What Is a Trigger Point and What Causes Them ?

Trigger Points are a frequent cause of Muscular Pain.

People often talk of a “Trapped Nerve” when describing the pain they experience from a Trigger Point. The Pain can be excruciating, and left untreated, they can cause months of unrelenting Pain.

Treating a Trigger Point requires precision. Firstly to detect it, and then to accurately Needle it with an Acupuncture Needle. The relief is normally immediate, although an ache may linger for 24 hours after treatment.

I have used Acupuncture to treat Trigger Points very successfully. When a person does not like Needles, Deep Massage can be used. This helps greatly, but is not as effective as Acupuncture.


GP’s advised to measure Blood Pressure in both Arms

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal shows that a large difference between the Blood Pressure measured in each arm suggests a bigger risk of premature death.

This study of 230 high blood pressure patients found those with the biggest difference in systolic pressure are more likely to die from a heart attack, stroke or other causes.

Dr Christopher Clark from the Peninsular College of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Exeter, who led the study, said the message to doctors was simple:

“Sorry guys, but you really need to follow the guidelines by measuring both arms when you’re assessing blood pressure”.

He also said that patients with high blood pressure who measure their own blood pressure should follow the same advice.

It is normal to have a small difference in blood pressure between both arms, however if this difference becomes large, it may indicate peripheral vascular disease – which is often symptomless.

As an Osteopath, I have found that a large difference in blood pressure between arms may also be found in Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Which is the most comfortable Car ?

Back pain, sore backside, stiff neck–these are just a few of symptoms of not being comfortable behind the wheel. Buy a car that doesn’t suit your frame or personal preferences, and you’re in for a very bumpy ride.

The magazine “Which” carried out a survey in 2011, involving 63,000 vehicles collectively covering an impressive 520,000,000 miles in the 12 months prior to the survey. Continue reading Which is the most comfortable Car ?

The War against Natural Medicine.

The War against Natural MedicineThe World Health Organization estimates that one in 10 hospital admissions leads to an adverse event while one in 300 admissions leads to death. WHO puts medical errors as among the top 10 killers in the world. According to the US’s Institute of Medicine, preventable medical errors kill 98,000 people in the US alone each year and injure countless more.

So why, in Australia, are some Doctors getting so agitated about Complimentary and Alternative Medicine ? Continue reading The War against Natural Medicine.

Link between Infantile Colic and Mothers Migraines

Mother-with-MigraineA study published in February 2012 of mothers and their young babies by neurologists at the University of California, San Francisco, has shown that mothers who suffer migraine headaches are more than twice as likely to have babies with colic than mothers without the history of migraines.

This work raises a question of whether colic may be an early symptom of migraines. Continue reading Link between Infantile Colic and Mothers Migraines

Massage proves to have Medical Benefits

While massage may have developed a reputation as a decadent treat for people who love pampering, new studies are showing it has a wide variety of tangible health benefits.

Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Giving massages to the littlest patients, premature babies, helped in the crucial task of gaining weight. Continue reading Massage proves to have Medical Benefits