Julia Kinsey Osteopathy

Monthly Archives: June 2019

News, Osteopathy/18th June 2019

Wilmslow Osteopathic Home Care Service

I OFFER A WILMSLOW OSTEOPATHIC HOME CARE SERVICE TO THE OLDER ADULT COMMUNITY. INCLUDING THOSE WITHIN WARDEN CONTROL FLATS OR INDEPENDENT LIVING CARE HOMES.

These are for people who can’t get out to my clinic. Perhaps they find the physical effort to get out and come to me is just too much.

I have undergone specific training to help and advise those with DISABILITY AND STABLE MEDICAL CONDITIONS to exercise safely.

I offer a portable Wilmslow osteopathic home care service, bringing with me a treatment table and anything else I need to treat older adults in their own homes. Treating them in their own environment makes them feel safe and familiar.

PERHAPS YOU HAVE PARENTS IN A CARE HOME SETTING, EITHER INDEPENDENT LIVING OR COUNCIL RUN IN THE WILMSLOW AREA?

I have also been trained in CHAIR BASED EXERCISE  to be able to provide a 1 hour weekly seated exercise class in the Wilmslow community.  For a minimal charge per person based in a main care home lounge, I go through all the joints to get them moving in a seated position.

It’s an easy exercise routine to follow each time. As a result, they learn the movements and can do it for themselves at other times if they need to.

The idea is that they don’t need to wait for another week before I come back. Whenever they feel stiff or haven’t moved, they can do the exercises I have taught them.

CONTACT ME if you’re interested in getting something organised for your family member and I can speak to the care home involved.

Social activity is good for their memory. Learning something new to add to their daily routine, plus the exercises help with coordination and building muscle mass.

MY SEATED EXERCISE CLASS HELPS WITH FALL PREVENTION TOO.

Older adults can fall because they feel unsteady. This can happen if they’re spending a lot of time sitting. If they then need to get up to use the toilet, for example, they can have a drop in blood pressure.

I teach them to get their body moving a little bit before they need to get up. Get them into the habit of getting their system moving first. A few calf pump exercises particularly helps to prepare their body into getting up. This then stops them from feeling wobbly and falling, stumbling or losing their footing.

If you would like a free chat about how I could help your Wilmslow care home residents with their mobility, please call 01625 533813  / 07547 631679

Or please CLICK HERE to discuss this any further.

News, Nordic Walking, Osteopathy/17th June 2019

Poor footwear and back pain!

 

Poor footwear, especially high heels, cause problems from the big toe right up to the spine causing back pain.

The first area we see problems are painful lumps (called bunions) on the outside of your big toe.  Typically a bunion forms from pressure on the front of the foot causing a deviation in the bones of the big toe. It creates painful pressure contact on the bunion, looks unsightly and the big toe can get stiff.

Another issue with high heels are tight calf muscles.  Because as your heels are elevated, it shortens the calf muscle.  This shortened muscle can have a biomechanical impact on the legs. Constant wear also applies pressure to the shin bone and added stress to it can lead to issues such as ‘shin splints’ – pain on the front of the shin, which is common in runners.

You can also get calluses, hard patches of skin, under the front and ball of the foot.

Although there is a force distribution going through the hip joint, while wearing high heels, it may not directly causes specific hip problems but it does cause stress on the area!

What to do about poor footwear and back pain? The best way to avoid these conditions is to give the feet a rest!

  • Limit the amount of time in high heels if you need to wear them to work.
  • Always commute in flats and trainers to take the stress away from hips and knees.
  • Those who frequently wear heels should do calf stretches.
  • There are self help remedies you can do to deal with pain, such as standing on the edge of a step and letting the heel drop towards the next step, allowing the feet to stretch
  • Massaging the sole of the feet can help – try using a golf ball or a rolling pin.
  • Other remedies include a hot bath and mobilisation, such as drawing circles or the alphabet with your foot.
  • Walk properly in comfortable shoes.  Why not try Nordic Walking!

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News, Osteopathy/6th June 2019

Back Pain – Friend or Foe?

Back Pain – Friend or Foe?

Back Pain affects many of us at some time or another doesn’t it? It can be at times debilitating, always inconvenient as it restricts us from doing the things we love – walking, gardening or running.

There are many structures that can be involved in Back Pain  – discs, joints, muscles, nerves and ligaments. Symptoms can range from local pain (pain in once place) to referred pain (pain going to another place) such as into the bottom or down to the leg, feelings of numbness and tingling or feelings of weakness.

Is my back letting me down?

So, we know that our Backs often become strained or injured but the question we have to ask is Why? Is it actually the fault of the Spine? The answer to that question surprisingly is….very rarely! The Spine is usually the victim and for far too long we have not been blaming the real foe….ourselves!! We use our bodies in very repetitive ways, take ‘chances’ with our backs by not taking care in the way we sit, lift and walk! 

The main victim is the overworked Lumbar Spine. The Lumbar Spine has a unique ability to compensate for restricted motion that occurs in areas above it (Thoracic Spine) and below it (Hips). The motions of the Lumbar Spine are as follows:

  • Flexion 40-60 degrees
  • Extension 20-35 degrees
  • Rotation 3-18 degrees
  • Side-bending 15-20 degrees

Don’t bend and twist at the same time!

We are always told that bending and rotating at the same time as we lift something off the floor in a No No! It can cause injury to our low back!  The Lumbar Spine actually has very little ability to rotate. The vast amount of our rotation actually comes from Thoracic Spine and the Hips (see here)

If there is restriction in rotation in either the Hips or Thoracic Spine where does the extra motion come from? That’s right. The Lumbar Spine! So this rotational restriction, in either the Thoracic Spine or the Hips, will cause the Lumbar Spine to attempt to compensate for this loss of motion outside of its normal limits. This is until something gives up…..as a result we are left in a tremendous amount of Low Back Pain!

So, don’t think your back has let you down? Our day to day poor use of the spine can be the real foe! For far too long the Lumbar Spine has been blamed when in fact the vast majority of times…..it’s actually the victim!

Look after your back. It’s your friend!

For advice about what you can do to help yourself, please contact me

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