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Welcome to Baks Osteopathy Clinic, Maidstone, ME16 8LW.
We provide back, neck & shoulder pain relief in our Maidstone town centre clinic using Osteopathy, Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy, giving the best value we can in Maidstone.
There are male & female practitioners available for pain relief - please specify when you call us on 07984 007459 (Maidstone clinic).
We are the best value Osteopath, Acupuncturist & Craniosacral Therapists in Maidstone.
Call us now to book an appointment and let us help get you out of pain.
✆ 07984 007459
How Can We Help You?
- Generalised Aches & Pains
- Back, Neck & Shoulder Pain (Acute & Chronic)
- Sciatica/Leg Pain
- Arthritis Pain (Such As Hip, Knee & Spinal Arthritis)
- Muscle Spasm, Cramps & Circulatory Problems
- Frozen Shoulder & Elbow Tendonitis (inc. Repetitive Strain & Sports Injuries)
- Disc Injuries (a.k.a “slipped disc”)
- Bad Posture & Postural Pain (e.g. Maternity Related Pain & Repetitive Strain)
- Headaches Arising from The Neck
- Stress Related Pains & An Inability To Relax
- Digestive Problems
- Rheumatic Pains
All the family can benefit from the Osteopathy offered by Philip Wise BSc (Hons) Ost. D.O. and the Acupuncture & Craniosacral Therapy offered by Svetlana Wise M.D, D.O.
Postural problems often lead to back, neck and shoulder pain, which can also further manifest as dysfunction in other areas of the body too.
For this reason, Osteopathy and Craniosacral therapy provided here at Baks Osteopathy Maidstone, has been effective in resolving many problems such as stress, headaches and irritable bowel which can have a cause rooted in musculo-skeletal dysfunction.
Maternity Pain and Irritable babies have found good relief at the hands of Svetlana Wise with her Craniosacral therapy skills, but this is not the limit of her ability to help others with Craniosacral therapy.
Those who prefer not to have firm joint mobilisation often find Acupuncture & Craniosacral therapy to be an effective way of gaining pain and stress relief.
Osteopathy has proven efficacy in dealing with mechanical causes of low back pain and is a therapy that is now commonly recommended by GP's as an effective form of treatment. This is backed up by the government in their N.I.C.E guidelines, see extract below.
Sports people often benefit from Osteopathic treatment as it tends to free up restricted areas of the body which would otherwise be used to make the sporting activity much more efficient.
This can be thought of as driving a Formula One car with old spark plugs in the engine, or using worn tyres for a race and expecting the same performace. Osteopathy helps us by easing the strain of worn/painful areas by freeing up the area around it and offering advice about how best to optimise your training schedule in relation to your presenting problem.
Whatever your pain or stress related problem, ask us to help you find the solution.
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New NICE guidelines to help millions of people with low back pain
Millions of people with low back pain will benefit from new guidance issued to the NHS on the most effective ways to treat this often painful and distressing condition.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Clinical Guideline Centre today (Wednesday 27 May) publish a guideline to improve the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain. This covers people who have been in pain longer than six weeks but less than one year, where the pain may be linked to structures in the back such as the joints, muscles and ligaments. Setting out a range of effective mainstream and complementary treatments, the guideline recommends what care and advice the NHS should offer to people affected by low back pain.
Affecting around 1 in 3 adults in the UK each year, low back pain is a very common disorder, with an estimated 2.5 million people seeking help from their GP about their condition. For many people the pain goes away in days or weeks. However for some, the pain can be distressing and persist for a long time. It is difficult to ‘cure’ low back pain, but the treatments recommended in this guideline can reduce its effect on people’s lives.
Professor Peter Littlejohns, NICE Clinical and Public Health Director, said:
“Most people will be affected by low back pain at some stage in their lives, so it’s good news that the NHS now has evidence-based guidance on how to treat the condition effectively. There is variation in current clinical practice, so this new NICE guideline means that for the first time we now have the means for a consistent national approach to managing low back pain. Importantly patients whose pain is not improving should have access to a choice of different therapies including acupuncture, structured exercise and manual therapy [including Osteopathy]. The recommendations will enable health professionals to provide the best care and advice for people seeking help for low back pain, which should reduce the impact of the condition on patients’ day-to-day lives.”
Common conditions treated by us here at Baks Osteopathy Maidstone include;
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Tendonitis (inc. Repetitive Strain & Sports Injuries)
- Muscle spasm
- Arthritic Pain
- Disc Injuries
- Bad posture & postural pain
(e.g. maternity related pain & Repetitive Strain)
- Some types of headaches and stress related pains
- Overly Irritable babies
See below for more information.
Back, neck and shoulder pain
Back, neck & shoulder pain can commonly be caused by the reversible overstrain of joints, ligaments and muscles – this is the most common reason people come to see an Osteopath or a Craniosacral Therapist.
These strains can occur due to either short term (acute) injury, like twisting sharply, waking up with a jolt or overstretching.
It could also be something more long term (chronic) such as your workstation position, poor posture or a recurrent movement that you do at work/during sports that gradually develops into a chronic overstrain of certain muscles, ligaments or joints.
Osteopathy & Craniosacral Therapy is well suited to helping you with this sort of injury. We can also advise you how best to alter your work/sports routine to bring most benefit your body balance.
There are other causes of back, neck & shoulder pain, which are not treatable using Osteopathy or Craniosacral Therapy. If this is found to be the case, then your therapist will refer you to an appropriate health care specialist for further medical attention.
Tendonitis can come in many forms such as frozen shoulder, tennis elbow & golfer’s elbow. They are common amongst everyday non-sporty people and not just people who play tennis and golf for example.
The main causes of Tennis & Golfers’ elbow are repetitive overstrain (RSI) of the arms and hands and is usually related to office or manual work (computers & hand tools), or in the case of frozen shoulder can occur as a result of a relatively minor shoulder injury which doesn’t heal very well and is not rehabilitated properly.
With all of these conditions, they can come on for no apparent reason – which basically means that the joints and muscles involved have been under a constant strain for quite a while and that the last time you put it under strain (when you felt that initial big pain), it was 'the straw that broke the camel's back'.
Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists work to help reverse this musculo-skeletal tension and get to the root cause of the problem, which should help to decrease the likelihood of your pain recurring.
We also give advice for you to help yourself thus enabling you to take more control of the situation and this also helps to prevent recurrence of the same injury in future.
Sometimes injury occurs because of sprained ligaments (ankles, wrists etc), we can help your body to recover quicker than it normally would if there happens to be underlying restrictions or inappropriate strains on your body structure that prevent the ligaments from healing properly.
Muscle spasm can commonly be due to muscle overload or overstrain caused by repetitive work, excessive sports training without appropriate stretching or poor posture.
The pain is very sharp and is often mistaken for other more serious conditions such as Disc Injury with nerve entrapment (such as if spasm affects the Hamstring muscles it's commonly mistaken for sciatica).
Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists can help to relieve the stress placed on the overstrained muscles and realign the joints to affect the overall posture – taking the long term stress away from the body to help prevent recurrence of injury.
We can also advise you how best to alter your work/sports routine to bring most benefit your body balance.
As we age, our joints can wear (known as osteoarthritis) and our muscles can become more contracted as a result. This often leads to what are commonly known as 'Arthritic Pains'.
The pain can be due to a number of factors, but commonly it is due to the wear and tear of joint surfaces and the pain associated with muscle contraction.
Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists can’t help repair joints unfortunately, although you might be able to help yourself do it to some degree, with the correct diet and gentle exercise.
Osteopathy, Acupuncture & Craniosacral Therapy has great effects with managing the pain of contracted muscles, associated with these conditions.
When you couple our treatment here at Baks, with your self help, you can normally have a very positive effects with producing pain relief and increasing joint mobility.
The injury of a disc occurs when so much pressure is put on the disc, that the outer fibers tear. This is commonly due to a memorable event such as bending, lifting or a fall. A disc can also be damaged by less memorable events such as bending while gardening.
The most common place for a prolapsed disc to occur is in the lumbar (lower back) region although it may occur in the cervical region (neck) or, less commonly, in other places down the spine
Disc injuries are characterised by a band of pain over the sight of the injury, with or without symptoms into the leg or arm.
If the disc injury is in the neck the pain may be accompanied with arm and hand symptoms. In the case of a disc injury in the low back then the pain can be accompanied with symptoms into the legs and feet. The symptoms in the arms and legs can vary from being a deep ache, to tingling, numbness and weakness.
In some cases the back pain is worse than the leg symptoms and in other cases the leg symptoms are worse than the back symptoms.
In some cases there are leg symptoms but no back pain and in some cases there is back pain without leg symptoms.
Often it can take 12 – 48 hours for the symptoms to develop from a low back twinge into stiffness, then pain and then leg or arm symptoms.
How bad is a disc injury?
All disc injuries are serious and are completely different from the kind of low back pain that Osteopaths are famous for “clicking away” in a few sessions.
A small tear to the outer fibers of the disc can cause local inflammation which is very painful and can sometimes cause irritation of a spinal nerve (for example the sciatic nerve causing leg symptoms).
However, in a more serious injury the gelatinous material from inside the disc protrudes out of the disc and can compress spinal nerves. This is called a disc prolapse or herniated disc (or “slipped disc”). It is completely impossible to click the disc back into place with a swift manipulation as is sometimes thought by the general public.
Occasionally a severe prolapse may cause sciatica down both legs simultaneously.
IMPORTANT A severe prolapse may even affect the nerves to the bladder causing the sufferer to become incontinent, unable to pass water or to lose control of their bowels. If you have any change to your bowel or bladder functions you must go to your nearest accident and emergency hospital immediately.
Philip Wise, your Osteopath and Svetlana Wise, your Acupuncturist & Craniosacral Therapist, can help by reducing the restriction to areas around the injured disc and advising you on the best practice to increase your chances of a swift healing time.
Bad Posture/Postural Pain
It is common to get neck and back pain during pregnancy due to the changes in your posture and this can become severe as the weeks & months pass.
This is partly because of the natural release of a hormone called ‘Relaxin’ at around the middle of the second trimester, which leads to laxity of your ligaments and joints.
This can result in a higher strain being put on the whole body.
Resolving any background pain that you have in advance of pregnancy (or in earlier stages) could reduce the likelihood of you developing severe back pain during the later stages of your pregnancy, although this cannot be guaranteed as we are all individuals and have varying daily routines, some of which can act to re-trigger your pain in the future.
Even if you develop pain within the last trimester (6 - 9 months) then Osteopathy and cranio-sacral therapy could still help ease your pain and get you through to the final stages in the best possible health.
Somebody who has generally bad posture may suffer similarly but for different reasons (such as poor work posture). Philip Wise, your Osteopath and Svetlana Wise, your Acupuncturist & Craniosacral Therapist, can help by reducing restriction in areas which are tight and allowing a more normal body balance to resume.
Some types of headaches and stress related pains
Another common cause of pain in our ever-increasingly stress-filled world is cervicogenic headaches.
These are commonly linked with stress and tension in the muscles of the upper neck and shoulders.
Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists can't take away the stress elements of your emotional or work life – but they can work to alleviate the physical stresses that your body has to endure due to any physical restrictions that may be occurring on your body which are leading to the unnecessary tension in your neck and shoulders – thus helping to reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches.
'Migraines' are difficult conditions to deal with and it's certainly very difficult to get rid of them, but by no means impossible.
The Osteopath & Craniosacral Therapist can help by assisting in the adjustment of key mechanical areas of the body which in turn, can release the tension associated with certain types of headache.
Certain types of headaches can indicate more serious conditions and may need medical attention.
Your Osteopath & Craniosacral Therapist is trained to diagnose musculo-skeletal causes of pain and if it is deemed that your headache is not of a musculo-skeletal origin, then you will be referred to your G.P for appropriate testing to be carried out.
Overly Irritable babies
A prolonged or drawn out birth, possibly with the use of birth delivery tools (such as forceps or ventouse) can lead to a relative malalignment of the cranial bones, which could result in discomfort for your baby.
This may be displayed as prolonged periods of crying, maybe with their legs drawn up to their chest and for which your midwife may recommend medications such as ‘Infracol’.
Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists work gently, making very fine adjustments to cranial bone positioning and releasing restrictions in other key areas of the body which may become strained during birth.
Why not ask your midwife about how a Cranial Osteopath or Craniosacral Therapist can help you or your child?