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What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition involving the irritation or damage of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a symptom which represents an underlying cause or problem in the Lumbar spine (lower back) and pelvis. It is categorised with pain starting at the buttock and down the back of the legs and loss of sensations in the legs (typically one at a time); difficulty in walking; and is accompanied by lower back pain to varied degrees, from minor back ache to debilitating lower back pain. In more server cases, loss of bladder and sexual functions is present with Sciatica patients. Sciatica not only makes simple daily activities of sufferers a big chore but has a social impact on their lives.

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What are the causes of sciatica?

Underlying causes of Sciatica is associated with Spinal disc herniations or disc/neural compressions; Spinal Sternosis; Spondylolisthesis; Osteophytes (abnormal excess bone growth); Piriformis Syndrome.

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What are some Sciatica Treatments?

  Sciatica treatments may include the consumption of NSAIDs (Anti-inflammatory) and Analgesics (Pain Killers) for temporary pain relief. However, these drugs have been found to have side-effects in the body such as stomach ulcerations, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, heartburn and nausea and vomiting. Hence, Anti-inflammatory and Analgesics are NOT recommended for long-term use. Elective Surgery is another option for the management of Sciatica. This is done by directly removing the underlying cause, that been Spinal Disc Herniations/Prolepses or osteophytes and/or cutting away deep muscle fibres to minimise irritation on the Sciatic nerve. Spinal surgery often removes pain, however in some cases pain and symptoms can become worse with the risk of damaging adjacent nerve structures. Patients should also be informed that Spinal Surgery will require time taken off from work; often between 10-12weeks post-surgery rehabilitation is necessary.

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Sciatica treatment for sufferers

Osteopaths are specially trained to make differential diagnosis for such underlying causes for Sciatica sufferers. Osteopathy is a non-invasive, conservative sciatica treatment approaches that offer Specific treatment/management programs to suit individual Sciatica presentations. These treatment/management programs may include Disc De-compressions and mobilisations, Piriformis Mobilisations and Stretching, Spinal corrections and Condition-Specific Exercises to minimise degenerative changes and the development of Osteophytes. Osteopathic care is the safe and effective alternative sciatica treatment to surgery and medications, to remove pain; increase comfort of spinal movements; improve quality of living to allow simple daily life activities done simply and with ease.

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Neuropathy (Peripheral Neuropathy)

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is characterised by abnormal sensations in the hand and/or feet, marked by Pin and needles, coldness, pain, as well as impaired muscle movement and/or prevention of normal sensation. Neuropathy is also commonly referred to as peripheral neuropathy, which devotes to the compression and/or leading to damage of nerves in the peripheral nervous system.
The nervous system is made up of the Central Nervous System consisting of the brain and spinal cord, and the Peripheral Nervous System containing all other nerves that then innovate/supply through to all the organs, glands, muscles, tissues and limbs of the body. Hence, neuropathy (or damage to the PNS) leads to symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness most commonly affecting the small nerves at the extremes of the body, that been the hands and feet.

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What are some symptoms of neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy can significantly impact an individual's quality of life including everyday activities by causing major disruptions including Sleep disturbances, Mood changes, Impairment of social, occupational, and recreational functioning. The prevalence of Neuropathy in Australia is estimated to be around 8-10% of the population. Neuropathy typically affects people over 40 in both male and female genders however; symptoms, severity and frequency may vary from person to person.

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What are some causes of neuropathy

Neuropathy can be caused by a variety of precipitating factors including trauma, disc/spinal compressions, diabetes, alcohol abuse, and cancer chemotherapy. They disrupt the nerve signals of the Peripheral Nervous System, in particular to the extremities of the body (our hands and feet).

Who can help Neuropathy sufferers?

Osteopaths are specially trained in dealing with Nerve conditions such as Neuropathy. Osteopaths are trained with in-depth anatomical and physiological knowledge of the Nervous System and its conditions and presentations. Conditions such as nerve irritations, pins and needles, spinal injuries, disc and spinal decompressions and spinal re-alignments are Osteopaths’ common daily clinical dealings.
Osteopathic care provides a non-invasive way of effective relief treatment for decreased peripheral nerve conductions and pathways to our limbs and extremities that seen in Neuropathy patients.

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Care for Neuropathy sufferers

By using various ‘hands-on’ techniques including soft tissue massage, joint manipulation, excess fluid and lymph drainage, neural mobilisation techniques and more, Osteopaths treats Neuropathy cases by increase neural stimulations and decreasing compressions and irritations to the Peripheral Nervous System and the extremities. Osteopathic care in turn helps to lessen the neural pain and discomforts in Neuropathy sufferers, offering a better quality of life for these that are tired of trying medications.

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Sydney Chiropractors and Osteopaths Treatment for Neuropathy

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic medical disorder commonly involving the widespread of pain in the muscles and connective tissues, chronic fatigue, sleeping disturbance, and multiple tender points on the body. In some cases, allodynia may also be experienced by people with Fibromyalgia; this is the heightened and painful response to pressure that normally would not otherwise.

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown; however researchers have reached some hypotheses to suggest its possible links. These include stress factors; physical trauma – in particular neck traumas such as whiplash in motor vehicle accidents and psychological factors such as depression and other simular low mood disorders involving the changes in neurotransmitters and Serotonin levels.

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Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Symptoms in fibromyalgia patients can vary from patient to patient depending on duration of onset and may require personalised management plans. The Medical Journal of Australia repeatedly suggests physical therapy including Osteopathic care, good nutrition, and an active exercise program used in conjunction with one another is the best approach for the relief of fibromyalgia symptoms.

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Eliminating Fibromyalgia Symptoms with Diet

A good dietary plan is also paramount to eliminate fibromyalgia symptoms. Dietary supplements or dietary intakes should include foods that contain high levels of Magnesium, Melatonin, Malic acid, ascorbigen, and S-adenosylmethionine to improve the immune system, pain, joint stiffness, sleeping pattern and chronic fatigue in patients with Fibromyalgia.

Care for Fibromyalgia Patients

Osteopathic and Chiropractic Care in Australia is becoming more recognised among Fibromyalgia patients for its many benefits including pain relief and chronic fatigue. Osteopaths and Chiropractors applying various techniques including: fluid and lymph drainage, joint manipulation, neural mobilisation techniques to help improve mobility and increase energy levels, bring about the decrease of fatigue and widespread pain.

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Phases of treatment for Fibromyalgia

It is a trusted, simple, safe and effective way for treating people with Fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia treatments can be broken down into 3 Phases:

  1. The Relief Phase
  2. Corrective Phase, and
  3. Wellness Phase.

In the Relief and Corrective phases, Osteopathic adjustments to the neck and spine can correct and restore the natural alignment of the whole body, which can reduce pain all over the body for Fibromyalgia patients.
Other benefits of Osteopathic care in initial Phases include better circulations to muscles, increased flexibility and range of motion, reduction of stiffness as well as improving sleep patterns and eliminating chronic fatigue.

In the later phase, Osteopaths also use exercises, muscle stimulations, and physical activities to help improve the overall physical health of Fibromyalgia patients. In this Wellness Phase of Fibromyalgia treatment, an Active Condition-Specific Exercise Program is prescribed by the Osteopath. This is aimed at maintaining the Pain-Free State and Increased Physical Mobility in ‘EX-Fibromyalgia sufferers’.

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