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Do you suffer from chronic neck pain?

Friday, February 21, 2014

 

 

Do you suffer from chronic neck pain and stiffness? Do you get relief from massage or manual therapy only to feel your pain and stiffness come back within minutes?

 

You may be relying on the muscles in your neck and shoulders to help you breathe in, rather than relying on the diaphragm to do this.

 

If this is the case, every time you breathe in, your neck and shoulder muscles have to contract very strongly, to lift up your rib cage and all the organs in side it – a job that should be done mostly by the diaphragm muscle. This is enough to make anyone stiff and sore!

 

Handy tip: put your hands on your hips, then slide them up a bit to the bottom of your rib cage. Take a big breath in slowly and as you breathe in, you should feel your rib cage pushing out into your hands – as you breathe out slowly, you should feel you should feel your hands moving back in towards each other.

 

If you find it very difficult to feel your rib cage expand, you may need some help to loosen up this area and to make sure your diaphragm and its associated connective tissues, are ‘communicating’ well with the rest of your body.

 

To have your breathing mechanism assessed, treated and home exercise suggestions, make an appointment with one of the osteopaths at NSO


Sleeping like a baby?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

 

Did you know that osteopathic treatment may be able to help sleeping and behavioral issues in babies and kids?

 

Have you recently been on a flight , even a short, 1 hour domestic flight and your little one has stopped sleeping properly?

 

'Has your little one recently had a growth spurt or a fever?'

 

Are they more cranky or tearful than usual or just 'not themselves' and you have no idea why?

 

Over the sixteen years I have been treating babies and children, I have had Mums bring their little ones to me over and over for the above reasons and have experienced it in my own little girl. Time and time again there have been areas of tightness or irritation in their bodies, which, once treated , have led to a happier, calmer bub or toddler, and improved sleep. As an adult, you can understand if you are in pain or discomfort, or simply 'don't feel right' and are able to explain this clearly to others. Babies and children cannot do that, so we need to follow their cues and, as parents trust our instincts that they may need a little extra help.

 

Don't struggle, trust your gut and get them checked. If you're unsure, CALL me for a chat on 9907 8919.

Sharon


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