This diagram shows how when you have a slipped disc or sciatica what actually happens is tiny tears occur in the outer fibres of the disc which means the inner jelly called the nucleus pulposus is pushed outwards towards the sciatic nerve. The disc is not normally seen by the body but when it bulges out the body then attacks it a foreign creating a lot of inflammation which puts extra pressure on the nerve. It depends how far the disc has bulged out as to how bad the symptoms are and how long they may take to go.
If you are experiencing pain down your leg with any tingling or numbness it is a good idea to see a chiropractor or osteopath as there are lots of tests they can do to determine how bad the problem is and whether they can help or if you need further investigation such as an MRI scan. A lot of the time treatment can really help ease the pain but it usually takes quite a long time when the disc is bulging out. Long term Pilates exercises can really help to stabilise the spine and prevent further episodes.
If you would like to book a free chat with one of our practitioners give us a call on 01763 878087, we’d be happy to help. Or why not like our Facebook page for up to date advice.
This is a saying I hear a lot. Someone simply reaches for a piece of paper or bends to pick a toy off the floor and their back goes. It can be very frustrating and hard to understand why something so simple can cause so much pain.
Usually however the cause can be a build up over time with that last reach being the final straw. Think of you spine a bit like a paper clip. You can bend it forwards and backwards a number of times no problem and then all of a sudden it just snaps and this can be the same with the ligaments and muscles around the spine or with the discs.
Before the back finally goes sometimes you can get a few twinges. Think of these as warning signs and look back on things you have been doing recently. Try to change the everyday tasks you do like loading the dishwasher or how you watch television to try and minimise the pressure on the spine. Make sure you take regular breaks to walk around as the back has a relatively poor blood supply and so gets its oxygen from you moving around.
At Attend2Health we offer a free 15 minute chat to see if we can help or to give advice. If you do get any twinges why not come and see us to see if we can prevent your back from going.
Simply call 01763 878087 and book an appointment today!
As we get older or after an injury our ability to balance decreases. This means if we trip on uneven ground or wobble on an ankle we are then more likely to fall over rather than being able to catch our self and correct the wobble.
1. Have you got any loose rugs you could slip on?
2.Do you make sure you have well fitting slippers for indoors?
3. Don’t walk in a darkened room
4. Keeps floors clean and tidy
Below are some exercises to try which will help to improve your balance. Try to do the exercises everyday – once you are confident at doing the exercises you could try them whilst brushing your teeth as that will act as a good memory aid.
Winter hibernation is coming to an end and many will be starting to think about Spring gardening jobs. It’s great to get outdoors and blow the cobwebs away but take care of your back with our great advice.
– Don’t wear clothes that are tight or could constrict your movement.
– Gardening is like any other exercise; you need to warm up first. Don’t go straight into the heavy work; start off with lighter jobs as this will lessen the chance of muscle strain.
Take a break
– Vary your activity by spending no more than 20-30 minutes on any one thing and make sure you take regular breaks.
Clever spring pruning
– Get as close as possible to the things you are pruning and avoid overstretching to reach the area you are dealing with.
– Invest in some long handled secateurs to reach plants and bushes that are beyond normal reach.
– If you are planning a trip to the local garden centre store to buy heavy items such as compost, buy smaller bags rather than one big bag as they are easier and safer to carry. Better still, have it delivered direct to your home.
– Don’t lift with your arms straight out, keep the elbows bent and to your side to minimise the stress on your back.
– If having items delivered, have them unloaded as close to where you need them as possible; this will save the effort of moving them again.
– A specialist garden trolley might be worth investing in to move these sorts of materials around, especially if you have lots of patio pots to move around as well.
If you do start to suffer from back pain – book a free 15 minute chat with one of our practitioners and they can let you know if it is just an ache which will go after a day or two or whether any treatment maybe needed to help it. Don’t suffer in pain call 01763 87 80 87.
Foam rolling is another way to help stretch out your muscles and stop them becoming too tight. Its just like you are giving yourself a massage and can be great to use after exercise or in between treatments if you are recovering from an injury.
Our practitioners can show you some exercises especially for you and we sell the foam rollers at the clinic. I have also made a short video below showing a few exercises you can do with a foam roller. If you are finding the exercises painful try to take more weight off of the area you are rolling and gradually increase the pressure through the roller. A smooth roller will be easier and then once you can do that try progressing to the roller with ridges in it to work your muscles harder. If you are in pain see your GP or one of our practitioners first before using a roller to make sure it is suitable for you to use.
We have more exercises on the members area of our website https://www.attend2health.co.uk/index.php/members-menu/.
Attend2health also offers a free 15 minute chat so you can find out if any of our practitioners can help. Please call 01763 878087 to book.
Fungal nails can often be unsightly and embarrassing; they are caused by the same infection as athletes foot which gets under the nail. Usually very difficult to treat, using topical or oral treatments which can carry significant risks, taking many months to treat. Often they do not work and are totally ineffective, especially when the nail is thickened.
Clearanail is a revolutionary safe, painless procedure tested clinically at Southampton University by Dr Ivan Bristow a Dermatologist on many patients, Clearanail is an innovative proven technology that quickly clears affected discoloured nails.
Controlled Micro Penetration is used to create micro pathways into the nail plate. Each micro hole is drilled in seconds. Daily treatment at home is then applied to the affected areas, to quickly and efficiently clear the nail.
Visible results can be seen within weeks, thus removing the need to take oral medication which can interfere with the liver. Topical treatments are usually ineffective when the nail is affected to the lunular (half-moon at the bottom of the nail) but not with clearanail.
Available at a fraction of the cost of laser technology and clinically proven to give fast efficient results within weeks, Clearanail can be strongly recommended in the treatment of discoloured, thickened, crumbling nails!
Book a free chat with our Podiatrist today and see how he can help. Simply call 01763 878087.
Gary Webb is a qualified HCPC registered Podiatrist with a Post Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Biomechanics. He is a full member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists which is the premier Podiatry Association in the UK. He is very experienced in many aspects of Podiatry and has a keen interest in Podiatric Biomechanics (postural related problems).
Pre-Ski fitness tips:
• Don’t just sit there – Exercising through squats, sit ups and cycling is also good to tease the right muscles.
• It’s a balancing act – Balance is the single most important factor in skiing. Use a wobble board to improve balance and build up ankle muscles. For a thorough ankle work-out, rocking heel to toe is good for snowboarders and left to right is best for skiers.
• Jump around – Use a mini trampoline to work all those ‘skiing’ muscles.
• Roll with it – Roller blading is perfect practice and will help you develop a good ski posture, so you look like a pro on the slopes.
• Check it out – Most skiers find turning one way easier than the other. Poor technique might not be the problem, so talk to a chiropractor for advice.
Out on the slopes:
• Hot and Cold – Warm up before strenuous skiing. Start off gently rather than heading first for the black runs and round the day off with a stretch.
• Take plenty of breaks – Overexertion will ruin your holiday – moderate the length of skiing time and listen to your body. Pain is a warning sign, don’t ignore it.
• Liquid lunch – Drink plenty of water and isotonic drinks to avoid dehydration and stay clear of alcohol, tea and coffee.
• Wrap up – Make sure clothing is warm and adequate for the cold weather and don’t forget hat and gloves.
• Put the boot in – No matter how many lessons, skiers won’t improve without the right boots and this is where most skiers put their first foot wrong. Skiers often choose on comfort alone – don’t make this mistake. Get a moulded footbed from the ski shop first as this improves fit, comfort and ski control. Opt for a shop with a wide range of boots so you are spoilt for choice.
• What a bind – If you are prone to going ‘knock-kneed’ when you ski, look out for lateral alignment. Wedges expertly placed under the binding can make a huge difference.
• Carry on – Always be careful when carrying skis/boards. Leave them standing upright so you don’t have to bend to pick them up. Carry them over your shoulder, swapping shoulders regularly.
• Ice is nice – With an acute injury, use ice rather than heat.
• Tread carefully – A great deal of people are injured by slipping on ice at the ski resort, not just on the slopes. Wear shoes with a deep treaded sole and use strap-on studs for ski boots to help keep you upright.
I hope these tips help and you can enjoy a wonderful holiday in the snow. If you do have any concerns why not book a free 15 minute chat and see how we can help. Just call 01763 878087 and see how we can help.
Whether you are an amateur sports enthusiast or a top-flight professional, your body is prone to the same kinds of aches and pains. Repeated stresses can lead to a slight loss of proper movement in the bones of your spine (vertebrae) and joints, which in turn, can interfere with the healthy working of your muscles and nerves. You may have ignored the pain and carried on with your sport for too long without treatment. It’s not surprising that BCA chiropractors often see patients with problems of the shoulder, neck, elbow, back, hip, knee and ankle that could turn the enthusiastic amateur into a couch potato.
If you feel a niggle in your back or any muscle – don’t ignore it. If you can catch a problem early it can go quickly rather than stopping you from training.
If you are training for a running event try and increase the mileage by 10% a week. By increasing the distance slowly you allow your body to adjust to the extra miles. Also try and vary the runs you do. Try a shorter quicker run in the week and then a longer slower run at the weekend for example.
Make sure you carry enough water or juice with you on a run to stop you getting dehydrated. Don’t forget to replace the salts as well as the water.
After a hard session try using a foam roller on your muscles to stop the tightening too much. If your muscles remain quite tight a sports massage can also be really good to help with your training.
I hope these tips help don’t forget we offer a free 15 minute chat where you can see if we can help you on your fitness journey. The more active we can stay the better for our health.
Things you can do to prepare yourself for better balance.
I really hope these tips are useful if you are struggling with your walking or balance why not book a free 15 minute chat with our physiotherapist Joanne. She would be able to let you know who physio could help improve your balance and confidence when walking so you are able to enjoy going for a walk again. Call 01763 878087 and find your feet again.
As with all supplements the research supporting them varies but it is always worth trying them for around 3 months and see if they help
This has been getting a lot of press lately and it seems from the research that it is very good to help reduce inflammation and for spinal cord injuries. One study was published in the journal Neurology Research International was called The potential of Curcumin ( the Indian spice Turmeric) in treatment of spinal cord injury and is worth a read.
Combined medical and surgical treatment after acute spinal cord injury: results of a prospective pilot study to assess the merits of aggressive medical resuscitation and blood pressure management. Fernando L. Vale, M.D., Jennifer Burns, M.D., Amie B. Jackson, M.D., and Mark N. Hadley, M.D.
Division of Neurosurgery and Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
Glucosamine has had mixed research reviews but it is worth trying this supplement if you suffer from arthritis in the joints. Glucosamine has been shown to help rebuild the cartilage in joints and decrease inflammation. 1500mg should be taken a day but this supplement should be avoided if you are diabetic, pregnant or allergic to shellfish.
Derfoul A, Miyoshi AD, Freeman DE, Tuan RS. Glucosamine promotes chondrogenic phenotype in both chondrocytes and mesenchymal stem cells and inhibits MMP-13 expression and matrix degradation. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2007;15(6):646–655. [PubMed]
Dodge GR, Jimenez SA. Glucosamine sulfate modulates the levels of aggrecan and matrix metalloproteinase-3 synthesized by cultured human osteoarthritis articular chondrocytes. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2003;11(6):424–432. [PubMed]
Omega-3 fish oil are made up of essential fatty acids which are known as EPA and DHA. Omega 3 is an excellent supplement to help rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is also good for the heart. This meta-analysis below showed reduced consumption of painkillers when taking 2.7g of Omega-3 a day for people with RA.
AMR – Omega-3 PUFA and Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis Lee YH1, Bae SC, Song GG. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: a meta-analysis. Arch Med Res. 2012 Jul;43(5):356-62
I hope you have found this information helpful. All these supplements are for sale at the clinic. Ask your practitioner to see if any would be suitable for you to take and see how you get on. They don’t suit everyone but some people have seen enormous benefit from them.
For a free 15 minute chat to see how we can help call the clinic on 01763 878087.