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Natural treatments for pain in Falkirk and Stirling

Length differences or shoulder dips or worry that one side always seems a little rotated this way or that.

A strong indication that a body isn’t coping is pain or dysfunction. When the body is shouting at us in pain, these observable asymmetries may point us towards where the problem is. They could also be a knock-on effect from something else that helps us build a bigger picture.

However, generally speaking our body halves are not mirror images and it’s simply because we’re not built that way!

 Here are some examples of when the body is not symmetrical.

Read more: Should I worry that I’m not symmetrical?

Most people know that osteopaths study over four or five years full time and that they cover a range of subjects concerning the human body. On top of this they spend over a thousand hours in clinic as part of their training.

Nobody would be surprised to learn that an osteopath will have studied human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics (how your body moves) and clinical methods (think tapping knees with little hammers and taking blood pressure.)

Read more: Four subjects an osteopath studies which may surprise you

Most people have heard of their hamstrings. They are the muscles at the back of your thigh that always seem to be tight. Footballers seem to strain them a lot. You’ve no doubt considered or had a good hamstring sports massage at some point. Perhaps you get them mixed up with the other big muscle group of the thigh, the “quads” or you possibly know that they are somewhere near your “glutes.”

Read more: 3 Things you didn’t know about your hamstrings

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
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Friday 27 November: 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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