The lower cervical spine is a key area for chronic neck pain, cervical nerve root pain, thoracic outlet problems and referred pain to the upper thoracic spine. Frequently, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, and forearm tendonitis have a cervical component.
This article on upper neck pain was found by one of my patients who does not like traditional strong manipulation. I was trained at the European School of Osteopathy and learned cranial osteopathy, traditional osteopathy, massage, muscle energy. One of the most important practical sessions included how to approach and treat acute neck pain without causing distress to the patient.
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Previous articles in this blog explain that bending forward with your arms unsupported when sitting in a chair, results in an increasing lumbar disc pressure over the years. If you are recovering from a prolapsed disc or back operation, it is important to keep lumbar pressure as low as possible for the first few months or even up to a year depending on the type of prolapsed disc you have suffered from.
The most common course of chronic knee pain is anterior knee pain which occurs under & around the knee cap. There are many theories about the causes of such pain, and many exercises to do to prevent this type of pain.
According to Professor Stuart McGill, Professor of Spine Biomechanics in Canada, the slouch position is best. Why do you think those Formula 1 racing drivers can cope without endless lower back pain?
During my 20 years of practising as an osteopath, lifestyles have changed. Today people experience more tension. We also tend to spend longer periods of sitting or standing. This lack of movement can cause a build up of small, hardened fibrotic nodules in various muscles of the body.
Tennis Elbow occurs when the muscles which attach to the elbow become overloaded and start to tear the tendon attached to the elbow. The arm - in particular the forearm - can experience muscular spasms and a local weakness which serves to protect it from further damage.
The sciatic nerve is a large nerve which we use all our life and which can develop problems, resulting in pain or compression if there is a prolapsed disc.
There are various medical conditions which cause Cervical Neck and Muscular Pain. Your GP can diagnose which one is responsible, and if you have severe and worsening pain, will refer you to a hospital specialist.