Road traffic accidents/Other injuries
Neck strain occurs after rapid acceleration and deceleration, with symptoms often taking days or weeks to appear. It can also lead to arm and back pain, as well as headaches. (If you have experienced dizziness or loss of consciousness, we always recommend that you seek immediate medical attention). Massage can be effective in relieving tense muscles, and we will give you a tailored stretching routine to continue to reduce symptoms after appointments. We are happy to provide a report for insurance purposes if required.
While Osteopaths predominantly work on the balance of muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons, Visceral Osteopathy aims to identify the movement and quality of internal organs, such as your stomach, liver, intestines and lungs for example. The interconnection between the internal organs, the spine and disease is fundamental to osteopathic practice and this is yet another approach to treating your back, neck, shoulders, and leg problems.
Visceral techniques in osteopathy involve the use of very specific and gentle unwinding of the ligaments and fascia that support the internal organs. This gentle manipulation can improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, alongside the structural integrity of the whole body. The treatment of visceral scar tissue, the release of tension in the bowel of someone with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or chronic period pain are just some examples of this sort of approach.
Stress often can present with visceral symptoms. When you are anxious you develop a shallow, fast breathing pattern. If the diaphragm is not moving correctly, the stomach, liver, pancreas and intestines may be affected. In the long term, it could lead to heartburn, hiatus hernia, stomach-ache or more serious digestives problems. Finally, it may result in chronic back pain. In turn, an irritable stomach will send messages to the spinal cord, which could be interpreted by your brain, as muscular pain in the middle of your back.
Visceral osteopathy means we are also interested in your eating habits, food intolerance or history of possible IBS. It can have a direct impact on your back. The same applies for bowels issues, and any other viscera, including the gynaecological system.
It is important to remember that internal organs are very exposed and vulnerable to emotions and mental health, which, in turn, can affect the biomechanics around them. It is not surprising that your heart beats faster when you’re scared and you can experience ‘butterflies’ in your stomach when you are nervous. Exam stress can also make your bowels move more frequently.
Osteopaths see patients with endometriosis, IBS, pelvic floor and bladder issues, post-surgical complications, dysmenorrhea, asthma and chronic breathing problems, and post-partum pain syndromes to name a few.