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Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Let’s take a look at myofascial pain syndrome (MPS). MPS is a common cause of pain and is characterized by pain arising from tight bands of muscle known as trigger points, which often result in pain that is felt away from the site of injury. This pain away from the site of injury is a type of referred pain; where … Continue reading Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Massage

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 Massage The term “Remedial Massage” refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed … Continue reading Massage

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

Tension Headaches

This week is National Stress Awareness Week brought to you by @ISMA and @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 … Continue reading Tension Headaches

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Let’s take a look at Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a group of inherited connective tissue disorders, caused by faulty collagen. Connective tissue helps support the skin, muscles, ligaments, and organs of the body. People who have the defect in their connective tissue associated with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome may have symptoms which include joint hypermobility, skin which is easily … Continue reading Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Osteoporosis

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 2022

Today is @WorldSpineDay2022, organised by the @WorldFederationOfChiropractic, and supported by @BritChiro (and many 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 2022

Degenerative Joint Disease

This week is National Bone and Joint Week; whilst today is World Arthritis Day; brought to us by @VersusArthritis (formerly Arthritis Research UK) and @EULAR, supported (amongst other) by the @ChiropracticUK. So 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 like grey hairs; … Continue reading Degenerative Joint Disease

Acute low back pain

Back Care Awareness week is drawing to a close, so let’s take a look at acute low back pain (Acute LBP). Back care awareness week is organised by BackCare, and supported by the British Chiropractic Association amongst others. LBP is the fifth most common reason for physician visits, which affects up to 85% of people at some point. The exact … Continue reading Acute low back pain

Chronic Low Back Pain

Back care awareness week starts today, let’s take a look at chronic low back pain (Chronic LBP). Back care awareness week is organised by @TheRealBackCare, and supported by the @ChiropracticUK amongst others. Low back pain that has been present for longer than three months is considered chronic. More than 80% of all health care costs can be attributed to chronic … Continue reading Chronic Low Back Pain

Aromatherapy

This coming week is Aromatherapy Awareness Week, run by @IFAaromatherapy and @AromatherapyCouncilUK, so what actually is aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is usually applied through the form of massage, but can also be administered in a number of other ways (such as inhalation, compress, home remedies like creams and lotions) depending on your individual case and needs. An aromatherapy massage has the advantage … Continue reading Aromatherapy

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

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