10 Top Back Care Tips for New Mums

10 Top Back Care Tips for New Mums
Before becoming a new parent, did anyone warn you that caring for an infant puts a great deal of stress on your back? Initially, you may be lifting a 7 to 10-pound baby up to 50 times a day. By the time the child is a year old, you're lifting and carrying around approximately 17 pounds. Two years later, you will be lifting a 25 to 30-pound child. A...
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Common Cycling Injuries

Common Cycling Injuries
More than two million people across the country now cycle at least once a week, an all-time high according to British Cycling, the sport's governing body in the UK. In the last few years, we have seen GB riders Bradley Wiggins, then Chris Froome and now Geraint Thomas winning the Tour de France. The eight gold medals of the GB Team in the 2012 Lond...
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10 Tips to Alleviate Back Pain When Driving

10 Tips to Alleviate Back Pain When Driving
Our backs are designed to move, so being stuck in an uncomfortable static position while driving for long periods can result in back trouble. However, for anyone who spends a fair amount of time driving each day, whether that's for a living or a long commute, there are practical steps you can take to prevent back pain and damage. Firstly, it really...
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5 Tips for Using Your Laptop in Comfort

5 Tips for Using Your Laptop in Comfort
​ Laptops are small, light and portable. They are also, in a strange twist of fate, often far more uncomfortable than the bulky desktops they replace. Being forced to place the screen, touchpad and keyboard in a compact box creates all sorts of ergonomic issues. However, using a laptop as your primary PC doesn't demand that you sacrifice comfort. B...
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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis, often referred to as 'Policeman's Heel', is one of the most well-known causes of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is a disorder of the connective tissue which supports the arch of the foot. It results in pain in the heel and the bottom of the foot, and is usually most severe with the first steps of the day or following a period of re...
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Recovering from Rotator Cuff Surgery in Record Time

Recovering from Rotator Cuff Surgery in Record Time
How many ways are there to open a bottle top? As  a rule, we hold the bottle and then twist the top, but an equally effective method would be to hold the top and twist the bottle.  And when it comes to treating patients, osteopaths and physiotherapists tend only to use the first method. By this, I mean that when someone comes in complaini...
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Hamstring Issues

Hamstring Issues
The muscles that run down the back of our thighs, originating from the sitting bone and flanking the back of the knee, are known as the hamstrings. Like all muscles, they don't simply start from point A and attach to point B as illustrated in many books but spiral down the back of the leg. The significance of this, is that in order to get the best ...
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Achilles Tendonitis and Calf Problems

Achilles Tendonitis and Calf Problems
The Achilles tendon connects the two major, more superficial calf muscles (gastrocnemius), as well as the deeper Soleus muscle to the back of the heel via the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon itself might tighten and become irritated (tendinitis) OR sometimes the junction between the muscle and the tendon becomes sore.  If the tendon becom...
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How to Treat Runner's Knee

How to Treat Runner's Knee
About 40% of running injuries are knee issues and patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), or "runner's knee", is one of the most common. It is caused by the irritation of the cartilage on the underside of the patella (kneecap). Who's at Risk? Risk factors include overpronation (excessive inward foot rolling) and weak quads, hips, or gluts. The kn...
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7 Most Common Running Injuries

7 Most Common Running Injuries
​ When you begin running, you might imagine that it is one smooth progression going from the early days of jogging to your first 5km and beyond. Unfortunately, most regular runners will tell you that this is rarely the case. Various studies have shown up to 70% of runners will experience an overuse injury each year. This often means, at the very le...
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Woman with rare genes feels no pain

Woman with rare genes feels no pain
​ You may have seen the story in the national press about the discovery of a Scottish woman who lives a virtually pain-free life. Seventy-one-year-old Jo Cameron has experienced childbirth, multiple surgeries and minor injuries with hardly any experience of pain or need for pain relief. When she needed a hip operation, the Consultant Anaesthetist n...
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7 Tips to Help you Sleep

7 Tips to Help you Sleep
We tend to think of sleep as a time when the mind and body shut down. But this is not the case. Sleep is an active period in which a lot of important processing, restoration, and strengthening occurs. Exactly how this happens and why our bodies are programmed for such a long period of slumber, is still somewhat of a mystery. However, scientists do ...
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Can acupuncture treatment help menopause symptoms?

Can acupuncture treatment help menopause symptoms?
A recent small study published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and widely reported by the BBC and other media organisations, concluded that acupuncture was a safe, cost-effective and simple procedure that benefitted 80% of the women who took part in the study. For some women, the menopause and the years leading up to it, can be a ti...
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Bewildered by the choice of pillows?

I have many patients who have pillows stuffed under their bed or on top of their wardrobes who have struggled to find the one comfortable pillow that they stick with. There are many choices of pillows out there in the marketplace and if you have neck pain the choice is somewhat bewildering. There are many different shapes and materials used to...
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Foam Rolling

Many of you who go to the gym or run or have sore muscles will have seen or have been told to use a foam roller OR to roll on a cricket or tennis ball. We are going to look at what foam rolling is all about and look at whether there is any science behind foam rolling? Also we will take a look at common mistakes using these methods and how to use th...
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Kinesiotherapy Tape

Many of you will have seen sports competitors be they Olympic runners, Tour de France cyclists or rugby players with brightly coloured tape around their knees, shoulders or thighs. Is this just a fashion statement or is there something behind the hype? Manufacturers of the different highly coloured brands make all lots of claims about their product...
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Is muscle more dense than fat?

See Inside Health Tuesday 15th January 2019 Inside health on BBC Radio 4 hosted by Dr Mark Porter tries to answer the question of a listener who despite following a weight watchers diet put on a little weight. She had also been going to the gym and took comfort from the fact that 'muscle weighs more than fat' or does it? Dr Porter talks to Jason Gi...
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Does running damage your knees and is cycling better?

See Inside Health Tuesday 24th July 2018 Runner, cyclist, GP and Inside Health regular, Dr Margaret McCartney goes to the new Motion Analysis Lab at Glasgow's Jubilee Hospital and asks Orthopaedic Surgeon and competitive cyclist Jason Roberts about the latest evidence. According to the programme running, assuming your knees are healthy to begin wit...
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Traditional Acupuncture with Rebecca Adlington

See how gold medal winning Olympian Rebecca Adlington found acupuncture to be beneficial for an ongoing shoulder injury.   For more information, visit the British Acupuncture Council website – www.acupuncture.org.uk
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