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ByLouise Hampton

We’re in the Final!!!

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.

ByLouise Hampton

Understanding pain…

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.

ByLouise Hampton

Things that might aggravate your back…

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:

  •  Diabetes and chronic conditions
  • Smoking
  • Low levels of physical activity
  • Being Overweight
  • Physically demanding job
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Being tired
  • Suffering from anxiety or depression

 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.

  • Do you spend a lot of time sitting?
  • Do you have to carry heavy loads?
  • Do you have to bend a lot?
  • Do you spend a lot of time driving?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you sleep on your front?
  • Do you look after small children?
  • Have you had an accident or jarred your back in the past?
  • Do you play any impact sports?
  • No time for myself?
  • Am I stressed?

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.

 

 

ByLouise Hampton

10 ways Attend2Health can help you…

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.

First way we can help:

Listening to the patient

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.

 

Second way we can help:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Third way we can help:

Massage

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.

Fourth Way we can help:

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a tool we can use to help relax muscles and help decrease inflammation.

Fifth way we can help:

Mobilisation or manipulation of the spine

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.

Sixth way we can help:

Activator

Thumper 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Seventh way we can help:

Taping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Eighth way we can help:

Acupuncture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acupuncture is another great way to reduce pain and muscle tension.

Ninth way we can help:

Exercises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Tenth way we can help:

Home exercises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

ByLouise Hampton

Which supplements are good for joint pain?

Here are three supplements to try if you suffer from joint pain.

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

 

Turmeric

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 Sulphate

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

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.

ByLouise Hampton

Free yourself from pain and get your life back

Want to enjoy life again without pain? Attend2Health can help…

Are you feeling a bit low this winter time? Fed up of being in pain and struggling to do the things you love? It doesn’t have to be this way.  At Attend2Health we are trained to diagnose your pain or refer you for further investigation.

No one should have to suffer from muscle or joint pain without finding out whats wrong. At Attend2Health we can come up with a personalised treatment plan which would include hands on treatment such as mobilisation, massage or manipulation as well as exercises to do at home. I have found most people can get benefit from chiropractic treatment and even if the pain doesn’t completely go they feel so much better and understand how they can manage and listen to their body. Its such a great feeling when you are able to make such a difference to peoples lives. We offer a free 15 minute chat so why not book one today and see how you can get your life back.

By coming to Attend2Health we treat the cause not just the symptoms. We can set some realistic goals so you will have more energy to play with the grandchildren, be able to get out in the garden this spring and not need so many painkillers. Here’s what some of our patients say:

For more information please call 01763 878087 or see the members section of our website for some exercises to try.

ByLouise Hampton

5 Top tips to help prevent back pain

Here are 5 tips to help prevent back pain occurring or it returning.

1. Be careful when you wake up

The back is the most vulnerable the first hour after awakening so take extra care during this time.  This is because the discs have the most water content in the morning making you also around 1 cm taller in the morning.

2. Try not to stoop

Bending puts a lot of pressure on the discs in the spine and over time this can lead to the discs becoming aggravated.   Try to kneel on a cushion if putting washing in the washing machine or when washing up try and change position so you are sometimes sideways onto it so you are not constantly leaning forwards for a period of time.   When going to sit down stick your bottom out to keep your back straight.

3. Strengthen your spine

It is really important to strengthen your spine with pilates type exercises or things like the plank if you are able to.  Any exercise should be performed pain free so start slowly and build up what you can do.

Exercises to help the low back.

Here are a couple of examples of back exercises which may help.

 

4. Avoid sit ups and crunches

Although it is important to strengthen your core muscles, sit ups curve your spine and put extra pressure on the discs so this exercise should be avoided.

5. Walk tall

When you are walking think about being pulled up from your head, and push your sternum up.  This will take the pressure off the bottom of your spine.   At some point during the day take some time to lie down.  If you are sitting and standing a lot of pressure is being put through your spine.  When you are lying down your body is in a great position and gives your spine a chance to relax.  This is a great thing to do in the evening for 5 minutes in front of the TV.

More information, stretches and videos can be found in the members area of our website or call 01763 878087 and see how we can help.

 

ByLouise Hampton

Photo-post! A look around during our fundraiser.

Now, we’re not sure if we’ve mentioned it recently, but we had plans this weekend…

We’ve just completed a fundraising day at Attend2Health to celebrate our fifth birthday, where we were raising money for Jake’s Journey, a trust fund for a local teenager with a brain tumour.   We offered half-price treatments with our head chiropractor, osteopath and physiotherapist, and thanks to the generosity of the local community managed to raise over £450 for this great cause.

We’d like to thank each and every one of you who came down for a treatment, a cupcake, or just to say “hi!” for helping to make the day such a great success – we couldn’t do this kind of thing without your support and we love being able to give back to the community whenever we can.

Now, onto the photos!

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