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What can Help Treat Migraines? (part 2)

Hi, it’s Joanna from Cram Osteopaths. Last week, we posted a video about how to treat migraines and how Osteopathic treatment can considerably help relieve some of the symptoms associated with migraines, such as tight neck, headaches, tight shoulders, and jaw pain and often we get really good results with that. However, there are some cases where somebody with really chronic migraines has some other issues such as wear and tear on their cervical spinal joints (the neck joints) and just isn’t reaching their goals that they’ve come to see us for. That is when we consider moving on to the next option, which is our fabulous IDD machine that you see behind me here, who we’ve affectionately nicknamed, Big Bertha.

I’m aware the machine itself can look a little bit intimidating, but actually it’s a very comfortable treatment. The patient lies on the table and the table goes flat. We then create a traction through the specific joints and the neck. By having an MRI scan ahead of starting treatment, we know which segments may be causing compression and exacerbating the symptoms of neck pain, headaches and migraines, so that we can treat the specific joint.

We are really excited to offer this treatment at Cram Osteopaths. In due course, we will show you a patient having a full treatment on the IDD machine. But if this is you and you’ve tried everything else and you want to explore the next thing that you can do, that’s non-invasive, not involving surgery or injections, then please get in touch with us pick up the phone and give us a call and one of our osteopaths will call you back and we can discuss whether IDD therapy might well be the right choice for you to finally tackle these chronic migraines.

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What can Help Treat Migraines

Hi, I’m Joanna from Cram Osteopaths. I wanted to post a video today to talk about headaches and migraines. This is something that we see absolutely tons of in clinic. If you’re a migraine sufferer, it may be that you’re getting auras, flashing lights or colours that warn you that a migraine is coming on. It may be really disrupting your life and causing you to have to leave work early or stop work altogether for a couple of days in really severe cases.

It can be a very difficult condition and often people feel that the only solution is to keep taking the medicine each time they feel that migraine coming, but the good news is that we have lots of success at Cram Osteopaths with helping migraine sufferers, reduce the severity of the migraines and the frequency by using nice, gentle osteopathic treatment to release the tension around the upper back, the neck joints, the shoulders, the jaw, and the cranium. This treatment can involve mobilisations and gentle osteopathic adjustments where you may hear some clicking and popping, as long as it’s appropriate for that patient. We would talk through all of that beforehand and usually a short course of treatment is enough to begin to make a change and then do reviews moving forward.

So if you are suffering with migraines and it’s something you’ve had for years, and you feel like you’re running out of options, please do get in touch with us at Cram Osteopaths and let us have a look at you. Let us assess it and have a good discussion about what we can do going forward. Put a treatment plan together and look at all the different treatment options.

In my next video we’ll talk about those that maybe haven’t responded to manual treatment, they’ve maybe tried everything else before and we will talk about what else we can offer at Cram Osteopaths in Glasgow.

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Shoulder Tension Exercise, Squeeze to Ease

Hi, it’s Joanna from Cram Osteopaths and this week it is International Stress Awareness week. We are focusing on things to help people suffering with stress that can also affect the postural muscles, which we see all the time in the clinic. It’s definitely a factor in almost everybody’s back pain journey.

One of the easiest ways to tackle the tension around the shoulders and neck is with some very simple exercises. This is one that my patients will know well and it’s definitely worth trying at home. Obviously, if you have ongoing issues and you need to come in and see us, these will not be the fix, but start with these and then pick up the phone and give us a call.

To do these exercises, we clasp our hands together and just place them on our laps, then we’re going to take the shoulders and squeeze them as tight as we can to try and touch the ear lobes.
Really going nice and tight till you feel you can’t squeeze anymore then lowering them back down and pushing down. I would usually do this three times in a row. It can help to close your eyes whilst you do it and that will help you focus on really stretching and relaxing the muscles. Three shrugs up and down, and then we can follow that by 10 backward rolls. Keeping the hands clasped, we’re just going to roll the shoulders backwards. I usually tell patients to imagine you have a pen sticking out of your shoulder and you’re drawing a backwards circle. 10 nice slow backwards rolls. Really easy three and 10, and try to do it throughout your working day,

Even if you’re not working maybe every time the kettles boiling or during the adverts of your favorite program just something to make it simple, but really any time you start to feel that tension building rather than pushing the neck around or trying to loosen off the joints, go with the stretches first and see if that eases it.

As I said before, if not, pick up the phone, give us a call or book online and we’ll get you feeling much better soon.

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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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