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Natural treatments for pain in Falkirk and Stirling

In both our locations in Stirling and Falkirk, slipped discs are often the concern of our patients coming in with low back pain. They have the reputation for slipping out all over the place and causing all sorts of bother and people often worry that theirs are misbehaving.

We thought we’d tell you a bit more about these bits of your back, and how we can tell if they’re giving you trouble.

Read more: The Truth About Slipped Discs

I have heard many times that someone is reluctant to come see us for their back pain because they’re too nervous. They’re anxious about what the treatment is going to be like. Will treatment hurt? Will it be full of scary cracks and odd machines putting me in horrible positions?

It’s time to put the record straight on osteopathic techniques. The last thing we want is somebody missing out on pain relief because they are terrified to come in.

Read more: Osteopaths don’t just crack backs! Some of our best loved techniques.

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? It’s that time of year when the Christmas decorations have come down, the last of the chocolates have been polished off and social media abounds with gym adverts and photos of green smoothies. Overindulgence and parties are out, healthy changes and cosy nights on the sofa are in.

However, these healthy changes take a while to kick in, don’t they? It would be lovely if we could neck a pint of pureed kale and instantly feel ready for a half-marathon, but alas, the body needs a more sustained approach to health than that. Add to this the endless bugs going about, and you can find yourself just getting in to your New You regime when illness strikes dragging you back again.

Read more: Sick and Tired

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s what the song says! And it really is wonderful for the most part. Whether you use it for cosying up and resting, running around hosting and socialising or rekindling your faith during advent, this time of year has many opportunities to bring joy.

However, pain can ruin your plans and with all the busy-ness, it is easier than ever to get injured or to skip that maintenance appointment you’ve had in the diary for a couple of months. One word of advice-do try and carve out the time to get yourself onto the treatment couch for half an hour. Yes, there’s loads to do, with normal life to fit in along the way, but it’s better to take that little bit of time for your health now than be forced to take lots of time out for it later.

Read more: Christmas Pain Pitfalls

Tell me about any previous accidents, operations or illnesses, even if they seem irrelevant to your back pain.

This is one of my autopilot questions during a case history. The answer can be brief and fleeting (no, nothing) or absolutely huge (multiple surgeries, hospitalisations and ailments.) Even if it seems irrelevant. I need to include that bit, because people naturally assume that if they have come in with low back pain or neck pain, then surely that’s the only bit we’re looking at? If that back pain only started three days ago, why on earth do I need to know about having their appendix coming out ten years ago? I once had a patient insist that they had no surgeries to report. When they undressed I asked them what the massive scar down their chest was. A triple heart bypass performed two months earlier! Either my questioning wasn’t nearly clear enough (lesson learned) or this person had completely separated the front of their body from the back and deemed it unimportant to their current issue.

Read more: Why Do You Need To Know That?

Pain in the neck. It’s so commanding isn’t it? You are sitting at your desk, stuck in traffic, pushing the buggy, trying to get your pillow right and that constant nagging ache in your neck won’t shift. You feel like your spine is trying to disappear into your head or that you are wearing your shoulders like a pair of earrings. Maybe the ache has even crept up to where your head meets your neck and is steadily throbbing in a vice-like headache. Or perhaps it’s starting to spread into your upper arms like a weird arm toothache or down between your shoulder blades. You’re not sure if you need a three-hour massage, a two-week holiday or a part exchange on your whole spine. Why is it so sore? You didn’t even “do” anything to it. Well there could be loads of different reasons and grabbing an osteopathy session will get to the bottom of it but what to do in the meantime? Here are some quick and easy tips to apply right now that may help lift that heavy, dragging pain in the neck until some expert hands can get to it.

Read more: A Right Pain In The Neck

When we hear the word prescription we tend to think of a slip of paper from a GP with an order for medicines. Actually, a prescription is the advice or recommendation of something beneficial. Osteopaths cannot prescribe medicines or drugs, but we do prescribe things like exercises. I had a woman in my clinic recently who is exhausted and emotional. She is trying to balance life with a new-born, fussy baby and a severely ill family member who she is responsible for. I offered tissues and reassurance that she is indeed doing a good enough job despite her feelings, but I know she desperately needs to take some time to gain some headspace. So, I issued a verbal prescription of twenty minutes to do something genuinely unrelated to her to-do list or to do nothing at all. Rather than feel guilty about it, she is to view it as medicinal.

Read more: Twenty Minutes
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Tuesday 16 July: Today's Staff

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It is hard to find a more friendly, professional and dedicated to wellness team than this. Helen and Dave have restored my youth...or at least my ability to move and enjoy playing with my son. I cannot thank you enough! 

Pebbles Milne

Pebbles Milne

As a musician I live with the a lot of aches and pains. I've tried many many things over the years to feel better. David McCabe has changed my life and given me relief and freedom in my body that I'd given up hope of ever feeling. David and Helen are the nicest people you could meet but are also thoroughly professional and brilliant at what they do. I have recommended them to many of my friends and colleagues. Can't thank them enough. Back2Life Clinic is the best. Thank you David and Helen. 

Kathleen Coubrough

Kathleen Coubrough

My life was on hold due to chronic back pain and I lost 4 years of my life waiting for the NHS to help/cure me. After a recommendation I visited the Back2Life clinic. After just 3 months I was able to work again and since then I finally got married and had a baby. The name says it all.... They really did help me Back2Life! 

Arlene Mcconnachie

Arlene Mcconnachie

Very professional and welcoming. Took my 12 week baby as he was having problems 'winding'. After 2 sessions with Helen he is so much better - so much happier and I don't dread feeding times and endless hours of trying to wind. Highly recommend trying if you have a wee one with colicky symptoms. 

Lynsey Graham

Lynsey Graham

Success Stories

It is hard to find a more friendly, professional and dedicated to wellness team than this. Helen and Dave have restored my youth...or at least my ability to move and enjoy playing with my son. I cannot thank you enough!

Pebbles Milne, osteopathy patient

As a musician I live with the a lot of aches and pains. I've tried many many things over the years to feel better. David McCabe has changed my life and given me relief and freedom in my body that I'd given up hope of ever feeling. David and Helen are the nicest people you could meet but are also thoroughly professional and brilliant at what they do. I have recommended them to many of my friends and colleagues. Can't thank them enough. Back 2 Life Clinic is the best. Thank you David and Helen.

Kathleen Coubrough, osteopathy patient

My life was on hold due to chronic back pain and I lost 4 years of my life waiting for the NHS to help/cure me. After a recommendation I visited the Back2Life clinic. After just 3 months I was able to work again and since then I finally got married and had a baby. The name says it all.... They really did help me Back2Life!

Arlene Mcconnachie, osteopathy patient

Very professional and welcoming. Took my 12 week baby as he was having problems 'winding'. After 2 sessions with Helen he is so much better - so much happier and I don't dread feeding times and endless hours of trying to wind. Highly recommend trying if you have a wee one with colicky symptoms.

Lynsey Graham, osteopathy patient

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