The alignment of the spine, including the cervical spine or neck is crucial in the body’s ability to move efficiently and support its own weight. Common causes of neck pain include a trapped nerve, arthritis, injuries such as whiplash or as most commonly reported; poor posture. The neck is under constant daily stresses and strains brought on normal, everyday activities. Postural misalignment can develop over several years or the onset may happen suddenly depending on repetition and time spent in poor positions. Slouching in a chair, wearing poorly fitted shoes, hunching to look at a screen and even centre of gravity disturbance caused by, for example, late stage pregnancies can all lead to various postural problems.
Seeking early advice and intervention from an osteopath is vital to identify and halt the causes of neck pain and prevent further complications arising. Osteopathy treatment in neck pain aims to reduce the severity and occurrence of symptoms, improve ease of movement and increase resilience to future episodes of pain. Your osteopath will be able to combine a range of appropriate treatments including soft tissue massage, neck mobilisations and joint articulation. Stretching and strengthening exercises may be done as appropriate. Early and accurate application of these techniques can encourage faster recovery and repair. Overtime with treatment there may be a potential improvement in the structural integrity of the intervertebral discs which may in turn may slow the onset of early degenerative changes to the articular surfaces of joints.
The London Osteopathy clinics are easily accessible, based in Holborn, Beckenham, and Central London. All three sites can offer acupuncture treatments which according to the NHS website can lead to a reduction in pain levels. In brief, acupuncture is considered as a complementary medicine in which small needles are inserted into the skin to stimulate sensory nerves, this results in the body producing pain-relieving endorphins to reduce pain levels. As stated by the NHS website a course of acupuncture usually creates longer-lasting pain relief than a one-off single treatment. Your osteopath will be able to talk you through the pros and cons of treatment before you enroll in a session at the London Osteopathy clinic.
Osteopathy for Arthritis
The goal of osteopathy treatment in relation to arthritis is to reduce any imbalances that may be contributing to the condition. Following a thorough assessment at one of the three London Osteopathy clinics, your treatment will be tailor-made to your individual requirements. This may include a variety of gentle movements, stretching, massage and manipulation of the affected joints.
These techniques aim to relieve muscle tension and pain whilst working to improve joint flexibility. Work may be done on surrounding joints to take the stress and strain off the affected area, ensuring that loading of the joints through activities such as walking is as equal as possible.
The increased blood and lymph supply to the treated area can optimise healing to the joint and surrounding tissues, following several session you may notice a reduction in pain and an overall improvement of function in your everyday activities. With the reduction in symptoms, many patients can increase general fitness through activity and lifestyle changes which can further improve health and therefore breaking the cycle of inactivity and pain avoidance.
Your osteopath will be able to provide home exercises and positive, friendly advice in regards to posture, balance and nutrition to enable you to self manage your condition confidently and effectively.