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Natural treatments for pain in Falkirk and Stirling

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

Sometimes, I see a patient who has several different things going on and it is hard to know where to start. With experience (and the advice of a wise tutor ringing in my ears from many years ago) I have learned that getting my patient to breathe better is often a brilliant place to begin. This is in part academic and in part instinctive. Academically I know how important it is to get enough oxygen to tissues, especially tissues trying to heal from injury or whenever pain is involved. There is a reason birthing mothers are told so much about breathing! Movement of the diaphragm causes the lungs to inflate and deflate, but I also know that it massages the abdominal contents and helps digestion. Recently, an amplified MRI of somebody breathing caught my attention, and the rhythmic rise and fall of the diaphragm even seemed to perform a gentle massage of the brain by moving everything up and everything down. Breathing is clearly a whole- body activity.

Read more: Just Breathe!

Some things to remember when your pain seems stuck.

According to Wikipedia, the word, patient originally meant “one who suffers.” Well, I’m sure anyone who has paced the floor at 4am with sciatica or had their arm locked to their side with frozen shoulder would agree they are most definitely a patient. Look at the word patient another way and it describes being able to accept problems or suffering without being annoyed or anxious. Easier said than done right?

The reality is that despite living in this world of instant messaging, instant results and super-duper fast broadband speeds, the human body still needs time to respond and heal to injury even when helped along the way with some treatment.

So how can you be a more patient patient? Here are a few thoughts which may help.

Read more: Lingering Pain

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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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