To effectively treat sciatica- its root cause must first be determined. This is the diagnostic process. A full medical history will be taken including physical tests. The results of these tests may illuminate the source of your sciatica.
Other diagnostic tests may be performed or requested by the osteopath depending on what he or she finds in the physical examination. Such tests may include:
X-ray to look for fractures in your spine
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Computed Tomography (CT) scan. These machines give much more clarity of detail of your spine, not only of te bones but soft tissues as well. They’re great for confirming the presence of a slipped disc.
Nerve Conduction Studies can tell us how well your sciatic nerve is conducting impulses. If you’ve got a kink in the garden hose the water doesn’t travel through, right? Well same is true if you have an obstruction on your sciatic nerve. No impulses can travel, therefore you can potentially expect numbness, tingling, and weakness of the muscles and skin that the pinched nerve supplies.
A Myelogram involves the process of injecting dye between the vertebrae to determine if a vertebrae or disc is causing the pain. Not used mush due to the favor of MRI and CT.
You may or may not be requested to have these tests- and you can still have sciatica treatment without them. Such tests are of no therapeutic value, only diagnostic. Read More
Back neck pain? The neck is technically part of your back, or at least it’s not your front right?! If you’re worried about your back neck pain and feel like it is preventing you from leading the life you want, which for most of us is to be free of pain, then you would be well advised to seek professional treatment of the highest standard.
Our team of internationally experienced osteopaths can take care of your back neck pain and help give you the pain-free life you want sooner. Have a read of the features of neck pain below- knowledge is your first defence!
If you really want to know how your neck feels go find a bowling ball and sit it on top of an upturned packet of Tim Tams. That’s pretty much how your neck bones, all 7 of them, feel on a regular basis. The first neck bone in contact with the skull is called “The Atlas”, and if you’re familiar with Greek Mythology then you know why. Everyone else- google it! Read More
You need an Osteopath Holland Park right? Bodywise Osteopathy Brisbane is probably your best option. Bodywise Osteopaths Brisbane has been in the South Brisbane area for over 15yrs, and we are only a very short jaunt from Holland Park, in Tarragindi. We have a number of very experienced osteopaths with international experience. Your body is important- so feel assured you are in very safe, experienced and well-trained hands.
Our osteopaths see many patients from Holland Park, mainly due to it’s proximity to Tarragindi and a very popular feature is our free off-street, no-hassle parking. We are located within Clark’s Lifestyle Centre, at 195 Fingal st. CLC used to be the old Tarragindi Squash Courts, now a hive of activity focused on health and well-being.
When many of us hear the words “good-posture” our mothers voice begins to ring in our ears, “stand up straight, you’re slouching”. As is often the case, your mother had a point; to a point!
Over time, poor posture may be caused by habits from everyday activities such as sitting in office chairs and looking at the computer, driving, standing for long periods of time, or even sleeping.
Poor posture can easily become second nature, causing or aggravating episodes of back pain and damaging spinal structures. Lucky for you, the main factors affecting posture and ergonomics are completely within your ability to control and are not difficult to change.
The following guidelines suggest several ways to improve posture and ergonomics (good posture/body mechanics in the work-place), especially for people who work sitting in an office chair for most of the day.