A frozen shoulder is categorised by a restriction in passive and active movement. I.e. You can move your own arm to X degree and the operator can also only move your arm to the same range. Also, one develops a capsular pattern, i.e. the arm and the shoulder blade move together. This is like hitching your shoulder.
I started working with Simeon Niel-Asher on his Frozen Shoulder Technique in 2008. In the London Frozen Shoulder Clinic, we saw hundreds of frozen shoulders a year. The technique does work. Patients usually find that pain is mostly gone after 4 or so sessions and functional range returns after about 10 sessions. Of course, some do better and some don’t do as well – there are always caveats. You can glean more from www.frozenshoulder.com
Symptoms include sciatica, stiffness, pulled muscles, spasms and a host of other non-specific back pain.
On arrival at the clinic we will discuss your history and I will examine you to assess the cause and extent of the pain. From there I will devise an appropriate treatment plan.
My aim is for you to leave the clinic with less pain and more mobility from your very first visit.
I may sometimes suggest a treatment that combines a variety of techniques, such as acupuncture. We will always talk through the treatment plan in advance to ensure you are comfortable.
Nerve impingement is a condition where either an exiting nerve root can be commonly impinged by a bulging inter-vertebral disc (slipped disc) or affected by common impingement sites along its course. Examples of common impingement sites are the piriformis muscle in relation to the sciatic nerve, the cubital tunnel for the ulnar nerve and the thoracic outlet for the brachial plexus. There are, of course, other sites and causes.
Whatever, the cause of a ‘pinched nerve’, the symptoms are almost always the same. We can experience radiculopathy, parasthesia and weakness. I.e. shooting or lightning like pain down the course of the affected nerve, pins and needles, numbness or sensory changes, reduced strength and reflexes.
This means that when someone comes in and says “I have sciatica!” and “it hurts in my back or buttock” but not down the course of the nerve – down the back of the leg, possibly to the foot, there is a very good chance that it is not sciatica or a pinched nerve.
So, if it is a pinched nerve, what can be done?
We mobilise and ‘stretch nerves’, we release pressure from impingement sites and adverse neural tension. We can safely manipulate joints that may affect the area and give exercises to floss or stretch the nerves.
Headaches can be caused by a number of factors, including; stress, head posture and carriage, menstrual cycle, neck strains and injury. Osteopathic treatment should be able to stop or at least ease the majority of headaches.
Treatment will often consist of muscular release using combinations of osteopathic techniques, cranial techniques, trigger-point dry-needling, safe adjustments and/ or manipulations, exercises and tapings.
(Please be advised that in the instance of recurring headache or migraines, it might be sensible to discuss symptoms with your GP).
The knee can be a fragile joint and prone to injury. Often an osteopathic session to balance the quadriceps will be the fastest way to relieve pain and a couple of sessions can be all that is needed.
Most common treatments are to osteo-arthritic, sports or pre/post-operative injuries.
Any knee injury results in quadriceps wasting and this results in patella-femoral pain syndrome. All PFPS results in atrophy of the quadriceps too. Therefore, addressing the balance of the quadiriceps musculature can relieve pain and in PFPS resolve the issue.