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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Osteopath Treatment in Glasgow


Osteopaths see a wide variety of conditions in practice but it is your own body that does the treating or healing. Our job is to get your body into the best position to be able to do that. Many patients attend Cram Osteopaths with some kind of musculoskeletal pain or injury, but we also see people who have problems with digestion, anxiety and posture. We treat all ages from newborn babies to the elderly, pregnant women and working professionals and everything in between! Book online today, visit

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Glasgow Osteopaths


Whatever the condition, we understand that it is unique to you, therefore we will listen to you and build a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Our job is to put your body in the greatest possible position, to treat or repair the problem or issue you’re facing. Book online here and start your road to recovery:

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Shockwave treatment in Glasgow


Cram Osteopaths are one of only a few clinics in Scotland that offer both focused and radial shockwave therapy treatment. Shock waves stimulate angiogenesis (new blood vessels) and neurogenesis (new nerve cells). During shockwave treatment the cells undergo micro trauma which promotes the inflammatory processes that are associated with removing damaged tissues and stimulating wound healing mechanisms. Learn more here or book an appointment today.

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Shockwave Treatment in Glasgow & Ayr


The Science: A shock wave is an intense, short energy wave that moves faster than the speed of sound. They are typically characterized by: High positive pressures of more than 100 MPa Extremely short rise times (about 10 microseconds) Fast pressure rises (less than 10 nanoseconds) Narrow effective beams (2-8mm diameter)

When a pressure wave passes through the human tissue, it produces physiological and therapeutic effects. It is believed that four phases are involved in producing these therapeutic effects. Learn more here.

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Osteopathic Care in Glasgow


From our main office in Glasgow’s West End, we are perfectly situated for city-centre residents and workers. Our satellite locations allow us to treat clients from Ayrshire and Lanarkshire with the same high-quality service.

You can book an appointment online, just click here:

You can give us a call on 0141 339 0894 or on one of the telephone numbers below. Alternatively send us an email to and we will get back in touch.

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