Archive for October 2021

Jaw Grinding Advice

Hi It’s Joanna and Anina from Cram Osteopaths, we are going to talk today about the jaw also known as the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
It’s something that we see lots of in the clinic. It usually presents alongside neck pain or headaches, and also grinding of the jaw or bruxism, as some people may call it. Which can affect sleep and cause you to wake up with real tension around the jaw, the neck and head.
If you’re suffering from any of these then please get in touch and it’s worth coming in and having an assessment and we can get you feeling much better.
One of the things you can do in the meantime, to help yourself is some simple exercises to try and release some of that jaw tension. I’m going to describe to Anina the exercise and she’s going to show you how you do them. It’s lots of fun as you get to make lots of silly faces.
So for the first exercise, I’m going to get Anina to pop her index finger on her chin groove and open her mouth really nice and wide and pop her tongue up to the roof of her mouth. The wider your mouth is open the more the stretch comes down the front of the face, it’s just a nice, gentle stretch.
If you have a lot of tension you probably will feel this quite strongly.
The other ones are doing exaggerated mouth openings and closings. So if you give a really big exaggerated yawn, and then close and clench the teeth together and we can see all the muscles working around the jaw and the neck. Finally, a little bit of self massage, where you take the pads of the fingers and massage in circular motions, just at the top of the jaw where you feel the bone in front of the ear. We can do five forward circles and five backward circles. If it’s particularly tender, you can use a gentle heat pad or a gentle ice pack, but that should certainly help ease some of the tension.
However it wont get rid of the problem, if you have an actual issue with the joints in the neck or the joints in the Temporomandibular joint, so please get in touch and we can help you get feeling back to your normal self as soon as possible.

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Mid/Upper Back Pain Treatment

Today I wanted to show you one of the techniques we use for your Thoracic spine. This is the middle part of your back, often people come in complaining of pain in between the shoulder blades, or they just feel very, very stiff. As well as loosening up some of the soft tissues and going over some exercise rehab with a patient, one of the effective techniques that we use in the practice is known as the Thoracic Spine Manipulation technique.

So for this technique, we have the patient lying on the back. First of all, we place one hand on the shoulder and the other hand underneath the side, we ask the patient to breathe in and out and get you to bend one knee up. I’m just going to have my hand underneath the back and put some pressure through your forearms. We’re going to roll you towards the practitioner and you take a deep breath in for me, and all the way out, we’re just going to roll you back and just let that breath go. Perfect.

So if you’re having any trouble with stiffness or pain in the middle part of your spine, then please get in contact with us. We’d be delighted to help take care now.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments

This is Joanna from Cram Osteopaths and today we’re going to talk about carpal tunnel syndrome. If you’ve got carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s very likely you’ve got pain in the wrist and the hand and maybe some tingling. You may also get some pain coming into the forearm and in some cases up through the upper arm and your neck.

When you come and see us at Cram Osteopaths, we’ll help diagnose this. Sometimes it may be necessary to also refer you on for nerve conduction tests, just to see at what stage that carpal tunnel syndrome is.

In a non-complicated case we can do manual treatment using nice osteopathic mobilizations and movement of the joints,also treating the upper limb, neck and upper back, but what we also do at Cram Osteopaths is we use focus and radial shockwave and that is this unit here. So I’m just going to show you a tiny bit of what happens in a short quick treatment. In this case, we are treating the right wrist. All that happens is we put a little bit of gel onto the wrist, it can take some time to go through the process. It’s a little bit noisy and we check how the patient is the whole time.

Usually with Shockwave we look at a course of around five treatments to get really good clinical results. As well as doing shockwave and manual osteopathic treatment, it is very likely that one of our Osteopaths will give some nice, easy exercises to do, to release the tension in the wrist, upper limb, neck and upper back.

So if you’re suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome and nothing else has helped you so far, get in touch with us at Cram Osteopaths and we’ll have a look and see what we can do to get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.

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Low Back Pain Treatments

It’s Michael Brown from Cram Osteopaths in Glasgow, today I want to talk about some of the techniques that we use in the practice.

One in particular, the Lumbar Spine Manipulation technique, this is a technique where you may hear a click or pop. This works very well for people suffering with facet joint complaints, you may have seen from some of our other videos how we diagnose these types of conditions, but I wanted you to see it from a patient perspective before you come into the practice.

If you are suffering with one of these conditions then this technique may be suitable. These techniques when you may hear a click or pop are all over the internet and are often sensationalized, and some patients get very concerned about the process and others absolutely love it. It doesn’t need to be an outlandish, huge, great big event with all this clicking and popping. The techniques that we use at Cram Osteopaths are all very gentle and I would like you to see it.

We have Anina, our wonderful assistant today that is modeling for us. Anina has assumed the perfect position because she knows what’s about to happen. In this position the patient is usually on their side. We will help set you up for the whole process so you know what is going to happen. We will always check if you are happy to begin. If you are not sure we will always clarify that you are okay before we proceed.

In this position, the Osteopath will decide what segment they’re going to manipulate, from there we may ask you to straighten your bottom leg, and tuck the top leg behind the knee. We will be rolling you forward and just putting some pressure through your pelvis, you will then take a deep breath in and all the way out and there we have it.

If you’re suffering with back pain and you’d like us to take a look at it for you, then please get in touch by the button below or 0141 339 0894.

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