Pregnancy and back pain

  The joy of preparing for a new baby is diminished for many women by persistent back pain during pregnancy, causing stress and frustration due to the lack of relief available. For this reason, it is important to know as much as possible about why you may be experiencing back pain as well as effective… Read the full article…

Healthy Feet

   Feet are one the most used parts of the human body; they are constantly under stress as we go about our normal lives. Feet work for us the whole day, whether we stand, play, run or walk. Many things affect the condition of feet including activity level, occupation, other health conditions and footwear. The… Read the full article…

Posture

 POSTURE IS THE WAY WE SIT, STAND, WALK, KNEEL OR SQUAT. IT IS DETERMINED BY THE STRUCTURE OF THE BODY AND CAN BE INFLUENCED BY GENETIC AND EMOTIONAL FACTORS. OUR MODERN LIFESTYLES, COMBINED WITH FORCES OF GRAVITY, CAN RUIN OUR HEALTHY UPRIGHT POSTURE. An incorrect posture can potentially lead to injury and pain through unbalanced… Read the full article…

Sports Massage

  Bob Townsend, our resident Sports Massage Therapist, explores the history and benefits of massage. History The word massage comes from ‘Masah’ meaning ‘to stroke’. It is thought that massage has been practised since the earliest civilisations; cave paintings have been found that depict people massaging each other. The Chinese practised massage to relieve aliments and improve health… Read the full article…

Be healthier with exercise

    Taking self-control to manage pain and restore a healthy quality of life is natural. Small steps gradually can help. One of these small steps may be in the form of exercise. In practice, patients frequently ask questions about exercises. Such as: “Are there any exercises I can do?” “When can I exercise?” “Will… Read the full article…

Desk Ergonomics

  Many of us spend our entire day locked behind a computer screen. Hours of sitting means muscles remain stationary, circulation decreases, muscles tire and tasks become more uncomfortable. Because of the repetitive nature of deskwork, the body becomes more susceptible to repetitive strain injuries, lower back and neck pain. Learn more about desk ergonomics… Read the full article…

Beat Those Allergies

With the seasons constantly changing, many people are forced to confront one unfortunate inconvenience that can wreak havoc on their daily schedules –allergies. Allergies are exaggerated immune responses to substances that are generally not considered harmful.   There are many different types of allergies, such as food allergies and skin allergies. Allergic rhinitis is a type of… Read the full article…

Chocolate – the next miracle food?

Chocolate is rapidly becoming the next miracle food. If minimally processed, it contains the highest flavanol content of any food. Flavanols are phytonutrients also found in various fruits and vegetables, are associated with numerous health benefits. The problem is that these valuable compounds are nearly all destroyed when the cocoa beans are heated during processing. For a… Read the full article…

Hot or cold?

Heatpack or Icepack..which should it be? Although the scientific evidence for the use of ice/heat therapy is yet to be proven, we know from personal and clinical experience that ice/heat therapy play a vital role in the home management of acute and chronic pain conditions. But when to use which? That is the question! Heat and ice are… Read the full article…

Back to School

From the bag and shoes they choose, to the amount of television they watch, young people are constantly putting strain on their posture. With the new school term about to start, the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) highlights the importance of choosing the right shoes and bag for children as they go back to school. A study… Read the full article…

Sun Glorious Sun

With the summer season well underway, we thought it appropriate to highlight the healthy benefits and unfortunate harmful effects of the sun and its ultraviolet (UV) rays. How do we benefit from sun exposure? The sun’s rays enable the body to produce Vitamin D naturally. This Vitamin D allows the body to absorb essential Calcium…. Read the full article…