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Headache: Why Look beyond the Neck?

12 Jul 2019  

Headaches can be a real pain in the neck, that is literally, they can also be associated with neck pain. There are several different types of headaches with different causes, and it is well accepted in clinical settings as well as in research findings that the neck can either cause or contribute to the pain of headache. But if structures like tight muscles and stiff joints in the nec ..

The connection between posture and pain

24 Oct 2018  

Have you ever experienced neck or shoulder pain from sitting in the same position for a period of time? In our experience, most people who present with pain or injury have postural imbalances that contribute significantly to their problem. Improving posture, strength and mobility can help you move more freely with less pain and stiffness. What we find  ..

Subscapularis- The hidden source of pain

05 Jul 2018  

“I’d like to look/assess/treat your Subscapularis muscle…” For the newer clients this statement is closely followed by a blank facial expressions. For the current clients this statement is closely followed by a groan or cheeky eye roll. ‘Unknown’ and forgotten even amongst health practitioners (trust me I know!!). The subscapularis is a large triang ..

Why a Whole Body Approach Works for Low Back Pain

28 Aug 2017  

You only need to look as far as the research into Regional Interdependance (Wainer et al, 2007; Sueki et al, 2013; Cleland et al, 2005; Powers, 2010) to support the use of a whole body assessment in musculoskeletal conditions, but it's great when you have a case that demonstrates this quite clearly. Mr M is a 64 year old lawyer who presented with a 5 day history of worsening low back pain whi ..

Twelve Months Of Hamstring Pain Cleared With Treatment To The Thoracic Spine.

14 Apr 2016  

A 12 year old active student presented with a long term left hamstring injury following a fall which was initially assessed on ultrasound scanning as a partial muscle tear. He was frustrated at not being able to return to soccer or tennis without frequent flare ups. He was sore after exercising at training and at the end of the school day. The young man tested weaker for left hamstring st ..

A Simple Way To Assess Muscle Tension At Work

26 Nov 2015  

Working for long periods of time at a desk can lead to increased muscle tension. Today, we will show you a simple test to monitor the build up of muscle tension in the upper trapezius, a muscle at the base of the neck. It's important to be aware of increased muscle tension which can lead to strain and later, pain. Cath will show you how to feel for tension in the uppe ..

Long Term Frozen Shoulders Improved by More than 80% in 2 Weeks

13 Apr 2015  

Mrs M, a 62 year old retired housewife, initially presented with a long history of right shoulder pain and major movement restrictions diagnosed as a frozen shoulder. She had had a hydrodilatation to improve the range without any further advice. She also had neck stiffness and significant movement restrictions of her left shoulder following a previous frozen shoulder. Mrs M. main goals: (s ..

Neck Pain & Chronic Headache Improves 80% in 3 sessions

03 Sep 2013  

Mrs Z a full time secondary teacher presented with a 3 week history of severe left shoulder and neck pain and chronic debilitating headaches. She had put up with her pain but it was beginning to disturb her sleep and work performance. Mrs Z was quite stressed by her ongoing levels of pain and wanted to alleviate the headaches, regain pain free neck movement, to reach forward and overhead p ..

Another Large Shoulder Tendon Tear Avoids Surgery

28 Feb 2012  

A 69-year-old male presented with a 6-month history of pain in his right shoulder . X-ray and ultrasound revealed glenohumeral joint degeneration, partial tear in the supraspinatus, full thickness tear of the subscapularis (both rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder), as well as other degenerative and inflammatory problems. His specialist had advised surgical intervention and told hi ..

Pain In The Neck Caused By Tightness In The Groin

07 Feb 2012  

A 51 year old woman woke up with neck pain one morning. She experienced constant pain and stiffness around the left upper neck. The pain was interfering with her sleep, she also found it difficult and painful to extend her neck ie look upwards.. Prior coming to see us she had been to an osteopath 3 times, and a myotherapist twice. However there was no change in the symptoms. She ..