Rohan Osteopathy Posts
We all feel pain from time to time. When someone injures themselves, specific nerves recognise this as pain, which in turn triggers the body’s repair mechanism. As the problem resolves, the pain tends to improve and usually disappears within 3-6 months. This type of pain could be argued to be beneficial: if it hurts, you are likely to try and avoid doing whatever it is that has caused the pain in the future, so you are less likely to injure yourself in that way again.
Occasionally the pain continues even after tissue healing has finished. When pain continues after this point, it becomes known as persistent (or is sometimes referred to as chronic) pain. This type of pain is not beneficial and is a result of the nerves becoming over-sensitised, which means that a painful response will be triggered much more easily than normal. This can be unpleasant, but doesn’t necessarily mean that you are doing yourself any harm simply by moving. You could think of this as a sensitive car alarm that goes off in error when someone walks past.
Persistent pain is very common and effects over 14 million people in the UK alone. It often does not respond to conventional medical interventions and needs a different kind of approach, but there are many things that you can do to manage your pain yourself with the support of your osteopath, your family and loved-ones. Keeping active, performing exercises and stretches can help, learning to pace your activities so that you don’t trigger a flare-up of your pain as well as setting goals and priorities are all very important and can help you to maintain a fulfilling lifestyle.
For more information on how to manage your persistent pain, speak to your osteopath or visit http://www.paintoolkit.org/
Shoulder Pain and Some Causes
Shoulder pain can arise from a number of conditions:
· Rotator cuff problems – This is an injury or strain to the muscles of the shoulder girdle, particularly the intrinsic rotators. Pain can be felt in the shoulder or the upper arm.
· Biceps tendonitis, which affects one of the tendons of the biceps muscle and is experienced at the front of the shoulder mainly (anterior aspect)
· Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis – This is where the shoulder capsule becomes inflamed and gradually stiffens and is often very painful. Range of movement becomes reduced which can limit daily activities.
· Acromioclavicular joint pain – This is pain in the joint where the collarbone and shoulder blade join at the tip of your shoulder
· Osteoarthritis – Gradual wear and tear of the cartilage and shoulder joint. You may feel swelling, stiffness and aching pain which can be sharp on movement.
· Referred shoulder pain – Pain in the shoulder can be referred and coming from a problem in the neck or upper back.
· Shoulder instability – Dislocation or excessive movement at the shoulder joint leading to pain.
Treatment of shoulder pain
As an experienced osteopath, I am trained to try and help you understand what is causing your shoulder pain. Once you have been examined, I will determine whether osteopathic treatment could help you. Scans or other tests may be required to make a diagnosis and I may refer you to your GP for further treatment or investigation.
Treatment varies to suit your individual case; you may receive massage, shoulder articulation or/and manipulation of the neck and thoracic spine with rehabilitative exercises.
If you have any questions about your shoulder pain and want to ask any questions, feel free to get in touch on 01491-838866.
Speak to Rohan or Jane and feel free to ask any questions before consultation.
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This is one of the most frequently asked questions asked by patients over the phone and also at a first consultation. It is a difficult question to answer succinctly but the link shown here from NCOR ( National Council for Osteopathic Research ) is interesting as it looks at what each profession says about itself and also summarises the information provided by the professional body for each group.