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Are you in pain?

If the answer to this is yes then there could be many reasons behind the cause. It is an osteopath's job to consider all symptoms and how they are connected in the context of your full medical history, as well as your lifestyle and personal circumstances.

 

Your treatment should be individually tailored to you, enabling you to get back to enjoying life, your hobbies and sporting activities as these have tremendous benefits in terms of health and happiness. If you're fed-up sitting around like a dummy, contact us.

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About Graham

Graham treats all musculoskeletal pain conditions and is a specialist in treating chronic pain including chronic back pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), headaches and fibromyalgia. He has carried out further studies in order to have an integrated “Mind & Body” approach to pain management. He also treats stress, anxiety and insomnia as these are known blocks to healing pain. Graham coaches clients to help make the changes that are required to gain their maximum quality of life... more

Graham treats the following complaints;

  • Acute and Chronic/Persistent Pain

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Headaches

  • Stress and Anxiety

  • Pregnancy related pelvic pain

  • Insomnia 

  • Skin Complaints

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Sports Hypnosis

As well as a usual osteopathic approach to pain management Graham has also developed a 9 week Integrative Pain Management programme... more

IPM

"I had a snowboarding accident that caused a compression injury to my neck... I saw Graham for 5 treatments and my pain levels have gone 
from 8 out of 10 constantly 
to 2 out of 10 intermittently."

Mrs K Brown, South London

Headache disorders are the third biggest reason for quality of life reduction...

The start of feeling better
 

Headaches and migraines are common, affecting around half the adult population in any given year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports headache disorders to be the third biggest reason for quality of life reduction. Measured as: years lost due to disability (YLD).

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends up to 10 sessions of acupuncture over 5-8 weeks for persistent headaches.

Research also shows relaxation and hypnotic techniques to be useful as well as massage and manipulation for tension-type headaches, which are often reported alongside neck pain and stiffness.

All these techniques can be used in an integrated pain management programme or used individually. A biopsychosocial assessment is recommended for anyone suffering pain for over 3 months, especially if it's affecting your quality of life.

 
Headaches

Neck and shoulder pains are common, especially among office workers sitting in front of a screen for long periods. Neck pains are often muscular or joint related, but movement and posture are also important factors.

 

The shoulder is a complex region made up of three joints all working together to produce a large range of movement. Mechanical problems can lead to rotator cuff tendonosis, bursitis, frozen shoulder and Repetitive Strain Injury as well as other joint and muscle pains.

The first step is to diagnose the source of the pain in order to give the right treatment and emailed exercise programmes. Osteopaths have a specialist understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy, allowing a deeper understanding of pain solutions. Acupuncture and relaxation techniques are often helpful tools for treatment.

 
Neck & shoulder pain

Neck pain is often muscular or joint related, but movement and posture are important...

 
Arm, elbow & wrist pain

The most common pain events in the elbow are lateral epicondylalgia (tennis elbow) and medial epicondylalgia (golfers elbow) which occur often in people who engage in repetitive actions of their arms, such as tennis or maybe using secateurs in the garden. Common complaints of the wrist are strains or sprains and carpal tunnel syndrome.

 

There are however many other less common injuries that require diagnosis and then the correct exercise and lifestyle advice. Acupuncture, osteopathy are the recommended routes for treatment of these areas and are generally used by Graham in combination alongside massage and emailed exercise programmes.

People who engage in repetitive actions seem to experience pain in these areas ...

Low back pain is very common in the adult population, with over 90% suffering an episode at some point in their life. In any given year it is estimated up to 36% will experience an episode, with up to 46% of those still experiencing pain a year later.

 

It is important to seek advice early as outcomes are improved with early intervention. If you are experiencing pain for three months plus, then you may benefit from having a full assessment which looks at all the factors that might be driving your pain. Graham has also studied “ Cognitive Functional Therapy” under Professor Peter O Sullivan. This is a strongly evidenced based, pioneering approach to the management of low back pain.

There are many techniques that help back pain such as manipulation, massage, acupuncture, relaxation, hypnosis and mindfulness. Exercises are created once your abilities and needs have been assessed. Evidence is very clear that exercise speeds up recovery times. The right balance will help regain control of your life.

 
Low back pain

In any one year up to 36% of the population suffer significant low back pain...

 
Hip, knee & foot

These weight bearing joints are often subject to wear and tear (osteoarthritis) problems. However keeping your joints and muscles in good shape has been shown to be highly beneficial. A recent study (the THuKO programme) in Germany showed that mild to moderate hip arthritis can be significantly improved with a 12 week strengthening, stretching and balance programme. Indeed increasing buttock muscle strength has also shown to be helpful for low back, knee and foot pain.

Other common problems are iliotibial band syndrome, patellofemoral  pain (runners knee), ligament sprains, muscle strains, bursitis, shin splints, plantar fasciitis and groin strain.

Graham offers a twelve week hip programme for early arthritis of the hip as well as treatment, lifestyle and emailed exercise advice for all hip, knee and foot pains.

Mild to moderate hip arthritis can be improved within twelve weeks...

 
Sports injury clinic

A ligament sprain or muscle strain are the same for a keen sportsman or athletes as they are for anyone else, but the difference in the treatment approach is the need to look at mechanics and training in greater detail. Graham has advanced studies in the biomechanics of the running athlete. The diagnostic tools used show (in slow motion) the individual's running mechanics and cadence.

There may also be a need to look at general lifestyle and psychological factors especially amongst higher level athletes. Graham was for many years  a keen footballer, rugby player, golfer and squash player, though admittedly is now just a keen walker!

Graham also uses hypnosis and mindfulness for golf and other sports to help improve performance or when there is a requirement to gain the correct mindset in competition.

This approach to sports performance has become very popular as it is now recognised that treating the mind is as important as treating the body. Visualisation and mental rehearsal techniques are used by elite athletes prior to performance, to help improve their results.

The list of athletes using these techniques include former world number 1 golfer Jason Day and the greatest ever Olympic gold medal winner  Michael Phelps.