Loughton Osteopaths, How We Can Help.

Welcome

Loughton Osteopaths are dedicated to providing safe, effective, osteopathic treatment for the whole family. We are based in Loughton, Essex at the modern newly re-furbished Oaks Clinic with easy transport links via the central line and closely situated to the M25 and M11. An osteopath in Loughton that is easy to find.

Back pain

Statistically up to 80% of us will suffer with low back pain (or lumbago) at some point in our lifetime. There are many different causes including poor posture, wear and tear, slipped discs and muscle strains amongst others. Additional symptoms such as pain and numbness into the legs may accompany the low back pain. Most causes of low back pain are not serious and respond well to osteopathic treatment.

Sciatica

This means irritation or "trapping" of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that supplies the back of the leg. Most cases of sciatica are caused by a problem in the low back or trauma/irritation to the nerve itself which can be relieved through osteopathy.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis is a condition where the capsule which surrounds the shoulder becomes inflamed and stiff, forming adhesions within the tissue and restricting the range of movement of the shoulder joint. Osteopathy can help by reducing the inflammation helping to regain movement in the shoulder.

Repetitive Strain Injury(RSI)

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a collective term used to describe the pain caused to muscles, nerves and tendons by repetitive movement and overuse. The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the forearm, elbow, wrist, hands, neck and shoulders.

RSI is normally associated with doing a particular activity repeatedly or for a long period of time. It often occurs in people who work with computers or carry out repetitive manual work. Osteopathy can relieve pressure on the affected area and Loughton Osteopaths offer advice on how to prevent future cases of RSI.

Tennis/Golfers Elbow

Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis is a condition which affects the outside of your elbow bone (the lateral epicondyle). Tennis Elbow develops when the tendon that joins the muscles of your forearm to your upper arm bone (the humerus) tears or becomes inflamed.

Golfers Elbow or Medial Epicondylitis is the same condition but affecting the inside (medial epicondyle) of the elbow.

Both conditions can be caused by sport, injury, overuse of the elbow joint or poor posture at work. Both Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow are common complaints that an osteopath will deal with on a regular basis as they respond well to treatment.

Sports Injuries

It doesn't matter what level of sport you compete at, everyone is prone to injury from time to time. Osteopathy can help most sports injuries and offer advice on training/rehabilitation to prevent reoccurrence.

Whiplash

Whiplash is normally caused by car accidents and is related to the neck being forced in a forwards/backwards direction. This movement can damage the tissues/joints in the neck and upper body. Osteopathy can help alleviate any pain associated with this.

Headaches

Headaches can be caused by problems in the neck (cervical spine) such as tension and poor posture. If you suffer from headaches osteopathic treatment can determine whether the problem is related to your neck and treated accordingly.

Arthritis

Arthritis /osteoarthritis/"wear and tear" of the joints is a common condition that can affect any joint in the body. It is most common in the load bearing joints such as the hips, knees and lumbar spine. Arthritis is a normal process that is associated commonly but not always with ageing. Osteopathic treatment cannot cure the arthritis but can be very effective in reducing pain/swelling and increasing joint mobility. Advice, lifestyle changes and stretching exercises can help maintain the healthy function of joints once the symptoms have improved.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy causes great postural changes which can put a lot of strain on the musculoskeletal system of the body. This can vary greatly between individuals throughout pregnancy. Problems are common in the last trimester when the greatest weight gain occurs. These can include issues with the pelvic joints and pubic symphsis (pubic bone) as the ligaments soften and prepare for the birthing process. The most common problems encountered by expectant mothers include SPD (Pubic Symphsis Dysfunction), sacro-iliac joint issues and sciatica. These conditions can also commonly occur after the birth. Loughton Osteopaths are based at the Oaks Clinic, a specialist pregnancy centre and specialise in the treatment of pregnant women. Nicola works closely with Dr. Stephen Sandler who setup the expectant mothers clinic at the British School of Osteopathy and still practices at the Portland Hospital in Central London.

Neck/Shoulder pain

Chronic muscle tension can cause aching in the neck and shoulder area often as a result of poor posture. If there is wear-and-tear in the neck, this will decrease the range of movement and cause discomfort. Osteopathic treatment can help with this and offer advice on posture and stretching to help prevent recurring problems.

Joint problems

Osteopaths are often associated with treating back pain but can treat problems in any part of the body including the hips, legs, knees, ankles, feet, wrist, elbows, shoulders, arms and ribs.

Trapped nerve

Any nerve in the body can become trapped and irritated by inflammation, bones, muscles or abnormal function. This can result in pain, muscle weakness, pins and needles, numbness and burning sensations. Most commonly this affects either the low back or the neck. Osteopaths are trained to diagnose which nerve has been affected and safely release the pressure on the nerve to enable normal function to return.