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Torn/Bulging Discs

A herniated disc (disc bulge) is a common cause of lower back pain. The two bottom discs in the lumbar spine, those between the 4th and 5th vertebrae (L4-5) and between the 5th lumbar and 1st sacral vertebrae (L5-S1) are the discs that are most prone to bulges or herniations. A herniation happens when the thick outer layer (annulus fibrosis) of an intervertebral disc bulges or ruptures. When this happens the gel-like interior of the disc (nucleus pulposus) can break through the outer annulus and protrude out into the intervertebral space where it can press on a spinal nerve causing leg pain, […]

Neck Pain

Whether you’re young or not so young, neck pain can effect you, and can be very painful and debilitating. There are many causes of neck pain and it is your Osteopath’s job to find what is causing it. Quite often the cause is somewhere else completely, for example it is not uncommon to treat the feet when helping to alleviate neck or shoulder pain. This is because if there is imbalance in the arches of the feet there will be compensations going all the way up the body. While this is an extreme example the point is the body is osteopathically treated […]