Cranial Osteopathy

cranial babyCranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head.
It is a gentle approach and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age.

Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called Involuntary Motion or the Cranial Rhythm. The movement is of very small amplitude, therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of touch to feel it. This rhythm was first described in the early 1900’s by Dr. William G. Sutherland and its existence was confirmed in a series of laboratory tests in the 1960’s and ’70’s.

Tension in the body disrupts the cranial rhythm. Practitioners compare what your rhythm is doing to what they consider ideal. This shows them what stresses and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of its past history. It also gives them an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is healthy, or stressed and tired.

If you would like to talk to us about Cranial Osteopathy, please contact us on 07737 416906 or email via wiltshire.osteopaths@gmail.com

Supporting National Back Care Awareness Week

Sharon and colleagues, together with The British Osteopathic Association (BOA) are giving their full support to this year’s National Back Care Awareness Week, which takes place from 8th to 12th October.

The theme, this year, is “Builder’s Back Pain”.  National Back Care Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the causes and treatments of this debilitating condition.

 Back pain accounts for half of all chronic pain people suffer and is the leading cause of sickness absence from work.

 The financial burden of back pain is enormous, costing the UK economy £37 million, £13 million in disability benefits and the NHS £1.3 million EVERY DAY.

That’s a staggering £19 billion every year.

This year’s campaign is focusing on the construction industry which generates 30,000 new back injuries each year. Most back injuries for construction workers are typically sprains and strains which occur in the lower back due to activities involving lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing, or pulling.

The risk of injury increases with repeatedly carrying heavy loads and twisting the back, or when working bent over or in awkward position.

An osteopath can identify and tackle the underlying musculo-skeletal problems that cause pain. Osteopaths work with their hands using a wide range of treatment techniques, such as soft tissue and neuromuscular massage, joint mobilising techniques and corrective manipulations, all of which are designed  to improve the mobility and range of movement of a joint.

If you’re not in the vicinity of our clinics, the first step to finding an osteopath in your area is by searching on the website: www.osteopathy.org

 Top tips for preventing back pain on a building site

  • Cut down on carrying. Have materials delivered close to where they will be used.
  • Try to store heavier materials at waist height.
  • Raise your work to waist level, if you can.
  • Make sure floors and walkways are clear and dry. Slips and trips are a big cause of back injuries.
  • Take rest breaks. When you are tired, you can get injured more easily.
  • Use carts, dollies, forklifts, and hoists to move materials—not your back.
  • Use carrying tools with handles to get a good grip on odd-shaped loads.
  • If materials weigh more than about 50 pounds, do not lift them by yourself. Get help from another worker or use a cart.
  • When lifting or carrying materials, keep the load as close to your body as you can.
  • Try not to twist when lifting and lowering materials. Turn your whole body instead.
  • Lift and lower materials in a smooth, steady way. Try not to jerk to lift.
  • When you pick up materials off the ground, try supporting yourself by leaning on something while lifting.
    Also don’t bend over; instead, kneel on one knee and pull the load up on to your knee before standing. Make sure to wear knee pads when you kneel.

“Can we fix it? Yes, we can!”
If you think we could possibly help you and you would like to book an appointment at our Devizes, Pewsey or Amesbury Clinics or you’d like some further information, please call us on 07737 416906.

Hot Stone Massage

This is a treatment offered at our Pewsey clinic, and will be given by one of our sports massage therapists, Lia Rushton.

What is Hot Stone massage?

Hot stone massage is a variation of standard massage therapy, in which the therapist uses smooth, heated stones either held in their own hands, or placed on one part the body while they massage another part. The heat can be deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.

The stones used are basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well. They vary in size, and have been smoothed and rounded by natural forces in the river or sea.

 

What happens during a hot stone massage?

Before you arrive, the stones will have first have been cleaned, then heated in a hot water bath until they reach a certain temperature range.

Depending on which part of you is to be treated, the starting position will vary, but most massages begin with you lying face down on the couch to enable your back, shoulders and neck to be treated.  As the stones cool down, they will be replaced with fresh warm ones.

You will be required to undress as far as your underwear, but during the massage, only the part of your body being massaged will be exposed, to ensure your modesty.

The stones come in a variety of sizes, so big ones can treat bigger areas of your body, smaller ones on the smaller areas.

Everyone has their own comfort range, so if you should find that the stones are too warm or the pressure of the massage is too intense, that can easily be adapted – all you need to do is speak up!  If you don’t find you like the stones, then your treatment can be changed to a regular massage.

How much does it cost?

Please contact the practice on 01672 564646 for our current fees.

Each massage will last around one hour.

Who can have hot stone massage?

Virtually anyone!  Most people enjoy the warmth and find it a comforting and relaxing experience.

It’s ideally suited for people who have muscle tension but prefer a lighter massage. The heat relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist to work the muscles without using deep pressure.

Hot stone massage may be of help to people with:

  • Back pain and aches
  • Poor circulation
  • Osteoarthritis and arthritis pain
  • Stress, anxiety and tension
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Who should NOT have hot stone massage?

Hot stone massage is not appropriate for certain people.

If you have the following, you cannot have hot stone massage:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease – please check with your doctor first
  • You are on blood thinning medication or at a risk for developing blood clots – there is a risk that clots could be dislodged
  • You are pregnant
  • You have sunburn
  • You have just had surgery
  • You have an infectious disease, a rash or an open wound
  • You are having chemotherapy
  • You can’t be massaged over a recently fractured bone

If you are menopausal, the heat may trigger a hot flush!  Not a contra-indication as such, but something you may want to bear in mind.

Aches and Pains in Pregnancy

I have a special interest in treating pregnancy related aches and pains, having suffered with acute pelvic pain when i carried my first child.  The good news is that you don’t have to suffer silently – most forms of manual therapy may be of benefit, even if you gave birth years ago.

I have undertaken specialist training courses with Pelvic Partnership, a charity who aims to provide women and healthcare professionals with information about best practice for the treatment and management of pregnancy-related pain, and to enable and empower women to access the right treatment.

You can access them in full here, or below I have summarised their information on the most common areas where women experience pain:

Pelvic pain in pregnancy affects up to one in five women. Pelvic pain is also known as Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP). It is also is known as:

  • Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
  • pelvic joint pain
  • twisted hips
  • pelvic relaxation
  • pelvic arthropathy
  • osteitis pubis

All of these describe pain in the pelvic joints related to pregnancy.

Quick facts

  • Pelvic girdle pain during or after pregnancy is common but not normal so don’t put up with it.
  • Symptoms of pelvic girdle pain include pain at the front and/or back of the pelvis, pain when walking, climbing stairs, turning over in bed and standing on one leg (e.g. getting dressed).
  • Pelvic girdle pain is usually caused by an asymmetry or change of normal movement or alignment in your pelvic joints – a mechanical joint problem not a hormonal one.
  • Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is very treatable both during pregnancy and afterwards – get treatment for your pelvic pain as soon you get symptoms.
  • Treatment for pelvic girdle pain involves assessing the joints and muscles in and around the pelvis and returning them to normal function, usually using manual therapy techniques.
  • Pelvic girdle pain can be treated by a Chartered Physiotherapist, Registered Osteopath or Chiropractor with experience in manually treating pelvic girdle pain.

Myths about pelvic girdle pain:

Women are often told that their pelvic pain is due to:

  • round ligament pain
  • hormones
  • sciatica
  • trapped nerve
  • normal aches and pains of pregnancy
  • low back pain
  • nerve irritation; and that it is not treatable and will get better on its own, or as soon as the baby is born.

Many women have discovered later that it was pelvic girdle pain and could have been treated as soon as symptoms occurred.

PGP is really treatable at any stage of pregnancy or postnatally as soon as you feel able to visit your therapist.  There used to be ideas that you had to wait a few weeks “for the hormones to settle” but now that we know it is not the hormones causing the problem, this is no longer the case.  As soon as you feel able to see your therapist postnatally, you are ready for treatment.

The aim of treatment is to assess the position and the symmetry of movement of your pelvic joints, especially the sacro-iliac joints at the back of the pelvis. Find out which one is causing the problem, and then treat it.  The treatment is not usually painful, so it is nothing to be worried about, and you should expect to feel an improvement or some relief of your symptoms after each treatment.  Keep going until you are completely pain-free after you have had your baby.  We get a lot of calls from women who just had a few niggles in their joints after one pregnancy but just put up with it because it was much better than it had been, then develop symptoms very early in their next pregnancy because the underlying problem has never been resolved.  This can be prevented or at least minimised by making sure that you are pain-free through getting treatment after your baby is born.

Treatment involves a combination of joint realignment or mobilisation and soft tissue or muscle treatment.  This is because the muscles often become tight or compensate when you have a lot of pain, and this tightness has to be released to allow the joint to move normally and prevent the problem from happening again as soon as you leave the therapist’s room.

Manual treatment involves the realignment of joints which are not working symmetrically. Gentle hands-on techniques are used. This can be done by a physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath with training and experience in treating PGP.

There are varying approaches to treating PGP, but the main things you should expect from your therapist are:

  • The therapist will ask you about your PGP and how it affects you.
  • They will ask you to undress down to your underwear.
  • They will look at and feel how the joints at the back and front of your pelvis move when you move (e.g. standing on one leg, bending forwards etc).
  • They will feel how symmetrically the joints move when you are lying down on your back and your front (or your side if you are very pregnant).
  • They will discuss their findings and agree a plan of treatment with you, explaining what they are going to do.
  • Treatment is likely to include realigning joints which have moved slightly, so that they move symmetrically again. This may need to be done at each visit, until your muscles become strong enough to keep them in place without treatment.
  • You may be given gentle exercises to help your pelvic stability.

As you recover, your exercise programme will be adapted to suit your individual needs until you get back to normal.

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Lower Back Pain

Back pain is very common – according to a survey published in 2000 almost half the adult population of the UK (49%) report low back pain lasting for at least 24 hours at some time in the year.  It is estimated that four out of every five adults (80%) will experience back pain at some stage in their life. (1)

In most cases it is very difficult to identify a single cause for back pain. In about 85% of back pain sufferers no clear pathology can be identified. (2)

The following factors could contribute to back pain:

  • Having had back pain in the past, smoking and obesity. (3)
  • Physical factors such as heavy physical work, frequent bending, twisting, lifting, pulling and pushing, repetitive work, static postures and vibrations. (4)
  •  Psycho-social factors such as stress, anxiety, depression, job satisfaction, mental stress. (3, 5)

Nearly 40% of back pain sufferers consulted a GP for help.  10% visited a practitioner of complementary medicine (osteopaths, chiropractors and acupuncturists). (6)

Common causes of low back pain include:

  • Muscular strain – sometimes you can ‘pull a muscle’ in your back, resulting in a small tear or sprain in your muscle.
  • Disc problems – sometimes the discs between the vertebrae may become weaker and bulge out.   In extreme cases, this may lead to a prolapsed disc.
  • Spinal stenosis – the spinal column runs through a narrow opening in your vertebrae.  If this opening becomes too narrow, the nerves may become trapped, which causes pain.
  • Collapsed vertebra – the vertebrae give much of the structural support to the spine but these may become damaged as a result of disease or injury.  Severe osteoporosis may result in a vertebra collapsing and by doing so, disturb the surrounding structures.
  • Inflammation of sacro-iliac joints, or lumbar spine facet joints
  • ‘Wear and tear’ ie arthritis/spondylitis of the lumbar spine

If you have a physical job, sit or stand for long periods, or are in poor physical condition, you are at greater risk of developing lower back pain.

Most people associate back pain with physical risk factors such as heavy lifting, twisting and bending and awkward postures.  These can contribute to back pain or exacerbate any existing pain. Therefore you should pay attention to controlling these factors by, for example, using manual handling aids (lift, hoists etc) and ergonomically assessed workstations.

Other risk factors of a physical nature include vibration (for example the vibrations that a driver experiences when driving a car or truck), repetitive work and static postures.

Emotional stress and long periods of inactivity can also make symptoms appear worse.

Structure of the spine:

Understanding a little basic anatomy can help you understand the nature of your pain and where it’s arising from.

Your back consists of many different structures that all have to work together.

Your spinal column is comprised of 33 vertebrae, with discs (like shock absorbers) in-between them.  You have 7 in your neck (Cervical vertebrae), 12 in your middle back (Thoracic vertebrae), and 5 in your lower back (Lumbar vertebrae). You have 5 vertebrae which are fused together to form your Sacrum, attached to which are 4 vertebrae, which are also fused, that form your Coccyx (tailbone).

The shape and size of these vertebrae changes from the top to the bottom of the spine – cervical vertebra are small, and are designed for movement and flexibility, whilst lumbar vertebrae are much bigger, being responsible for the weight bearing of almost all of the upper body.

As the vertebrae stack up one on top of the other, a small gap called a foramen is formed.  Pairs of spinal nerves branch away from the central spinal cord and travel through these foramen to supply organs, limbs etc.

The spinal cord is encased in a ring of bone formed by the front and the back of the vertebra, and this runs from the base of the brain to the bottom of the spinal column.

The discs between the vertebrae are more formally known as intervertebral discs.  They are made up of a soft jelly like substance called the nucleus, which is held inside a tough, elastic and fibrous outer casing known as the annulus.  The vertebrae and the discs together are known as the spinal column.  This is supported by many muscles, tendons and ligaments.  Their function is to provide strength and stability to the spinal column.

The muscles are connected to your bones with tendons – when a muscle contracts, the forces are passed on to the skeletal system via the tendons. This ensures that a muscle contraction results in a movement of a certain body part. The role of a ligament is to provide stability to a joint – however, ligaments are also flexible to a certain degree, so they can stretch or contract when the joint moves.

It could be thought that any abnormalities in the structure or functioning of your back will result in pain, but this is not necessarily true.  People have very different backs and it is difficult to define a ‘normal’ structure. Some people with severe deformities may not experience any back pain while others who appear to have ‘normal’ backs experience severe pain.

Osteopathic Treatment for Lower Back Problems:

Although lower back pain is often very painful, the good news is that few people have a major problem with the bones or joints of their backs.

A good proportion of lower back problems can be resolved using non-surgical methods.  Manipulation by a specialist practitioner followed by mobilisation and exercises has been proven to be the most effective treatment for acute low back pain (UK BEAM BMJ 2004; 329; 1377)

Prevention is better than cure, and it is often easier for an osteopath to treat underlying stresses and strains when there is no current back pain. You do not have to have the pain on the day of the treatment.

Likewise, you do not have to wait for a particularly painful episode to settle before visiting an osteopath.  Most back pain is easier to treat in its early stages. It is also important for the longer term to minimise the potential for structural damage or arthritis, which can be caused by wear and tear through strain on weak areas of the spine, by getting treatment when it is needed.

During your consultation, the osteopath will take a full history of your condition, and also ask questions relating your current and past state of health.  It is helpful if you could bring a list of any medications you may be currently taking.  Once a diagnosis had been made, the osteopath will discuss it with you and outline what the best course of treatment would be.  Occasionally, further diagnostic tests may be required, such as x-rays, MRI scans or blood tests  – for these you be referred back to your GP/Specialist.

Osteopathic treatment of lower back pain may include one or more of the following techniques:

  • High velocity low amplitude thrusts (HVT) – the osteopath applies a high-velocity low amplitude thrust to the joint to reduce any restricted movement.  This is painless and makes a small ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ sound.
  • Myofascial Release – The osteopath may use this soft tissue therapy to release muscular shortness and tightness.
  • Muscle Energy (MET) – The osteopath applies a counterforce to the muscles while they are being used in a specific position and direction, such as when flexing.
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization / Massage – The osteopath uses rhythmic stretching, deep pressure or traction techniques to engage the muscle area around the spine.

The average patient usually responds positively within three to six treatments, but more, or indeed fewer treatments may be required depending on the nature of what is being treated and the individual’s circumstances and past history of the condition.  A chronic lower back problem may well take considerably longer to resolve.

After your treatment, you may well be given a series of exercises to do, and/or postural advice if your osteopath feels this would be of benefit to you.

 

Treating lower back dysfunction Photo copyright of Kampfner Photography

 

References:

(1)    Palmer KT, Walsh K, et al. Back pain in Britain: comparison of two prevalence surveys at an interval of 10 years BMJ 2000;320:1577-1578.

(2)    Nachemson AL, Waddell G, Norlund AI. Epidemiology of neck and low back pain. In: Nachemson AL & Jonsson E (eds). Neck and back pain: The scientific evidence of causes, diagnosis and treatment. Philadelphia: Lippencott Williams & Wilkins, 2000.

(3)    Burton AK, Balague F, et al. European guidelines for prevention in low back pain. Eur Spine J 2006:15(suppl 2):S136- S168

(4)    Andersson GBJ. The epidemiology of spinal disorders. In: Frymoyer JW (eds) The adult spine: Principles and practice.  Philadelphia: Liipincott-Raven, 1997.

(5)    Hoogendoorn WE, van Poppel MNM, et al. Systematic review of psychosocial factors at work and in private life as risk factors for back pain. Spine 2000;25:2114-2125.

(6)    Department of Health Statistics Division. The prevalence of back pain in Great Britain in 1998. London: Government Statistical Service, 1999

The Great British Pain in the Neck

  • Britons are more likely to suffer from neck pain
  • Massaging the spine is more effective than medicine in short and long term

People living in Britain are among those most likely to suffer neck pain according to an article published this month.  It states that those living in high-income countries are more susceptible to the problem than those living in low or middle-income countries.

 

The study of neck pain treatment, published in Annals of Internal Medicine earlier this month, also reveals that women are more likely than men to experience neck pain and that the problem is particularly prolific among office and computer workers.

Britons are exceptionally hardworking and driven,  with the UK ranked as the 13th most prosperous country out of the 130 countries measured in the 2011 Legatum Prosperity Index.  Much of the work in high-income countries, including the UK, is conducted at a desk where ergonomics and stress are common factors that can result in neck pain and exacerbate existing conditions.

According to the article, spinal manipulation, which is practiced by osteopaths and some other health practitioners, was more effective at relieving symptoms than medication.  Medication, whether over-the-counter or prescribed by GPs, is often a popular choice among time-poor workers who are reluctant to take time off for expert treatment.  However patients who were taught self-massage techniques rather than solely having to rely on treatment provided by professionals also benefitted more than those taking medication.

Kelston Chorley, Head of Professional Development at the British Osteopathic Association (BOA) says: “These research findings are positive for individuals, employers and employees.  Pain relief medication can be expensive and learning self-massage techniques mean individuals can be empowered to help manage their pain.  Further, where medication is ineffective, this can result in on-going problems that could have been resolved earlier and may even worsen as a result.  This can mean people have to take time off work for extended periods.

“An osteopath will usually provide some initial treatment to help correct any underlying cause for the condition and will always provide self-help strategies for neck pain so patients can manage their condition in the future.”

The article also says that mobilisation, described by the BOA as repetitive movements of joints to free up restrictions and increase the movement of joints and surrounding tissues, may be a better first treatment for non-specific neck pain than manipulation, described as unlocking restricted joint and surrounding tissues with a single highly specific movement, which can be an uncomfortable experience for some patients.

Kelston concludes: “In many cases of acute or chronic neck problems manipulation is not always the first line of treatment by an osteopath. Using a combination of soft tissue massage, mobilisations and self-help exercises often proves to be a more appropriate solution than the “neck clicking” commonly associated with manipulation.”

To read the article in full, please visit:

http://www.annals.org/content/156/1_Part_1/1.abstract?aimhp

 

 

2012 – Summer of discontent for backs!

2012 – Summer of discontent for backs!

As the nation settles in to watch the Olympic games, there has never been a better excuse to be a couch potato.

But beware – too much sitting, and in particular too much sitting in the wrong position, can lead to a whole host of back and neck problems.  In fact, the British Osteopathic Association (BOA) is anticipating a significant rise in back strain injuries because slouching on the sofa for lengthy periods of time can increase pressure on a person’s back and spine by 120 per cent.

“Britain will soon have every excuse to loll around on the sofa for hours on end as the summer progresses. However, sitting for lengthy periods of time puts too much strain on the spine and vertebrae and causes a lot of muscle fatigue and joint strain.

“If you’ve been sitting still for any length of time and then you suddenly become active, for example leaping out of your chair to celebrate a win, you are literally using muscles which have ‘gone to sleep’. This can leave you susceptible to joint stiffness and muscle tightness later on if you continue to repeat this activity.”

To take pressure off your back, Wiltshire Osteopathy advises getting up and walking about the room every 20 minutes or so. Using a straight-backed dining chair instead of the sofa can be beneficial too but if you prefer the couch, support your back properly with a cushion or two. Also, if you sit on a cushion so it raises you up slightly, this will place less strain on your back.

Symptoms that can arise from too much lounging on the sofa:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Eye Strain
  • Muscle fatigue, cramps and stiffness
  • Muscle strain
  • Sluggish Bowels
  • Poor circulation

Tips for avoiding back pain whilst watching TV:

  • Don’t put your drink on the table behind you – you’re at risk of straining yourself when you turn to get it.
  • Do sit straight in front of the TV – if you are off to one side you’ll be twisted and this might cause you pain.
  • Get up regularly, walk around and get a breath of fresh air when the advert breaks come on – use sky plus if you have it, press pause and have a rest.
  • Make sure your spine is supported properly – if your sofa is too soft, change it now if you plan to spend a lot of time on it.
  • Flat screen TV’s are usually mounted in a high position these days – it should be in the right eye line to reduce risks to neck strain, headaches, eye strain and back strain.

Could your driving position increase your chances of whiplash injury in the event of a collision?

Drivers who fail to wear seat belts correctly are at risk of injury according to the British Osteopathic Association.

While most people are fully aware that wearing a seat belt saves lives, the majority are not aware that the way they sit in a car plays a huge part in their personal safety.

The results of a survey by the BOA has found over one in ten drivers (13%) sit too far back for their seat belt to offer effective protection in a frontal crash.
To be effective, the belt should be sitting over the bones of the pelvis and not the stomach preventing internal injuries. It should be in contact with the shoulder to prevent serious neck injury. Sitting too far from the belt can often lead to submarining – where the occupant slips under the belt which can cause catastrophic injuries.

Approximately half, that is around 15 million of all UK drivers, do not drive in a position where their head is close enough to the head restraint, or they sit too far back for their seat belt to be effective.
This means that in an accident, they would be at risk of sustaining a serious whiplash injury.
Furthermore, only 6% of people adjust the head restraint regularly, despite the fact that most people travel in a variety of vehicles (as drivers, passengers and in taxis for example) and half of all drivers surveyed (51%) said they never adjusted their head rest at all.

Head restraints work by catching and supporting the head in the event of a rear end collision, and so reduce the chance of permanent soft tissue damage.
A correctly adjusted head restraint should be as close to the back of the head as possible and as high as the top of the occupant’s head. This means that the head movement in relation to the body is reduced as the car and seat are shunted forwards when hit from behind.  In addition, the drivers’ seat should be at the correct distance from the steering wheel.

Receiving a serious chest injury as a result of being hit by an airbag during an accident is also a very real possibility for one in seven drivers (14%) who admitted sitting too close to the steering wheel.
Drivers with a gap of less than 12 inches between themselves and the steering wheel when driving are at risk of receiving the full force of an airbag deploying in a crash involving the front of the vehicle.
Airbags have to inflate very quickly (some at over 200 mph) in order to protect the head and chest of drivers and passengers in the event of a frontal crash.

Therefore an airbag needs enough space in front of the steering wheel in order to inflate properly.
People who are shorter than around 5’’ 2” (1.57m) often sit too close to the steering wheel and may be injured by the inflating airbag.
A safe distance is around 12 inches – the size of an A4 piece of paper placed lengthways.

Danny Williams, BOA Council Member, said: “While most of us are aware that seat belts save lives, it’s fair to say that the majority of us don’t know that the way we sit in a vehicle also plays a huge part in our safety and well-being.
“The position of the head restraint, how far or close we sit to the steering wheel and how long we spend sitting at the wheel without having a break are can cause long-lasting neck and back injuries.”

Matthew Avery, Crash Research Manager at Thatcham, said: “Vehicle safety has moved on at a pace with numerous new technologies now available designed to help avoid or mitigate injury during a collision. Whilst many seats and head restraints perform well in protecting the occupant, this research goes to show that too many drivers are still subject to avoidable risks by not taking the time to adjust their head restraints correctly.”

Planning a new car purchase? These are certainly points for consideration – the car should fit you, not the other way around!

Are you suffering from injuries sustained in a road traffic collision?
Perhaps osteopathic treatment could help with your recovery – please do get in touch to see if one of our friendly team could help.

With practices situated in Amesbury, Devizes and Pewsey, we can be contacted via 07737 416906 (24hrs) or email wiltshire.osteopaths@gmail.com