Six months of head pain & a ‘fuzzy’ head

Stock photo showing a woman with head pain.

“It’s a virus” the gp said “take ibuprofen four times a day for a month.”

“It’s a virus” the doctor told me, “take ibuprofen four times a day for one month”. I couldn’t believe this was the case. I was having pain in the right side of my neck and into my right shoulder and was unable to turn my head properly, I was also experiencing a very ‘fuzzy,’ unclear head which made it very difficult for me to concentrate for too long. I had also explained that each month, on the day before my period was due, I was getting a really nasty pain on the top of my head which eased off, but didn’t go completely. I’d been having these symptoms on and off now for six months and they were getting increasingly worse. So when I told my friend what the doctor had said, she immediately said, “go and see Karen, at Balance-Rite Osteopathy Clinic”.

I made an appointment straight away and Karen assessed me thoroughly, showed me pictures and explained to me that I had areas of mechanical dysfunction in my spine which could be affecting the blood supply to my head and neck. Continue reading

I couldn’t turn my head for neck pain – one week before flying to Vegas to get married!

A colleague of mine gave me the number for Balance-Rite Osteopathy Clinic because I kept telling him how my neck was hurting. It was a few months until I actually called because I kept putting it off and now, as a self-employed builder, I don’t know why I left it so long! I was forced to call in the end because I couldn’t turn my neck properly to the right and had pain going down my neck and into my right shoulder blade. I was flying off to Vegas to get married and was dreading the flight with my neck the way it was, with only a week to go!

I’ve had problems with my neck for the past 10-15 yrs and x-rays 6-7 yrs ago, showed arthritis in my low neck. The pain varied depending on what work I was doing but generally I am always uncomfortable. I was waking every night at 3 or 4am with pain in my neck, hands and elbows. During the day I was having bouts of tunnel vision, that was like a wavy heat haze in front of your eyes, and lasted up to an hour. Continue reading

Neck, Shoulder and Upper Back Pain after a Road Traffic Accident Seven Months Previously.

I first visited Balance-Rite Osteopathy in January 2014 after having been in a road traffic accident in June 2013. I suffered neck, shoulder and upper back pain and had difficulty in turning my head to the left. The thing that affected me most was being unable to lift and carry my two year old daughter because of the pain.

I was sent to a physiotherapist who gave me six sessions of treatment and on the last treatment cracked my neck- this was very painful at the time and gave me no relief from my neck pain.

When I saw Karen, she explained to me very clearly that the muscles and soft tissues had not been prepared sufficiently to accept a neck manipulation. I was amazed at how differently she worked, compared to the physio. Continue reading

Pain in whole spine, top to bottom

Image of a patient, next to her testimonial

Caroline had tried several other osteopaths and initially put off coming to BRO as she didn’t think we would be any different from the many others she had seen. She has not looked back since and her cat, Tabitha, is over the moon with Caroline’s new found energy to chase her!

I have had back problems on and off for the past 25 years and having hit the big 5-0 last year, realised that if I didn’t sort it out now, by the time I reached 60 I may not be able to walk. My back problems have affected all aspects of my life, and I frequently took pain killers to try and deal with the ongoing pain. My problems started with lower back pain and over the years, moved up my back, so that I ended up with pain along the whole of my spine from neck to bottom. I have seen a number of osteopaths over the years who have provided very short term relief, but none that seemed to be able to make any improvements longer term.

Karen was recommended to me and, I have to admit, it was with some trepidation that I went to see her for the first time, after all what could she do that other osteopaths couldn’t? However, it was quite clear from that first session that Karen’s approach was completely different. She commented that my spine was completely “dysfunctional” but reassured me that she would certainly be able to improve things. The techniques Karen has used on me have been quite gentle and encompass the whole spine rather than just cracking one particular area. In fact, very little cracking is involved! After just the first few sessions, I was experiencing a major improvement in mobility and reduced pain. Continue reading