Headaches affect everyone from time to time and vary in severity from harmless
to life-threatening. They fit broadly into two categories:

Primary headaches include migraines and pain induced by tension. Analgesics
and/or osteopathy to reduce tension help. Most primary headaches are short-lived
but should they persist or become frequent, Sean Durkan will probably establish
the cause and propose carefully targeted treatments or refer you to a
recommended doctor.

Secondary headaches are the result of head or neck injury, haemorrhage,
various malformations of cranial blood vessels, inter-cranial pressure,
thrombosis, neuralgia and many more. In some cases, the cause is obvious
(such as whiplash), in others they may be obscure. Accurate diagnosis will
suggest a variety of specialist treatments of which osteopathy may be one.

Jaw Pain (Temporomandibular Joint disorder, or TMJ syndrome) is not
uncommon and occurs at the joint of the jaw bone (mandible) and the skull.
It is a catch-all name for a variety of problems that could involve muscles,
nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones, connective tissue, and/or the teeth.
Symptoms include: ear ache, clicking of the jaw, a dull pain in the face,
headache (primary), tinnitus as well as neck and shoulder ache.

Osteopathy, dental or neurological treatment may solve the problem. Make an
appointment with Sean for a diagnosis.

Stiff Neck is a common complaint that affects most of us at one time or another
in youth and old age. It is usually the result of a muscle spasm caused by sudden
movement of the muscles involving the head and neck. In older people, it could be
due to degeneration of the spinal discs and vertebrae. Ice packs,
anti-inflammatory pills or a collar support can ease the pain. However, if the
condition persists, you should make an appointment with Sean Durkan to
diagnose the cause and get treatment.

Whiplash is a good description of the effect of a sudden accident but it covers all
sorts of underlying problems. Symptoms can vary to include: pain to the neck and
back, referred pain to the shoulders, pins and needles to the arms and legs as
well as headaches. Symptoms can manifest immediately or after a short time.

The nature of whiplash is uncomfortable and the quicker it is attended to the better;
untreated, it can continue for a long time and become a chronic health problem. If
you think you are suffering from whiplash, contact Sean straight away.

Frozen shoulder or shoulder pain prevents a full range of arm and neck
movement. It is quite common, extremely painful and can last for two to three
years. It is caused by a sedentary lifestyle and poor posture. Osteopathic
treatment is usually enough to dramatically cut recuperation time. However,
in rare cases, especially if the condition has been allowed to persist, surgery can
become an option.

Sore, tight or aching shoulders
Shoulder aches and pains are lifestyle complaints: poor posture, computer
keyboard workover long periods, lack of activity causing muscles to stiffen and
seize. If you are conscious that you have not had a break for a while, stand up
wave your arms around and remember not to slouch when you return to work.
Most of the problem is caused by restricted blood circulation. Sean will use his
osteopathic skills to loosen your muscles and enable the blood to flow freely
once more.Sean will also suggest exercise routines and ergonomic advice to
prevent a repetition ofthe condition.

Simple Low Back Pain is a broad description of a problem that could be the
result of several conditions. The spine is the main conduit of the body’s nerve
system and, with its muscles and ligaments, it is also the main support for the
upper body. As such, it issusceptible to injury, strain and stress which is why
back pain is so common. Since the spine distributes nerves to all parts of the
body and its organs, any damage can result inreferred pain elsewhere. The pain
itself can be acute and may last for a short time or for weeks.

Conventional diagnosis of low back pain is very often inconclusive but an
osteopath specialising in musculoskeletal function will ‘feel’ his way through the
problem by testingfor  mobility.
Sean Durkan’s diagnostic methods and his treatment for low back pain is gentle
andeffective. Relief can also be found in resting full length on a firm bed, anti-
inflammatories and mild exercise. It is not unusual for the same backache to
recur until the trauma has fully healed but this will be fully explained after your first
exploratory session with Sean.

Immobilising lower back pain affects most people between the ages of 20 and
55. The cause can be as simple a stooping to pick up a ball or a jarring step off
the pavement; a muscle goes into spasm and you feel crippled.
The good news is that osteopathic therapy can, in most cases, quickly restore
you back to full fitness. Treatments include massage and manipulation along with
prescribed exercise. Acute pain can be helped by an ice pack and/or
anti-inflammatory drugs or across-the-counter pain killers.  If the problem is more
serious, injections can do the trick. Surgery is absolutely the last resort.

Sciatica is caused by a compression or irritation of one of the roots of the sciatic
nerve asit emerges from the lumber vertebrae. Sometimes described as a
“trapped nerve”, the referred pain affects the lower back, the buttocks and
sometimes the leg down as far as the toes. It usually affects one side of the body
only and can be extremely painful; you mayalso experience numbness and, in the
most severe cases, it can render you virtuallyunable to walk.

Depending on the stage of Sciatica, Sean Durkan’s osteopathic treatment works
with the body’s natural ability to heal itself to bring relief and resolve the problem.
He willrecommend a course of exercises to speed recovery. It is very important to
deal with Sciatica as soon as its symptoms are apparent. Untreated, Sciatica can
quickly become unbearable as the symptoms increase. Pain killers, muscle
relaxants and anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce the pain; lumber injections,
usually painful, bring relief, if not resolution; in the final resort, surgery may be
necessary. All this may be avoided by catching the problem in its early stages.

Pelvic injuries include:

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction can have similar symptoms as sciatica and is
usually caused by poor posture. The sacroiliac joint connects the sacrum to the
pelvis. It has little movement normally: too much movement and you may feel pain
in the lower back and/orhip spreading to the groin; too little movement causes
pain in the buttocks which may transfer down the thigh.

Osteopathic treatment aims to restore the balance of movement through
manipulation, stretching, self-help exercises and correction of poor posture.

Symphis pubis strains is a condition caused by childbirth. The pubic symphysis
is the gap at the front of the pelvic cradle. This gap, together with the sacro-iliac
joint at the base of the spine, stretch for childbirth allowing the baby to be born.
Normally, after the birth they retract to their normal positions but occasionally, and
for a variety of reasons, this does not happen and the pubis area feels tender,
lifting or parting the legs is particularly painful and some women complain of
sciatica. This uncomfortable condition responds well to osteopathic treatment.
Sean Durkan will use manipulation and stretching to solve the problem. It is
important to follow his self-help exercises to recover as speedily as possible.

Shin splints describes an ache, throb or tenderness in the lower shin area and is
typicallya sports injury brought about by repetitive running, jumping or landing on a
hard surface. If the muscles down the front of the leg are unprepared for the
jarring effects of the activity, they get damaged and could lead to stress fractures.
Other causes include wearing the wrong footwear.

Sean will use massage and manipulation to release muscle tension. He will also
advise on suitable exercises and the use of orthotics (insoles) to solve the

Knee pains are common but especially in sports people as the knee is subject to
great stress whether running, walking, climbing, descending or jumping. There
are three typical conditions:

Patellofemoral Syndrome occurs when the kneecap slips out of the
patellofemoral groove on the thigh bone (femur). It is painful and occurs while
running or going up and down stairs.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome is the inflammation of a fibrous tract that joins the hip
to the knee. This painful condition is typical amongst sports people and pregnant

Excess wear and tear of the cartilage behind the knee cap can lead to

Osteopathy is an established method of treatment for all three conditions along
with recuperative excises and tailored orthotics (insoles). Sean will recommend
a good podiatrist.

Achilles Tendinitis is very common amongst sportsmen and women. It can also
be the result of an injury caused by a fall. The Achilles Tendon runs down the
back of the leg joining the knee to the ankle and is responsible for the spring in
your feet. If damaged, the action of the lower leg and foot is severely

Osteopathy speeds the healing process but it does take time. Special exercises
involving mobility and stretching in warm conditions will shorten the recuperative
period. Sean will start the process with diagnosis followed by appropriate
treatments, such as ultrasound, and recommend exercises. He will see the
patient from time to time for further treatment and to check progress. If the
Achilles Tendon has been severed, surgery is required but osteopathic treatment
will continue the healing process.

Tennis Elbow (see also Golfers Elbow) is the common name for lateral
epicondylitis, an inflammation of the tendons that connect the outer forearm
(radius) to the upper arm(humerous). It is caused by repetitive movements
involving prolonged gripping - for example, in tennis and other racquet sports, and
various handyman jobs. Your first symptom will be a tender elbow that is
exacerbated by using the hand for trivial everyday jobs like opening a door or
carrying your groceries.

Osteopathy can help through gentle massage, mobilization and stretching. Sean
will give you some strengthening exercises and an elastic support to support the

Golfers Elbow (see also Tennis Elbow) is similar to Tennis Elbow except that
the inflammation is on the inner forearm (ulna) where the tendons connect the
upper arm (humerous). It is caused by repetitive movements involving prolonged
gripping - for example, a golf club, weightlifting and various handyman jobs. Your
first symptom will be a tender elbow that is exacerbated by using the hand for
trivial everyday jobs like opening a door or carrying your groceries.

Osteopathy can help through gentle massage, mobilization and stretching. Sean
will give you some strengthening exercises and an elastic support to support the

Wrist pain is most frequently diagnosed as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The
median nerve is conducted through a sheath through the wrist, which can
become enflamed causing swelling and a vicious circle ensues. The symptoms
include aching, burning, numbness, a tingling sensation in parts of the hand,
maybe a weakened thumb muscle and sometimes referred pain upwards to the
elbow.Causes include repetitive activity of the forearm, pregnancy, the
menopause and obesity. It can also be a side effect of diabetes and arthritis.

As with any repetitive activity, a pause and a stretch to restore circulation prevents
theproblem but once it occurs, Sean Durkan’s massage and manipulation will
remove the symptoms and restore function. He will also suggest exercises not
only to hasten recovery but prevent a relapse.

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) is exactly what it sounds like but those who
suffer from it will find no comfort there! When the same group of muscles
surrounding a joint are used to repeat the same task over a long period, they can
tighten or contract causing tendons to react in a way they are not used to. The
tendons become inflamed and cause pain. The joints affected are the ones you
use everyday: your fingers, arms, legs, shoulders and neck. Typical causes are
typing, texting on smartphones, playing digitalgames and some sports, tennis and
golf in particular.

The muscles and tendons swell within a very strong, fibrous sheath. This
constricts the blood vessels, lymph and nerves that share the same space so
that you feel a deep muscular ache. The trapped nerves can induce a burning
sensation and or pins and needles somewhere else apparently unconnected to
the root of the problem.

Jaw Pain
Stiff neck
Frozen Shoulder
Shoulder Pain
Sore or Aching Shoulders
Tennis Elbow
Golf Elbow
Wrist Pain
Simple Low Back Pain
Immobilising lower back pain
Pelvic Injuries
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
Symphis Pubis Strains
Shin Splints
Knee Pains
Achilles Tendinitis
Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)