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300 Different Types of Headache… Are There 300 Different Causes Too?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Spinal Pain | 0 comments

Over 300 types of headache have been described – but are there really 300 different causes of headache? Maybe the different forms of headache are not separate conditions simply different presentations of the same disorder. In the same way that people experience lumbar disc problems in different ways (back ache, buttock ache, tingling in feet, calf pain, groin pain etc…) maybe headache is the same. The diagram above is a small example of how the neck segments/joints can cause a variety of pains in the head . Our belief is that all headache sufferers share a common problem; a sensitized lower brain stem. The upper neck has the ability to sensitize this area leading to the amplification and in addition convergence of normal sensory information from the cranium (head) with nocioceptive information (warnings signs) from the upper neck, in...

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Jean’s Neck Pain

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Spinal Pain | 0 comments

Jean’s Neck pain   Jean attended the clinic a few months back with right sided neck pain. Jean’s story is all too familiar, a 3 year history of intermittent neck and upper shoulder pain which hurts when working at the PC, driving her car (especially reversing) and whilst out socialising with friends. An MRI had shown wear and tear in the lower neck discs with a slight bulge in the C5 disc which was bulging more to the right. She had tried ant-inflammatories which gave her some relief. Examination of Jean identified the following:   A forward head position – head is carried forwards on neck The right shoulder blade was rotated downwards (imagine turning a clock on a wall in a clockwise direction) The right shoulder blade was additionally lower than the left Neck rotation to the right...

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work related back and neck pain – causes and solutions

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

work related back painhttp://youtu.be/4S0v85MRewM Work Related Neck and Back Pain 1. Why is back and neck pain one of the most common work-related injuries? Back and neck pain is very common in humans, back pain alone costs the NHS over £4 billion a year. The Spine is essentially an extremely strong robust column of bone that provides the foundations for our limbs to attach to. It is strong whilst also being highly mobile. Every task we do in life has a bearing on our spine and because one third of our day is at work, what we do is likely to impact on our spines – for some more than others.   2. What are some of the major causes for this? Modern sedentary work  – Office or driving This places the spine under sustained loads in poor alignment...

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Avoid back and neck pain while driving!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spinal Advice: Top tips for getting your car seat right Many patients that come to the clinic with lower back or neck pain often report symptoms while driving. More often than not the position of their seat is at fault and some small adjustments can make a huge difference. When sitting in the car aim to align your spine in a position as close to neutral as possible (if you have seen us for spinal pain you will know what I mean by the term “neutral”). Your back should not slump into a flexed position and you head should be positioned above you neck and shoulders and not ‘stuck out’ in front of you! Here are a few tips to get your seat right. 1. Raise the seat base as high as you can (avoid obscuring your view though!)...

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