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?

Nordic Walking Classes – June 2019 Dates

Come and join our Nordic Walking Classes in June.Nordic Walking Poster

We’ve got 2 sets of classes lined up:

  • Weds at 10am (starting on the 5th June)
  • Friday at 11am (starting on the 7th June)

During your 4 week course, you’ll learn how to use the poles (which we provide) and practice the technique during short walks around the Ashwell area.

The course is run by our qualified British Nordic Walking Instructor. Classes cost £48 for the entire course and can be booked by calling our office on 01462 490141.

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.

Corn Be Gone

Mrs G from Baldock was just about to give up on her walking hobby. It was too painful to go very far, and none of the podiatrists she had seen had been able to give her lasting relief for the pain.

Enter Podiatrist Ian from Amber Health, with a solution.

How to lift safely

woman carrying a baby in her armsCarrying heavy loads is something that many of us do without paying that fact much attention, from doing the shopping and carrying young children to lugging sports or work equipment around.

The Health and Safety Executive have some great advice for manual handling, which covers both lifting and lowering as well as pushing and pulling.

 

 

Foot Health Awareness Month

April is Foot Health Awareness Month and here at Amber Health we are encouraging you to think about your feet and look after them to help keep them free from injury, pain and illness.

Most of us don’t think about our feet often, but they are actually pretty amazing. Your feet contain one quarter of all your bones, with 33 joints, 26 bones, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments in each foot. And every time we use our feet, we are asking them to provide us with support and balance, whether we are standing, walking, running or jumping.

Since most of us take between 5,000 and 10,000 steps every day, it’s easy to see why our feet are so prone to illness and injury!

Acupuncture and Fertility

Consider Acupuncture for fertility and for pre, during and post pregnancy.

Acupuncture can be safely used to help with conceiving by improving sperm count in men and encouraging natural balances of hormones in women.  Often people feel relaxed after Acupuncture and it is thought that the release of tension is often a major factor helping couples to conceive.

Are your Feet Ready for the Spring and Summer?

 

Spring is a busy time for a chiropodist-podiatrist. Many feet which have not seen much of the outdoors for several months are suddenly faced with the prospect of sandals and beach holidays, summer and sun. Sometimes, when we take a good look at our feet after the long, cold winter, we may be a little concerned that may not be looking the part: hard skin, callus, dry and cracked heels, that toenail you’ve meant to be doing something about, the verrucae that still hasn’t gone away, or the mysterious bump on your toe that appeared out of the blue.

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