Posts Tagged ‘osteopathy’

Tamworth osteopath launches new GP CPD training workshops

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Osteopaths in Tamworth at the Atlas Pain Relief Centre are launching new training workshops aimed at GP’s.

The CPD workshops will allow the GP’s to use the time spent to be allocated against their CPD requirements.

The first workshop is on 29 November 2012 at the Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Victoria Rd  Tamworth and invites have been sent out.

The first workshop will have guest speaker Mr Amir Salama who is a consultant shoulder surgeon at Little Aston and Good Hope Hospital and he will be joined by lecturers in back pain and sacroiliac joint pain.  There will also be a demonstration on how laser foot 3D scanning can accurately map the contours of your feet when prescribing orthotics for overpronation.

Hot and cold food is available for invited delegates and CPD attendance certificates will be issued at the end.

Atlas hope to offer regular CPD events throughout the year and look forward to networking with the local GP’s

Please visit the website  www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk

Tamworth Osteopaths recruit more Osteopaths for the Atlas Pain Relief Centre team

Monday, March 21st, 2011

More Osteopaths  have joined the Atlas Pain Relief Centre practice.  Two additional Osteopaths have taken their place at the Hall Green Clinic in Birmingham and another local Nuneaton Osteopath has joined the Tamworth practice.  With another Back Pain Clinic opening in Atherstone during the summer of 2011 this takes the total clinics to three.

Nuneaton back pain sufferers can visit the Atherstone clinic as it has free parking and easy access.  Local villages such as Sibson, Twycross and Norton Juxta can visit the local Atherstone Back Pain Clinic soon.  The Atlas clinic will be an alternative to Nuneaton Chiropractor treatment for back pain

Physiotherapy will be available at the Atherstone and Tamworth clinics from HPC registered physiotherapists and  GOsC osteopaths with acupuncture treatments for many pain related symptoms.

The website www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk has all the contact details and information

Atherstone Back Pain Relief Centre will open summer 2011

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Atherstone back pain clinic will open in summer 2011 and be available to provide pain relief for Atherstone back pain and neck pain sufferers.

Atlas Pain Relief Centre will be expanding to add another clinic in Atherstone.  Clinic Director John Williams will offer Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Acupuncture to the people of Atherstone, Nuneaton and the surrounding villages.

Free car parking and easy access will mean Atherstone will be easier to get to with less fuss than trying to park in Nuneaton or Tamworth.

Back pain, neck pain, shoulder and knee pain, sciatica and trapped nerve problems can be treated in Atherstone as well as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis and foot pain.  Clinic Director John Williams will initially work at the Atherstone clinic and be joined by acupuncture practitioners, podiatrist and sports therapists.

If you are looking for private physiotherapy then Atlas is the place to visit  www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk

for an appointment you can call 01827 59943

Atherstone Back Pain Clinic planned for 2011 by Atherstone Osteopath

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Atherstone, North Warwickshire is soon to get a new back pain clinic.  Atherstone Osteopath John Williams from Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Tamworth intends to open another pain relief centre in Atherstone in 2011.

The plan is to offer Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Acupuncture and Sports Injury treatments to Atherstone and the surrounding villages.

As it currently stands, Atherstone people have to travel to Nuneaton or Tamworth to find a back pain clinic and this will soon be well catered for by the Atlas Pain Relief Centre team of practitioners.

Back pain, backache, bulging disc, trapped nerve, sciatica, muscle twinges and muscle spasm can all be treated soon in Atherstone and Atlas offers an alternative to Nuneaton Chiropractors and Tamworth Chiropractors for back pain treatment.

The Atlas team will soon have a new website to launch the clinic but until then the www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk website can be used for appointments.  You do not need a GP referral and there will be no waiting times.

Telephone 01827 59943 if you need an urgent appointment

chiropractor, osteopath and physiotherapy compared by Tamworth Osteopath

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Osteopath, Chiropractor or Physiotherapist, which one do i need, and what is the difference? This is a common question from members of the public and depending on who you ask you will probably get different answers. It is far easier to compare the similarities between them rather than the differences.

Firstly it is important to stress that this is my opinion based on experience of having worked alongside all professions. My name is John Williams, a GOsC registered Osteopath and HPC registered Physiotherapist.?I am Clinic Director of Atlas Pain Relief Centre based in Tamworth and Solihull. www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk

I begin by stating that all three professions treat the same patients, it is probably that each profession has a slightly different approach thats all. Within the professions you will get individuals with certain specialities that they have more experience in, and feel more comfortable with.

All three professions are regulated by their respective governing bodies and are highly trained. All three follow a recognised university degree programme. Physiotherapy can be either a 3 or 4 year programme of training whereas Osteopaths and Chiropractors cover a 5 year training programme.

Currently the Physiotherapists are found mostly within the NHS on completion of their training as they are the largest employers. Osteopaths and Chiropractors are mainly in private practice but will at some stage in the future i believe, be working within the NHS framework.

The training of each profession is slightly different but increasingly there appears to be more crossover.?For a long time Osteopaths and Chiropractors were performing High Velocity Thrusts (HVT’s) which is the cracking of backs and necks and requires much expertise. Now we see Physiotherapists training in this type of treatment, however i feel that many practitioners perform these techniques after short training workshops, and the lack of training in this area concerns me. Acupuncture is another similar workshop training that can produce practitioners with little experience. The public should, in my opinion, be informed of the length of training in this activity as poor results from an inexperienced practitioner can give the profession a bad name.

Physiotherapists are trained in electrotherapy and more Osteopaths and Chiropractors now use this form of treatment.

Chiropractors use the title “Doctor” in front of their name whereas Osteopaths refused this option as they felt the public may confuse them with GP’s. Most Chiropractors are not GP’s and are only using the title “Doctor of Chiropractic” The general public are confused about who does what and are told such a variety of answers to their questions they are understandably confused.

At Atlas Pain Relief Centre our aim is to be honest with our patients and put their welfare first.

Let us look at some of the comments and questions i am asked on a regular basis.

I am told i need an xray in order to see the condition and determine alignment of my spine! Well maybe if a fracture or pathology is suspected, but xrays are not good for you and shouldn’t be a routine procedure!.

There should be no need to pay for xrays as your GP will refer you for free. This can be done within no more than 2 weeks but if they consider it urgent then it can be done the same day.

After a conversation with the General Chiropractic Council, my understanding is that xrays that are taken by chiropractors become part of your case notes.  As such they are kept securely at their clinic and they will not give them to you because they are required to keep them.  However as you are entitled to copies of your case notes if you request them, chiropractors must supply you with a copy of the xray if you ask them.

There is a charge of up to £50 that can be made by the practitioner for the supply of your case notes which means that, should you agree to an xray from a chiropractor you will have to pay for the initial xray, plus should you require a copy of this xray you may have to pay another £50 to have a copy.  This has to be factored into the cost of receiving an xray at your chiropractors should you want a copy for your records or indeed wish to have a second opinion on the diagnosis you have been given.

If you consider that the NHS provide xrays via your GP for free then this may be a more cost effective route should you need xray imaging. Your GP should be able to advise you on the use of xrays.

.Your spine is out of alignment and needs a lot of treatment to get it back in line !

The human spine varies in shape and size between individuals and adapts to a variety of situations. To attempt to make a spine that is naturally different to become more traditional would only upset the harmony of the back and create more problems that you may already have. If your spine fails to function correctly then perhaps you may be experiencing a facet lock which is basically vertebrae getting stuck creating a restriction in movement and often accompanied with muscle spasm. You experienced practitioner should be capable of feeling this restriction and releasing it for you. If you find that you are told to keep returning for the same treatment, then question the treatment plan. Facet locks will not be evident via scans or xrays as they are a problem of function, in other words if you take a photograph of a door when closed, you wouldn’t be able to determine if it is stuck and fails to open would you!

Your pelvis is out of line or twisted You may experience a rotated ilia which refers to this condition however they are simple to adjust and should not need to be corrected more than a couple of times. If this continues to occur then there is an underlying problem which needs attention. Continual adjustments (cracking your back and neck) leads to hypermobile joints which will give you more problems. Some practitioners use the term “your pelvis is out, or misaligned” far too often, when in fact it may not be. What springs to mind here is “If your only tool is a hammer, you will always see the world as a nail”

If you get the same treatment everytime you go, then maybe it is a set routine you are getting and not customised for you. Chances are, everyone may be getting the same treatment as you, even though you all present with different problems.

Before any treatment takes place ask for a diagnosis. If they seem unsure then get another opinion. If you see no improvement in 4 treatments consider looking for a second opinion.

At Atlas we resolve most back and neck pain between 4 and 6 treatments and will educate patients on their condition, explaining via models of the spine what is wrong and how firstly we intend to correct the problem and more importantly how to prevent this from occuring again.

Finally, how much will it cost. This depends on individuals and location. Ask how long you will be getting for treatment and how much each session costs. When you have this information compare other professions for value. Ask yourself if you are only offered 10 mins per session ” am i on a production line and is this sufficient time to help me” £25 may be cheaper than £35 but if you compare 10 minutes to 30 minutes you can make value comparisons. The cheapest isn’t always the best and word of mouth recommendations are valuable”

If you would like any advice on back or neck problems then email info@atlaspainrelief.co.uk

Osteopath Tamworth offers discounted sports massage treatments for 2011 London Marathon Runners

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

 

Osteopaths Tamworth from the Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Lower Gungate Tamworth town centre has set up a discount scheme for London Marathon runners.  Osteopathy in Tamworth is well established and the Tamworth Osteopaths at Atlas have been in practice now for 10 years.

The clinic has a website www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk  and the contact number is 01827 59943

Runners who are training for the 2011 Virgin London Marathon can now get sports massage treatments from experienced sports therapists and massage therapists who regularly see runners.

Regular massage is the key to help recovery after long training runs and will enable the therapist to uncover potential common running injuries.

Stretching and easing tight muscles is a great way to keep you running and reducing lactic acid deposits in muscles after training will help the muscles work better and prevent soreness.

Advice from running injury experts will enable runners get the most out of their training and help them achieve their goals.

Atlas Pain Relief Centre has sports physiotherapists and a sports podiatrist at the Tamworth clinic that can help runners with overpronation and provide prescription orthotic insoles.

Tamworth Osteopaths treat sacroiliac joint inflammation.

Monday, June 14th, 2010

John Williams of Tamworth Osteopaths in Tamworth near Lichfield Staffordshire is often asked about sacroiliac joint problems.  Does physiotherapy from a physiotherapist help, does chiropractic treatment from a chiropractor help or does osteopathy from an osteopath help.  The answer is not the profession but in someone who understands the problem and has a successful record in treating this common condition.

What is the sacroiliac joint?

The sacroiliac joint can be found within the pelvic girdle.  We all have two sacroiliac joints which are positioned between the sacrum and the ilia.

As joints are named where bones meet each other, the sacroiliac joint gets its name from the sacrum (sacro) and Ilium (iliac) which can be found each side of your lower back.

The sacrum is a triangular shaped bone which forms the base of your spine and has 5 fused vertebrae.  The Ilium is a flat irregular shaped bone which is found on both left and right sides. At the front of the pelvic girdle the two ilium bones meet at the pubis symphysis.  At the rear the two ilium bones meet the sacrum at the two sacroiliac joints.

The bones of the pelvic girdle are held together by many ligaments but there is movement which occurs at the sacroiliac joints and the pubis symphysis.  As you can imagine when moving, the pelvic girdle comes under immense strain from the legs, which act like long levers.  The two sacroiliac joints at the back and pubis at the front act like expansion joints and dissipate the forces, allowing the bones of the pelvis to absorb the stress.  Without this the pelvis would fracture.

Sacroiliac Joint Function

The sacroiliac joint allows movement between bones of the pelvic girdle.  The movement is not extensive but enough to release the stress on the pelvis.

The sacrum is alleged to have 3 points of axis which enables it to move like a universal joint.  The adjacent SI Joints absorb this movement and allow the spine and pelvis to operate normally.  As the sacrum is wedged shape being thinner below and wider up above, it is designed to wedge between the 2 Ilias when requiring stability of the pelvis.

We therefore have a joint that needs to be able to lock and also move when required.  Take for example a door which has a function of closing and locking and on occasions when required it opens and swings on its hinges.  When the door is operating correctly everything is fine, but if the door sticks it may not be able to move as it should.  The sacroiliac joint is the same because its function is both to allow movement and when required restrict movement.

The problems occur when function is impaired and the SI sticks and gets jammed.

Sacroiliac Joint Inflammation

Sacroiliac joints seem to be prone to inflammation, either the adjacent ligaments can become stretched and inflamed or the joint itself seems to become painful and show signs of inflammation.  Inflammation of the sacroiliac joint is called “sacroiliitis”.   Inflammation is referred to as “itis” and can be found describing many inflammatory conditions.

It is unclear why inflammation of the SIJ occurs but one theory is that inflammation is triggered when the joint sticks and ligaments are stretched during movement.  It matters not what causes this problem as long as it can be resolved.

Symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint inflammation

SIJ symptoms vary in intensity and presentation.  Classic symptoms are:

One sided low back pain (occasionally it can change sides)

Pain when turning in bed

Pain rising from sitting

Pain swinging legs in and out of a car.

Groin pain (which can lead to testicle pain in men)

Radiating pain around the buttock and thigh

Occasionally the SIJ symptoms mimic sciatica which often leads to misdiagnosis.

Treatment of Sacroiliac Joints

Treating the SIJ involves two aspects.  Firstly treating the symptoms of pain and lack of mobility and secondly treating the cause.

Inflammation can be treated with ice and interferential electrotherapy, which is a machine often used by physiotherapists. Massage may make you feel better but will not improve the problem

The cause is more complex and can be from poor biomechanics, twisting and bending, trauma or indeed it can be a leg length difference.  This can cause a misaligned pelvis.

An examination is advised along with a biomechanical assessment to determine causative factors and then treatment can begin.

Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Tamworth and Solihull Birmingham have designed a specific treatment regime for problem sacroiliac joints and have success in less than 6 visits normally.

The  website www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk shows Tamworth Osteopaths prices information and treatment costs.

Appointments can be made by telephoning 01827 59943

Tamworth Osteopath launches Running Injury Clinic in Tamworth

Monday, June 7th, 2010

With the increase in popularity in distance running now, Tamworth Osteopath John Williams has set up a running injury clinic at the Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Tamworth town centre, Staffordshire. Tamworth osteopaths are not all you will find at Atlas. Physiotherapists providing physiotherapy and sports injury treatments as well as massage.

Bringing in the expertise of Sports Podiatrist Peter Taylor from Solihull Birmingham who will be providing biomechanical assessments and prescription orthotics to help resolve issues of overpronation and flat feet.

The Tamworth osteopaths at Atlas have an experienced sports injury team who treat runners and sportsmen and women from Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield, Atherstone, Measham, Brownhills and Swadlincote.

The Atlas sports massage team will be attending this years Lichfield 10k race in September 2010 providing free massage and injury treatment during the event.

Atlas have become well known in the treatment of Sports Injuries and Running Injuries is such a specialist area that the Tamworth clinic decided to take on Peter to provide a comprehensive service for local runners.

The website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk is a very useful source of information on running injuries and well worth a look.

Runners from the London Marathon and Birmingham Half Marathon regularly visit Tamworth and Solihull clinics for injury treatment and Sports Massage.

Patients will now be able to get prescription orthotics from Tamworth and receive a full biomechanical assessment from our Sports Podiatrist who is a 1hour 10min half marathon winner himself.

Appointments can be made by telephoning 01827 59943

Tamworth Osteopath teams up with a Tamworth Chiropodist

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Tamworth Osteopath John Williams has been joined by Chiropodist and Podiatrist Peter Taylor.at the Staffordshire clinic

Peter has joined the team at Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Lower Gungate, Tamworth town centre and will be providing footcare services for people in Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield, Brownhills, Swadlincote, Atherstone, and Measham

Treating common foot complaints such as ingrowing toenails, athletes foot, corns, callus and hard skin, Peter will compliment the existing team of  Tamworth Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Acupuncturists and Sports Massage Therapists.

Atlas provide a range of services to treat back pain, sciatica, trapped nerve, slipped and bulging discs, stiff neck, knee pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow and much more.  The website www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk highlights common problems and is worth a visit.

If you need an appointment for either back pain of footcare then contact reception on 01827 59943

Tamworth Osteopath recruits a new female Chartered Physiotherapist

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Tamworth osteopaths Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Lower Gungate Tamworth Staffordshire have secured the services of a new female musculo-skeletal physiotherapist.

Kelly Grove will be joining the Atlas team on June 19th 2010 and will be based at the Tamworth Back Pain Relief Clinic.  Kelly will be treating back pain and sports injuries and providing physiotherapy treatments and sports massage to Tamworth, Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield customers.

Kelly has experience working with Rugby League players from Featherstone Rovers Rugby League team and is currently first team physiotherapist for Birmingham Ladies football team.  Kelly will be adding acupuncture to her list of skills this summer too.

If you wish to find out more about back pain and suitable treatments then visit the website www.tamworthosteopath.co.uk or call for an appointment on 01827 59943