These are the most common problems that we treat at the clinic; please click on the links below, or if you suffer from any of these symptoms, why not make an appointment to see one of our therapists and make the first step in eradicating your pain for good?
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8 out of 10 people suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives. Pain can be specific or spread across the lower back and into the buttocks.
Causes of lower back pain could potentially be disc herniation, osteoarthritis, ligament strain, muscular spasm and fracture.
Lower back pain can be felt as stiffness, weakness, aches, sharp pain on movement, pain on standing, pain on sitting, pain on getting up and trouble climbing up and down stairs.
Treatment from our Osteopaths here at the OsteoAllies Clinic will examine the potential causes of lower back pain and carry out treatment tailored to your specific requirements.
Neck pain is the most common complaint that we treat in the OsteoAllies Clinic. It can be caused by a number of things, including sleeping poorly, stress and poor posture, but also by acute injury such as whiplash.
Neck pain is felt in a variety of ways – including sharp stabbing pains on movement, limited movement, tight headaches or neck ache, or general tightness in the muscles in your neck.
Osteopathy can help to soothe muscles that are in spasm and release any tightness in the muscles. We can also help to assess the root cause of the pain to help prevent a reoccurrence in the future.
Here at Osteo Allies we specialise in treatment for rapid relief for sports injuries– we know how frustrating it is to have to stop training due to injury! Our aim is to ensure your movement is restored and performance enhanced as quickly as possible.
Many injuries caused by sports are due to overuse i.e. pushing yourself too hard, or playing too much. Your age does not matter: sport puts a lot of physical demand on the body and increases the vulnerability to injury, no matter how old you are!
Many individuals’ bodies become accustomed to injury, their body becomes used to it, and therefore no discomfort is felt. Reduced joint flexibility will affect performance and may result in recurrent injury or injury to another part of the body.
An osteopath will use their palpatory skills alongside their knowledge of diagnosis to get to the root of the problem. We can also help to increase joint mobility which can help to reduce soft tissue restrictions and regain structural balance.
Hydrotherapy also known as “Hot and Cold treatment” is combined with osteopathic care to encourage recovery. This advice is vital for sporting individuals to reduce inflammation and increase circulation to an injured area.
Osteoarthritis is often referred to as ‘wear and tear’ and the pain caused can be relieved by Osteopathic treatment, as well as preventing further damage
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and usually develops in people over 50 years of age but can occur in younger people following a bad injury to a specific joint.
Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of cartilage, which is the tissue that covers the end of the bones and helps the joints glide smoothly. As this degenerates you can develop bone to bone contact which is very painful.
Symptoms can include pain, stiffness in the morning, swelling, difficulty moving, warmth around a joint and cracking or grinding of joints.
We know that as you get older you can still have healthy joints. The symptoms of OA can be eased by our practitioner’s treatment and advice so further wear and tear can be prevented. This can be done by creating space in the joints, mobilisation, traction techniques and soft tissue to tightened muscles and strength training for weak muscles. We will also give you advice to take home and implement.
It is our belief here at the OsteoAllies clinic that surgery should be a last resort.
Our highly skilled therapists have completed and passed the course to provide the acclaimed Niel-Asher technique on patients with frozen shoulder.
It is a proven method that has shown a significant improvement in frozen shoulder over a shorter period of time compared to physiotherapy for example.
It uses a sequence of techniques on the shoulder that reduce the tension, and drain away inflammation from the joint.
The results of the NAT (Niel-Asher technique) are rapid and should be attempted before any invasive steroid injections are placed into the joint.
Headaches are common and most commonly arise from the neck. They are frustrating and can alter in severity and frequency. The pain of a severe headache can force you into bed and stop you doing anything, affecting your vision and strong lighting can hurt the eyes.
Commonly you may experience pressure over the head, face and eyes, tiredness, a feeling of sickness, and a blurry feeling in the skull.
Causes of headache can include poor posture, stress, trauma, dehydration, muscle spasm as well as tension in your neck.
Seeing an osteopath at the OsteoAllies Clinic for treatment of your headaches can help to reduce the severity and the regularity of them. We will carry out soft tissue massage, mobilisation and manipulation of the joints, diet analysis and advice for you to help stretch and strengthen the relevant muscles to protect the spine and neck.
Commonly Affected Areas
In the spinal joints, the smooth cartilage deteriorates causing irritation and damage to the bone. If you have spinal OA you may wake up in the morning with pain and stiffness in your back, this may gradually ease during the morning.
In advanced stages there may be numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs.
As a weight bearing joint the hip is also commonly affected. Symptoms include discomfort or stiffness in the buttock, thigh or groin in the mornings.
Pain is worse with activity and better with rest. The hip becomes more inflamed and mobility in the joint is lost. The muscles around the joint become weak and this increases the likelihood of a limp.
The wear and tear in the knee can happen on the main surface of the knee joint or the inside surface of the knee cap.
This will cause the joint to swell. The combination of this can lead the knee to be unstable which means it could give way when you put weight on it.
Sciatica is a very common problem – 8 out of 10 people will report either sciatic or lower back pain in their lives
60-80% of the UK will report back pain at some point in their lives. When pain radiates down the back of the leg or buttock from the back this is commonly termed as sciatica. This can be in the form of numbness, pins and needles or shooting pain. Commonly it is only felt down one side of the body.
Sciatica can be caused by a variety of lower back injuries, some of these include facet locks or irritations, disc bulges and even muscle spasm. These injuries impinge on the sciatic nerve and that is what causes a nerve pain down the leg.
It is important that at the clinic we do a full orthopaedic examination and neurological tests to determine the cause of the impinged nerve. By doing this we are able to treat the problem effectively and over time the cause of the pain will gradually disappear and with relevant exercises and maintenance treatments, may never come back.
At Osteo Allies Clinic in London, our practitioners will take a full case history and complete a full orthopaedic examination to diagnose your condition. Treatment will include specific spinal or joint mobilisation, exercise prescription and hydrotherapy.
Frozen shoulder is a condition whereby the shoulder joint becomes painful and stiff. It is thought to be like scar tissue forming in the capsule. If neglected a frozen shoulder can take 18 months to subside, and up to 3 years for symptoms to disappear.
Symptoms often interfere with everyday tasks such as driving, dressing, or sleeping. Even scratching your back or putting your hand in a rear pocket may become impossible. In some cases it can affect your occupation. The pain usually starts with stiffness and limitation that gradually builds up. The pain is typically worse at night and when you lie on the affected side. After a few months the pain will ease but the range of motion will continue to worsen, thus affecting the surrounding muscles.
Frozen shoulder affects 1 in 50 adults at some stage in their life and most commonly occurs in people aged between 40 and 60. It is more common in women.
At the OsteoAllies Clinic our aim is to reduce the time you suffer with this condition. We adopt osteopathic techniques such as specific mobilisations, muscular massage, hydrotherapy and exercise prescription to return movement in your shoulder so the pain will subside leaving it possible for you to return to your normal activities.