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 … 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 … Continue reading Migraine Headaches

Lumbar Disc

Degrees of disc herniation Let’s take a look at lumbar disc injury; also falsely known as “slipped disc” – please note, the disc does not slip, this is a horrible term that deserves to be consigned to the dustbin of the English language! Lumbar disc injuries are most common in people aged between 30 and 50. … Continue reading Lumbar Disc

Rotator Cuff Tears or Tendinopathy

Let’s take a look at rotator cuff tears, or tendinopathy. The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles which hold your arm to your shoulder blade. Despite their group name they do not cause much movement of the joint, rotation or otherwise; rather they stabilise and control the movement caused by other, larger muscles. … Continue reading Rotator Cuff Tears or Tendinopathy

Costovertebral Syndrome

Let’s take a look at costovertebral syndrome. Costovertebral syndrome is essentially a spraining injury of the joints where a rib connects to a vertebra in the spine. These injuries usually occur after a sudden movement involving twisting, bending or over-extending (arching) the spine. They may occasionally occur due to repetitive twisting or bending motions, or … Continue reading Costovertebral Syndrome

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, … Continue reading Chiropractic

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 … Continue reading Posture and Ergonomics