Adults

Below is an A-Z list of things you might consult an Osteopath for.

 

Back Pain
Back pain is the most common complaint we are consulted with, it is very successfully treated and usually resolved with 2-4 treatments. It can be felt as pain in the low, mid or upper back and can refer pain to the legs, buttocks, groins, arms or can be felt in the ribs and chest. There are different causes of back pain. Very often the patient will be out of alignment.  If you have been told your pelvis is out of line it is a term used to describe a restriction of movement in 1 or more joints in the low back causing it to malfunction as a whole. It is often accompanied by or can even be caused by muscular tension, spasm and imbalance. Back pain can also be described as sciatica whereby the sciatic nerve is pinched referring pain into one hip, buttock or leg. The sciatic nerve can be pinched in the low back and/or in the buttock under the piriformis muscle. Some patients may have had an MRI scan confirming he/she has disc bulges in the back. Often these bulges are not extensive and not the main cause of pain. If you have had confirmation of disc bulges please ensure you tell your Osteopath as it will be taken into consideration during the treatment protocol. If you have a copy of the MRI scan report please bring it with you. Some disc prolapses are extensive enough to be considered for surgery. It is then advisable to get a referral from your GP to a specialist as soon as possible. In the mean time you should consult an Osteopath for an assessment of your posture and treatment of any other dysfunction in your body.

 

Breathing Problems

Osteopathic treatment of people with asthma, bronchitis, chest infections or bronchiolitis is aimed at improving the function of the ribs, chest and lungs.

 

Dizziness/Vertigo/Menieres
There are many causes of dizziness.  Patients who have been diagnosed with conditions such as Vertigo, Menieres and middle ear infections very often report great relief of symptoms. 

 

Ear Infections
Ear infections can be exacerbated by lack of drainage from the head into the neck.  An osteopath would work to maximize this drainage usually by working on the head and neck.

 

Headaches/Migraines
Headaches and migraines are treated very successfully with structural and cranial osteopathy.  Some patients suffer with headaches and migraines for years having consulted neurologists to find there is nothing abnormal detected.  Osteopathy would look to treat the cause which could be anything from a dysfunction in the neck to an imbalance in the cranium itself.

 

IBS
Relief of IBS symptoms is reported as a result of treating low back pain or a twisted pelvis. Osteopaths would also examine and treat the bowel/intestines directly.

 

Joint Pain
There are many techniques that can be applied to joints to improve their function and mobility.  There are a number of reasons for joint pain from Osteoarthritis to hypermobility. 

 

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is the single most common complaint we are consulted with, often referring pain into the hip, buttock, leg or foot.  It very successfully treated and usually resolved within 2-4 treatments.  There are different causes of back pain. Most commonly a straight forward pelvic misalignment. If you have been told your pelvis is out of alignment it is a term used to describe a restriction of movement in 1 or more joints in your low back causing it to malfunction as a whole. It is often accompanied by or can even be caused by muscular tension, spasm and imbalance which will also be fully assessed and treated. Sciatica is also a term used to describe low back pain whereby the sciatic nerve is pinched and pain is referring into one leg. The sciatic nerve can be pinched in the low back and/or in the buttock under the piriformis muscle. Some patients may have had an MRI scan confirming he/she has disc bulges in the back. Often these bulges are not extensive and not the main cause of pain. If you have had confirmation of disc bulges please ensure you tell your Osteopath as it will be taken into consideration during the treatment protocol. If you have a copy of the MRI scan report please bring it with you. Some disc prolapses are extensive enough to be considered for surgery. It is then advisable to get a referral from your GP to a specialist as soon as possible. In the mean time you should consult an Osteopath for an assessment of your posture and treatment of any other dysfunction in your body.

 

Neck Pain
Neck pain can be felt as pain specifically in the neck or it can refer pain into the shoulder and arm. It is commonly aggravated by movement of the head, neck and shoulder. If left untreated the pain can be relentless and very persistent over time or may be something that regularly reoccurs. Another kind of neck pain is chronic neck pain that is often described as a constant tiredness or tightness across the top of the shoulders. A common finding is in both cases are restricted joints and tight muscle in the neck and upper back (thoracic spine). Once treated, moving properly and functioning correctly the patient reports instant relief.

 

Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is a painful inflammatory condition of the foot that can affect anyone from elite athletes to elderly people. If it is a long standing complaint or has occurred more than once it could be caused by a dysfunction elsewhere in the body such as the pelvis. An osteopath would assess and treat the whole body including the sight of pain and the cause. It is normal for a patient to consult us having unresolved plantar fasciitis (pain under the foot). He/she would have rested only for the pain to return as soon as they return to normal activity. This is because the malfunctioning pelvis is causing the exact same stresses on the lower limbs as soon as he/she start to use it again.

 

Pelvic Misalignment

The most common symptom of pelvic misalignment is low back pain, however it can cause groin, knee or foot pain (plantar fasciitis) caused by the constant adapted imbalanced pressures being put on the lower limbs during walking and running. If you have been told your pelvis is out of line or out of alignment it is a term used to describe a restriction of movement in 1 or more joints in the back and/or muscular tension and imbalance causing it to malfunction as a whole. This is extremely common and very easily treated. It can also cause pain further up the back, even as far as the neck.

Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis Syndrome can be felt as pain the low back, buttock and various parts of the leg and foot. It is a diagnosis for the cause of sciatica (pain caused by sciatic nerve impingement) when the spinal nerve roots are normal. The sciatic nerve passes under or between the fibers of the piriformis muscle in the buttock and is a potential site for sciatic nerve impingement. Osteopaths find this is rarely the sole cause of pain and will be accompanied by a pelvic or lumbar facet joint dysfunction.

Tinnitus
Tinnitus/ringing in the ears can be caused by a dysfunction in the head and/or neck and will be assessed structurally and cranially. Here is a testimonial from one of our patients here at Osteopathic Care who was suffering from tinnitus....I went to go see Claire at Osteopathic care in Bishopstown for the first time not really knowing what to expect. I was suffering from a really sore right shoulder, back and neck as well as ringing in my right ear known as tinnitus which had been ongoing for months. After the first visit the immediate and intense pain in my back and shoulder felt 100% better. By the second visit my neck was no longer hurting me constantly and the ringing in my ear was gone! I was very impressed and am very happy I picked up the phone to make the first appointment.

TMJ Dysfunction
TMJ pain can be felt as pain during and after eating or just spontaneous shooting pain in the jaw. There are many treatments of TMJ dysfunction such as jaw splints, pain killers, surgery and implants. The TMJ Association recommend that you avoid treatments that cause permanent change to your bite and jaw such as crown work, positional splints, bridge work, orthodontics or surgery. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. The joints consist of the temporal bones in the skull and the mandible (jaw bone) each side of the face. Osteopathic assessment and treatment of TMJ dysfunction includes very gentle and precise assessment of the TMJ itself and all the joints and muscles in close proximity and/or influencing it such as the occipitoatlantal joint. Patients report anything from a good improvement to complete resolution of pain. If you have received or are receiving any of the interventions mentioned. Please do still come for a consultation as we may still be able to help.

Sciatica

Sciatica can be felt as pain in the low back, buttock and various parts of the leg and foot. It is a term used to describe a set of symptoms caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve can be irritated by inflammation, a facet joint dysfunction in the spine, a disc bulge or it can be pinched under a tight piriformis muscle in the buttock. A facet joint dysfunction accompanied by muscular tension and imbalance can cause the whole pelvis malfunction. If you have been told your pelvis is out of line it is a term used to describe a restriction of movement in 1 or more joint in the low back causing it to malfunction as a whole. Some patients may have had an MRI scan confirming he/she has disc bulges in the back. Often these bulges are not extensive and not the main cause of pain. If you have had confirmation of disc bulges please ensure you tell your Osteopath as it will be taken into consideration during the treatment protocol. If you have a copy of the MRI scan report please bring it with you. Some disc prolapses are extensive enough to be considered for surgery. It is then advisable to get a referral from your GP to a specialist as soon as possible. In the mean time you should consult an Osteopath for an assessment of your posture and treatment of any other

dysfunction in your body.

Shoulder Pain/Problems
Shoulder pain is often aggravated by arm movement such as reaching overhead. Pain between the shoulder blades or across the top of one or both shoulders and sometimes going down the arm is more likely a dysfunction in the neck or upper back. This pain can be constant or aggravated by movement of the head and neck. A full osteopathic examination will involve assessment of the muscles and joints in the shoulder, neck and back. If we feel your complaint will be best helped by someone else or needs further investigation we will refer you to the necessary professional free of charge.

Sinusitis
Sinusitis can reoccur after several courses of antibiotics. In this instance the patient should be checked by an osteopath to increase drainage from the head and face.