Do you need more Headspace?

  • August 7, 2017
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  • Do you need more Headspace?

 

When it comes to headaches the first thing to recognise is that not all headaches are the same. Therefore, one treatment method may not be right for treating all types of headaches. There are five main categories of headaches: Tension headaches, Cluster headaches, sinus headaches, Rebound headaches and Migraine headaches.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), these classifications do not exist as much, instead each individual is diagnosed by what ‘channel’ or ‘organ’ pathology is being affected and therefore, causing the headache. In TCM, a headache has two parts: the root and the branch. The root is whatever is causing the headache, and the branch is the pain itself. Acupuncture works to treat both the root and the branch, so the result is more long-term, instead of just temporarily relieving the pain.

A new study concludes that acupuncture is effective for relieving headaches. Investigators note that acupuncture reduces the intensity and duration of headaches. In addition, they suggest that acupuncture can reduce the need for “drug therapies and is a valuable option for patient suffering from CDH [chronic daily headache].”

In this controlled study, verum acupuncture was compared with sham acupuncture. The verum acupuncture group improved significantly over the control group. Verum acupuncture significantly reduced the frequency, intensity and duration of chronic daily headaches. The research notes that acupuncture is effective for reducing the intensity of pain for chronic tension headaches and migraines. In addition, patients suffering from nausea due to headaches and migraines showed a significant decrease in nausea levels.

In related recent research, acupuncture was found more effective and safer than a migraine medication. Researchers discovered that acupuncture effectively reduced migraine pain intensity levels and no adverse effects occurred. In the same study, patients receiving the medication valproic acid did not have the same level of clinical benefits as acupuncture and with nearly 50% of patients experiencing adverse side effects from the drug. The outcomes were measured six months after the study had been completed. This demonstrates that acupuncture has long term benefits for patients with migraines and that it is both safe and effective. Read More -Health CMI

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Top Tips for Gardeners

  • August 7, 2017
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  • Top Tips for Gardeners

Although we are sadly over half way through the Summer, many of us are still donning our overalls and heading into the garden to keep it looking trim and tidy. Even with Autumn coming up, it could be said that there is still lots of work to be done bearing in mind how September and October are often sunnier and calmer than Summer. So, how do we prevent what at times can appear to be the inevitable gardening injury?

One of the main causes of gardening injury, is simply not warming up beforehand. Gardening requires us to crawl into small spaces and do lots of repetitive bending and twisting and often we head straight out into the garden to begin having just gotten out of bed!

So before attending the flower bed or cabbage patch. Make sure that you go for a long walk of about 20 minutes. Get all of the blood flowing around your body and change pace often as well so that you mimic some of the change in muscle recruitment when gardening.  After your walk, you should feel that you could take a layer off, this will generally signify that your body has warmed up sufficiently and you are ready to go.

Whilst gardening, think of all the different positions that your body will be subjected to. If you haven’t gardened for a while it will feel odd and unnatural so don’t stay in that one position for too long. Change the task that you are doing and come back to it so that you aren’t being too repetitive and not overloading it.

And of course, take some breaks. Overdoing it may mean that you get it done more quickly but your risk of injuring yourself increases. If you have any queries, please do get in touch and we will be glad to help you.

 

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Acupuncture for Headache Relief

  • July 27, 2017
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  • Acupuncture for Headache Relief

 

When it comes to headaches the first thing to recognise is that not all headaches are the same. Therefore, one treatment method may not be right for treating all types of headaches. There are five main categories of headaches: Tension headaches, Cluster headaches, sinus headaches, Rebound headaches and Migraine headaches.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), these classifications do not exist as much, instead each individual is diagnosed by what ‘channel’ or ‘organ’ pathology is being affected and therefore, causing the headache. In TCM, a headache has two parts: the root and the branch. The root is whatever is causing the headache, and the branch is the pain itself. Acupuncture works to treat both the root and the branch, so the result is more long-term, instead of just temporarily relieving the pain.

A new study concludes that acupuncture is effective for relieving headaches. Investigators note that acupuncture reduces the intensity and duration of headaches. In addition, they suggest that acupuncture can reduce the need for “drug therapies and is a valuable option for patient suffering from CDH [chronic daily headache].”

In this controlled study, verum acupuncture was compared with sham acupuncture. The verum acupuncture group improved significantly over the control group. Verum acupuncture significantly reduced the frequency, intensity and duration of chronic daily headaches. The research notes that acupuncture is effective for reducing the intensity of pain for chronic tension headaches and migraines. In addition, patients suffering from nausea due to headaches and migraines showed a significant decrease in nausea levels.

In related recent research, acupuncture was found more effective and safer than a migraine medication. Researchers discovered that acupuncture effectively reduced migraine pain intensity levels and no adverse effects occurred. In the same study, patients receiving the medication valproic acid did not have the same level of clinical benefits as acupuncture and with nearly 50% of patients experiencing adverse side effects from the drug. The outcomes were measured six months after the study had been completed. This demonstrates that acupuncture has long term benefits for patients with migraines and that it is both safe and effective. Read More -Health CMI

Help for Tennis Injuries

  • July 17, 2017
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  • Help for Tennis Injuries

 

Now that we are in the middle of the Tennis season, perhaps you have been thinking about dusting off the racquet and sharpening up your serve. After all with 31.6 million pounds having been shared out between the winners of this year’s Wimbledon, with some hard work, next year it could be you!

So what do you need to be aware of and what is needed to prevent injury and enjoy the game and extend your skills.

It is believed that 1 in 25 matches in Tennis ends in one of the players becoming injured and this year at Wimbledon there were a number of matches ending prematurely because of this.  Surprisingly the vast majority of injuries are not to the shoulder, elbow or wrist but are sustained in the lower leg and into the lower spine.

Most of the courts that are for public use are polymeric surfaces which are used on tennis courts and athletic tracks, offering a high degree of slip resistance, performance and maximum comfort for players. 

The court is made from a rubber shock pad and has a polyurethane coating applied over the top. This helps to lower impact on the joints and lower limbs. However, in spite of the softer nature of the courts compared to the concrete surfaces of the 1980’s and 90’s injuries to the lower limb and spine are still occurring.

The main cause of these injuries to the amateur player is lack of warm up and ill fitting shoes.

If you watch a game of Tennis and assess the movement of the players, you will see how much rotation occurs in the upper back and through the hips, when turning to chase after the ball and through the serve itself. Professional tennis players will warm up on the court for about 10 minutes but prior to that they can be on the practice courts for up to 1 hour, going through drills and warming up the body. Whilst we don’t need to warm up for that length of time, we should be warming up before a game for at least 15 minutes. These warm ups should include: a gentle jog around the court, some running with frequent changes in direction including running backwards, practicing your shots with your partner and keeping hydrated. Many injuries come from fatigue, especially the calf muscles which cramp up due to dehydration.

Although as mentioned above the courts, are much more user friendly, there is still a lot of stress going through the joints. The range of protective shoe and specialised training shoes available now is very impressive, and a trip to the local sports shop or specialised tennis shop is a must. Make sure the shoe is comfortable, gives your foot space to breathe and above all is protective.

If you have any queries, then please get in touch and book an appointment online or call 01392 428141

by Kieron Kerr

 

You are in good hands

  • July 14, 2017
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  • You are in good hands

It typically takes 4 years to become a qualified osteopath, and requires over 1,000 hours of clinical training. We are also required to maintain our skills through ongoing training and professional development.
Osteopathy is a regulated profession, with all osteopaths required by law to register with the General Osteopathic Council, who ensure that all osteopaths operate to high professional standards. It is a criminal offence to claim to be an osteopath otherwise.
We are also members of the Institute of Osteopathy, which exists to promote the latest knowledge and promote best practice in osteopathy. They also produce the iO Patient Charter, based on the national quality standards of the Care Quality Commission, which we use to demonstrate our commitment to the highest standards of patient care.
These assurances exist to make sure you can be confident that, as osteopaths, we have the skills, qualifications and knowledge to help you to live healthier lives.

 

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World Osteopathy Day Offer

  • June 22, 2017
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  • World Osteopathy Day Offer

It’s World Osteopathy Day today. To help raise awareness of the incredible benefits that treatment can have on your health and mobility we are running an offer.

If you book in with Jenny or Kieron today you can save £10 off the normal price if you are a new patient or £5 off if you are a returning patient.

You can book any future day but you must book today to get the offer.

Don’t delay book today to get yourself on better form.

If booking online please add the word OFFER in the notes section to get your discount.

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Feeling Stressed? Acupuncture can help.

  • April 28, 2017
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  • Feeling Stressed? Acupuncture can help.

 

Stress is a normal part of life. Each of us can manage certain levels of stress. But when stress exceeds these levels our bodies suffer a wide variety of consequences – muscle tension being the most common. When muscle tension lingers particularly in the neck and shoulders, we can further experience muscle spasms, knots, headaches, jaw pain, migraines and even nausea.

Other common symptoms associated with stress include:

* Inability to concentrate or complete tasks

* Irritability

* Difficulty falling asleep or waking frequently at night

* Changes in appetite

* Anxiety

* Flare ups of illness

Although stress is an inevitable part of life, we don’t have to live with it! Acupuncture is an effective treatment for dealing with stress.

A study from Georgetown University Medical Centre, published in the Journal of Endocrinology, studies how acupuncture works to treat stress. In this study it proves that Acupuncture targets the same key pathways that are affected by stress. Acupuncture can block the NPY sympathetic pathway and the chronic, stress induced elevations of the HPA (hypothalamus – pituitary – adrenal axis) which is involved in the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. The study also confirms that acupuncture is not only an effective treatment for stress, but also effective in treating anxiety and depression.

 

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Have you Injured your Back? You are not Alone.

  • April 21, 2017
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  • Have you Injured your Back? You are not Alone.

Each year over 137 million working are lost due to employees taking sick days for back injuries. It is a common problem which I am sure a lot of us have experienced. Perhaps we have had treatment from a therapist or the injury has just healed over time. But how many of us pay attention to our attitudes towards our backs and what are our beliefs about them? 

When you injure your back the chances are that you have sustained a strain to a muscle or a joint. Our backs are very compact and strong structures and serious damage to the back does not happen as often as you might think. It may seem at odds that quite a small action such as picking up a pencil can cause such pain but while the back is strong, it is sensitive and it has to be. The spinal canal houses the spinal cord with branches of nerves which supply the muscles in order so that we can move efficiently. Should anything external damage the cord or come into contact with the cord it can potentially damage our muscle system. So the tissues around the spine have to be sensitive in order to advise us that damage has occurred and that it needs addressing. 

I have often heard how patients have been told that they need to strengthen their back through weights and or a course of Pilates or yoga. Sometimes this is true, but often the patient just needs to keep moving which in turn will strengthen the back and the whole body. Of course, yoga, Pilates and weights are excellent methods of retaining elasticity, suppleness and strength. But sometimes we might just need to rest our back and then get it moving.

There is much that we can do for own backs in terms of recovery and sometimes it can just be small steps all added together that make the difference.  Generally it’s worth reminding ourselves that our backs are strong solid structures that can withstand alot. Keeping our bodies moving helps to keep the back supple and strong and now that the summer is upon us, putting down those hand held computers and getting out into nature is most definitely going to help! 

Give our backs positive instructions, if a movement hurts then don’t do it

Check out our website which gives some ideas on how to gently stretch your back and other muscle groups. Remember that if it hurts then the stretch is either too strong or not for you.

Sometimes there is nothing like some expert advice to save you time and get you on the road to recovery. We are on hand six days a week to help you and have evening appointments too.

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Are you sitting uncomfortably ……… then we will begin!

  • March 28, 2017
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  • Are you sitting uncomfortably ……… then we will begin!

With 50-70% of people sitting up to 8 hours a day, it’s no wonder as osteopaths we find that patients are getting all sorts of back and shoulder problems. Not only does it cause spinal problems but the latest research showed that prolonged sitting causes other disease and poor health.

Compared to people who sit the least, those who spend most time in a chair have a 112% higher risk of developing diabetes, a 147% higher risk of suffering “cardiovascular events” such as strokes and a 49% increased risk of death from any cause.

 

This sounds really bad but how can you limit the damage and get moving whilst being stationary. The new buzz word is ACTIVE SITTING. ie moving whilst sitting.

 

What are the best ways of achieving this?

 

The easiest and cheapest: £20-

A Togu or Sit Fit wobble cushion. Basically, an air filled cushion that you can place on your normal office chair. It keeps your spine moving and activates your spinal muscles.

Bounce yourself better: £20-30

Exercise balls have been around for years in gyms to help with core abdominal strength but are also fantastic to spend time on in the office as a chair substitute. Get one and spend 30 minutes on it and then give to a work colleague! A 65cm ball would suit most people.

Stand at work: £250-800

These are all the rage at the moment (in Sweden there is new legislation that all government employees must be allowed access to one!). Your normal desk elevates so you have to stand whilst working. Great for all joints and burns more than 30% more calories than sitting.

See local Bristol Company – www.deskacademy.com

Rock yourself better: £800

The ‘Ten Two’ chair has been around since the 1970’s and is a classic design, loved by all who buy one. Gently rocks you and keeps all your joints in your leg and spine on the go. Expensive but brilliant.

Visit Bristol’s best spinal product shop in Park Street – www.backinaction.co.uk/tentwo

 

There are many other ways of doing the same thing, but these are no substitute for actually getting up and walking. Old fashion but we have been doing it for thousands of years! 10000 steps on your pedometer is the recommended daily amount. Few do this much each day.

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