Emmett Technique 10 December 2012Posted by davidghallam in back pain, Emmett technique, muscle pain, neck pain.
Tags: Emmett technique, knee pain, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain
Emmett technique is a gentle body therapy developed by Ross Emmett, an Australian practitioner. It uses light pressure and movement on specific points of the body to relieve muscle tension and restore balance. I did some Emmett training back in 2011 and have been using bits of it ever since as a complement to the McTimoney chiropractic moves I use in clinic.
I have seen some very good results with Emmett: particularly with persistent muscle problems that have failed to respond to other approaches. It’s also very comfortable to receive and has quick results so you can see (and feel) whether it has helped straight away. I have used it to help people with assorted muscular aches and pains including: neck and shoulder pain, low back pain and knee pain. It does not work for everybody but can be remarkably effective when it does.
I was so impressed by the results I was getting I carried on with the training and have now qualified as an Emmett practitioner (December 2012).
I will continue to use the technique in clinic as an adjunct to other therapies and I will also offer it as a standalone technique for those people who just want an Emmett treatment without any chiropractic.
Give the clinic a call if you are interested in this approach. David Hallam
Neuromuscular Reeducation (NMR) 17 November 2012Posted by davidghallam in back pain, muscle pain, neck pain, sport.
Tags: active release technique, back problems, muscle tension, neck pain, trigger point therapy
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What is it?
Neuromuscular Reeducation (NMR) is a soft-tissue technique that offers rapid and lasting relief from the pain and loss of function caused by many of the most common injuries affecting the nerves, muscles, connective tissue and joints. It combines elements of sports massage, trigger point therapy, fascial release and active release techniques.
Period pains and McTimoney chiropractic 29 December 2009Posted by davidghallam in back pain, period pain, pregnancy, research.
Tags: alignment, back pain, birth, chiropractic, difficult labour, dysmenorrhoea, gentle, headache, horse riding, maintenance, McTimoney, menstrual pain, neck pain, nerve pain, period pain, pregnancy
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The following article was first published in the Times Newspaper on 26 August 2006. See the original on the Times website.
It works for me: McTimoney chiropractic
A therapy for backache also did the trick for one woman’s period pains, says Emma Mahony
Chiropractic and clay pigeon shooting 14 September 2009Posted by davidghallam in neck pain, shoulder pain, sport.
Tags: chiropractic, clay pigeon, McTimoney, neck pain, shooting, shoulder pain, sport
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An interesting piece of training on Saturday 12th September. Chiropractors were given the opportunity to try their hand at clay pigeon shooting and then take part in a discussion about the sorts of injuries seen among people who use guns for sport or work.
As you can imagine, shooting folk tend to get a lot of neck and shoulder problems – particularly when using guns with heavy recoil. Many people put up with these aches and pains because they don’t realise that anything can be done about them – but it’s always worth discussing them with a chiropractor or other professional as such conditions can often be improved or managed.
Tags: alignment, back pain, chiropractic, chiropractors, gentle, headache, manipulation, McTimoney, mobilization, neck pain, osteopathy, regulation, sciatica, shoulder pain, subluxation, training
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This is a question that comes up a lot and it’s one that I find increasingly difficult to answer as I learn more about the wide range of approaches used in my own profession and in osteopathy.
There are more similarities than differences between the two professions. Chiropractors and Osteopaths both believe that many health problems are caused by poor posture and misalignment of muscles and joints. They believe that if the structure of the body can be improved and the spine put back into alignment, many problems will be alleviated and the body’s own healing mechanisms will work to restore good health. Misalignment (or ‘subluxation’ to use the chiropractic term) is usually caused by external factors, such as falls or accidents, stress, or poor posture.
Migraine and chiropractic 7 July 2009Posted by davidghallam in headaches, migraine, research.
Tags: alignment, chiropractic, cluster, headache, manipulation, migraine, neck pain, numbness, physiotherapy, research, subluxation, tension, tingling
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Migraines are painful headaches accompanied by a variety of symptoms such as visual disturbances, sensitivity to light, sound and smells, nausea and vomiting. Migraine attacks may vary in length and frequency: usually lasting from 4 to 72 hours, with most people free of symptoms between attacks.
‘Classic migraines’ are those accompanied by aura symptoms – neurological signs such as visual disturbance, numbness or tingling, dizziness, speech and hearing defects. Some people report memory changes, and feelings of fear and confusion. Other migraines are referred to as ‘common migraines’.
When taking a patient’s history, the chiropractor will be careful to distinguish migraines from other forms of recurring headache such as tension, sinus, eyestrain and cluster headaches.
Chiropractic an effective form of treatment
Most chiropractors approach patients suffering from migraine headaches with confidence because of the beneficial response of previous patients, who often report that chiropractic has given better relief from migraine than other forms of treatment.
Precisely how chiropractic may be helping these patients is not yet clear: much research still needs to be done. Migraine is a complex condition whose causes are not yet properly understood by medical science. Different factors are responsible for triggering migraines in different people: eg, stress, bright light, menstruation, hunger, cheese, chocolate, and monosodium glutamate.
Cervical (neck joint) triggers
It has been suggested (Terrett, 2004) that one triggering factor in some patients may be dysfunction in the joints of the cervical spine and/or muscle dysfunction in the neck region (what chiropractors call ‘subluxations’). Chiropractic adjustments can relieve these joint and muscle dysfunctions and thus remove this possible triggering factor in susceptible patients.
Four notable research projects have shown that chiropractic care can be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.
The Wight Migraine Study
87 patients with classic or common migraine received chiropractic treatment over a two-year period. At the end of the two years they were assessed by means of a headache questionnaire. 29 of the 87 subjects (33%) reported a complete cessation of headaches. A further 36 (41%) reported that their headaches were much improved.
The Parker Migraine Study
A randomised controlled trial of 85 migraine sufferers who were treated by chiropractic manipulation, medical manipulation, or physiotherapy mobilisation. The subjects were treated an average of 7 times. The frequency of headache was reduced by 40% in the chiropractic group, 13% in the medical group and 34% in the physiotherapy group. Only the reduction in the chiropractic group achieved statistical significance.
The Stodolny and Chmielewski Study
A study conducted in a Neurology department in Poland of 31 patients with a diagnosis of cervical migraine. All of the patients demonstrated restrictions in neck rotation before the study commenced. After manual treatment, headaches disappeared in 32.3% of the patients. The authors concluded that functional joint restriction in the upper cervical spine plays an important role in the pathogenesis of cervical migraine and elimination of those joint restrictions significantly reduces the intensity of migraine symptoms.
The Tuchin Study
A randomised controlled trial conducted on 123 volunteers aged 10 to 70 years. A diagnosis of migraine was made according to the International Headache Society standard. Subjects were randomly assigned to receive either 2 months of chiropractic treatment or 2 months of ‘placebo’ treatment. Analysis showed a statistically significant improvement in migraine frequency, duration, disability and medication in the chiropractic group when compared to the placebo group. 22% of the chiropractic patients reported more than a 90% reduction in migraines as a result of the 2 months of treatment.
The above notes draw heavily on the article ‘Is upper cervical subluxation a triggering mechanism in some migraine susceptible patients?’ by Allan Terrett, Associate Professor at the School of Health Sciences, RMIT University, Bundoora, Australia, published in ‘The Cheiron’ Magazine, Winter 2004.
Wight JS. Migraine: a statistical analysis of chiropractic treatment. ACA J Chiropractic 1978 (Sep); 15 (9): S63-67.
Parker GB, Tupling H, Pryor DS. A controlled trial of cervical manipulation for migraine. Aust NZ J Med 1978; 8; 589-593.
Stodolny J, Chmielewski H. Manual therapy in the treatment of patients with cervical migraine. Manual Med 1989; 4; 49-51.
Tuchin PJ, Pollard H, Bonello R. A randomised controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. J Manip Physiol Ther 2000 (Feb); 23 (2); 91-5.