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slipped disc

Don’t Let A Slipped Disc Ruin Your Life: Osteopathy Can Help You

Did you know that back pain and slipped discs cause a loss of workforce of £ 624 million each year? Slipped (or herniated) discs are a very common problem that affects four out of every five people (*). Moreover, it is a health problem that anyone can experience at any time: If you do not lift even a light load with the right angle, you may get a slipped disc too. Not sitting in the right position, being overweight, smoking, and not exercising enough are the primary triggers of this problem. Both men and women are equally affected.

Simply put, there are 24 bones in your spine. They stand on top of each other and the area between them is called a “disc”. Think of them as a suspension system: They keep the bones healthy by absorbing the shocks that occur when moving (or lifting). However, if they “slip” for any reason, patients can experience (in some instances) severe pain in every part of their bodies, but most often in the legs. If the herniated disc is serious, the pain may be severe enough to prevent the person from engaging in any physical activity. Slipped disc problems most commonly occurs in the area called “lumbar spine”, which is the waist region.

The most commonly used treatment for slipped disc is oral drug therapy, which means strong painkillers are often prescribed. Unfortunately, this is not a permanent and effective solution: Painkillers only reduce the pain felt and do not eliminate the root cause of the problem. Moreover, it’s dangerous to use them constantly: Various liver problems can occur because the dosage needs to be increased continuously. In other words, it is not effective enough and has many side effects.

Osteopathy, on the other hand, can help resolve the slipped disc problem itself in a much simpler, painless, and non-invasive way.

Osteopathic Treatment Of Slipped Discs

Osteopaths aim to facilitate your body’s own healing mechanisms to help you return to normal function and health quickly. Osteopaths receive special training in the musculoskeletal system along with neurology and whilst it is not possible are to return the ‘slipped’ discs to their original positions, it is possible to create and environment in your spine to allow your body to do this itself. This can be achieved with various manipulation methods. This is called Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and it requires the use of different techniques for each patient. An osteopath can use one or all of the following treatment options, depending on the severity of the problem:

  • Traction with Manipulation In this technique, the legs and the head are pulled in different directions to manipulate the spine. An osteopath can also apply different traction techniques or use thrusting actions depending on the region where the problem occurs. In any case, this is a painless method and “popping” sounds that can be heard during the procedure are due to the displacement of nitrogen gas in the joints.
  • Massage or deep compression This is not a simple massage: Osteopaths can use different methods such as myofascial release therapy, lymphatic pump techniques, and tender points counter-strain depending on the cause of the problem. The goal is to reduce muscle spasms to provide relaxation, and stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system to encourage healing. Contrary to popular belief, the most important cause of pain is muscle spasms in the region where the slipped disc is located. Reducing these spasms both helps the patient to relax and enables the patient to return to some normal function

Whichever method is used, osteopathy provides effective and lasting results for slipped discs. Don’t let this problem affect your life and make an appointment right away from your nearest osteopathic clinic: Taking painkillers is not the only option. Visit cramosteopaths.co.uk

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back pain

A Non-Invasive And Effective Treatment For Back Pain: Osteopathy

Back pain is a much more common problem than you might think: Statistics show that 8 out of 10 people suffer from back pain (*) at some point in their lives. This problem is so widespread, 5.6 million working days per year in the United Kingdom are lost due to back pain (**). The most common cause of this problem is lifting a heavy load or not sitting in the correct position. Sudden and awkward movements can also cause permanent back pain too. If you are overweight, you can contribute to this problem however, back pain can occur at any age.

Although it is a common issue, there is no standard method of treating back pain: Most doctors recommend rest. However, if the pain is very severe, oral medication is sometimes a feasible solution. Unfortunately, both methods do not work in the long run because they focus on the symptoms, not on what is causing the problem.

But you don’t have to live with back pain anymore: Osteopaths offers a non-invasive and painless treatment option for this problem. Moreover, clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of these osteopathic treatment methods.

How Can Osteopathy Help With Back Pain?

An osteopath undergoes special training on how the musculoskeletal system. In other words, osteopaths are professionals who can detect the problematic area on your body and treat it with different techniques. The most important aspect of this treatment is that it focuses on what causes the pain, not the pain itself: In other words, it treats the problem in your musculoskeletal system that causes the back pain. An osteopath can eliminate this problem by applying one or all of the following techniques:

  • High-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust. This procedure is applied to correct asymmetry in a facet joint. The osteopath moves this joint suddenly and quickly, making it symmetrical again. During this process, cracking sounds can be heard. There is nothing to worry about: The procedure is completely painless and these sounds are caused by the sudden displacement of nitrogen gas in the joints.
  • In this method, pressure is applied to the soft tissue causing pain. This is not a standard massage practice because the osteopath knows exactly where to apply pressure. Traction is often applied as part of this method and means that the feet and head are pulled in opposite directions.

Osteopathic Manipulation Techniques (OMT) really work to treat back pain. A study published in 2005 shows that OMT techniques reduce patients’ low back pain by 95% (***). Moreover, it is a permanent treatment method. Clinical studies show that the effects of OMT treatment continue for at least three months. Clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of OMT techniques have been going on since 1981 and all show that this treatment simply works. If you are experiencing back pain, give a chance to osteopathic treatment: Book a session with us here  www.cramosteopaths.co.uk  (*) Palmer KT, Walsh K. “Back pain in Britain”, BMJ 2000; 320: 1577 – 1578

(**) http://backcare.org.uk/factsandfigures

(***) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1208896/

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Clinical Efficacy of Shockwave Therapy For Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s Disease is a problem that affects men all over the world and causes the formation of scar tissue called “plaque” in the penis. The cause of the disease is unclear, but many doctors think that after a trauma (e.g. hitting or bending), there is bleeding inside the penis, which leads to plaque formation. Mostly, men don’t even notice this type of trauma. Some researchers also believe that the disease has genetic origins. Whatever the reason, Peyronie’s Disease can affect men of all age groups. Men suffering from this disease have difficulty in getting an erection or get a painful and curved erection, instead of a straight one. In other words, this disease also causes erectile dysfunction disorder (ED). If you feel pain and suffering when you have an erection, you may have Peyronie’s Disease.

The Treatment Of Peyronie’s Disease

Two methods are used in the treatment of this disease: oral treatment and surgical intervention (penile implant surgery). Doctors decide which of these will be used according to the severity of the disease. Oral treatment requires the use of drugs such as “pentoxifylline” for a long time. The surgical intervention allows the removal of plaque formation in the penis. However, both treatment options have several problems.

  • Oral treatment continues for a very long time and has many side effects. If you are receiving treatment for another disease, this option is often not applicable because there is a possibility that the drugs will interact with each other. The efficacy of oral treatment is also very low and does not produce any results in many patients.
  • Surgery is more effective but unfortunately causes the penis to shorten. In this process, the diseased tissue is cut out and the area where the erection takes place naturally becomes smaller. Moreover, surgical intervention is not a definitive solution, as plaques can regenerate elsewhere in the penis. Some doctors even think that this treatment option worsens the problem.

In other words, none of the available treatments provide a definitive solution for Peyronie’s Disease and each has multiple problems.

ESWT Is The Alternative Treatment For Peyronie’s Disease

ESWT therapy, which has been used since the 1980s, means the application of low-intensity shock waves from outside the body and allows the tissue to heal itself without feeling any pain or requiring anaesthesia. This is a non-invasive treatment option and consists of multiple sessions. Each session lasts an average of 15 minutes and the clinician applies shock waves to the problem areas with a specially manufactured probe.

This method, used for the treatment of kidney stones and orthopedic problems, is also effective in the treatment of erectile dysfunction disorders. In addition, there are multiple clinical trials that prove its effectiveness and against Peyronie’s Disease.

The first trial was made in 2019 by the Urology departments of the Universities of Catania and Naples (*). This test shows that after the ESWT treatment, plaque size decreased by 15 cm2, erection length increased by 1 cm, and the penis has begun to erect at a straighter angle. The second research was conducted by The University of Western Australia in 2017-2018 (**). In this study, ESWT treatment was applied to the participants for 10 minutes and then some measurements were made with penile duplex doppler ultrasound scan (PDDU). After a 4-week therapy session, a decrease in plaque counts was observed in all participants. In other words, there are two clinical trials that prove that ESWT is an effective and alternative treatment for Peyronie’s Disease.

(*) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30929330

(**) https://www.anzctr.org.au/Trial/Registration/TrialReview.aspx?id=373696

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A New And Non-Invasive Treatment Of Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction or disorder (ED) is a much more common problem than you might think: Statistics show that almost 40% of 40-year-olds experience this problem. With age, this rate increases by up to 70%. ED is not only a problem affecting middle-aged men: One in four men under the age of 40 has faced this problem at some point in their lives. In other words, ED can be one of the most common medical problems affecting men all over the world.

Although ED patients are sexually stimulated, they cannot achieve an erection or maintain their erection for long enough to have sexual intercourse. There are many psychological or physiological causes of this condition, but the most common cause is reduced blood flow to the penis. The penis is actually a “spongy” tissue filled with blood, which consists of many cavernous bodies. During an erection, the blood fills these bodies and makes the penis erect. If there is a decrease in blood flow to the cavernous bodies, an erection cannot take place or cannot continue for a long time: This type of ED is called “vascular erectile dysfunction”. In other words, it is a problem with your vascular system – there is something wrong with your blood flow to the penis.

The “Usual” Treatment Of Erectile Dysfunction

Vascular erectile dysfunction has traditionally been treated orally. This is still the most common treatment today. In some cases, injection therapies may also be preferred. However, clinical tests show that these traditional treatment methods have two main problems:

• Their side effects and risks are quite high. The oral treatment has many side effects and especially affects your digestive system. Injection treatment has a lot of risks because it requires the injection to be made exactly at the right spot: Otherwise, it can become dangerous. Moreover, it’s a quite painful process.
• They’re almost ineffective. Both oral and injection therapies are not as effective as expected. Despite the risks and side effects they have, they cannot provide the desired level of results. As age gets older, their effect rates are decreasing. In fact, they are completely ineffective on some patients and do not provide any results.

Fortunately, there is now a new option for the treatment of vascular erectile dysfunction: extracorporeal shock wave therapy. This revolutionary treatment option has almost no side effects, no risks, and can be administered in a non-invasive, completely painless manner.

What Is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy?

It’s not a new way to treat medical problems with shock waves. Since the 1980s, ESWT has been used in the treatment of various problems, especially orthopedic ones. The sound waves used to break kidney stones can be applied to different parts of the body by changing their intensity and energy. This method of therapy is more effective than you think: Shock waves pass through the skin, affecting tissues and accelerating blood flow in the area where they are applied. In this context, they stimulate the body’s self-healing mechanisms and provide a natural recovery.

It is called “extracorporeal” because there is no surgery and shock waves are created outside the body. This is literally a non-invasive treatment: No anesthesia is required and no pain is felt during the procedure. The blood flow in the areas where shock waves are applied accelerates and new vessels are formed. As can be guessed, ESWT can also increase blood flow in the penis: In fact, this may be the easiest and simplest way to solve the problem of vascular erectile dysfunction.

How Does ESWT Work?

We can answer this question by explaining how EDfsw device works. Using a probe, the clinician applies low-intensity shock waves to various points of the penis. The energy of the shock waves may be low or high depending on the applied area. These are audible sound waves: No pain is felt. Shock waves affect tissues and create new vessels in the treated areas and increase blood flow. In other words, the main cause of the vascular erectile dysfunction problem can be treated in this way. This innovative method does not pose any risk, but if one of the following applies to you, you must inform the clinician before the application:

• If you are on an anticoagulant drug (i.e. warfarin)
• If there is an infection or implant in the area to be treated
• If you have a tumor in your body

How Long Does ESWT Take To Work?

ESWT treatment consists of a series of sessions and each session lasts an average of 15 minutes. Completion of the treatment usually requires 6 to 10 sessions. This number can be different for each patient. Even if there is no improvement after the first few sessions, all of them need to be completed.

ESWT is the most innovative treatment of the vascular erectile dysfunction problem and its effects are clinically proved. The majority of the patients who use this treatment report very positive results in terms of achieving an erection and staying erect. The United Kingdom is one of the countries where this treatment is most widely used, but ESWT is also applied in hospitals in lots of other countries too. Visit https://www.ed-therapy.info/ to find the nearest treatment center. Vascular erectile dysfunction can be treated and ESWT may be the solution you are looking for: Don’t wait any longer to improve your quality of life.

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Musculoskeletal

Osteopathic Manipulation Helps

Musculoskeletal chest pain can be effectively treated by osteopathic treatment. In this study a group of people who had the complaint of musculoskeletal chest pain were treated using different methods of therapies, including osteopathic medicine. The results conclude that the use of osteopathic manipulation can be done as an adjunct and even as the principal mode of treatment of musculoskeletal chest pain.


The American Journal of Medicine, January 2017

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Sinus Pressure, Headaches, and Painful Blockage OH MY!

For those of us who have sinus infections and chronic sinus pain, the treatment can often be expensive and sometimes unsuccessful. But relieving sinus pressure is something osteopathy can help with.

You have four sinuses in your head and any one of them can become blocked which leads to a lack of drainage. By using gentle osteopathic manipulations with the bones in the face and head, your sinuses can become unblocked and function as normal. Saving you from the pain and discomfort from a sinus infection.

Sinus pressure can lead to headaches or sleep apnea. Osteopathy can help unblock those sinuses of yours and give you a clear head so when you take in that first deep breath you won’t have to worry about it being painful.

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Stress

STRESS

The details

Stress is part of everyday living and not all stress is bad. A 20-minute workout for a fit and trim 65-year old is good stress. The same workout for an out-of-shape 35-year old would likely be bad stress. Our reaction to stress is based upon our condition and overall health.  Stress can take three forms, physical, chemical and emotional.

What can go wrong

A whiplash injury from a car accident is an obvious source of physical stress. As are repetitive motions, a slip or fall, lack of sleep or overdoing it in the garden. Early on, learning to walk or ride a bike and even the birth process itself are sources of physical stress. Accumulated physical stress exhausts our reserves until something as simple as sneezing can result in an injury. Osteopathic medicine helps to restore your capacity to cope with life’s everyday physical stresses.

Common sources of chemical stress include poor nutrition, sugar, refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats. Drugs, preservatives, tobacco, vaccinations, alcohol, pollen and a host of other substances also affect our nervous systems, muscle tone and our spine. Symptoms begin to appear when you lose your ability to adapt to these chemical stressors.

Emotional stress like fear, grief, anger and other emotions affect our entire body. Notice the posture of someone who is sad or depressed. Frustration or a sense of powerlessness at work are common forms of emotional stress. Clearly, it’s not the stress but our response to it that is critical. Osteopathic care reduces tension in the body’s musculoskeletal and nervous systems, helping you respond more resourcefully. Of course, osteopathic care can not eliminate stress, but it can help increase your capacity to accommodate stress better.

If you think you are suffering from any of these forms of stress, give Cram Osteopaths a call or make an appointment online.

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Osteopathy & Joint Pain

Osteopathy and joint pain

The details

Joints are present throughout the body, including at the ankle, knee, hips, spine, elbows, shoulders and wrists.  A joint is simply the point at which bones connect, and the majority of joints allow movement although some like those in the skull and pelvis do not.

What can go wrong

High impact activities like running can put stress on ankle, knee and hip joints and cause inflammation.  Repeated overuse of a joint can lead to prolonged pain in and around the affected area.  Chronic bad posture can lead to ongoing strain on joints in the spine or other parts of the body which can be extremely painful.

How osteopathy can help

 A thorough osteopathic examination will diagnose areas of your body affected by joint pain – both those you are highly aware of and those that might be brewing under the surface.  Early detection and treatment of problematic joints allows for a good recovery and better long-term health.   Osteopathy uses gentle manipulation to release tension and realign the joint, restoring the balance within the body and returning your skeleton to full health.

Osteopathic treatment will help you move well and enjoy life more.   Whilst in a healthy body most people can recover from pain and injury within a few days, the repetitive strains that we place upon our bodies means that we lose the ability to recover fully with each injury and strain.   If left untreated over the years the joints can become damaged and arthriticIf you are concerned about the health of your joints or are suffering with joint pain give Cram Osteopaths a call or make an appointment online.

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