Michael Brown, Author at Cram Osteopaths - Osteopaths in Glasgow, Ayr and Muirhead

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back pain

Low Back Pain

Ongoing low back pain also known as chronic low back pain is a common occurrence in the world today. Statistics have suggested that low back pain has been experienced by 80% of the UK population (1).

Below we will look at some strategies to help.

In a recent study researches looked at treating 3 groups of patients with spinal manipulation (2).

1) received ‘fake’ spinal manipulation for 12 treatments

2) received spinal manipulation for 12 treatments

3) received spinal manipulation for 12 treatments and fortnightly visits of spinal manipulation for the next 9 months

Group 1 reported no relief from treatments

Groups 2 & 3 reported significant relief

Further research has determined spinal manipulation and adjustments to be safe and a successful way of treating chronic low back pain (3), 

Joanna and I regularly use Spinal Manipulation to treat low back pain. We can also provide advice on self managing your back pain which can really make a difference to your day to day life.

If you have not used osteopathic care your for symptoms. Give it a try, the evidence supports it and so do our patient reviews.

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Neck Pain Treatment – Get Rid of Neck Pain

Neck pain treatment experts predict that 20% of us will experience neck pain this year. About half of us will recover within 12 months. However, lots of us will have another episode of neck pain or their neck pain will become a chronic complaint.

There are several treatment options available to help resolve neck pain. Some are better than others. Some people with neck pain prefer different methods to other people with neck pain.

Spinal adjustments or spinal manipulation is commonly used by us to help neck pain. Neck pain treatment research indicates that spinal manipulation used alongside specific neck pain exercises is an extremely good method of treatment for many neck pain conditions.

Getting the best treatment is paramount for your quick relief and recovery time. Building good habits to prevent further neck pain is important. This will help prevent chronic neck pain and future occurrences of acute neck pain.

Joanna and I can provide you with lots of good habits and tips to help you live your life neck pain free. If your issue has a few maintaining, such as problems whilst you are sitting at your desk, you will benefit from ongoing neck pain treatment at a frequency of your choosing (4-8 weeks usually) to help maintain your spine and prevent future outbreaks.

If you have been delaying an appointment with us, you can make an appointment online. We look forward to helping you in soon.

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Back Pain

Low Back Pain and Sciatica

The stresses and strains of modern life are a big contributor to back pain and sciatica.Over 80% of people today are leading an inactive life. This gradually results in poor posture, obesity, fatigue, and back pain. One of the most common problems here is lower back pain.

 

Is it Just age when it comes to low back pain and sciatica….

Lower back pain can happen when you start to age. However, you can suffer from lower back pain at any age. Usually, it is a result of excess strain in the lower back or from injury and trauma. Today, there are several ways in which you can relieve lower back pain. Cram Osteopaths use spinal manipulation adjustments to relieve the discomfort. In chronic cases spinal manipulation adjustments combined with shockwave therapy reveals remarkable results. 

 

Everyday we do simple tasks that can set off our spines in a negative way! If we can correct these it will have a profound effect on reducing our back pain. 

 

Check out our tips for back pain below:

 

Sitting down (boo,hiss) 

Most people are not aware of the correct posture when working on a computer or laptop! Hence, it means you are sitting for long hours and causes excess stress in your low back leading to low back pain. If this effects your lower back in a severe way, this can cause back pain and sciatica. In the long term the increase stress on your low back from sitting leads to degenerative changes to your spine and more low back pain. Make it a point that you are standing and moving for 15 minutes in every hour. 

 

Walking is an extremely simple and effective way to help your low back pain.

When you start walking at a normal pace your back, leg and hip muscles pull your joints. This puts your body under normal loading patterns meaning they get stretched gently and begin to heal. Making sure you are getting enough movement through your low back is paramount in preventing low back pain. Walking 12000 steps a day will have you well on the road to a healthier back and help avoid low back pain.

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Back pain

Best Car Seats for Back Pain

Ford claims the new Ford Focus will give relief for back pain sufferers due to the optional comfort seats for the driver and front-seat traveller.

The seats adjust in eighteen ways to add support and comfort – earning Ford Focus the seal of approval from Aktion Gesuner Rücken e.V. (AGR), a German group movement for healthier backs.

To obtain the seal, the seat should be able to adapt to the person in their sitting position, instead of the person adapting their position to the seat. The Ford Focus is the 1st vehicle to receive AGR recognition.

To read more about back pain and car seats click here. You may also like our pages on getting help for your back pain and sciatica.

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Scoliosis

Osteopathy – Treatment Possibility for Spinal Curvature/Scoliosis

Scoliosis affects 2-3% of youngsters age 10-16 years. A recent literature review found that manipulation, mobilisation, and soft tissue techniques can help. These treatments are ordinarily provided by Osteopaths. For this reason Osteopathy is an effective treatment to help pain and mobility in patients with Scoliosis. Michael and Joanna routinely use spinal adjustments, mobilisation and soft tissue techniques to treat scoliosis. We also advise on lifestyle modifications and home based exercise treatment so you are in very safe hands. You may also like reading our Sciatica, Back Pain, Adjustment & Scoliosis pages .
Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, January 2019

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Back Pain

Back Pain With Working Long Hours

Long Work Hours Linked to Musculoskeletal Back Pain

Using data from the Fourth Korean Working Conditions Survey involving nearly 25,000 workers, researchers report that working over 40 hours a week is associated with up to a 40% increased risk for pain in men and up to a 66% elevated risk for pain in women. To learn more visit this link
Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, December 2018

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Musculoskeletal

Active or Static Stretching for Neck Pain

Among a group of 24 sedentary workers with neck pain, researchers found that both active and passive stretching resulted in similar improvements in range of motion, pain threshold, and perceived disability. Joanna and Michael commonly incorporate these types of stretches into their treatment plans for patients with neck issues.
Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, November 2018
https://www.cramosteopaths.co.uk/condition/neck-pain/

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Headaches May Lead to Impaired Brain Function Later in Life…

Following a review of data from six published studies that included a total of 291,549 participants, researchers report that individuals with a history of headaches may have a 24% elevated risk for dementia. Though further research is necessary to identify the nature of the relationship between the two disorders, the research team notes that previous research has demonstrated that chronic headaches may lead to changes in the brain which could set the stage for cognitive impairment over time.
Journal of Headache and Pain, October 2018

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Does Spinal Manipulation Improve Pulmonary Function?

 Thoracic spinal manipulation may improve pulmonary function in stroke patients. In this study, researchers tested the pulmonary function of 36 stroke patients before and after they received either a thoracic spinal adjustment or a sham treatment. The participants in the thoracic manipulation group experienced significant improvements in forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume at one second.
Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, August 2018

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Whiplash Sufferers and Chronic Pain…

Current research estimates that about 20% of whiplash patients will go on to experience chronic pain. In this study, researchers compared the number of painful locations and pain intensity between patients with chronic whiplash and patients with other types of chronic pain. The investigators found that whiplash sufferers had a higher number of painful locations and felt pain more intensely than the other participants. The results underscore the need for patients who sustain a whiplash injury to get appropriate treatment to reduce their risk for developing chronic pain.
Scandinavian Journal of Pain, July 2018

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