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Focus on… Digestion

Focus on digestion…

The details

The human digestive system contains many stages, starting with the mouth, through the oesophagus into the stomach where food is broken down and then onto the small bowel where the nutrients are absorbed before the final and slowest stage; the colon, where water is absorbed.

What can go wrong

A system with as many components as the digestive one can be easily susceptible to things going wrong.  Typical problems can range from relatively mild complaints like heartburn and constipation, to intolerances to foods containing, amongst others, lactose and gluten, to more serious ailments like irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.  Looking after your digestive system is important for everyone.

How osteopathy helps digestion

A visit to the osteopath may not be the first appointment you would consider making to help your digestive problems.  However, Visceral Manipulation is an osteopathy technique developed by French Osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral and is designed to assist functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including digestive dysfunction.[i]  Tying into basic principles of osteopathy including the importance of postural health Visceral Manipulation is concerned with how organs are attached to the body’s muscles and the impact this has when those muscles are under stress and strain.  Treating the tension in the muscles results in a positive impact on the associated organs.

If you are concerned about your digestion give Cram Osteopaths  a call to have a chat and make an appointment for a check up.

[i] http://www.barralinstitute.com/about/vm.php

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Beat the Bloat Health Tips

December’s health tip – Beat the bloat

  1. Practice the Holiday 70:30 rule. Whether it’s Christmas dinner or a buffet at your work’s party, bear this rule in mind and you won’t go wrong.  Fill 70% of your plate with healthy food and choose whatever you like for the other 30%.  (This rule is normally 80:20 but as it’s the holiday season a little leeway should be allowed.)
  2. One for one. When drinking alcohol, match one glass of water for every glass of wine, beer, spirit or cocktail.  Your head and stomach will thank you the next day.
  3. The power of walking is something regular readers know we like to advocate.  Throughout December try to include three brisk walks a week into your schedule.  Your digestion, posture and general health will all benefit – just watch out for the ice!


Wishing all our patients a very happy holiday season,

Cram Osteopaths

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Focus on the Knees

Focus on the knees…

The details

The knee is a complex joint, the largest in the body, and joins the thigh bone with the leg.

What can go wrong?

Due to the complexity and size of the joint the knees can be susceptible to injury.  Injury can occur during activity like playing a sport or can be a result of poor alignment in relation to other joints in the body, or knees.

The Institute of Osteopathy lists the common symptoms of problems in the knee as ‘pain, stiffness, aching, locking, swelling, limping and difficulty fully straightening or bending the knee.’

How can osteopathy help if something goes wrong in the knee?

Osteopathy looks at the root cause of the pain so will swiftly identify the best course of treatment and whether or not this involves treating other areas of the body.  If you are concerned about your knee or are suffering with pain give Cram Osteopaths a call to have a chat and make an appointment for a check up.

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November’s Health Tips – Running in Winter

  1. Get the right fit – with wet, icy and even snowy conditions possible at this time of year it’s more important than ever to make sure your trainers are the right fit and have decent soles to handle what is underfoot. Visit a specialised store to have yours checked over or to be expertly fitted for a new pair.
  2. Be seen – with darkness falling ever earlier, make sure you wear appropriate running clothes with reflective panelling to ensure you are seen by drivers and other pedestrians.
  3. Stretch – running in the cold air means more opportunity for your muscles to seize up so ensuring you warm up and cool down before each run is vital to help avoid injury.
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Healthy Halloween Ideas

  1. Go guising! – Take the kids or grandkids around the neighbours and burn some calories to make up for indulging in some spooky sweets.
  2. Swap crisps for carrots – grapes make great eyeballs, carrots scary witch fingers and spaghetti creepy witches’ hair. Don’t just pick up the big tub of sweets from the supermarket – get inventive and try adding in some easy healthy treats too.
  3. Cook your pumpkins – after scooping out the centre to make lanterns use the delicious and healthy pumpkin flesh to make soup, add to casseroles or roast as a tasty alternative to chips.

Watching your back,

Cram Osteopaths

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Focus On… the Back

The details

The back runs from the top of the buttocks to the back of the neck and shoulders.  It comprises of the vertebral column which houses the spinal cord, the rib cage and the scapula.

What can go wrong

The nerve-rich facet joints on the back of each spinal bone are a common source of back pain. If these pairs of interlocking facet joints that connect the spinal bones are not moving correctly they can cause painful symptoms.  The discs between spinal bones can be a source of back pain too. These rings of fibrous tissue act as spacers, connectors and shock absorbers for the spine.

Trauma can cause the soft, pulpy material in the middle to bulge or herniate, putting pressure on delicate nerves nearby.

How can osteopathy help if something goes wrong in the back

Cram Osteopaths recommends osteopathic treatment, which investigates the cause of pain and uses appropriate techniques to return the back to full health, before some other common treatments that may be ineffective or even exacerbate the condition:

  1. Bed Rest – research shows prolonged bed rest can delay healing and recovery and make the problem worse.
  2. Exercise – this is like continuing to drive your car with misaligned tyres!
  3. Pain-killing medication/ Anti-inflammatory drugs – whilst pills may offer temporary relief they will not correct functional problems of affected joints.
  4. Surgery – a very drastic choice with considerable risks that does not necessarily guarantee success.

If you are concerned about your back or are suffering with pain give Cram Osteopaths call us 0141 339 0894

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Steven Gerrard’s Osteopathic Secret


Injuries to the ankles, knees, back, head and neck are very common in football and osteopathy can have a significant effect on the recovery process as well as prevention of further injury in these areas.

In fact it was reported nearly 15 years ago that undergoing osteopathy in France is what made Steven Gerrard the footballer he became.  The fascinating story of how osteopathy completely transformed Gerrard’s life as a footballer; from an un-notable player plagued by injury to an international star with 114 caps and MBE under his belt,[1] is testament to the power of the treatment we practice.

You don’t need to be an international football player to benefit from osteopathic treatment.  If you play sport and are worried you have or may be at risk of an injury get in touch with Cram Osteopaths to make an appointment.

Watching your back,

Cram Osteopaths

What did you think of this health story?  Let us know at info@cramosteopaths.co.uk

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Gerrard

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Working With The New Season


September’s health tip – working with the new season

  1. Walk – Get your 30 minutes of daily exercise in while the weather is still nice and the days are reasonably long. Go for a walk in your local park or around your local neighbourhood.  Don’t take any electronic devices with you and make a point of noticing the changing of the seasons around you, giving your mind a rest and your body a workout.
  2. Gym / swim – As the weather starts to turn, its a good time to think about finding alternative exercise for when you can’t (or don’t want to!) go outside. Research your local fitness facilities – those provided by local councils are usually really good value for money and offer pay as you go options – and find out where you can go swimming, take some fitness classes or play indoor tennis, football or whatever takes your fancy.
  3. Explore – Make the most of the amazing surroundings we are blessed with in the west of Scotland and get out and explore some of the fantastic hills, countryside, beaches and lochs on our doorstep. See Visit Scotland’s site (http://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/) for some inspiration.


Watching your back,

Cram Osteopaths

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Focus On The Shoulders


Focus on shoulders…

 The details

The shoulder comprises of ligaments, muscles and three bones; the clavicle (collarbone),  scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (upper arm bone).  Unlike other joints in the body, the shoulder has a fine balance to maintain between a wide range of movement and stability which makes it susceptible to a variety of injuries.

What can go wrong

There are multiple conditions that cause shoulder pain.  The Institute of Osteopathy lists these conditions as:

  •  Rotator cuff problem – pain in the shoulder or upper arm, particularly when lifting the arm, lying on it or using the sore muscles. It is often the result of repetitive overuse of the arm and shoulder during a sport or activity or the result of a shoulder injury.  Age can also play a part.
  • Acromioclavicular joint pain  –  painful joint on the tip of the shoulder where the collarbone and shoulder blade join
  • Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis  – is the painful and gradual stiffening of the shoulder capsule (the tissue that surrounds your shoulder joint) and the shoulder can often become so stiff and painful that it limits your ability to use your arm in everyday activities.
  • Referred shoulder pain – pain is experienced in an area away from the actual injury or problem e.g. pain in shoulder which is usually referred from the neck or upper back
  • Osteoarthritis – progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint leading to the two bones of the joint rubbing together causing pain. Patients who have had previous trauma or shoulder surgery are most likely to develop osteoarthritis in later life. Symptoms include swelling, stiffness, aching and sharp, stabbing pains.
  • Shoulder instability – dislocation or excessive movement of the shoulder joint.


How can osteopathy help if something goes wrong in the shoulder

Diagnosing the cause of shoulder pain is key to providing the right treatment and Cram Osteopaths will work closely with you to ensure we get the right diagnosis as soon as possible.  Massage, stretching and manipulation will be applied as appropriate to bring your shoulder back to working order.  As always, the whole body will be taken into consideration and any treatment required at any other points of the body will also be applied.  Regular treatment is usually key as shoulder injuries can be complex and take a long period of time to heal fully.

If you are concerned about your shoulder or are suffering with pain give Cram Osteopaths a call on 0141 339 0894  to have a chat or make an appointment just click here 

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The School Bag Risk You Need to Know About

At this time of year the dangers of carrying a school bag regularly hit the headlines.  Research continually shows that daily carrying of a heavy bag causes serious damage in children and teens; including a report[1] carried out in Dublin which investigated the weight of schoolbags and the factors related to carrying them on first year secondary school students.  Over 68% of the pupils monitored in this study were carrying bags that weighed more than 10% of their own body weight and 59% of the pupils reported discomfort when carrying their bag.

It is not just the evident discomfort felt when carrying the bag that is a serious problem, but also the damage that is created through bad posture adopted to compensate for the heavy weight that can lead to long term damage.

As the story is raised every year it is clear the problem isn’t being addressed and the weight of school bags is not being reduced.  So what can children and teens do to help prevent any long term damage?  Make sure your child isn’t carrying anything unnecessary, only take the books and other heavy items that they need for that day.  Make sure the bag they are carrying is a back pack and is worn correctly over two shoulders with the weight evenly balanced.  And make sure if you see any changes to their posture you have it checked out.

Click here to Make an appointment at Cram Osteopaths if you have any concerns and we can assess your child’s posture and back health and provide bespoke advice on how to prevent any further damage.

Watching your back,

Cram Osteopaths

What did you think of this health story?  Let us know at info@cramosteopaths.com

[1] Schoolbag weight and the effects of schoolbag carriage on secondary school students S. Dockrella , C. Kanea , E. O’Keeffea

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