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I Had To Laugh

Actually it was really more of a smile .Over the past few weeks at my clinic a few of the patients have been very descriptive of their efforts to fix their sore backs. Admittedly it has been more the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff for some and the top of the cliff for […]

I Think I’m Going Weak At The Knees

I Think I’m Going Weak At The Knees ​Yes its an epidemic – it’s like a plague that is bearing down upon us and we don’t notice until its almost too late.Research I read a while back stated that it is better for elderly people to do weight bearing exercises because of the types of […]

Ninja Osteopath Breaks Ankle

Ninja Osteopath Breaks Ankle Yes, sad but true.In my mid 40’s, not that long ago (yeah right) I decided to take up martial arts.Nothing too martial – read serious fighting. It was an artistic form of Kung Fu called Wu Shu. It was a bit fruity but I enjoyed getting my head around the moves. […]

Causes and prevention of back pain

Back Pain Back pain is the most common complaint among adults under 45 years. Back pain brings life to a complete halt and interrupts careers. Here is a quick look at the anatomy of the back. Follow the link for a 3D introduction video to the Upper Back or the Lower Back. Our body depends on the spinal column for […]

Upper Back – upper and middle back pain

Upper and middle back pain can occur anywhere from the base of your neck to the bottom of your rib cage. Ribs attach to a long, flat bone in the center of the chest (the sternum) attaching to and wrapping around your back. If a nerve in this area is pinched, irritated, or injured, you may also […]

The Essentials – Knees

The knee joint is like two long bones with roundish ends stacked on top of each other with a couple of cartilage washers in between taking up the slack. Ligamentous straps hold it together and the muscles that come down from the thigh, wrap around the knee and attach to the lower leg. Muscle pain […]

The Essentials – Hips and Pelvis

Pain in the groin is common. The muscle usually involved is the Hip Flexor or Psoas. It is attached to the front of each of the lumbar vertebrae. It traverses through the pelvis and exits at the groin attaching to the upper thigh bone or Femur. Tightness in this muscle can cause inflammation at its attachment point creating […]

Lower Back Problems – Facet Joints

The lower back includes the lumbar spine and all the associated muscles in this region. The spine is made up of vertebrae that are stacked on top of each other with a disc in between and nerves that exit between each vertebra. Also between each vertebra are a set of joints, one on each side, commonly […]

Lower Back Problems – Hip Flexors and Abbs

The hip flexors are attached to the front of the lumbar vertebrae and come down through the groin to attach to the thigh. They traverse the sacroiliac joints, where the sacrum joins to the pelvis, they also traverse the hip joints. These muscles have a massive influence area and when tight they compress the entire lower back, […]

The Essentials – Jaw

The jaw is quite a complex joint. It has a small semi mobile disc in the middle and it has a two-stage action. In the first stage the jawbone rotates and the second stage is a glide. So when there is too much tension in the muscles of the jaw there is increased compression within […]