Commuter Pain

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Commuter Pain?

Packed trains cause neck pain abnd back pain

Commuting in London can take anything from 10 mins to up to 2 hours making it a stressful affair, not least of all on top of train delays.

Twisted Postures

With growing numbers of commuters and train services not being able to keep up, many having to stand or sit on the floor of the carriages.  Therefore, if you are not one of the lucky ones and you end up standing awkwardly or sitting down in the carriage way, you may notice this is starting to take an effect on your body.

An awkward posture can result in a mixture of spinal and joint pain. Consequently, carrying heavy bags that aren’t supporting you correctly can result in ‘bad’ posture. This lifestyle of commuting daily is inevitable, so the real solution is how can you make the situation better and reduce the pain it might be causing you.

Reduce Your Pain

Having the ‘correct posture’ is a common topic among most. It is the subject that many people will relate the cause of pain to. However, having a ‘bad’ posture is subjective to every individual, one type of posture may not work for another. Therefore, I don’t believe in a single ‘correct posture’. It is about adapting your posture to fit YOU best, allowing changes where needed in order to improve the way your body moves.

Once the commute is over it is important to get moving again. Do some stretching once you’ve reached your destination. Here are some movements that could benefit you

  1. Side bending your neck both sides (Holding for 10-15 seconds) to increase the stretch you can place your hand underneath the opposite leg to which you are side-bending your neck away.
  2. Place your arm above your shoulders and lean your side into a wall, you can allow the leg closest to the wall to bend allowing a stretch
  3. Roll your shoulders clockwise and anti-clockwise.
  4. Pinch your shoulder blades together, holding for 5-10 seconds then releasing.
  5. Placing your chin to your chest, roll down to touch your toes. (TOP TIP: make sure you concentrate on moving each segment of the spine)
  6. Chin tucks – placing your finger on your chin, move your head backwards (this may create a double chin!)

Remember: Take your time with all of these exercises, don’t rush them!

DOWNLOAD MY FREE PDF ON COMMUTER EXERCISES HERE
– complete with video demonstration of exercises

Exercises to do after a commute

Each exercise is upported witha video demonstration.

For further information on these exercises, head over to this page where photo demonstrations are available.

Top tips for commuting

  • Switch around your bag – if you are resisting a backpack then change shoulder you carry your bag on
  • If possible use a style wheelie-trolley (like an airline case) rather than a bag you have to carry.
  • Take a moment to readjust your posture
  • Try and avoid long spells on your cell phone to break up the posture
  • Transfer your weight from side to side
  • Try looking over your shoulder from time to time.
  • Go on tip-toes or rock on your feet if possible to help the blood back to the heart

 

Jennifer Beck bio photoJennifer Beck M.OST
Osteopath

Back Pain Explained

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Back Pain Explained

What happens in back pain

Anatomy of the back

What Causes Low Back Pain?

The commonest cause of low back pain is simple tissue failure. The outside layers protecting the spinal nerve are firstly the muscle, beneath that is  ligament then the joint and finally the disc and nerve. When we put too much force through our spine these defences can fail one by one until eventually the force finally passes through to the discs and nerves, causing slipped disc, sciatica, trapped nerves etc.

Our backs are supplied by two sets of nerves “fast” and “slow”.  The human spine has relatively few slow nerves, compared to fast nerves. This means if we suddenly twist our spine it may hurt immediately; but if we sit slouched over a PC, we would barely notice it until we stand up when our fast nerves would be activated.  So, bad posture combined with lack of activity is the antecedence to low back pain. That means sitting long hours a day, with little exercise is bad news.

What Are The Symptoms of Low Back Pain?

The low back spine is in intimate contact with the nerves that travel to the legs, groin and bowel. For this reasons symptoms can be quite diverse. Classic low back pain may therefore include in addition to back pain: pins and needles, numbness, loss of strength in the leg, hot or cold sensations, leg pain (sciatica), calf pain, foot pain, groin pain, tummy pain, and bowel disturbances – constipation or diarrhoea.

Treatment of Low Back Pain  at the Living Centre Clinic 

Over 90% of mechanical back pain has the following format. The injured part of the spine will typically be over-worked and inflamed. Reciprocally the neighbouring area will show as an under-worked, ie stiff and “lazy”. Treatment is firstly to calm and release the injured area and then, to help prevent the problem happening again, the lazy areas are made mobile again so they can share in the future work load.

Our success at treating sciatica is due to the unique combination of treatments we use to decompress the spine. We are one of the few clinics that have an advanced treatment bed, which is a more effective treatment than manual medicine alone, the bed gently frees back pain by using a soothing rocking motion. We combine this with the application of clinical massage and traction at specific points along the spine to reduce pressure on the spine or trapped nerve.

Our treatments are endorsed by GPs and consultants including orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and neurologist specialists. We offer insurance approved pain consultants who are registered with leading health insurance providers.The Living Centre Clinic enjoys a good reputation with the medical profession. We can make requests, privately or through your GP, for MRI scans, x-rays blood test etc as needed.

We believe in involving the patient in their recovery. We know if a patient understands what to do and when, they can help speed up recovery and avoid future problems. Advice, tips and exercises always feature in our management. Following recovery, rehabilitative therapy is available with our experienced Pilates instructor, offering continued therapeutic support.

Don’t Suffer Anymore

Don’t suffer anymore. Call us today we can help many types of back pain conditions, even if you have suffered for years, 02089462331 or fill in our online form (option2) here. We can give a perosnal answer to your question.

You may also find the following articles helpful : Back Pain  Sipped disc/Sciatica  Neck Pain  Headache/Migraine  Shoulder Pain  Trapped Nerve

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How To Fix Your Own Back Pain

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10 Top Tips to Beat Back Pain

Slipped disc, sciatica, nerve pain

Back pain treatment in Wimbledon

1                     Sitting is the number one enemy of bad backs.  “Too much sitting; too much standing; not enough walking and not enough lying”. This is the magic formula we tell our patients. Follow this golden rule and your back will smile at you. This is our Top Tip!

2                     If your pain has struck suddenly “for no known reason” –  try and work out what was different in the last month or so. Our golden tip is to look for anything different you might have done, something out of your normal routine – even a holiday! Or to see if you have been working longer hours than normal – fatigue physical (& emotional) are know trouble makers. Understanding your pain will help you cope and fight it.

3                     Avoid sleeping on the side that hurts and generally avoid sleeping on the stomach or half twisted with the arms thrown over your head. These all weaken your spine in different ways.

4                     Using a cold pack invariably works out better than a hot water bottle. This is because ice is a natural anti-inflammatory and works much in the same way as ibuprofen or Neurofen (obviously with any of the side effects!). By contrast heat does the opposite.  That said, heat generally helps to relieve the pain of muscle spams. So sometimes we recommend both in alternation.

5                     Exercises can be helpful, but please check with your healthcare professional before trying any, as each back pain if different. One of the best all around exercises is simple walking, but it must not be “Saturday morning shopping speed”. Slow, stop/start walking will often aggravate pain. If it hurts to walk, or pain arises shortly after a walk. Stop and don’t do that again. Seek professional help. Walk on grass and use proper walking shoes.

6                     When you have to carry something keep it as close to the chest as possible and pick it up with bent knees. Certainly avoid lifting after a long period of sitting, ie taking suitcases out of a boot after a long car journey, after a flight, the weekly grocery shop, etc

7                   Take regular exercise. 30 minutes each day is ideal. Exercises that increase your heart are best (check with your doctor first). However exercises that stretch you (ie yoga) or those which improve your core strength (ie Pilates) are also great. We recommend you do both types if possible.

Smiles after the pain goes

Effective treatments for pain relief in the heart of SW19 & SW20

8                     Try to avoid “comfy” chairs and settees, specially if you think you are developing bad back. As anyone who has ever had a bad back will tell you, they always suffer more pain in these types of chairs, as it is known to weaken the spine.

9                     Keep an eye on your posture. Slumping or slouching will weaken the spine. Stand tall as if the top of your head has a string attached to it and you are being suspended from this string. Imagine the posture that would be created by this action. That’s what you have to aim for.

10                 My best tip ever … Go to bed early!  I mean that. Try a week of early nights (its miles better than waking up an hour later). With over 30 years of experience this is the cheapest and best remedy I have witnessed as a professional osteopath. Sleep. My patients know it as “Vitamin S” (for sleep). Once you see the amazing effects, you will always want to do this again and again.

 

As on Osteopath Vispi Jamooji is a specialist in back pain relief with over 30 years experience. He heads the osteopathy team at the Living Centre Clinic. Please send in your questions (option 2) and he will do his best to help. The advice will be free.   Better@LivingCentreClinic.com

 

Is Your Jaw Pain a Pain in the Neck?

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Jaw Pain & Neck Pain

Jaw and neck pain TreatmentIf you are suffering from neck pain and it keeps coming back, it may be worth checking your jaw, even if you don’t feel you have jaw pain. This is because not all jaw problems produce pain in the jaw. For some people the first sign can be recurring neck pain. This is particularly important if you have ever had any orthodontic work or suffer from face pain, sinus pain, or (non painful) jaw issues. This includes a clicking joint, uneven bite, or pain on yawning or eating hard foods.

Science

For some it’s hard to consider that a jaw pain can masquerade as a neck pain. A study as long ago as 20041 demonstrated that sensitisation of the jaw, even when at rest, can generate increased muscle activity in the head and neck.  In 2016 a pilot study confirmed a hard link between the jaw and neck pain in computer office workers2.  In 2017 it was shown that people with chronic neck and shoulder pain develop higher levels of jaw tension3. In the same year in another study  showed that asymmetric jaw alignment or tongue alignment can lead to significant loss of neck movement4.

Each of the research papers underlie the relationship between the neck and jaw, and in particular that one influences the other, and vice versa.

 Jaw Pain Explained

Jaw pain explainedTreating the jaw requires the skill of an experienced clinician.  The jaw is much more complicated than meets the eye. Like the knee the jaw has a cartilage inside it. You can think of the cartilage as similar to a runner in a chest of drawers. As the jaw opens it glides along the cartilage runner to make a smooth mouth opening. However, it is not a hinge joint and this is why issues can arise. Initially the jaw glides forward along the runner, only after this will the jaw-hinge drop open. If the runner is damaged, it blocks the gliding action. This will block the opening/closing of the jaw. Classically the patient may find it difficult to fully open or close the mouth, or may encounter pain on chewing. Note, if the cartilage is only partially damaged, the jaw can be heard clicking because the jaw glides forward and bumps up and over the damaged (swollen) part of the cartilage.

The Painful Jaw

When the cartilage becomes damaged it is not usually not very painful to begin with. However it can get worse causing pain not only in the joint, but elsewhere too. Simply put the muscles which operate the jaw are connected to the skull and the neck. This includes a connection to the temples, throat and ear, which is why patients can sometimes feel they have a headache, difficulty swallowing or ear pain which accompanies the jaw problem.

There are also nerve connections which can cause pain. In particular there is a phenomenon known as referred pain. Referred pain is poorly understood, but doctors know that pain in one area of the body can appear “magically” in another area, even though the second area has nothing to do with the problem. In such cases a jaw problem can create pain in the face, sinus or teeth, as well as the neck and head. Referred pain can arise in other areas too, so an intimate knowledge of this condition is required to correctly diagnose what is going on and how best to treat it.

Causes of Jaw Damage

Like all joints in the body, the jaw joint can become unstable at it’s fullest range of motion ie it is potentially susceptible to damage on full opening. This includes maximum opening on yawning for example. Adding pressure at the same time, like biting a hard apple, creates deeper pressure in the jaw.  Over time the cartilage weakens and eventually fails, causing pain and in ability to fully open or close the mouth, as previously mentioned.

Self help treatment

how to treat jaw pain

Cool Pack
In acute pain, ie pain which has arisen suddenly applying something cold will normally help soothe the area. Apply a cool gel pack, covered in a cloth is necessary for about 10 – 15 mins.  Cold is usually preferable as acute pain is typically accompanied by inflammation. Small gel cool packs are sold at the clinic for a nominal price.

Neurofen
Sometimes the inflammation is beyond the scope of a gel pack. Provided you are allowed to take NSAIDS (ie Neurofen, ibuprofen naproxyn etc), taking a regular dose can help with the initial pain.

Self Massage
Whilst it is difficult to massage oneself generally, you may get some relief by gently massaging your temple, the bone behind the ear, back of the head, under the skull and the neck. Sometimes moving your arms can help relieve some of the tension.

Food
Avoid eating/chewing on the painful side. This is the side where the damage is likely (but not always) going to be. Avoid chewy foods too, and try taking small bites. Beware: there are situations when the jammed side causes almost no pian, and the pain arises from the opposite side.  So if your symptoms don’t improve always seek professional advice. It may be a complex case.

As the jaw is weakest in full opening of the mouth, it makes sense to avoid extreme opening, such as deep yawns, big bites of fruit (ie apple), heating hard food items such as carrots.

Sleep
Avoid sleeping on the side which hurts and avoid sleeping on the stomach. Both these increase the chance of pushing the jaw into further difficulty.

Teeth Grinding
If you feel you grind your teeth, specially at night you may be at higher risk of putting your jaw out. Consult your dentist for a review with a possible view to wearing a mouth guard at night.

 

Professional Help

senior osteopath

Finding someone to treat the jaw can be a difficult ask because it straddles two professions, dentistry and mechanical medicine (ie osteopathy, chiropractic or physiotherapy). Further much of the work on the jaw is taught at postgraduate level, so its always work checking if your practitioner has undergone this extra training.

Mr Jamooji has extensive experience in jaw problems as he personally experienced this just prior to the extraction of his wisdom teeth in his mid-20s, not once but twice. Together with additional post graduate training he offers a sensitive and reliable treatment programme for all ages.

Visit our neck pain page for general information on how we treat neck problems. Alternatively fill in this online-form to see how we can help you today. To make a booking please go to our main osteopathy page or call 02089462331 and speak with our trained reception staff.

References

1 Associations between pain and neuromuscular activity in the human jaw and neck muscles. Peter Svenssona, Kelun Wanga, Barry J. Sessled, Lars Arendt-Nielsena. Pain. 2004 Jun;109(3):225-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2003.12.031

2 Associations among temporomandibular disorders, chronic neck pain and neck pain disability in computer office workers: a pilot study. Bragatto MM, Bevilaqua-Grossi D, Regalo SC, Sousa JD, Chaves TC.   J Oral Rehabil. 2016 May;43(5):321-32. doi: 10.1111/joor.12377. Epub 2016 Jan 6.

3   High-density EMG Reveals Novel Evidence of Altered Masseter Muscle Activity During Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Bilateral Jaw Clenching Tasks in People With Chronic Nonspecific Neck Pain. Authors: Testa, Marco1; Geri, Tommaso; Gizzi, Leonardo; Falla, Deborah. Source: The Clinical Journal of Pain, Volume 33, Number 2, February 2017, pp. 148-159(12). Publisher: Wolters Kluwer. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1097/AJP.0000000000000381

4 Does altered mandibular position and dental occlusion influence upper cervical movement: A cross–sectional study in asymptomatic people. Francis Grondin, Toby Hall, Harry von Piekartz. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice Volume 27, February 2017, Pages 85-90. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.math.2016.06.007

What Makes A Great Massage

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A Great Massage in Wimbledon

Great massae in Wimbledon

Fancy a great massage in Wimbledon? Do you know there is more to a great massage than meets the eye. The Living Centre Clinic massage therapy in Wimbledon offers a higher level massage effectiveness. Here’s why we say why…

 

Effectiveness

Our therapists are not only experienced, but have additional qualifications in different massage areas and therapeutic skills. We believe this increases their level of awareness and so their effectiveness in delivering a great massage.  We believe that’s what makes our approach so much more comprehensive than many of our competitors.

Sensitivity

For a massage to be truly great there needs to be dialogue between your body’s muscles and the therapist. A skilled massage therapist is trained to detect where areas are painful or inflamed by touch – as these are common causes of pain and generate tension. A great massage is more than applying a massage stroke, it’s the direction of the pressure, how light or deep to go, the position the client is lying in, and crucially how long to work the tissue. Have you ever had a massage and felt the therapist was applying ‘a series of moves’ without really delivering what you need? Not so with our massage therapists. Guaranteed. If you are not delighted with your massage contact the clinic manager and we will put things right for you (Mr Jamooji, better@livingcentreclinic.com).

Neil Woodrow

Neil Woodrow is a fully qualified (internationally recognised) massage practitioner. He is also a fully qualified and experienced Chinese Acupuncturist and a fully qualified and experienced reflexologist with a special interest in pregnancy care, including pregnancy massage, pregnancy reflexology.

With a personal interest in health & exercise and as well as the gift of his own natural physique Neil Woodrow delivers a powerful sports massages, which he can supplement with acupuncture (at no extra cost) if you wish. His treatment style is kind and sympathetic. An example of Neil Woodrow’s humanity is that he teaches Traditional Chinese Exercises, at several locations in southwest London, free of charge as a local service to the community. We are sure you will want to be treated by him again and again.

Magda Oliveira

Magda Oliveira specialises in female massage therapy. As a highly trained massage therapist she holds individual qualifications in a number of key massage therapies, at international level. These include, massage therapy, aromatherapy, reflexology and she is a qualified meditation practitioner. Between these healing therapies she offers 10 different massage styles from full body massage Indian Ayurvedic Massage and lymphatic drainage massage, plus many more.

As Magda Oliveira has a special interest in female health she also offers advice and support for many woman’s problems or issues. This includes help with fertility issues and pregnancy massage .  As part of a great massage, sometimes silence is required and sometimes, time to talk things through. As a mature and kind practitioner Magda Oliveira offers this awareness which can help make your treatment what you need it to be.

Back pain treatment room

Living Centre Clinic, Wimbledon

The Living Centre Clinic attracts clients not just from Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Morden, but further away too. We offer consistent and reliable massages, which is delivered by exceptionally well qualified and caring therapists. Treatments are available 6 days a week, including evening appointments. Our fees are more than reasonable, when you consider no extra charge is made for the additional therapies included in each and every massage as standard.

More than a massage the Living Centre Clinic, as a clinic, offers massages with a therapeutic angle. This means for a number of minor aches and pains, (ie where you would not normally book an osteopath or physiotherapist) massage can be used to simply and effectively to help you through. This makes our treatment great value for money and offers the security of an in-house referral for osteopathy, acupuncture or Sports Injury Treatment if needed.

You may discuss your needs with our very friendly reception staff (12 hours a day), or have a chat with either Neil Woodrow or Magda Oliveira to see what’s best for you 02089462331 or reception@livingcentreclinic.com.  The clinic also has an online form (option “2 –  Ask My Medical Question”) if you prefer.

We wish you a great massage – hopefully the best one you have ever had!

Book a massage today

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Healing Through Breathing

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Healing through breathing

Transformational Breathing®

What’s the no 1 most important thing you can do for your health?

As a nation, we spend a fortune in the quest for gaining better health and wellbeing. We try the new ‘best diet ever’, the new exercise fad, the ‘miracle’ supplement or treatment. All of these things can often be very well helpful in supporting our health and recovery but misses the one thing that underpins everything. If you do this properly everything else you do for your health will work dramatically better. So what is this magic thing, that is so important?

Your Breathing of course!

We can go months without food, days without water but only minutes without breathing. Our breathing powers every function in our body, breathe more and our whole organism instantly functions much better. Most people will only be using around 30% of their breathing capacity and many clients I see use even less than this. Is it any wonder that people are all so tired and stressed, when they are hardly breathing? Because of the enormous benefits of TB, it has gained quite a celebrity following with people like Goldie Hawn and is exploding in popularity.

http://metro.co.uk/2013/07/15/goldie-hawn-does-it-but-is-transformational-breathing-any-good-3880781/

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/take-a-deep-breath-discover-the-power-of-oxygen-at-a-transformational-breathing-retreat-7622338.html

“But my breathing is fine!”

I hear some of you say. This is what I thought right up until I attended my first ‘Transformational Breathing’ (TB) workshop. After 15 years of training in a very traditional form of martial arts and 8 years as a senior instructor, I believed I was a breathing expert. Within about 7 minutes of doing the TB breathing exercises I realised that as useful as all my breath training was, it had been teaching me a form of breath ‘control’ rather than the free, natural and totally invigorating breath used in TB. All these years I had missed out on the most important benefits of breathing. TB is about re-establishing our natural breathing rhythm we had as infants and undoing the unhealthy restricted patterns we learnt growing up. The way we breathe reveals a great deal about the automatic behaviours we live by. For instance, if you can only breathe into the upper chest, this represents a person that is open emotionally but not rooted in their power, like a tree with no roots or if you only breathe into the belly and the chest is not moving this reflects a certain disconnect from feeling and expressing emotions. A pause before the in breath reflects fear of stepping forward and we might expect that this person will often have some hesitation or over thinking before taking action. Pausing on the out breath reflects holding on to the past. There are many other subtle things in the breath that are observed and adjusted resulting in permanent improvements in your breathing pattern and any unconscious restricted behaviour patterns.  A TB session lasts 1 1/2hrs with 1 hr of this being the facilitated breathing session. This done lying down, the breathing starts deep in the belly (diaphragmatic breath) and comes all the way up to the throat, each breath is connected, so no pausing between the in and out breath and we focus on the out breath being totally relaxed. To facilitate opening the breath, certain places are pressed during the session, this help to relax the muscles and release that part of the body. We also use music to help give the person a faster rhythm to breathe to.

Jonathan is one of only 26 certified practitioners in the UK today and has found this to be one of the simplest and most empowering therapies he has experienced. A single session will permanently change the way you breathe and give you the tools to practise and to continue to improve all by yourself. Sessions are usually £120 but for any booking made this month (can be booked in until the end of May) there is a £40 discount making it only £80. Give yourself the greatest gift by discovering and unlocking the power of your breathing today!

Free Advice

If you would like to learn more why not book a free 15 minute face-to-face consultation with Jonathan Orchard. Alternatively you can contact Jonathan by email, click here. Jonathan has a special interest in health and wellbeing.  Call the Living Centre Clinic today to discover how Transformational Breathing® can help you create a better life for yourself, 02089462331.

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Transformational Breath® – what’s the research evidence?

Approximately 1 in 10 people have symptoms of dysfunctional breathing (Thomas 2005) but we all have negative experiences and these can affect our breathing patterns (Upton 2012)

Dysfunctional breathing is related to :

  • decreased emotional wellbeing (Hagman et al. 2008)
  • poorer asthma control (Upton et al 2012)
  • decreased heart rate variability (HRV) (Courtney et al, 2011) a measure of the ability to adapt to stress and environmental demands.

Transformational Breath encourages a conscious connected diaphragmatic breath. Diaphragmatic breathing may:

  • be employed as an effective therapy in reducing the oxidative stress which is implicated in the cause of many diseases (Martarelli et al, 2011)
  • improve gastroesophageal reflux disease (Eherer et al, 2012)
  • decrease pre-surgical mood-disturbance and increased immune functioning of cancer patients after surgery (Cohen et al, 2011)
  • improve the level of reported symptoms, quality of life and psychological impact of asthma (Bruton et al, 2011)
  • significantly improve HRV with a favourable prognostic picture in ischemic heart disease patients who have diabetes (Kulur et al, 2009)
  • be useful in migraine and had significantly better long-term prophylactic effect than propranolol in migraine (Kaushik et al, 2009)

Diaphragmatic breathing can also improve our well-being. It has been found to:

An adapted form of Transformational Breath has been found to increase creativity (Colzato LS et al, 2012)

 

 

 

 

A Gut Feeling

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Doyou suffer from stomach cramps, pain or bloating

 

DO YOU SUFFER FROM DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS?

Symptoms include pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, gas, acid reflux.

Causes are varied, but the most obvious cause is eating a food to which you are intolerant, or which contains substances that are difficult to break down. The most common offenders are gluten, grains (due to gluten or other substances in them), and dairy (often due to its casein or lactose), but any food can cause problems if you are sensitive – even foods which would usually be regarded as healthy, such as fruit and vegetables.

Causes of Pain

Often the cause if less obvious, but inflammation is usually the significant underlying factor. This can interfere with the production of digestive enzymes, which means that foods don’t get broken down properly, and therefore either remain in the gut, causing pain, bloating and constipation, or pass through too quickly causing diarrhea. Another significant problem caused by low digestive enzymes is that nutrients do not get fully extracted from the foods, which can lead to other health problems, and ultimately further inflammation.

If stomach acid is too low, this will also reduce the breakdown of foods. Furthermore, it can lead to bacterial overgrowth in the digestive tract, as one of the important functions of stomach acid is to kill off pathogens.

The Small Intestine

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, along with candida and yeast activity is a very common cause of pain, bloating and IBS symptoms, A healthy gut microbiome is necessary for maintaining optimal health, but gut dysbiosis occurs when harmful organisms outnumber the healthy bacteria. Poor motility in the large intestine, causing constipation, can exacerbate the increase in pathogens. An inflamed small intestine or bowel provides a hospitable environment for unhealthy bacteria, yeasts and parasites, and they will flourish if there are insufficient numbers and types of healthy flora. Inflammation can cause damage to the intestinal lining, which can lead to increased sensitivities to foods, and poor nutrient absorption, especially of vitamin B12. Unfortunately this is becoming a very common problem, due to the increase in inflammatory diets and stressful lifestyles.

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Candid and Yeast

Candida and yeast infections are becoming particularly common, mainly due to high sugar diets, which feeds the organisms, and frequent antibiotic use, which as well as getting rid of the bad bacteria, also wipe out the good bacteria needed to keep pathogens under control. If the problem spreads from the digestive system, via the bloodstream, it can lead to other systems becoming affected, and many skin problems are due to yeast infections.

Toxins

The liver is vital for processing and eliminating toxins, and constipation can result when it is sluggish. Poor liver function causes many imbalances, as toxic substances and excess hormones will return to the bloodstream. Symptoms after eating fatty foods can indicate issues in the gallbladder, as this organ produces bile, which is necessary for the breakdown of fats.

It is necessary for all the organs of the digestive tract, including the microbiome, to work in harmony. Indeed it is becoming increasingly well known that the gut is the starting point of many disorders, affecting a wide variety of physical and emotional symptoms, and that a healthy gut microbiome is vital for a healthy immune system.

Free Advice

If you would like to learn more about a specific symptom or complaint why not book a free 15 minute face-to-face consultation with Meg Robertson (free this month only, March 2017). However you can contact her free, anytime on email, click here. Meg has a special interest in bowel symptoms and is a highly qualified therapist, with internationally recognised  qualifications. She is a qualified NAET® practitioner and registered Homeopath as well as a respected Nutritional Advisor.  Call the Living Centre Clinic today to discover how NAET® testing can help you create a better life for yourself., 02089462331.

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Ready To Get Fit in 2017

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Get Fit Living Centre Clinic

New Year resolution?

Help and advice is at hand

If your New Year’s resolution is to get fitter, faster, stronger or to be more active then hopefully this advice will help you achieve your goals.

Normally in January and February my Sports Clinic starts to see a steady rise of people who have taken up an activity, sports or increased the frequency of their chosen activity as they achieve New Year’s resolutions or may be just a promise to themselves to get fitter.

The most common is a recurring pain or old injury that has flared up or new aches and pain in neck, shoulder upper or lower back.

What’s going on?

The general advice we hear is ‘Do more activity, get your heart rate up and you will become healthier’. Except our muscles and joints are often unprepared for the extra work load.

Our wonderful adapting bodies

Our bodies adapt to what we do most of and for many of us it is sitting at our desks for 5-8 hrs a day. The muscles at the front of our body tend to be shorter. Our pectoral and hip flexors whist our back muscles tend to be stretched and over worked. Our muscles and joints have adapted to be able to stay in this position for hours on end without complaining. But it takes time and hours of training to be able to do this. This changes our posture.

Adding more work load to already over-worked muscles?

So just like your boss assigning you three more projects without any more resource you ask your muscles to work harder when they are already over-worked.

If your muscles have the capacity to cope with the extra workload then all is fine. If not then muscles start to become inflamed and pain soon follows. Achieving your New Year’s resolution becomes a lot more difficult.

The Recurring Injury scenario

Alternatively you have always been quite active and you return to a sport you love or you increase the frequency and that old injury comes back. You leave it to rest and dig out some old exercises your physio gave you years back. You start up again and the injury comes back. The resolution starts becoming harder to achieve.

 

Start doing things differently

Picture of Einstein

Einstein once said the definition of madness is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different outcome.

Before you start off on your New Year’s Resolution get your body prepared for the extra work load.

It’s all about giving these muscles and joints that are currently over worked more capacity. To do that your need to increase their mobility.

Regaining Movement

I use a combination of the latest Functional Exercise Therapy developed by The Gray Institute of Applied Functional Science and tried and tested Osteopathic techniques.

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The approach works for people with recurring injuries as well as those starting exercise for the first time. It gets joints and muscles moving in a pain free way. The body relearns this as an effective pain free movement and with repetition soon adopts it, increasing range of movement. This in turn gives your muscles and joints the capacity to take on more work and help you achieve those 2017 goals.

A typical Functional Exercise that helps golfers, tennis players, swimmers, runners and walkers and cyclists.

Upper Back Mobility Exercise
Upper Back Mobility Exercise – Demonstration

Rotation, our ability to turn, in our upper backs is important for many sports. If it is reduced, normally by sitting at a desk for long periods, then other parts of the spine, shoulders, hips or knees will have to work harder and rotate more to give the movement we need. Increasing the potential for injury in those areas.

Rather than forcing the person to rotate I encourage movement in other vectors such as side bending or flexion. The body responds to these similar movements and soon additional rotation returns.

Achieving those New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

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If you want to achieve those goals and already have niggling pain made worse by sitting at your desk, recurring injuries or think that an MOT before you get started could really help then get in touch.

Hugo Firth has created a 3 treatment package to assess , develop and hone your body so you are ready for your chosen sport or activity. At the end you will have strategies to help you move better all captured on video so you can refer to it whenever you need it.

Treatment one. Approx 45-60mins, Assessment and treatment. Defining the cause and initial treatment muscles and joints and functional therapy exercises ( and video)

Treatment  two: Approx 30 mins. Feedback on progress, further exercise refinement and additional osteopathic treatment as required (and video)

Call 02089462331 before 31 January 2017

Massage Secrets

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Health Secrets:
Discover the benefits of therapeutic massage

Why People Take Regular Massages
We are trying so hard to be good parents, colleagues, leaders, children, and friends that we often feel pressured all the time. Massage therapy plays vital part of all ultimate rest and restoration plans which focus on work-life balance.

The Benefits of  Massage Therapy Are Countless
One of the most important benefits of massage according to medical research, is that the stress hormone cortisol drops up to 53% after massage therapy! High levels of cortisol are linked to many health problems including fertility challenges.

•    Massage treatment works its magic by soothing nervous tension, initiating a wave of deep inner peace which creates the space to think, the calmness to unwind or power to energise.
•    For many massage is helpful in restoring bedtime bliss – you might sleep better.
•    Improved concentration can increase your productivity and bring clearer thinking on many levels.
•    Massage therapy helps to bring water retention down, and reduce the puffiness of the eyes.
•    You may notice an improvement in your hair and skin condition.

Also, other proven benefits, after just one hour of massage include

– Improved posture- muscles can be lengthened and softened.
– Slower and deeper breathing helps to bring stress hormones levels down, which counts immensely in bringing self-healing mechanism of your body to action.
–Increases your flexibility and range of movement.  Aches and pain are not that irritating.
– Massage stimulates peristalsis resulting in improved digestion and it can aid in the relief of constipation and/or diarrhoea .
– Speeds up circulation which helps to nourish tissues making the delivery of oxygen more efficient.
– During a massage your immune system is being stimulated, lymphocytes travel more efficiently to fight potential infections, waste products are disposed of more quickly- which means a dramatic improvement in your lymph flow with every massage.

A six -week course of massage therapy can help you to feel better on all levels

Magda Oliveira, BA, MA, ITEC, VTCT
Massage Therapist
Reflexologist
Aromatherapist
Meditation Instructor

 

 

Sciatica Explained

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What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a common form of back pain that affects the lower half of the body. It is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve which runs from the lower spine, into the buttock, down back of the leg ending in the foot. In normal life it has to extend much as 1 cm during walking.

What Causes Sciatica?

Pressure on the sciatic nerve causes pins and needles and numbness. It may also cause burning; a feeling of being hit by a cricket bat; a deep aching pressure in the leg or hot or cold sensations.  When the sciatic nerve is significantly damaged it can also lead to loss of strength in the leg, or an inability to stand up or walk properly. This is rare but if left untreated permanent nerve damage can occur. Read More