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Jaw Pain- How Osteopathy can help
You may think of osteopaths treating backs, but we treat a lot of other things too, including jaw pain and headaches. You may have pain in your jaw after visiting the dentist, not because the dentist’s done anything wrong, but because the muscles in your jaw can go into spasm after your mouth’s been held open so long. An osteopath can assess your jaw, treat the muscles spasm and get you out of pain.
You might also get jaw pain from clenching or grinding your teeth, or even from chewing gum. If you also experience clicking or locking of your jaw, this may indicate a problem within the jaw joint itself. On each side of your jaw, the joint contains a disc of cartilage which moves with the joint as you open and close your mouth and provides cushioning as you chew. Muscular imbalances around the jaw can lead to this disc not moving as it should, creating a click as the jaw rides over it (which may or may not be painful), or even locking if it fails to do so.…
Osteoarthritis Last week, whilst researching exercises for osteoarthritis of the knee, I stumbled across the Arthritis Research UK website. For those of you who are interested, it is a great tool, with lots of sensible information and advice on many arthritic conditions.
The key message that I took from the website with regard to osteoarthritis, was that when patients are diagnosed with osteoarthritis, they often panic, they stop exercising or doing the things they enjoy, through fear of making the condition worse. This is understandable, but it is really important to remember that although there isn’t currently a cure, it doesn’t necessarily get worse over time, and most importantly, there is a lot that you can do to help yourself, such as:
·Maintaining a healthy weight, to decrease strain on the joints.
·Cardiovascular and muscle strengthening exercises, to help with weight loss/maintenance, improve cardiovascular fitness and to keep the muscles that surround the joints strong. If yo…
Is injury stopping your marathon training?
Training for a marathon is no easy task, especially if injury rears its ugly head.  
Knowing what to do to get to back on schedule is often difficult.  With the right advice, you can hopefully reduce injury time, any long term problems developing and possibly end up a little bit stronger.
Most commonly injuries occur through training errors such as running too fast too soon or too long too early. With the usual areas being the foot, ankle and knee. Inflammation of various tissues around these joints is most often the cause of the pain.  Hot spots are often a combination of minor faults in running technique, poor footwear, muscular imbalances or previous injuries.
Osteopaths are trained in diagnosis and enjoy finding what the problems are and the reasons why you are affected. Through assessment of your muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints and of course your story we can treat you. We will work out a plan with you to get you back running as soon …
Headaches :Did you know one cause can be tension or strain in the muscles and joints of the neck and upper back?
Did you know the most common cause of headaches is tension or strain in the muscles and joints of the neck and upper back?
 It is something that I see again and again. People sitting on chairs that are too low or at desks that are too low. They hunch over and work away bending more as the day progresses. They are so industrious that they don't notice the pain build in their backs and necks. Does this sound a familiar pattern to you?
 The tension headache
Treatment from an osteopath may help. Tension headaches are often helped by treating tight muscles of the neck and upper back. Sometimes we use manipulation to loosen the joints of the neck and back to relieve the build-up of muscular tension that may lead to headaches.
This is something we can do for ourselves too! Looking back over my past day or week what has lead me to have this headache now? When I ask myself this q…