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Leg Length Inequality

Let’s take a look at leg length inequality (LLI)AKA: Anisomelia or Leg Length Discrepency). None of us are built straight; we might have a nose that points slightly to the left, an ear that’s lower than the other, or a breast that’s larger than its twin. In about 90% of us, one leg is longer that the other; and the … Continue reading Leg Length Inequality

Chiropractic

This coming week is chiropractic awareness week, so… what actually is chiropractic? Typical chiropractic treatment consists of far more than the spinal manipulative therapy that most of us think of. We take an holistic approach to our patients, realising that whilst the spine may be a central source of many of our pains and problems, it is far from the … Continue reading Chiropractic

Dysevolution

Today is @WorldHealthDay, brought to us by the @WHO so let’s look at some general principals, rather than any specific conditions. For the last 50 years or so, we have been seeing “epidemics” of non-communicable diseases such back pain, obesity, diabetes, allergies & intolerances etc. These can be seen as diseases of dysevolution (AKA evolutionary maladaptation) – which is to … Continue reading Dysevolution

Frozen Shoulder

Let’s take a look at frozen shoulder.AKA adhesive capsulitis. Frozen shoulder is a chronic shoulder condition typically lasting 1.5 – 2 years; but can be triple that. It is characterised by both pain and restricted movement. The cause is often unknown, though it is related to immobility of the shoulder (eg after keeping your arm in a sling), previous injury … Continue reading Frozen Shoulder

Sleep Hygiene

Today is World Sleep Day, hosted by @wasmf. So let’s take a look at sleep hygiene. The modern world seems to be seeing an “epidemic” of insomnia, with its knock on effects throughout the body as our hormone levels are thrown out of balance by so many aspects of life (mood, mental state, appetite and digestion…). It is often a … Continue reading Sleep Hygiene

Iliotibial band syndrome

Let’s take a look at iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS).AKA ITB friction syndrome People who participate in intense physical training, such as runners, cyclists, and military recruits, are most susceptible to ITBS. They may notice a sharp pain that comes and goes at the outside of the knee. Over time, the pain may become more pronounced. The iliotibial band is a … Continue reading Iliotibial band syndrome

Hydration

This coming week is national Nutrition and Hydration week, so let’s take a look at hydration. About 60% of your body weight is made of water. You need it for every single body function. As little as a 2% decrease in body water can lead to dehydration and performance detriments in sports. When your water levels decrease by higher levels … Continue reading Hydration

Cervical Radiculopathy

Let’s take a look at cervical radiculopathy. Cervical radiculopathy is a disease process marked by nerve compression, typically from herniated disc material or arthritic bone spurs in the neck. Cervical radiculopathy symptoms typically include pain, weakness, or numbness in the areas served by the affected nerve. Pain can be felt in one area only, like the shoulder, or progress along … Continue reading Cervical Radiculopathy

Acute Care

Let’s take a look at acute care. Please note that acute means very recent, it does not comment on severity. In this case, we’re talking about the first 3 days after injury, and that isn’t severe enough to justify A&E (or if they release you with nothing too much to worry about). If your problem is not improving after 3-4 … Continue reading Acute Care

Posture and Ergonomics

Let’s take a look at posture. This is an especially important talking point in these pandemic days of work-from home, and altered work conditions even in the work-place. We’re seeing a lot of patients coming to us with posture-related muscle / joint fatigue and soreness – which is always best addressed at source. There is a lot of misinformation, and … Continue reading Posture and Ergonomics

World Spine Day

Today is World Spine Day 2020, supported by the WFC, and BCA (amongst others). Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, with a global prevalence of 18.1%; it is one of the most common reasons for missed work, and one of the most common reasons for visits to the GP surgery. Most back pain is mechanical, … Continue reading World Spine Day

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