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Osteopathic treatment for preventing pain & maintaining a long term healthy spine

Many patients use osteopathy as a preventative measure to avoid low back pain. If you’ve had low back pain before then you will know it is a big motivator to not have it again!

Time after time I hear the same story from patients. They come in for treatment when they are in pain, get fixed and don’t come back until the next painful and debilitating episode. 

And they say to me “I wish I had come back earlier!”. 

The reality of back pain is that it can really get you off track with your daily…

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Road Cycling Can Cause Changes to the Shape of Your Back

There was a study (1) done in 2016 comparing 30 road cyclists with 30 mountain bikers and 30 non-cyclists. The cyclists in both groups had been cycling for 6 years and were of similar age and experience. 

The road cyclists showed significantly greater thoracic kyphosis and trunk inclination than did the mountain bikers and non-cyclists in a standing posture. 

This is the normal standing posture of the spine

On a road bike, the cycling posture was characterised by greater lumbar flexion and…

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Don’t shrug off your shoulder pain

Shoulder pain can be difficult to shift. Due to the highly mobile nature of the shoulder and the fact that the shoulder has less integrity than many other peripheral joints (ie the muscles of the area are primarily responsible for its integrity), there is increased risk of injury to the structures of the shoulder. The good news is osteopathy can help with many of the symptoms of shoulder injury/dysfunction, and can also help manage the associated pain.

Anatomy

I don’t want to bog you down…

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Knee pain - How we can help

The knee joint is particularly vulnerable to harm and pain because it takes the full weight of your body and any extra pressure when running or jumping. It is extremely common that ankle, knee and hip pain originates from twists and misalignments in the spine, from the low back and even the neck!

The Perrymount Clinic osteopaths are highly trained to look at you as a whole person and not just a knee. We will take a full case history, physical examination which includes the knees and spine and…

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Ageing and pain

"I don't expect this pain will go away", "I am getting used to this hurting most of the time" are some of the worrying thoughts that cross many of my patients' minds when presenting to the clinic. I often hear phrases like, "well I suppose it's just age isn't it?"

And yes, of course, our bodies are ageing, at age 40 I already have an amount of osteoarthritis (often referred to by GPs as wear and tear) in my joints. But I am not in pain, and neither are many people in their 60's, 70's, 80's and…

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Tension headaches? What are they and how we can help.

Tension headaches, also known as stress headache are common among adults. A tension headache is described as a mild to moderate persistent tightness, band-like discomfort, or pressure along the forehead, back of the head and neck. It may start gradually, comes in the middle of the day and lasts for an hour to a couple of days. A tension headache usually has a cause, for example, a stressful day at work or long hours at a PC or on a laptop or often a sport or going to the gym.

Chronic tension…

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Pregnancy pain: The causes and treatment of backache before and after childbirth

There is no time during the life of a woman who chooses to have children when she will experience such rapid physiological and anatomical changes as both during and after pregnancy.

Of course, we all experience great change during childhood, but at this stage we have few demands on us other than sleeping, eating, drinking and playing. But before and after childbirth it is very different. Changes are necessarily rapid. For example, during pregnancy there is an approximate increase in weight of…

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What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a medical term used to describe the pain, numbness, tingling sensation or weakness felt in the lower extremities that emanate from the lumbar area (lower back) as a result of the irritation of the sciatic nerve. This discomfort felt from sciatica is often referred to as sciatic nerve pain. The sciatic nerve – the largest nerve in the human body, originates from nerve roots in the lumber area of the spinal cord, passes down through the gluteal muscles of the buttocks to supply the…

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The Perrymount Clinic
Unit 5
Hurstwood Grange
Hurstwood Lane
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH17 7QX

01444 410944
info@theperrymount.com

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