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300 Different Types of Headache… Are There 300 Different Causes Too?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Spinal Pain | 0 comments

Over 300 types of headache have been described – but are there really 300 different causes of headache? Maybe the different forms of headache are not separate conditions simply different presentations of the same disorder. In the same way that people experience lumbar disc problems in different ways (back ache, buttock ache, tingling in feet, calf pain, groin pain etc…) maybe headache is the same. The diagram above is a small example of how the neck segments/joints can cause a variety of pains in the head . Our belief is that all headache sufferers share a common problem; a sensitized lower brain stem. The upper neck has the ability to sensitize this area leading to the amplification and in addition convergence of normal sensory information from the cranium (head) with nocioceptive information (warnings signs) from the upper neck, in...

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Muscle Stretching – more harm than good?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Sports Injury | 1 comment

Stretching we all do it, but is it really necessary? Stretching became very fashionable in the 1980’s, there wasn’t a fitness programme or video that didn’t advocate it. But does it work and do we really benefit from it? What we do know is that static stretching for less than 40-60 seconds is a waste of time! Your muscle has built in stretch receptors that need to switch off to allow the muscle to relax and lengthen and it takes approximately 40 seconds for this to take place. Static stretching will make muscles longer, eventually and if done enough. However some research suggests that you have to stretch for up to 30 minutes a day to achieve this! So is stretching actually good for us? Lets take a good old fashioned stretch  – “touching our toes”. This can be...

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Jean’s Neck Pain

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Spinal Pain | 0 comments

Jean’s Neck pain   Jean attended the clinic a few months back with right sided neck pain. Jean’s story is all too familiar, a 3 year history of intermittent neck and upper shoulder pain which hurts when working at the PC, driving her car (especially reversing) and whilst out socialising with friends. An MRI had shown wear and tear in the lower neck discs with a slight bulge in the C5 disc which was bulging more to the right. She had tried ant-inflammatories which gave her some relief. Examination of Jean identified the following:   A forward head position – head is carried forwards on neck The right shoulder blade was rotated downwards (imagine turning a clock on a wall in a clockwise direction) The right shoulder blade was additionally lower than the left Neck rotation to the right...

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Benefits of massage

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The benefits of massage Massage is known as one of the oldest healing traditions. One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals that produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones such as adrenalin are also reduced. Other benefits of massage include: Speeds recovery from exercise-induced fatigue Increases the blood’s oxygen capacity by 10-15% Reduces muscle tension, aches and pains Increased joint mobility and flexibility If you are a keen sports person or are training for a sports event and would like to get rid of those aches and pains after training please call 01277 246 400 to make an...

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work related back and neck pain – causes and solutions

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

work related back painhttp://youtu.be/4S0v85MRewM Work Related Neck and Back Pain 1. Why is back and neck pain one of the most common work-related injuries? Back and neck pain is very common in humans, back pain alone costs the NHS over £4 billion a year. The Spine is essentially an extremely strong robust column of bone that provides the foundations for our limbs to attach to. It is strong whilst also being highly mobile. Every task we do in life has a bearing on our spine and because one third of our day is at work, what we do is likely to impact on our spines – for some more than others.   2. What are some of the major causes for this? Modern sedentary work  – Office or driving This places the spine under sustained loads in poor alignment...

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