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The 3 Biggest Causes of Pain

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Pain | 0 comments

Back in December 2019 Scott Cook and I decided to record a video on the subject of pain and sensitivity for our patients to view,  what was originally meant to be a 10 minute talk ended up being a 30 minute discussion that was divided into three shorter 10 minute videos. We tried to get inside the patients head and talk in a way that hopefully non-medical people will understand. When someone is in pain there are lots of unseen or an acknowledged reasons for the pain to present itself in the way it does and in many cases to persist for the length of time. In our short physiotherapy sessions it is often difficult to get these points across, so recording them on video allows us to share them with our patients and for the patients to view...

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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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Bench Press and Shoulder pain

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Sports Injury | 0 comments

Are there any precautions we should be taking when bench pressing? Should we be sticking to single arm standing cable pressing for maximum scapula (shoulder blade) movement to keep our shoulders ‘safe’ or do we just continue on with the big bench presses that are common in todays gyms? Bench has long been a favourite exercise of body builders, sports people and gym goers for development of hypertrophy and strength in the pecs, triceps and anterior deltoid. This is because bench press tends to get great results due to the ability to maximally load the muscles ie weight lifted/intensity. Lying on a bench to perform chest/bench press can lead to lack of scapula retraction (backward movement) and result in increased movement at the shoulder ball and socket joint. The forward shear of the ball on the socket will stress...

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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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