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  • TMD is a problem affecting the muscles and joints between the lower jaw and the base of the skull. Up to 30% of adults will experience TMD at some point in their lives. The condition itself isn't usually serious, and the symptoms – pain, jaw joint clicking or popping, and difficulties eating – usually resolve in a few months. The Temporomandibular joint is a simple meeting of 2 bones, with a complicated pattern of movements, including both hinging and sliding; the latter of which can easily go wrong as a result of tension in the muscle that controls the sliding of the disc material.

     

    #TMD #JawPain #Chiropractor #Massage

     

    You can find out more here:

    www.physio-pedia.com/Temporomandibular_Disorders

    www.chiro-trust.org/headaches/jaw-pain-chiropractic/

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    None of us are built straight; we might have a nose that points slightly to the left, an ear that’s lower than the other, or a breast that’s larger than its twin. In about 70% of us, one leg is longer that the other; and most of the time, this is not a problem. Sometimes that LLI can be functional - caused by other things such as a collapsed arch in the foot, or a muscle imbalance; whilst other times that LLI can be structural - one bone longer than the other, but accommodated by the body so that it has little or no impact upon the individual.

    However, a long-standing LLI can cause secondary problems elsewhere, especially the pelvis and spine, as you want your eyes level to the horizon. These problems will tend to be low-grade overuse injuries, and often misdiagnosed to start with; typically responding to treatment of the secondary issue, but recurring; or responding but not resolving.

    In the case of a functional LLI the best course of action is to identify why the LLI exists, and treat that root cause; in the case of a structural LLI (that is symptomatic), then an artificial lengthening of the short leg may be worthwhile; by the use of a heel lift, or building up the sole of one shoe.

    Establishing how great the inequality can be difficult, expensive, and often pointless; given that your body can adapt and accommodate it, it often just needs a little help. One of the best (and cheapest) way of establishing the extent of any LLI is to simply stand on flat ground, with you pelvis and lower back freely mobile (which may or may not require treatment to achieve); and then stand with one foot raised by a pile of paper; repeat on the other side; and decide which felt more comfortable. If you do notice a beneficial difference; then alter the size of the pile of paper until it feels most “right”; and that would indicate the size of any correction you can trial to see if it works.

     

    #LLI #LegLengthInequality #HeelLift #Chicropractic

     

    You can find out more here:

    http://www.physio-pedia.com/Leg_Length_Discrepancy

    https://chiro-trust.org/advanced/the-kinetic-chain/

    Leg Length Inequality

    Leg Length Inequality - X-ray examination

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    Osteoporosis is a condition where the calcium leaches out of the bones, leaving them less dense, more porous and brittle; leading to an increased risk of fracture. Bone density is only really built up in the first 25 years of life, held stable for the next 15 or so, before reducing naturally with time; more rapidly with the menopause. Thus it is important for later-life health that teenagers and young adults have a diet higher in calcium (dairy, collards etc) and partake in regular weight-bearing exercise, preferably with a degree of impact (eg. running, boxing etc); as these will help stockpile calcium in the bones to start with. The same advice, with additional vitamin D and vibration training can help slow the leaching of the bones in those aged over 45.

    NB: Whilst chiropractic and massage cannot treat osteoporosis, or the fractures it can result in; this does not mean that we cannot treat you. You will need to let us know that you suffer from osteoporosis, and to make allowances within the treatment plan.

                                                                                                     

    #Osteoporosis #BrittleBones #Chiropractor #Massage

     

    You can find out more here:

    www.nhs.uk/conditions/Osteoporosis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

    www.physio-pedia.com/Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis - Xray of an osteoporotic spine

    Reduced trabecular pattern in osteoporosis

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    T4 syndrome, is a rare and perhaps under-recognized clinical entity that warrants attention. In T4 syndrome dysfunction of the joints in the upper thoracic spine can refer pain and paraesthesia to the upper limbs, hands and head, on rare cases, even to the feet. This syndrome is 3 times more common in women than men. 

                                                 

    #T4Syndrome #Chiropractor #Paraesthesia

     

    You can find out more here:
    www.physio-pedia.com/T4_Syndrome

    www.physioadvisor.com.au/injuries/upper-back-chest/t4-syndrome/

    T4 Syndrome; pain in the upper thoracic region

    T4 Syndrome; referred pain and paraesthesia

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    PFPS is pain originating from the patellofemoral joint (i.e. the joint between the knee cap and thigh bone), usually as a result of inflammation or tissue damage to structures of the patellofemoral joint. PFPS can be due to a patellar trauma, or aberrant motion (tracking) of the patella; but it is more often a combination of several factors; which can often complicate the prognosis.

     

    #PFPS #RunnersKnee #KneePain #Massage

     

    You can find out more here:

    www.physio-pedia.com/Patellofemoral_Pain_Syndrome

    www.webmd.com/pain-management/knee-pain/runners-knee#1

    Runner's Knee AKA PFPS; patellofemoral pain syndrome

    Runner's Knee AKA PFPS - including kinesiology taping

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    Lower crossed syndrome isn’t so much a diagnosis as it is a common pattern of muscular imbalance, which can cause or be caused by poor posture, and altered function of the joints in the lower spine and pelvis.

     

    LCS is characterised by weakness of the Lumbar flexors (abdominals), and hip extensors (gluteals); along with tightness of the lumbar extensors (erector spinae and QL), and hip flexors (iliopsoas, TFL).

    This muscle pattern tilts the pelvis down at the front, increasing the natural arch of the lumbar spine; in turn this position often causes tightness in the hamstrings as the body tries to correct that tilt.

     

    #LCS #PelvicTilt #Hyperlordosis #Massage #Chiropractor

     

    You can find out more here:

    www.muscleimbalancesyndromes.com/janda-syndromes/lower-crossed-syndrome/

    www.physio-pedia.com/Lower_crossed_syndrome

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