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.

 

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 ?

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

Plantar Fasciitis

Bio-Mechanics
Bio-Mechanics

Patient: Woman 55 years
Occupation: Mother
Pain: 5/10

Complaint: Low Back and Right Leg Pain – The pain was around the sacroiliac area, groin, inner knee and arch of foot.

This pain was the result of dropped arches, with the left foot taking more load than the right foot.

Treatment: Initially deep Massage and Spinal Manipulation to ease the muscle shortening and pain.

This Lady was referred for Biomechanical assessment and had Orthotics specially made.

Prognosis: Excellent – The Orthotics maintain the arches of the foot.

Evidence for Acupuncture

Acupuncture
Acupuncture

On November 3-5, 1997, the U.S. National Institute of Health Consensus Development Conference issued a statement from its independent panel of experts stating that “promising results have emerged showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea vomiting and post dental surgery pain”. The panel also felt that acupuncture may be effective for other conditions, include addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome , and asthma. Continue reading Evidence for Acupuncture

Neck & Back Pain.

Neck & Back Pain
Neck & Back Pain

Patient: Woman 29 years
Occupation: Nurse
Pain: Can reach 6/10

Complaint: Back and Neck Pain can often occur simultaneously. This Woman works as a Nurse, and has developed left sided Neck & Back Pain over the few months. She recalls hurting her low back about 6 months ago, while lifting a heavy patient. She is unsure how neck pain has developed.

Treatment: This Woman responded well to Spinal Manipulation of her back and neck. The range of movement in her neck and low back was initially poor, but quickly improved with treatment.

She visited weekly for 4 treatments, and was pain free by this stage.

Prognosis: This Woman visits me if and when she feels the need.

She now goes to Pilates classes twice per week, and feels much stronger and able to cope with the demands of her job.

Low Back Pain & Sciatica.

Low Back Pain & Sciatica.
Low Back Pain & Sciatica.

Patient: Man 36 years
Occupation: Joiner
Pain: 7/10

Complaint: Sudden onset of Low Back Pain and Sciatica while lifting at work 3 days earlier.

Treatment: No treatment was given at the first consultation, as the condition was too painful and inflamed – Treatment would have made the condition worse at this stage. The patient was instructed to rest at home for 3 days and take analgesics.

Treatment began 3 days later with Acupuncture and Osteopathic Spinal Manipulation.

The patient was 80% improved 2 days later, when he had a second treatment.

The patient received a third treatment 1 week later, and was almost pain free by this stage.

The patient was advised to return if he felt it necessary.

Prognosis: Good, but must take care to lift within his physical limit.