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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…

Shin Splints

Let’s take a look at shin splints. Shin splints are common in people who do a lot of springing on the balls of their feet, such as runners, tennis players and fell-walkers. They aren’t usually serious, but can stop you from exercising and may get worse if you ignore them; it’s important not to run through the pain. They can…

Love Activity, But Hate Exercise?

As we’re getting to the point where New Year’s Resolutions are starting to struggle; let’s have a look at getting and keeping active. PE has a lot to answer for. If it brings to mind freezing changing rooms and slogging through muddy fields then it’s likely you’re not alone in those thoughts. The inspiration that PE was meant to offer a…

Your Sports Bra

Boobs – they’re just so important, for so many of us; so let’s get a bit better at looking after them. Repetitive trauma or bouncing up and down from jogging, jumping, dancing, or many other forms of activity, can cause permanent damage resulting in breasts dropping. The breasts are composed of mainly fatty tissue with the mammary glands and muscle.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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;…

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