Wassim is a serious weight lifter who recently took part in his first competition. He had been suffering for over a year with pain and tension in his left arm and shoulder that was affecting his ability to train and to keep the bar level when squatting.
Two days later, after a single McTimoney chiropractic treatment at the Peterborough clinic:
Wassim noticed an immediate reduction in pain and an improvement in the range of motion of his left shoulder after the treatment. After his second appointment he took part in a 24 hour charity rowing challenge and was able to complete it without any pain from his left arm. After 4 visits his arm and shoulder movement were normal and he was ready to resume his full training programme.
I was particularly pleased with the results here as I deliberately didn’t do any heavy duty soft tissue work on Wassim’s arm and shoulder. Other therapists had already worked on the tight muscles there but had failed to loosen them. The gentle adjustments of McTimoney Chiropractic alone were sufficient to correct Wassim’s structural alignment and the brain-body connections that were keeping his arm muscles in a state of tension.
Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (sometimes known as “adhesive capsulitis”) is remarkably common. As soon as you start talking about stiff and painful shoulders you quickly meet a lot of people who suffer with them.
It can come on without warning. A small pain in the arm or shoulder develops into a sharp pain or a burning sensation and, before long, simple daily tasks like reaching for things on shelves, gardening or just getting dressed become painful and difficult.
The movement of reaching behind your back is often greatly restricted.
The pain may come on following an injury or without any clear cause. The non-dominant arm is often affected. If you have a history of frozen shoulder on one side then you are at increased risk of getting it on the other side as well.
EMMETT Technique is a gentle body therapy developed by Ross Emmett, an Australian practitioner. It is based on the belief that light touch can trigger a relaxation response in the soft tissue of the body, and the therapist may help relieve tensions resulting in feelings of improved comfort within the body. I did some EMMETT training back in 2011 and have been using bits of it ever since as a complement to the McTimoney chiropractic I use in clinic.
I was so impressed by the results I was getting I carried on with the training and qualified as an EMMETT practitioner (December 2012).
I use the Technique in clinic as an adjunct to other therapies and I also offer it as a standalone treatment for those people who just want an EMMETT Technique treatment without any chiropractic.
The EMMETT Technique is not intended to replace or substitute any medical advice or treatment. It is recommended that you consult your General Practitioner about any health concerns.
Give the clinic a call if you are interested in this approach (01733) 750893.
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.
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.