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Treatment during Pregnancy

Pregnancy carries a range of experiences for new mums-to-be. Besides the joy of nurturing a new life, there are also the more uncomfortable experiences of back ache, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, swollen legs and nausea that needs to be endured. As her body changes, a woman will experience a shift in weight bearing position, a change in her posture and greater strain on her back and pelvis. All of these discomforts can be relieved through a range of therapies performed by our practitioners, ranging from acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, manual therapy, spinal manipulation and myofascial therapy.

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Jaw problems and Bruxism

It is estimated that at least 40% of the population suffers from one or several symptoms associated with Temporomandibular (TMJ, or jaw) dysfunction. It is a cause of migraine, clicking, locking and pain in the jaw, ears and sinus region. It has been called many names, the most common labels as listed below: TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) CMD (Craniomandibular Disorder) CFPD (Craniofacial Pain and Dysfunction)

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Scheuermanns Disease

Scheuermanns Disease is a condition that affects the discs and vertebrae of the Thoracic Spine (mid back), though the low back is also less commonly affected. Normally, a vertebra is rectangularly shaped, but in Scheuermanns disease, three or more consecutive vertebrae are wedge shaped at the front, which makes the curve increase.

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Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a vertebra (Greek=spondylos) shifts from its normal position (Greek=listhesis). Most cases of Spondylolisthesis are Anterolistheses (forward slippages).     How does it occur? The shift from its normal position most commonly happens due to defect (or less commonly an elongation) in the pars interarticularis or isthmuswhich is a section of bone that joins the front of the vertebra to the arch in the rear. This type of spondylolisthesis is called "isthmic" and is found in about 10% of the population. Male to female incidence is roughly 2:1, though slippage tends to be worse in females. There is evidence to suggest a familial tendency. There still remains some debate as to whether the gap is an actual fracture (most likely in childhood, possibly through constant falls on the bottom), or whether it is a failure of that section of bone to fuse together properly as the child grows. The pars interarticularis has been identified as being subject to more mechanical stress than any other structure in the lumbar spine, so the development of stress fractures are a plausible theory. They have been found in children, adolescents and adults. To date, humans are the only species in which the condition has been identified.

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Sciatica

What is Sciatica? Sciatica is a neurological condition in which there is pain, tingling, burning or numbness felt down either or both legs. There may or may not be associated back pain. The cause is either irritation or compression of the Sciatic nerve or its several nerve roots. The Sciatic nerve originates from nerve roots in the lumbar spine (low back). Virtually all the nerves that go into your legs, as well as many that go into the bowel and lower abdominal organs come from the low back. So inflammatory or degenerative conditions of the low back such as disc bulges often lead to compression or irritation of the nerve roots that exit the spinal cord and this irritation is transferred along the length of the nerves as they traverse into the legs.

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