Head, Neck & Shoulder
Headaches, Migraines, Neck Pain & Shoulder Problems
Headache and Migraines
There is growing body of evidence to suggest that in most Headache and Migraine sufferers there is the possibility of upper neck involvement. Dysfunction in the upper neck exists as joint stiffness, muscle tightness or weakness and lack of deep muscle control. This can cause referral of pain into the head as well as causing sensitisation of the brainstem leading to symptoms associated with migraine. Both head ache and migraine can be successfully treated with manual therapy (hands on techniques), specific exercises, acupuncture, modification to sporting or working technique and life style changes. Injection therapy and medication are often used in conjunction.
Neck Pain – Cervical Dysfunction, Therapy
Neck pain is experienced by up to thirds of the world’s population at any point in their lives. Pain can arise from the neck joints, the discs between the vertebrae, through irritation of the nerves and as a result of neck muscle spasm. In severe cases pain can spread into the arm and shoulder.
Treatment of neck pain includes manual therapy (hands on techniques), acupuncture, postural changes, specific exercises, acupuncture, modification to sporting or working technique and life style changes. Injection therapy and surgery are other options.
Shoulder Pain Therapy
Impingement, tendonitis, instability and Osteoarthritis
Shoulder pain is a commonly caused by injury to the soft tissues within and surrounding the shoulder. Shoulder impingement can occur when a tendon or the subacromial bursa (small sac of fluid) become pinched in the shoulder joint. Repetitive or sudden injury to the shoulder tendons can lead to inflammation and gradual deterioration/wear of the tendon (tendonosis). This can eventually lead to tears of the tendon. Shoulder instability is another common problem whereby the ball moves around on the socket too freely leading to irritation of the surrounding soft tissues and sometime dislocation. Osteoarthritis is rare in the ball and socket joint of the shoulder, however much more common in the joint between the collar bone and shoulder blade (acromio-clavicular joint). Treatment of shoulder pain includes manual therapy (hands on techniques), postural changes, specific exercises, ultrasound, acupuncture, modification to sporting or working technique and lifestyle changes. Injection therapy and surgery are other options.
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