Man in blue coat skiing

Winter Sports – How to avoid injury

It’s that time of year where you dust off your skis, snowboard, boots and suits and head off to where the weather is (hopefully) snowy.

But, unless you’ve been exercising consistently over the past year, you may be at risk of injury during your trip.

So how can you prepare, between now and then, to stay injury free?

What are the side effects of Acupuncture?

What are the side effects of acupuncture?

Acupuncture has several very common side effects. You will probably find after your session that you are more relaxed, less stressed and calmer. You may find you sleep better and that your digestion improves. If you are having acupuncture to treat an injury, you should feel less pain and your recovery should be faster.

We love acupuncture for these side effects alone.

But what about the rarer, and less enjoyable side effects?

Verrucas – Prevention and Treatment

Verrucas and warts can be painless or painful, can be easily treated with over-the-counter remedies, or resist treatment altogether! But what are they, how do you get them in the first place and what are the treatments available?

Lets cover the ‘what’ first…

Verrucas and warts are common viral skin infections. Essentially, a verruca is a type of wart that occurs on the sole of the foot. ‘Pedal warts’ is a term used to describe warts that occur on other surfaces of the foot, for example between the toes.

Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain, accounting for the vast majority of heel pain cases. Many people think that it can’t be treated but that’s just not true. In fact, most people recover in less than 12 months, once they start treatment.

We look at how Plantar Fasciitis develops and how to tell if you are suffering from it, as well as what your treatment might look like.

A Cat, stretching

Why stretching is important for health

“I don’t need to stretch, I’m not doing exercise.”

Even if you are not planning on performing aerobic activity, it’s really good for our bodies to stretch every day.

Stretching helps to keep our muscles flexible, strong and healthy.

When our muscles are flexible, we have a better range of motion in our joints.

When we don’t stretch, our muscles can shorten and become tight. Then, when we call on our muscles to work, they are more less able to help, putting us at risk for joint pain and muscle damage.

Is Crossing your Legs Really Bad for you?

Crossing your legs is something so many of us do without any thought whatsoever. It can feel almost unnatural or uncomfortable to sit for long without crossing our legs. But is crossing your legs really bad for you?

Well, it’s not the worst thing in the world, but it’s not brilliant. We see so many people come into the clinic complaining of back and hip pain. The first thing they do? Sit down and cross their legs!

So what’s wrong with it then?

Osteopathy and Arthritis

Arthritis is a general term that covers many different conditions affecting bones muscles and joints all over the body. Most people recognise the two most common types, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. However, there are many others such as ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia and gout.

Whatever type you may have, whether it is a degenerative condition or an inflammatory one, the common symptom that patients experience is pain.

Arthritis suffers commonly report hand pain, neck pain, hip pain and back pain. Not just in the areas where the arthritis is, but in other joints as well. This is because arthritis causes reduced mobility, which in turn causes patients to move differently and impacts the rest of their body.

But although there is no known cure for arthritis, that doesn’t mean that there is nothing that can be done.

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