaches, difficulty chewing, neck and facial pain all of which affect a person’s quality of life.
It has been said that pain in other parts of the body such as back pain can often be tolerated until symptoms become severe enough to seek treatment but pain in the face and jaw causes significant distress and worry and has an effect on employment, sleep, relationships and daily life.
Chronic orofacial pain presents challenging diagnostic problems and often benefit from the multidisciplinary holistic approach offered by an osteopath and a correct diagnosis requires time, understanding and listening to a patient’s chief complaints and a thorough pain history, We use gentle soft tissue techniques on the muscles around the neck and the jaw muscles and look at rebalancing the tensions in the face . We also can use manipulative techniques to those cervical and thoracic vertebra which are affecting the slippage of the articular disc. Patients find much relief from these targeted techniques and our expertise.
Alison has now completed her first taping course is very excited about its possibilities in sports injuries, disc and postural problems.
When applied properly, ROCKTAPE lifts the skin away from the muscle, which promotes blood flow. This increases endurance by promoting blood flow during an athletic event and the decompressive nature of the tape aids healing and pain relief.
Over the years, you’ve gained weight, lost weight, perhaps had a baby, and begrudgingly endured the effects of gravity. Your body has changed since your teens and early 20s, but has your bra?
Every clinic day I see patients in underwear and every single day I admonish about bra fittings and it seemed timely, to give my penny’s worth. My patients often talk about going to the gym, exercises for backs and about correct driving and computer posture when talking about alleviating back and neck symptoms. They are often surprised when I tug at a gapping bra.
From an engineering point of view a structure will topple and have strains if it is without support! Bras are engineering challenges that have been compared in the industry to suspension bridges. In a bra, the wires, straps and other engineering features redistribute the weight in the bra to the band around the torso and challenge the forces of gravity. How much more then do they challenge your body! Women now have bigger curves and lingerie shops are now adapting to the real size of women.
With my neck and back pain patients a discussion on boobs and breathing mechanics follows – how can you breathe as intended if your shoulders are rounded in (protracted) thereby squashing your diaphragm and altering your spinal mechanics? If you are not breathing with your diaphragm you will use the accessory muscles of respiration your scalene muscles which surround your neck. And that’s were the calamity occurs so If your bra is not supportive enough, your muscles have to do all the work. Overworking causes neck pain. So I send my patients to get properly fitted by a bra fitter (personal favourite Bravissimo in Broad Street Oxford) and to follow my TSB breathing exercises. (link). At the next appointment I can guarantee delighted patients, reduced pain, better educated patients who have realised the importance of good bra and admit they feel a million dollars ( and I always get the thumbs up from partners)!
Life can be so very hard if you live with chronic pain. We have a unique multidisciplinary approach to making life bearable and joyous again. Please do share this with your friends. we don’t just fix acute back pain and necks and knees but have excellent results with migraine, helping manage chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis.
This is a testamonial from a current patient with M. E
”Oxspines Osteopathy techniques have been great in relieving stubborn tension headaches that used to last for days. To have the pressure removed is a wonderful feeling. My pain levels have also improved all of which helps with the fatigue that comes from a body under stress. I’d definitely recommend Oxspines to anyone with headache, stress or chronic pain issues ”
Just when it feels the rain will never stop the sun comes out. Let us bring the sunshine in and help you embrace life again this summer.
Please call 07894 151654 to arrange a free 15 minute consultation so we may find out more about you and tell you about our approach using osteopathy, mindfulness, massage and unique techniques to reduce central sensitization.