Dr Nick Straiton - Back Pain Physician

OSTEOPATHY

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.
To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.Osteopathy offers a safe & effective way of relieving some of the discomforts felt during pregnancy, with the use of non-invasive and gentle techniques.

Regulation of osteopathy

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. See Osteopathy in practice to learn more about the profession and use the Register to find a local osteopath.

Who and what do osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, repetitive strain injury, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and sports injuries.

Recommended by NICE for the early treatment of back pain

For further information regarding Osteopathy



WESTERN MEDICINE ACUPUNCTURE

As recommended by NICE for the early treatment of back pain

What sorts of conditions respond to acupuncture?

Painful conditions

* Acupuncture is effective in a wide range of painful conditions and is commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain; eg back, shoulder, neck and leg pain.
* It has been successfully used to treat headaches, migraines, trapped nerves, chronic muscle strains and various kinds of rheumatic and arthritic pain.

Further information regarding Western Medical Acupuncture



Injections

In certain circumstances spinal injections may be useful for symptomatice relief. For example Epidural injections with acute prolapsed intervertebral discs.

Likewise in the treatment of certain orthopaedic conditions (rotator cuff syndrome, plantar fasciitis etc) local injections may relieve pain.

These procedures are carried out at the Brighton Blackberry Clinic or Sussex Medical Chambers



HOMEOPATHY

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient.
Like with like

Homeopathy is based on the principle that you can treat ‘like with like’, that is, a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms. For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, so according to this principle, when made into the homeopathic remedy Coffea, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms. This concept is sometimes used in conventional medicine, for example, the stimulant Ritalin is used to treat patients with ADHD, or small doses of allergens such as pollen are sometimes used to de-sensitise allergic patients. However, one major difference with homeopathic medicines is that substances are used in ultra high dilutions, which makes them non-toxic.



AUTOGENIC TRAINING

AT is a safe, simple drug-free technique to help:
● reduce or manage recurring stress-related symptoms e.g. sleep problems, anxiety, mild depression, fatigue, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), high blood pressure, chronic pain

● increase general confidence and well-being

● increase energy and creativity

● improve performance in sport, music, theatre, classroom, boardroom

● reduce the likelihood of serious illness in the future

● naturally support our innate healing mechanisms

Autogenic Training engages mind and body in deep relaxation, reversing the stress response. The resulting altered state of consciousness allows spontaneous, often subtle, psychological and physiological changes – known as the autogenic process, which is a unique experience for each person.

AT is based on the premise that all the internal health-enhancing processes needed to rebalance body and mind are already in place, just waiting to be accessed and used

For more information British Autogenic Society

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