What is Dry Needling?

Shaheeda Chowdhury joined the clinic in 2005 bringing with her her skills in specific manipulative therapy and Dry Needling. Here’s her explanation of what it’s all about! Dry Needling is a technique in which an acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin and muscle to relieve pain and restore movement. It is used to treat… Read the full article…

Nourish Your Brain

  The ageing process takes enough of a toll on the human body without having the mind share the same fate. As we age, the brain is susceptible to various degenerative processes, from simple lapses in memory and concentration to outright cognitive decline or Alzheimer’s. Fortunately, there are simple ways to keep your brain healthy… Read the full article…

The Basics of Balance

  Balance is easy to take for granted; after all, our every movement relies upon it in some fashion. Most of the time, we only notice balance when it fails us – like when we trip over or find ourselves leaning slightly to the left or right while standing. Actually, without balance, we couldn’t do… Read the full article…

Stress

Stress is one of today’s “buzz” words. Psychosocial stress pervades modern life and is known to have an impact on health (Jamison, J. 2000). The average person will comment that they have experienced “stress” at some point in their lives; but what is stress? What is stress? There is no agreement in the definition of… 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…