MAGDALEN HEALTH ADVICE

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05/Jul/2022

 

Low back pain is very common, perhaps the most common presentation in our clinic! It is likely that almost everyone will experience some low back pain at some point in their lives.

What are the possible causes for my low pain?

Low back pain may be caused by various factors and conditions including:

Muscle strain – AKA a pulled muscle. This may either be due to an injury or to overuse.

Sciatica. This is when the sciatic nerve, which runs from your spine to the back of your thigh, dividing into two other nerves above your knee which travel all the way down to your foot, becomes irritated.

Disc injury – tears, herniation. You may have heard people mentioning ‘slipped disc’.

Facet joint irritation. The facet joints are located on the posterior aspect of your spine and may become irritated because of repetitive movements, trauma or arthritic changes.

Degenerative changes in the spine à these changes start before we are in our 30s!!

What are the different symptoms associated with low back pain?

If you are suffering from low back pain, you may notice that the pain gets worse when you bend forward or backward, sneeze, laugh, cough or lift something heavy. The pain maytravel to your buttocks, hips and legs. You may also experience muscle tightness, spasm or weakness. Your low back may also feel stiff, and you may have observed a decreased in your low back mobility. Sometimes, individuals with low back pain, also experience pins and needles and/or numbness in their legs and feet

GOOD NEWS – OSTEOPATHY CAN HELP

How can osteopathy help?

Decrease pain

Release muscle tension

Improve joint mobility and how your body moves

Improve blood flow

Strengthening exercises & stretches

Lifestyle advice – sitting posture, lifting techniques

What can I do at home to ease my low back pain?

Stay active and continue with your daily activities when possible

Ice pack (a bag of frozen peas!) – reduces inflammation, pain and swelling

Heat pack (hot water bottle!) – relieves muscle spasms and stiffness

Exercises and stretches for low back pain

Take frequent breaks and move around the room

WARNING  Call 111 or 999 if:

Pain, pins & needles, numbness or weakness in both legs

Pins and needles or numbness around your buttocks or genitals

Loss of bladder or bowel control

Got it after a serious accident

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03/Jul/2022

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03/Jul/2022

 

Tension headaches according to the NHS are the most common headache that is experienced by teenagers and adults. These headaches begin when the muscles around the top of the back/shoulder and into the he neck tighten up and where they attach onto the base of your skull causes a pull, which in turn gives you the head pain. Similarly, the muscles around the jaw can also do this. So tension headaches can be caused by jaw clenching and teeth grinding. 

Common triggers or tension/cervicogenic headaches 

  • Stress
  • Posture 
  • Alcohol/tobacco/caffeine 
  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue
  • Eye strain
  • Hormonal changes 

How can a trip to the Osteopath help?

Osteopaths specialise in working with imbalances, restrictions and misalignments that are typically associated with a tension headache sufferer.

The osteopaths will work on balancing the muscles, improving the quality and tone of the muscles and the efficiency of the joint, and also correcting posture. 

Following the osteopathic session you will usually be prescribed some exercises and advice for post treatment care and posture and treatment/management plan will be discussed.

For more advice please call our reception team on 01392 428141 or book online from the link BOOK ONLINE HERE.

 

 

There are other types of headaches which may need medical advice. If you are experiencing very sudden onset severe headache please seek immediate medical advice. Other symptoms such as loss of speech, arm or facial muscle strength strength would also indicate a more serious problem requiring medical treatment. Please dial 111 if you are not sure.

 

 


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03/Jul/2022

 

 

The shoulder joint is a common source of pain.

 

What are the possible causes for my shoulder pain?

 

Shoulder pain may be caused by various factors and conditions including:

Muscle strains. This may either be due to an injury or to overuse (i.e. postural and lifestyle factors mentioned above).
Tendonitis. This is an inflammation of the tendon, which is a ‘cord’ connecting your muscle to the bone. (i.e.biceps tendonitis)
Tendon tear. This is when your tendon partially or completely rupture because of an acute injury or because of degenerative changes. (i.e. rotator cuff tear)
Bursitis. This is an inflammation of the bursae, which is a small fluid-filled sac located in the joint. (i.e.subacromial bursitis)
Impingement. This is when the acromion (part of your shoulder blade) is compressing the underlying soft tissues during movement of your arm.
Instability & hypermobility.
Osteoarthritis. This means that you have some wear and tear in the shoulder joint.
Fractures.

 

What are the different symptoms associated with shoulderpain?

 

If you are suffering from shoulder pain, this may feel sharp, shooting, achy or dull. You may notice that the pain gets worse when you are moving your arm or your shoulder. The pain may travel from your neck down into your arm. You may also experience muscle tightness and weakness. Your shoulder may feel stiff, and you may have observed a decreased in your shoulder joint mobility

 

GUESS WHAT?

OSTEOPATHY CAN HELP

 

 

How can osteopathy help?

 

Reduce pain
Improve joint mobility
Reduce muscle tension
Enhance blood supply to the tissues
Encourage the body to heal
Lifestyle advice – stretching and strengthening exercise, postural advice, pain relief advice

 

What can I do at home to ease my shoulder pain?

 

Stay active – continue with your normal daily activities as much as possible
Do some gentle movements with your shoulder
Minimise doing things that seem to make your shoulder pain worse
Heat pack – may be helpful particularly if your muscles feel tight and sore
Cold pack – may be helpful after a minor injury or it’s more swollen/warm than the other side
Practice ‘good posture’ – avoid leaning forwards and resting on your arms, take regular breaks, sit in upright position

 

ATTENTION à If the pain does not go away after a few weeks or if you have other symptoms (pins and needles, numbness, weakness, cold arm) – consult your GP or an osteopath

 

Please call us on 01392 428141 if you need help booking or visit our online booking page to see immediate availability.

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21/Jun/2022

 

 

Many people experience neck pain.

What are the possible causes for my neck pain?

Neck pain may be caused by various factors and conditions including:

Postural and lifestyle factors. Indeed, being hunchedover your desk, computer or phone; your sleeping position; as well as stress, anxiety, depression, may all cause muscular tightness and overuse, thus contributing to neck pain.

Muscle strains. This may either be due to an injury or to overuse (i.e. postural and lifestyle factors mentioned above).

Osteoarthritis. Neck osteoarthritis is the degeneration of the joints, vertebrae and discs in the cervical portion of your spine.

Facet joint irritation. The facet joints are located on the posterior aspect of your spine and may become irritated because of repetitive movements, trauma or arthritic changes.

Disc bulge. This may be the result of degenerative changes, injury, inactivity and poor posture.

Injury. Injury may cover a broad range of different conditions including muscle strains, ligament sprain, fractures and whiplash associated disorders.

What are the different symptoms associated with neck pain?

If you are suffering from neck pain, you may notice that the pain gets worse when you are moving your neck. The pain may also radiate to your head, shoulders, arms and trunk. You may also experience muscle tightness and spasm. Your neck may also feel stiff and you may have observed a decreased in your neck mobility. Sometimes, individuals with neck pain may also suffer from headaches. Lastly, if there is a nerve compression, you may experience pins and needles, numbness, weakness and shooting pain down your arms.

GOOD NEWS – OSTEOPATHY CAN HELP

How can osteopathy help?

Reduce pain

Improve joint mobility

Reduce muscle tension

Enhance blood supply to the tissues

Encourage the body to heal

Lifestyle advices – exercises, sleeping positions, desk posture

What can I do at home to ease my neck pain?

When sleeping, make sure your head and your body are at the same height and avoid sleeping on your front

Maintain a ‘good posture’

Take frequent breaks and move around the room

Try heat and cold packs. The heat will help muscles around your neck to relax. The cold will help the inflammation calm down. (3 mins warm – 1 min cold) x 3. Always finishing on warm!

Stay active – continue with your normal daily activities as much as possible

ATTENTION à If the pain does not go away after a few weeks or if you have other symptoms (pins and needles, numbness, weakness, cold arm) – consult your GP or an osteopath

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07/Apr/2022

Work related strain

Prolonged sitting is generally not good for our bodies. We are designed to move and inactivity outs pressure on some key areas such as our lower back and neck.

If you have a sedentary computer based job then you are at risk of getting weakness in some key muscle groups which support your joints.

Osteopathy and massage can help and some key exercises to get you stronger will be part of the treatment.

Lifting injury

If you have a physical job then how you use your body to lift and bend is very important.

Manual handling training is much more common these days to avoid problems but injuries to occur and our osteopaths and massage therapists are here to alleviate pain. We give you exercises and advice on how to avoid future flare ups.

Call us today and speak to our helpful reception team who can book the soonest appointment for you 01392 428141

Online bookings can be made, CLICK HERE to link to our booking page

 

 


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07/Apr/2022

Trapped nerve in your neck giving pain into your arm and/or hand

Nerves which run from your neck to your arm can sometimes get irritated or compressed. There are different reasons why they get trapped from muscle tension to discs in your neck pressing on them. The pain can be severe sometimes so get advice from your GP or pharmacist to help control the initial pain. Other symptoms might include pin and needles, burning or weakness of your arm or grip.

An osteopath is well trained to help you with this kind of problem and can get you on the road to recovery. You might also benefit from massage and acupuncture after the diagnosis is made.

Call us today for help, advice and for booking an appointment on 01392 428141

Ready to book? It’s easy online CLICK HERE to book your appointment without delay.

 

 

 


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07/Apr/2022

Sports injury

Sports injuries occur during sports or exercise. They are common in the leg due to many sports involving running. Depending on the severity you might need to visit A&E for a medical opinion. We can certainly help most injuries recover more quickly and get you back to an active lifestyle.

Common injuries are twisted ankles or knees, strained back, hip, shoulder, elbow or wrists.

We have sports specialist osteopaths who can help you to understand, rehabilitate and manage your injury effectively.

Call us today so our helpful reception team can guide you to the right treatment as soon as we can 01392 428141

If you are ready to book CLICK HERE to link to our booking page, its quick and easy


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07/Apr/2022

Joint pain

Most of us will experience joint pain at some time. This may be due to a a sports injury or wear and tear on a joint.

For an acute injury you may need to be assessed by a medic at A&E depending on the severity. If you are not sure you can call 111 for advice or pop in and we can advise you.
After an injury osteopathy, massage and acupuncture can all help speed your recovery.

Osteopaths will help your whole body get back to more functional movement. Massage can help ease the local area and acupuncture is good for persistently tight muscles around the area.

If you would like to speak to one of our team about which treatment is right for you please call us on 01392 4282141 or arrange a call back by filling in this form at a time that suits.

Osteo Arthritis

For joint pain associated with osteoarthritis we can offer help to improve your mobility. It is worrying when you are told that you have osteoarthritis but in fact it is a long word for joint inflammation.

There will be wear on the cartilage of your joint(s) but the body does have a remarkable capacity to regenerate and we can almost always offer some alleviation of pain and improve your activity level.

If the condition is severe then it is not possible to offer a miracle cure but small gains can be felt with regular treatment.

If you would like to speak to one of our team about which treatment is right for you please call us on 01392 4282141 or arrange a call back by filling in this form at a time that suits.

Ready to book? CLICK HERE to book online


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07/Apr/2022

Benefits of yoga

Yoga is an effective way to improve your flexibility and strength. It naturally improves posture with focus on core strength and movement that helps to balance the body and mind.

As a result you can expect to have more stamina to get more out of your day. Improved circulation, energy levels, less injury and enhanced motivation can all be experienced with regular practice.

Breath work included in yoga can aid the efficiency of your breathing and help you to focus on a more enjoyable practice of exercise. The movements are low impact on the joints and can help release areas that are persistently bothersome.

Meditation is a brilliant way to de-stress and restore energy.

Benefits of joining a class

With a friendly and sociable class you can develop friendships and sense of community.

It is a great way to learn. Our small classes (max 6ppl) allow us to adapt the teaching to suit your individual ability and level.

Your motivation will be greatly enhanced as you progress, something that online classes do not offer.

Having the opportunity to interact, ask questions and receive more help from the teacher leading the class means you get the most out of your practice.

Benefits of 1-2-1’s

One on one sessions with a yoga teacher are perfect for those new to yoga or looking to advance their practice.

As a bespoke service you will get all the help and professional guidance on how to get the most out of your practice and improve. Every body is different, we look at your alignment, strengths and weaknesses with a holistic and yogic approach to help you reach your goals.

 Call us today to talk about which option is right for you on 01392 428141 or

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We aim to provide immediate relief from unnecessary aches and pains through a variety of treatments; enabling you to live a more active, healthy and pain-free life.

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