What actually is massage?Massage is a natural therapy involved with soft tissue manipulation and has evolved over thousands of years. From ancient China to present-day Europe, it has been used for the promotion and restoration of health. Massage is a non-invasive, non-threatening and natural therapy. Remedial MassageThe term “Remedial Massage” refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax … Continue reading Massage

Plantar Fasciitis

Let’s take a look at plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, accounting for around four out of five cases. The plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone with the rest of the foot, forming the arches of the foot, and is essential in the spring mechanism when toeing … Continue reading Plantar Fasciitis

Tension Headaches

Today is national stress awareness day brought to you by @Mind, so it seems a good time to take a look at tension headaches. Tension headache is a neurological disorder characterized by a predisposition to attacks of mild to moderate headache with few associated symptoms. This is the most common type of primary headache: its lifetime prevalence in the general … Continue reading Tension Headaches

Piriformis Syndrome

Let’s take a look at piriformis syndrome.AKA deep gluteal syndrome (DGS). Piriformis syndrome is a form of sciatica where the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated by the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is a muscle deep in the buttocks and is a primary stabilizer for the hip, lifting and rotating the thigh away from the body. It is used … Continue reading Piriformis Syndrome


Today is @worldosteoporosisday, run by the @iofbonehealth and supported by @BCA and @RCC, amongst others, so let’s take a look at Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a metabolic condition where the calcium leaches out of the bones, leaving them less dense, more porous and brittle; leading to an increased risk of fracture. Bone density is only really built up in the first … Continue reading Osteoporosis

World Spine Day 2021

Today is @WorldSpineDay2021, organised by the @WorldFederationOfChiropractic. 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, and non-serious; and it can often be … Continue reading World Spine Day 2021


This week is National Arthritis Week; whilst today is World Arthritis Day; brought to us by @VersusArthritis (formerly Arthritis Research UK) and @EULAR, supported (amongst other) by the @BCA and @ARMA. So this week, let’s take a look at degenerative joint disease (DJD). AKA Osteoarthritis, Spondylosis, or even “Wear and Tear”. DJD is a normal part of aging – just … Continue reading Osteoarthritis

Acute low back pain

These coming couple of weeks has a number of awareness events relevant to us, so I’ll be posting more than usual. This whole week is Back Care Awareness Week, and this Sunday is World Mental Health Day. Next week includes World Arthritis Day (12th) and World Spine Day (16th) whilst World Osteoporosis Day is on the 20th. So for today, … Continue reading Acute low back pain

Chronic low back pain

This coming couple of weeks has a number of awareness events relevant to us, so I’ll be posting more than usual. This coming week is Back Care Awareness Week. Next week includes whilst World Arthritis Day (12th) and World Spine Day (16th) whilst World Osteoporosis Day is on the 20th. So for today, as back care awareness week starting on … Continue reading Chronic low back pain


We all want to find out more about any medical conditions we may suffer, but the information out there is almost always confusing, and always conflicting. Here’s a basic guide to filtering through the information to get what you need. The first point shouldn’t really need to be said, but please, remember that a little knowledge can be a dangerous … Continue reading “Research”

Pain Perception

Let’s take a look at the perception of chronic pain. Pain is weird, brains are weird, they don’t really know what’s going on in their own body; they have an opinion, but opinions are not the same as facts. First of all, there is no nerve that carries signals of “pain” from the body to the brain. The messages that … Continue reading Pain Perception

Migraine Headaches

This coming week is Migraine Awareness Week here in the UK, brought to us by @themigrainetrust, so let’s take a look at migraine headaches. A migraine is a severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head typically aggravated by physical exertion, and lasting 6-72 hours; they can occur several times in per week, or once … Continue reading Migraine Headaches


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