I am excited to announce the launch of my book on Low back pain is happening this Thursday at 7pm-8pm in the Buntingford Library.
My book has been written to try and cover all aspects of back pain from common causes to different aspects that need to be looked at from the physical side, mental health and social side to back pain.
Luckily most episodes of back pain are short lasting but for the unlucky few it can cause pain for a lot longer and so it is important to have lots of coping strategies.
At the book launch I will be giving a short talk with the opportunity to ask questions along with drinks and nibbles. Everyone is welcome to attend.
There will be the chance to buy my book at the discounted rate of just £9.99.
It would be wonderful to see you there. For more information call 01763 87 80 87 or visit www.low-back-pain.co.uk.
I am excited to say I have written a book on low back pain which should be out in the next few weeks. My website low-back-pain.co.uk has more information but the book shows people exercises and things they can do to help their backs.
I was given a preview copy of the book last week so I am just making a few last minute alterations before it is officially published.
The book will be available to purchase from the clinic, the endless bookcase or amazon.
It is important to look not only at how you can improve the physical health of your back but your mental health is extremely important too. Addressing factors in your life such as stress or doing too much can be just as important in your recovery.
‘Communication is key when it comes to ensuring that patients are able to access clear and reassuring information, this resource simply explains to patients how they might best understand their back pain.’
President of the British Chiropractic Association Catherine Quinn.
I will be holding a launch party soon so watch this space.
Best Business Women Awards 2018 Finalists announced.
The Best Business Women Awards have announced their finalists today for 2018. The business world is full of talented and dedicated female entrepreneurs who not only run successful businesses but in many cases also juggle the needs of their families. The Best Business Women Awards are designed to recognise the achievement of those women across a wide range of business categories and is open to any female business owner UK wide.
Local businesswoman Louise Hampton from Attend2Health has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Health and Wellness and Customer service categories. Louise stated ‘I am so excited to be shortlisted in two categories this year. Not only is the clinic up for the award of Best Health and Wellness Clinic but also for the Best Customer Service. We really try our best to provide the greatest experience for our patients and it is so nice when this is recognised.’
Debbie Gilbert, organiser of The Best Business Women Awards said ‘Now in our 4th year we have seen the number of entries triple since we launched. The standard of our finalists is exceptionally high. We are delighted to receive entries from female entrepreneurs from throughout the UK, from women who are real trailblazers in their industry. This is a tough competition judged by business experts. To be a finalist is a major achievement. Finalists have been selected for their business acumen, determination, creativity and tenacity. Almost 90% of start-ups fail in the first 3 years and all our finalists are all shining examples of being successful entrepreneurs who have proved their success to our judges.’
The gala final of The Best Business Women Awards will be held on 11th October 2018 at Tewin Bury Farm, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, the winners will be announced at the final.
Pain is a symptom we are still trying to understand. At a cellular level nerve cells called neurons transmit impulses down a nerve. The inside of the cell is usually negatively charged however, when an impulse is sent from a cell body, sodium ions flood into the cell and the impulse is transmitted down the nerve through a series of action potentials. Usually neurons do not fire an action potential unless stimulated to do so.
When a nerve is injured however, it can repeatedly fire and become hypersensitive. Or it can sit just under the threshold, so that the slightest thing makes the neuron fire, such as a small movement, extra stress or heat.
Many things play a part in the pain process. You may have pain in your leg one hour but not the next. Or sometimes you can be tickled and sometimes not. There are so many things that can affect the outcome.
Pain can be seen as a circular model, where the pain can start anywhere along the circle and can be changed by the different inputs and feedback. The following figure shows how so many things impact pain.
Due to the circular nature this is how chronic pain can ensue long after a tissue injury. Not only do you need to look at healing the physical injury, stress and your mental health can also have an affect on pain. Things like doing meditation or mindfulness can really help pain levels as well as addressing any tension in muscles such as trigger points. Massage or using a massager can really help to reduce these.
To book a free chat or for more information call 01763 878087.
Low back pain is a symptom and is usually taken to be where you are getting the pain, from the lower rib margins to the buttock creases and can also include pain into one or both legs or include neurological symptoms in the lower limbs. It is rarely possible to find the main cause of the low back pain. Low back pain tends to have many dimensions from the biophysical component to the psychological and then the social impact as well.
Risk factors for reporting low back pain:
Information taken from Lancet low back series working group, 2018.
If you experience back pain it is important to look at what you do in your everyday life that might be aggravating your back.
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, that might be what is contributing to your back pain. See if you can make little changes to your life to help your back. Doing some exercise like pilates or tai chi could help strengthen your back and enable it to cope with everyday tasks.
For more information or to book a free chat call 01763 878087 today.
Sciatica is usually the name given when the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed in some way, causing pain down the back of the leg where the sciatic nerve runs. There are lots of different causes of sciatica but the main ones are either a disc pressing on one of the nerve roots or piriformis syndrome where the piriformis muscle presses on the sciatic nerve.
Here is a picture showing where the sciatic nerve runs and why pain, tingling or numbness can be felt all the way down to the foot.
A disc would affect a nerve as it leaves the spine and depending on how much the disc is bulging effects how far down the leg the pain is felt. Discs can also cause weakness in the muscles and the loss of reflexes. If you ever experience pain down both legs with problems going to the toilet you must seek medical attention as soon as possible as it could be something called cauda equina.
This next diagram shows where the piriformis is and how close it lies to the sciatic nerve. Therefore if this muscle is in spasm it is more likely to affect the sciatic nerve.
If you suffer from pain in the back or leg why not give us a call and see if we can help. We can do some orthopaedic tests to help us work out where your pain is coming from and the bast way to treat it. You will then know how to manage your pain and how to prevent it coming back with advice on the best exercises to do along with treatment such as massage if a muscle like the piriformis is involved or treatment to reduce the inflammation in the spine.
To book your free chat call 01763 878087.
At attend2health the main thing we are concerned about is helping people get better. We want to provide the best service possible and strive to do this everyday. We hold group training sessions to learn from each other and discuss any tricky cases with the patients permission. By working so closely together we feel we can provide the best service for our patients.
We have questionnaires for patients to fill in to make sure we are doing all we can to help and love it when we also get testimonials from patients saying how well they are doing. Currently there are 54 reviews on google which can be seen here.
A couple of patients have given us a video testimonial which is great for other people to hear their experiences. One can be seen here.
If you experience any aches or pains don’t wait for them to get worse call us today on 01763 87 80 87 and see how we can help. We are open 7 days a week to make it easier to get an appointment around work.
Ever wondered what we do at Attend2Health or how we can help – here are just 10 of the ways we can help… For more information or to book a free chat call us on 01763 878087.
By taking a case history and finding out from you where you are getting any pain or things you do that might aggravate your back, this is our first step in finding out what the problem is.
We then conduct a thorough examination which can include taking blood pressure and neurological testing such as testing the reflexes to work out where the pain is coming from and what it is affecting. From this we can come to a diagnosis and work out if we can treat what’s wrong or whether you need further testing or to see the GP instead.
If your problem involves the muscles and joints we have a number of different treatment options which can help. One of those options is massage to help relax any muscles which are tight and in spasm.
Ultrasound is a tool we can use to help relax muscles and help decrease inflammation.
Gentle mobilisation or manipulation of the spine is an effective way to help loosen stiff or locked joints in the spine relieving tension on the nerves and reducing pain.
Other tools we can use to help include an activator which is very gentle and used to help the spine move better and a Thumper which is a type of massage machine which helps to relax tight muscles without being too painful.
By using tape this can help support muscles and help for example to keep your shoulders back or give a little extra support to you low back if you have pulled a muscle there. It just gives the muscles a chance to recover if they are always working. Tape can also help treatment last longer as you usually wear it for a few days.
Acupuncture is another great way to reduce pain and muscle tension.
Exercises are a great way to help strengthen your back to help prevent the pain coming back again.
We can go through exercises in the clinic to make sure they are bring done correctly.
We will also give you exercises to do at home to help your back pain. Exercises are an important part of your recovery from any injury or pain as an area typically weakens when it is in pain.
I hope you have found all this information helpful but if you do have any questions or want to know more please get in touch as we would be happy to help.
Just call us on 01763 87087. I look forward to hearing from you.
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.
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.