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DAVID GRAY - OSTEOPATH Press Information

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    Time off work with a musculoskeletal problem, can have a devastating effect on you and your family’s financial security, so getting back to work, as quickly as possible is essential.

    • That can seem impossible when you’re in pain and unable to complete your usual daily activities.

    • It is recommended to find ways of returning to work as soon as possible using a combination of treatment, lifestyle changes and adjustment to working conditions. The Work Foundation also suggests; early intervention is

    Inexpensive treatment – Many injuries can be treated by osteopaths over a few visits. Fit notes – A fit note provides your employer with advice on what they can do to help an employee return safely to work.

    David is able to issue fit notes, providing this expert advice. key to recovery, hastening your return to a normal, healthy lifestyle and limiting the negative psychological effects of an extended period of sick leave. How Osteopathy can help;

    • Fast access – David is usually able to see you within a couple of days of seeking an appointment. David as an osteopath is a primary healthcare professional.

    • Treatment and advice – once he has assessed your condition David usually begins treatment straight away.

    • Onward referral – With your permission, If your condition requires the intervention of another expert, David can provide a letter of referral detailing the diagnosis, which may additionally help you, gain the help you need to return to health.


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    Persistent Pain or Chronic Pain

    We all feel pain from time to time. When someone injures themselves, specific nerves recognise this as pain, which in turn triggers the body’s repair mechanism.

    As the tissues repair, the pain tends to improve and usually disappears.

    This type of pain could be argued to be beneficial: if it hurts, you are likely to try and adapt doing whatever it is that has caused the pain, in the future, so you are less likely to injure yourself in that way again.

    Occasionally the pain continues even after tissue healing has finished.

    When pain continues after this point, it becomes known as persistent or chronic pain.

    This type of pain is not beneficial and in the illustration of walking; what happens is that the person will get better at using their compensatory pattern.

    Walking slowly, differently, shorter steps, rather than truly improving their control of balance, leading to further injury.

    Persistent pain is very common and effects over 14 million people in the UK alone.

    It often does not respond to conventional medical interventions and needs a different kind of approach, but there are many things that you can do to manage your pain yourself with the support of your osteopath, your family and loved-ones.

    Keeping active, performing exercises and stretches can help, learning to pace your activities as well as treatment, are all very important and can help you to maintain a fulfilling lifestyle.

    For more information on how to manage your persistent pain, speak to your osteopath.


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    Presenting David Gray's new Chinnor Osteopathic Clinic, where he prides himself on his professionalism & the excellent range of therapies, offered.

    His new Home clinic at, No. 24 the Avenue, in the village of Chinnor, offers Osteopathy including Cranial Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation.

    He also holds clinics at, The Risborough Therapy Centre, in Princes Risborough.

    Professional_Chinnor_Clinic Experienced in providing expert treatment, to a wide variety of people, with various conditions. This results in the majority of his patients, arriving either from personal recommendations, or referrals from other professionals.

    Tel: 07973 297 438 / 01844 354 737 www.davidgray-osteopath.co.uk

    David is practical, in delivering his holistic approach, considering your symptoms, he looks to the underlying causes.

    He then provides your treatment appropriately. Whilst his treatments are gentle, he is experienced in targeting the problem, in a straight forward manner, which produces effective & long lasting results. He encourages, relevant exercise & rehabilitation, in maintaining your recovery.

    Preventing recurrence, he provides expert guidance on; lifting techniques, posture, ergonomics & stretching.

    Bringing a balanced approach, he supports you in upholding, a healthy & pain free lifestyle.

    David's good reputation, is in understanding difficulties, resolving them, then helping people to remain healthy.

    Contact him; David Gray 01844 354 737 or 07973 297 438


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    David Gray, Osteopath, is committed to providing the best in therapeutic care. He aims to help all people reach their full health potential.

    At his practices, in Chinnor & Princes Risborough, he prides himself on a caring & competent service providing Osteopathy, Sports Treatment, Acupuncture, Rehabilitation & Cranial Osteopathy.

    He always looks to the wider need of the person & not just the area that is presenting as painful & his whole person (Holistic) approach is found in most successful systemsof medicine.

    According to David: "Whether we are a Golfer, keen gardener, Mother, or a desk based worker, we all have vulnerabilities that may give rise to aches, pains & strains."

    He fully appr

    eciates that choosing a healthcare provider is an important decision & David takes the time to go over all of your options, treating you as a individual.

    For further details, please visit www.davidgray-osteopath.co.uk

    or contact David directly on

    01844 354 737


    07973 297 438.


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    Children’s Physical Health

    Children who are physically active early in life and stay active throughout childhood enjoy many positive benefits to their physical health, building strength, flexibility, endurance and developing and maintaining healthy bones.

    Like adults, children can suffer from pain as a result of a variety of lifestyle activities. And like adults, there are number of things that parents and carers can do to prevent issues arising.

    If your child does complain of back pain, it is important to seek advice from qualified professional, such as an osteopath.

    Children are often required to carry bags full of books, PE kits, musical instruments and other equipment to and from school. Investing in a good quality back pack that the child should wear across both shoulders, ideally with a strap across the chest to keep the load close the their body.

    Looking down to use smart phones, tablets and laptops for an extended period can pull the back and neck into an unnatural posture, resulting in pain.

    Placing limits on the time spent using devices and encouraging regular breaks may help to avoid problems.

    If your child has to use a laptop, consider purchasing a support that elevates the screen to a height that allows him or her to sit up straight to look at it.


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    What stress is doing to our bodies?

    Stress is a combination of responses in the body. Stress can be short- term (acute) or chronic.

    Occasional stress is normal. Once you've handled the situation, the stress goes away and you heal from the episode.

    But, if stressors accumulate over time, eventually the body becomes inefficient at handling even minimal stress.

    The brain, heart, lungs, vessels, and muscles become so chronically over or under activated that they become damaged.

    Research has shown that prolonged stress can produce actual tissue changes and organ dysfunction.

    Studies demonstrate that our emotions are not just in our mind, they are in every cell of our bodies.

    Physical stress can lead to mental & emotional stress. When muscles are taut and tense for long periods of time,

    this may trigger other reactions of the body and even promote stress-related disorders.

    For example, both tension-type headache and migraine headache are associated with chronic muscle tension, in the area of the shoulders, neck and head.

    Over time, you may stop exercising and turn to pain medication, setting off an unhealthy cycle.

    Stress can be insidious; working its way into our lives before we are aware of the consequences.

    You need not be a victim to chronic stress, it is important to understand the choices, in your ability to respond to feelings.

    There are many techniques for managing stress, such as exercising, tissue treatment and using relaxation techniques.

    To learn practically about how your lifestyle may be affecting your health, inside and out, book a consultation with your Osteopath today.


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    There has been long recognition that an optimistic mind and exhilarated spirit accompany a healthy body.

    There is strong evidence that negative mood states increase people's susceptibility to illness. In laboratory settings, in which people are exposed systematically to a respiratory virus, individuals who experienced greater negative mood at the time of the investigation developed a more severe illness in response to the virus than those whose moods were more positive (Cohen et al., 1995).

    Does a person's mood influence the recognition or interpretation of physical symptoms?

    Also; are people more likely to interpret a physiological response as a health concern if they are in a negative mood?

    In experiments, people's mood states have been manipulated systematically in the laboratory and the effects on symptom reports examined.

    Across studies, people made to feel sad report more physical symptoms than those made to feel happy (Croyle & Uretsky, 1987; Salovey & Birnbaum, 1989), and those placed in a sad mood also attribute greater discomfort to their symptoms (Salovey & Birnbaum, 1989).

    Additionally as part of this complex picture; Chronic pain not only hurts, it also causes isolation and can lead to depression.

    There are several observations made from scientific demonstrations;

    There would appear to be direct, physiological benefits derived from experiencing and expressing positive emotional states.

    However, the health consequences of negative emotional states depend upon people's ability to work through and manage them. To the extent that people because of dispositional or situational constraints are unable to repair their negative moods, the persistent expression of negative affect, may have adverse health consequences.

    In experiments, (Tang et al 2008); It was concluded that, in chronic back pain patients, experimentally induced negative mood increases self-reported pain and decreases tolerance for a pain-relevant task, with positive mood having the opposite effect.

    The biopsychosocial model, remains the basic explanatory theme for understanding the whole person, in health and illness.

    Increasingly, the bio-psychosocial mechanisms accounting for the remarkable correlations likely will be untangled, and these scientific breakthroughs could then serve, to expand the basis for relevant clinical practical health.

    Recognising any significant concomitant factors may, as appropriate, provide reasons to adopt a more multidisciplinary approach.

    There is a fundamental requirement, to identify and address the emotional and psychological needs of any person, with physical conditions presented, to achieve successful and sustained outcomes.

    Further, in delivering comprehensive healthcare, clinicians will require reflection on the psychological and emotional dimensions, of their work; including how professional development and training may enhance satisfaction and patient care.


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    Many people can be lead to believe that there is nothing that can be done about the symptoms of developing age.

    As we get older our muscles, bones, ligaments and joints will also age. Ageing alone does not necessarily result in increased pain or stiffness.

    Some people with age-related pain & that treatment and advice from an osteopath complements GP care and pharmaceutical products.

    Osteopathic treatment is a hands-on approach offering a package of carethat is personalised to you. If you begin to notice problems as you get older, your osteopath can work with you to keep you healthier, allowing you to enjoy the pleasures of life despite the natural ageing process.

    Osteopathic treatment and advice may help you feel better prepared to continue with, or adapt, your lifestyle as your body changes with time.When you first visit an osteopath, you’ll be asked about your current symptoms and medical history.

    All information will be treated as confidential in accordance with standards of professional practice.

    After an initial examination, your osteopath will discuss treatment options with you so that you can agree a course of action and the likely associated costs.

    Treatment may require several visits and, very occasionally, further tests and or referrals to other appropriate health care professionals.

    Most osteopaths will begin your treatment at your first appointment, with your agreement.

    If you have any concerns about any treatment, David encourage’s you, to discuss these further.

    You’re more than welcome to bring someone with you, for your consultation.


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    Arm Pain - Tennis Elbow & Golfers Elbow

    Pain in the elbow is often due to two main conditions; tennis elbow & golfers elbow, the complaints are often not caused by tennis or golf !

    Tennis elbow causes pain & tenderness around the outside of the elbow joint, whereas golfer’s elbow causes pain around the inner side of the joint.

    Tennis elbow is more common than golfers elbow & both are injuries from repetitive overuse or wear and tear from any hobby, sport or activity not just tennis or golf as the name implies.

    Sometimes a single injury such as a sudden unexpected tug on the forearm can cause the symptoms.

    Once the pain starts, your normal activities & habits can maintain the problem.

    Pre-existing problems with your neck, wrist or shoulder, that might not be painful in themselves, can make it more likely for you to suffer with tennis or golfers elbow.

    Most cases ease naturally eventually, but many people seek treatment & advice from an osteopath, as limb compensatory use creates pain.

    How can Treatment help with Arm Pain?

    • David can use a variety of different mobilisation & manipulation techniques, including acupuncture. To ease your symptoms, get to the cause of the problem & get you back to your normal life style.

    He may gently manipulate the elbow, wrist, neck & upper back joints.

    • He may offer you advice on which activities & movements to avoid, advice on specific exercises, rehabilitation advice & appropriate elbow brace support or sports strapping.


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    Foot Pain

    Walking is the safest, easiest form of exercise, so why should you bother reading up on the risks?

    As left ignored, foot pain or leg pain can become a chronic problem, effecting or effected by our bodies, above the feet!

    The foot & ankle is made up of a number of small bones interconnected by ligaments & tissue’s all working together to give the strength, stability and flexibility the foot & ankle needs to function properly.

    Common conditions of the foot & ankle areas which can give rise to pain include:

    Acquired flat foot, Plantar fasciitis, Achilles pain, Sprained ankle.Acquired flat foot – when the inner side of the foot or inner arch flattens. Symptoms can include, pain, swelling, change in foot shape & knee pain or swelling.

    Often, people who have Plantar Fasciitis describe it as a sharp pain, most often under the heel or instep of the foot.

    Heel pain is a very common foot problem. The sufferer usually feels pain either under the heel or just behind it (Achilles tendinitis), where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone.

    Sprained ankle. Typically the result of a sudden twisting or “going over” on the ankle joint. Typical symptoms are swelling, bruising, pain & instability of the ankle.

    Osteopathic with Acupuncture Treatment is Dependant on the diagnosis & specific to any individual. We can use a variety of gentle techniques to increase the mobility of the joints & the flexibility of the muscles in the foot.


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    Your Bone Health

    It is estimated that around 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis. Inthe UK, one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 willfracture a bone, mainly due to poor bone health, and with an ageing population, these figures are likely to increase.

    Frustratingly though, osteoporosis is often a silent condition, giving no pain or other symptoms to alert patients to its presence until the worst happens and a bone breaks. As such, many people living with osteoporosis are unaware that they have fragile bones until this happens, sometimes with devastating consequences.

    Osteopaths are often seen by the general public as experts in the field of bone health, and as such, they are well placed to screen patients for this condition and offer practical advice on risk factors, prevention and treatment.

    Osteoporosis a affects an estimated 3 million people in the UK.

    It is a condition of the bones that causes them to become fragile and break more easily.

    The condition itself is usually silent, those with osteoporosis are oftenunaware that they have it until they suffer a broken bone, which in turn cancause pain and loss of mobility.

    Osteopaths are working with the National Osteoporosis Society to help you find out if you are at risk and what you can do to help yourself.

    Osteopaths like David, are well placed to screen patients for osteoporosis and offer practical advice on risk factors, prevention and treatment.

    Ask your osteopath about osteoporosis screening and management as well as other ways to keep your bones & tissue’s healthy.


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    6 signs you need to speak to an Osteopath about your back ache

    It’s affecting your sleep If your back pain is worse at night time, when you are resting, then you should seek advice.

    Sleep, especially quality sleep, is vital for your everyday health and wellbeing. Lack or disturbed sleep will not help if you are already in pain or discomfort.

    It’s stopping you from doing things

    If your pain is stopping you from carrying out regular daily activities then it it’s time to seek professional advice. A dull pain can be bearable but if it is affecting the things you enjoy, or even the things you just have to do, then it can also have a negative impact on your mood.

    The rest of your body...

    If you are experiencing pain, unusual discomfort, numbness, tingling or weakness in other areas of your body then seek professional advice. The pain is constant and getting worseLower back pain can sometimes take a few weeks to disappear on its own. However, if it is not improving or if it is getting worse then it’s time to seek advice.

    Back pain that continues...

    Four to six weeks is long enough to put up with a dull lower back pain. By this time you will be fed up with it and it’s a sign that you need intervention by a professional expert.

    The pain is severe...

    If the pain is severe and does not improve after a day or two of using typical remedies then you need to seek help.

Spinal manipulation is effective for low back pain (BEAM trial, 2004)
Government guidelines recommend osteopathy for
persistent low back pain (NICE, 2009)