All posts by Michael Brown

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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Why is my shoulder sore?

Hello. It’s Michael Brown from Cram Osteopaths in Glasgow.

Today I wanted to talk to you all about shoulder pain and one of the tests that we use to try and be specific with our diagnosis of what’s causing the pain in your shoulder.
One of these tests is known as the Apley Scratch Test. What will happen is that on the shoulder that is sore and you’re finding difficult to move, you will find trying to get a hand as if you were to scratch your back difficult on the symptomatic side.

On the good side if you just place your hand behind your back, you should be able to reach fairly high up the back. I usually mark the thumb with a finger. Now Bradley has got a sore shoulder and this one he’s going to bring it round again in the same movement for me. As you can see on his right arm, he cannot get it as high as his left hand. So this would be a positive Apley Scratch Test.

Now, if you try this test on yourself at home, or if you’ve been suffering to put your bra on, or get your jacket on then it is probably positive on that side for the Apley Scratch Test, and this is something you should definitely seek treatment for.

Contact us and we’d be happy to help.

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What Causes Neck and Shoulder Ache?

Hi, I’m Joanna from Cram Osteopaths.

One of the most common things that we see in the clinic is neck strain and related headaches. This is something that can really interfere with everyday life, especially if you’ve been working from home and maybe don’t have the right set up, or perhaps you went back to the office now and, again you’ve changed desks and you’ve not quite got your setup correct.

The test that we would always check to see if it’s coming from the neck involves two different movements that you can do yourself at home.

So if, when you look up and then turn your head to one side and you’re getting pain down the neck, or turn onto the other side, you’re getting pain down your neck, then we start to know that it’s coming from the structures in the neck as well.

If it also results in headaches, we may call this a cervicogenic headache. One of the many symptoms that you might be getting is tingling down into the fingers and depending on where that tingling is also helps us to say which part of the neck is involved in your pain.

Obviously when you come and see us, we’ll do a much more thorough examination so that we know exactly what structures are causing the problem. But if you are doing this test yourself at home while watching this video, and it’s definitely reproducing your symptoms, don’t hesitate to get in touch, book online or give us a call and the sooner you get started, the sooner we’ll have you feeling better.

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Why is my back pain not going away?

Hi there. My name’s Joanna cram at Cram Osteopaths in Glasgow.

I’m really excited to introduce the IDD therapy to our clinic in Glasgow for those patients that are suffering with unresolved low back pain. Not all back pain will get better with manual treatment and this is the next stage for those people that are trying to avoid surgery and one, a far less invasive approach with good long-term results.

If you’re that person that has tried all other modalities and is still suffering and it’s affecting your daily quality of life, get in touch with us at Cram Osteopaths and we’ll tell you all about what the IDD machine can do and the program that we can get you on in order to start getting you better as soon as possible.

To book with us, either go online or give us a call on the number of below.

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low back pain - sciatica

How is Sciatica Diagnosed?

Sciatica, pain in the leg, can be absolutely terrifying when you have it. It really is  a terrible condition to have. If you have Sciatica, one of the causes can be from your discs. A disc bulge, prolapse or herniation, sometimes these words get used interchangeably, but they do mean different things.

 

One of the tests that we use to see if the pain is originating from one of the discs in your back is called the (SLR) straight leg raise test.

 

So the affected leg in this case, is Bradley’s right leg. We take it underneath the heel and we lift the leg in a straight leg raise. At this point with raging sciatica or problems with your disc, patients experience an awful lot of pain down the leg.

 

 Bradley’s not acting very well at the moment…. but this would cause a huge amount of discomfort in a patient with a disc herniation. 

 

So if you’re at home right now and you’re suffering with sciatica, and this test is positive, causing pain down the back of the leg into the toes, if it causes pins and needles or numbness it is possible that the pain is originating from the disc.

 

If you’re suffering with pain like this, please get in touch with us. 

 

There are a number of treatment options available to you, and we’d be delighted to help.

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Cancellation Policy

Don’t Slow Your Progress By Missing Valuable Treatment Appointments 

At Cram Osteopaths, we take your treatment plan very seriously and need you to commit to your  planned appointments to ensure you achieve your recovery goals.  

A cancelled or missed appointment not only wastes our Osteopath’s valuable time, but it may also prevent a patient in pain and in need of help from accessing treatment.

We require at least 24 hours’ notice should you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. If you fail to attend, forget your appointment, arrive more than 20 minutes late or cancel your appointment with less than 24 hours’ notice, you will be charged a cancellation fee equivalent to the full consultation. 

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Live Online Consultations

Online Video Telehealth Consultation for New and Existing Patients 🙂

Due to the recent Covid-19 Pandemic and UK lockdown we are adapting.

We are now offering ‘Live Online Consultations’ please book here or at the bottom of this page. We look forward to helping you soon.

Consultation Includes: 

Case history

We will need you to tell us all about your symptoms and your past medical history. We will then ask you some specific questions to help us.

Examination

We will then need to examine the area and related areas that are causing your symptoms. We will ask you to perform some simple movements. We may then ask you to carry out some specific tests to help with our diagnosis.

Diagnosis

We will advise you of our working diagnosis which is likely causing your discomfort with any differential diagnosis if it isn’t quite clear at this stage. Sometimes with extremely acute pain common conditions can be very similar. We may refer you on to emergency care if you require it.

Self Help Advice & Treatment

Propose a necessary treatment plan along with providing some specific advice on what to expect. We will advise on what you can do to speed up your recovery and reduce your symptoms. We may encourage you to do some specific exercises at this stage along with hydrotherapy, nutrition, ergonomic and other self help advice.

Book Your Online Appointment Here 

 

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