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Osteopathy/11th March 2022

Avoiding Back Pain While Gardening

Top tips to avoid Back Pain while Gardening

When the spring arrives it’s tempting to get out in the garden and do as much as we can while the weather is dry! Repetitive actions such as weeding, digging and using the wheelbarrow can lead to back pain. Here are some tips to help our backs from becoming  injured:

  1. Have the right tools for the job at the right size.
  2. Go for a short walk and do some gentle warm up stretches for your legs and back before you start.
  3. Having raised flower beds or narrow borders can prevent bending and over reaching.
  4. Weeding is best done using long handled tools or by kneeling. Use a kneeling pad, especially if you already have problems with your knees and don’t stick at it for too long.
  5. When working on your hands and knees, keep your  spine long and your shoulders relaxed.
  6. Avoid repetitive bending over to pick up the weeds, if doing it from standing. Leave them in a pile and do them in one go.
  7. When using a wheelbarrow, don’t overfill it. Think and bend from the hips and knees before you lift it. Don’t use your back for this.
  8. Don’t stick at the same activity for too long, listen to your muscles. If you’re feeling the muscles complain, stop and have a break or do something else.
  9. When you’ve finished, do some cool down stretches for those hard worked muscles. Finish the day off with a warm bath!
  10. Remember, it’s often normal to feel some stiffness or mild ache in muscles the next day after unaccustomed exercise. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve done yourself harm!

If you’re unsure if you’ve strained you back, I can assess you to make sure and reduce tension in the muscles with appropriate osteopathic treatment.

07547 631679 / 01625 533813

Osteopathy/1st January 2022

Do you need an Osteopathic ‘MOT’?

Osteopathic ‘MOT’ as we get older

Our bodies can be likened to a car that needs regular servicing and maintenance as we get older!  We can sometimes feel aches and tensions in our body frame as we get older. A presumption is made that this is to be ‘expected’ and all part of getting older.  Osteopathic treatment aims to release strains and stresses that have often accumulated over the years.  Osteopaths treat the whole person not just conditions. A wide variety of problems that are affecting us can be helped.  Do you feel your body needs an Osteopathic ‘MOT’?

Is it too late to do anything about it?

Advancing years can often be associated with the insidious onset of health problems. Osteoarthritis, heart and lung problems, circulation problems in the legs, effects of falls/accidents and general symptoms of declining health. However, suffering pain, stiffness and poor health are NOT an inevitable part of getting older!

Many of us will have suffered trauma at some point in our lives, such as from car accidents, sporting injuries or falls.  Often people injure themselves at the time and then recover. Sometimes these strains can have a longer effect on the body tissues. These can have consequences years later.  The body tissues can lose flexibility and elasticity. This makes the joints more vulnerable to arthritic changes.

Osteopathic treatment is effective at releasing the residual strains from past traumas. As a result it allows the body to function more efficiently. Gentle osteopathic treatment releases tension in the diaphragm and muscles of the chest. In doing so encouraging normal breathing movements. This helps the heart and lungs to work to their best potential. It can improve circulation around joints, improving mobility and slowing the rate of further deterioration in the joints.

An occasional ‘MOT’, every few months, would mean keeping everything working well so you can enjoy an active lifestyle.  I can also give you advice on preventative exercises, as well as diet and lifestyle.

For more information in Wilmslow call: 01625 533813

News, Osteopathy/14th July 2021

Omicron Covid variant Update Wilmslow

How I can help you during the Covid-19 outbreak.

***UPDATE***

In light of the emerging Omicron Covid variant, I will continue to wear full PPE and adhere to all safeguarding guidelines within the clinic as recommended by PHE and my governing body for clinical settings.

Osteopathy is a very hands-on treatment. I have taken all the necessary advice and recommended guidelines to put a Safeguard Policy in place for the Omicron covid variant to continue to provide a service for you

I wear full PPE of mask, apron, gloves and visor to help prevent cross infection.  With a clinical mask, the BLUE side goes on the outside as it is waterproof — keeping droplets from outside from penetrating into your mask. The WHITE side is absorbent and is worn on the inside — so if you cough, your droplets are trapped in your mask.

How I can help you

My professional body, the GOsC, permits me to continue to provide treatment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to an appointment, we would need to have a consultation over the phone first. This is to get all the information I need beforehand to understand your medical and symptom history and to complete a Health/Covid-19 Screening Form This would mean the contact time I have with you is for examination and treatment.  I will take your temperature before the treatment to check it is within the normal guidelines for adults (97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C).

Using a pulse oximeter, I can  measure your oxygen saturation levels. It is a small clamp-like device is placed on a finger. It measures the amount of blood oxygen.

Typically, more than 89 percent of your blood should be carrying oxygen. This is the oxygen saturation level needed to keep your cells healthy.

An oxygen saturation level of 95 percent is considered normal for most healthy individuals. A level of 92 percent indicates potential hypoxemia, or deficiency in oxygen reaching tissues in the body.

How I can help if you’re self-shielding

I’m still available to help at a distance for those who still wish to self isolate or are self-shielding. This is a very difficult time for all of us and a lot of people may be trying to self manage conditions.

If you have any musculoskeletal concerns that you’d like some help. I’m more than happy to talk to you over the phone to offer advice for musculoskeletal pain.  This may be with remedial exercises or self help back care advice.  I’d be very happy for you to get in touch to see how I may help.

Please contact me with any queries 01625 533813 / 07547631679

 

News, Osteopathy/17th March 2021

30th Anniversary Celebration

30th Anniversary as an Osteopath!

30th Anniversary Celebration!  I graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in London in 1991. At that time, osteopathy was largely an unregulated profession. As a result, anyone could call themselves an osteopath. This was often with little or no formal training, for instance. However, The Osteopaths Act was passed in 1993. The title ‘Osteopath’ became protected. Only those who had done the recognised formal training could call themselves an osteopath.

In 1997 the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) was established. The GOsC ‘would embrace all aspects of osteopathy’. It had a duty ‘to develop, promote and regulate the profession of osteopathy’. As a result, The GOsC achieved a great deal including:

  • Established the Register and the associated entry criteria.
  • Set a benchmark for osteopathic education and training
  • It developed a Code of Practice and Standard of Proficiency
  • It introduced Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the monitoring of compliance.
  • Successful prosecution of those unlawfully using the title ‘osteopath’.

As a result, all of these activities played a significant role for osteopathy. For instance, it is now a recognised, high-quality and safe healthcare profession.  Because of this, I am proud to have been an osteopath for 30 years!

Osteopathy/5th February 2020

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Preventing Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Did you know osteopathy can identify problems such as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) related to sports and training?

Osteopaths look at the muscles, bones and tissues affected by injury, postural problems, and training. This identifies wider issues which contributes to a localised pain or specific complaint. Osteopaths focus on the whole body to find out what is out of balance.

Following a full functional assessment, the problems can be treated using massage, physical manipulation, muscle stretching.  As a result, this ensures your body is in its optimum state. You can then function well and confidently.

Massage prepares the muscles before intense activity, which includes taking part in events. Massage stimulates the muscles and increasing blood flow.  Post exercise, massage is very helpful in preventing Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. This is soreness in the muscles secondary to exercise.

What is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)?

DOMS is a phenomenon of muscle pain and soreness. This is felt 12-48 hours following exercise. In particular, this follows an increase in the duration or intensity of exercise. It usually subsides over the next few days. As a result, symptoms range from tenderness in the muscle to severe pain.

Microtraumas in your muscle fibres causes DOMS. These microtraumas are repaired as part of the muscle growth process. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness can be helped by Osteopathy for Sports. 

Sports osteopathy diagnoses and treats current sporting injuries. It can also help in trying to prevent other sporting injuries. Seeing an osteopath regularly means you’ll enjoy a body that is more ‘in tune’ and the risk of injury can be reduced. This will be regardless of what sporting activities you do.

For years I’ve helped runners prepare for events.  For instance, charity events. In return for helping to raise funds for charities, I offer a discount in fees for pre and post-run treatment.

Tell me more about it here.

For advice and support in Wilmslow, contact me:

01625 533813

 

Events, Nordic Walking/1st February 2020

Wellbeing Walks in Wilmslow

Wilmslow Wellbeing Walks

I’m raising money for the British Heart Foundation during February 2020 with wellbeing walks in Wilmslow. I’d be so grateful for your support.

The BHF is the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer but they are leading the fight against heart disease.

“I’m starting up regular Wellbeing Walks  in Wilmslow”

Why not join me for a walk in Wilmslow?  The aim is so we become more active to help our heart health.  We will meet up and then go for an hour walk.

You may like to try Nordic Walking?

The Nordic Walking technique is a simple enhancement of normal arm swing when walking. The poles remain behind the body and pointing diagonally backward at all times. Shoulders are relaxed and down. Poles are held close to the body.  I will provide the poles and information from the BHF to support us in making lifestyle changes for a small donation which will go to the BHF.

 “Nordic Walking involves the upper body more making it a whole body exercise.”

The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK. However, sadly, every day hundreds of people lose their lives. It’s only thanks to support from people like us that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures. Every pound helps so please give what you can to help the British Heart Foundation.

For more information please give me a call:
07547 631679

Thanks!

Osteopathy/30th January 2020

Have I Slipped A Disc?

What is a “slipped disc”?

The first thing to say about a slipped disc is that it hasn’t “slipped”! This is a complete misnomer. Discs can’t slip, they are held in place with strong ligaments.  However, they can bulge and press against a nerve root in the spine. The worse case, they can rupture!

More often the main problem with discs is that the start to thin and dry out as we get older. As a result, their ability to absorb shock is reduced.  The small spinal joints which control our movements are subsequently pushed closer together. This can lead to wear and tear,  inflammation and arthritis.

Most people with a “slipped disc” experience pain on one side of the body that starts slowly and gets worse over time. The pain you experience when a disc presses on a nerve is often worse when you put pressure on the nerve. This happens when you cough, sneeze or sit down.

However, some people with a slipped disc do not have any obvious symptoms. This is usually because the part of the disc that bulges out is small or does not press on the nerves or spinal cord.

What is the pain like?

A slipped disc in the lower back can cause:

  • back pain during movement
  • numbness or a tingling sensation in the back, buttocks, genitals, legs or feet

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and is made up of several smaller nerves. It runs from the back of the pelvis, through the buttocks and down the legs to the feet.  If a slipped disc is putting pressure on the sciatic nerve, it leads to pain in the leg, hip or buttocks. This is known as Sciatica.

I can assess whether or not your discs are bulging and give you appropriate treatment and advice to stop the condition from getting worse.

For more information and advice in Wilmslow click here

Nordic Walking, Osteopathy/29th January 2020

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!

For more information in Wilmslow:

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Osteopathy/27th January 2020

Helping back pain through sleep

Why is Sleep Important in helping Back Pain?

When back pain affects you, you might despair of ever getting a good nights sleep. Not getting enough sleep or poor quality sleep can actually make you more sensitive to pain. It can be a vicious circle if back pain makes it harder to sleep and when you can’t sleep your back pain seems worse!

Here are ten tips which may help:

  1. Establish a good bedtime routine. Try to go to bed the same time each night.
  2. Avoid large meals late at night or eat early.  Fight after dinner drowsiness. If you get sleepy, do an activity until it’s closer in time to go to bed.
  3. A warm bath before bed can be relaxing.
  4. Don’t have alcohol before bed. It may relax you initially but it impairs the quality of sleep.
  5. Don’t read or watch Television or use an iPad in bed.  TV or devices that are backlit suppress melatonin and whatever you’re reading or watching may be more stimulating than relaxing! Listen to music or audio books instead.
  6. Try a few gentle stretches when you lie down in bed such as pulling your knees to your chest and holding for a few seconds.
  7. Start off in as comfortable a position as possible such as lying on your side in a foetal position with a pillow between your legs,  or on your back with a pillow under your knees.
  8. Don’t sleep on your stomach.  This may be a habit you’ve got into but keeping your back arched backwards often aggravates back pain. To break the habit, sleep in a T-shirt with a pocket and put a ball in the pocket. You’ll know about it if you roll onto your front in the night!
  9. Make sure the room is dark, try not to have any digital display light on an alarm clock.
  10. Avoid a lie in on a weekend, it may disturb your usual weekly sleep pattern. If you need to make up for a late night or lost sleep, opt for a day time nap to pay off your sleep debt. Limit it to 20-30 mins in the early afternoon.

Osteopathic soft tissue massage treatment can help ease some of the tensions in your back which can start helping back pain through sleep.

For more information in Wilmslow call: 01625 533813

News/4th January 2020

Love Your Liver Month!

Do You Love Your Liver?

Love your Liver Month! The liver is the largest gland, and the largest solid organ in the body. If you place your right hand over the area under the ribs on the right side of your body, it will just about cover the area of your liver.

It holds approximately 13% of your total blood supply at any given time. It also has over 500 functions.

The liver is dark reddish brown in colour. It is divided into two main lobes (the larger right and the smaller left)

Liver functions include:

  • processing digested food from the intestine
  • controlling levels of fats, amino acids and glucose in the blood
  • combating infections
  • clearing the blood of particles and infections, including bacteria
  • neutralising and destroying all drugs and toxins
  • manufacturing bile
  • storing iron, vitamins and other essential chemicals
  • breaking down food and turning it into energy
  • manufacturing, breaking down and regulating numerous hormones including sex hormones
  • making enzymes and proteins responsible for most chemical reactions in the body, e.g. in blood clotting and repair of damaged tissues.

Your liver also helps the body to get rid of waste. Waste products which are not excreted by your kidneys are removed from the blood by the liver.

People with liver damage may sometimes lose the ability to control glucose concentration in the blood and need a regular supply of sugar.  Symptoms of liver damage can be difficult to spot as they are not always obvious – they can include tiredness, nausea and itching.

NHS choices website has information about the signs, symptoms and causes of liver disease.

Support love your liver month by:

  • Drinking less alcohol
  • Eating less processed food (which may have additives which will increase the workload of the liver)
  • Taking more exercise and reducing your weight