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Spinal stenosis is a condition which affects many people and happens when the space around the spinal cord becomes narrowed.
This occurs most commonly in the lumbar region, but can occur in the cervical region too.
As the space becomes narrow, there may be pressure on the spinal cord and also the supporting blood and nerve supplies too. This will then affect levels below the area of restriction.
The main reason for the narrowing is wear and tear due to arthritic change. Arthritis can lead to bony outgrowths on your joints and thickening of ligaments too, which can encroach the spinal canal.
Sometimes vertebral collapse can also cause this as a result of trauma or osteoporosis.
It is common for patients who have stenosis to present with back and/or leg pain which may affect 1 or both legs. The pain tends to be worse when walking, especially a distance and is eased by sitting, resting or bending forwards.
Often people will mention their symptoms ease when they push the supermarket trolley. It is more common in the older ager groups, due to degenerative change, but can also occur as a result of other underlying conditions like Ankylosing Spondylitis or Paget’s disease.
Osteopathic treatment, although not altering the underlying condition, can help to improve function and mobility, alongside prescriptive exercise to ease pressure on the spinal cord.
Patients will often respond favourably with this approach and it can help reduce the need for surgical intervention.
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Osteopathy and Indian Head Massage could assist sinusitis problems
The sinuses are small air filled chambers which are located above your eyes, around your nose and in your cheekbones.
Their function is to warm and moisten the air as it makes its way to the lungs and to trap bacteria.
The bacteria can then be removed when you swallow or blow your nose.
When there is inflammation of the membrane linings, sinusitis develops and drainage becomes restricted.
This may lead to infection, headache and pain in the face, over the eyes, into the teeth and jaw and generally make you feel pretty awful.
Medications can be given to help ease symptoms, reduce the inflammation and dry the area up, but treatments may help to address problems underlying the cause.
Osteopathy may help with movement of the neck, upper body, lymphatic drainage and address cranial and muscular tensions, which could be worsening or maintaining symptoms. Indian head massage may also provide similar relief.
Both will work to encourage better drainage of the sinuses and aid prevention of the mucus build up.
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