Celebrating World Acupuncture Day

In celebration of World Acupuncture Day, we thought this graphic would be of interest to our followers. It shows some of the potential benefits of acupuncture. All the physiotherapists at The Iveson Clinic are members of the AACP (Acupuncture Association for Chartered Physiotherapists) and can include acupuncture within your treatment programme, to assist recovery and ease your pain. Call us on 01787 374964 for more information or to book an...

Keep On Running!

Sports Injuries & Trigger Point Acupuncture We are all being encouraged to get more active but, with increased activity, comes the risk of injuries and pain. Physiotherapy offers an integrated approach to sports injuries, combining acupuncture and manual therapy for the treatment of pain and inflammation, which will help get you up and running again. Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s own chemical response which aids recovery and rehabilitation. Trigger point acupuncture (also known as dry needling) is becoming increasingly popular in the sporting world due to the rapid effect it has on pain arising from tense muscles and myofascial tissue. A trigger point is a hyper-sensitised area within a muscle, which is generally tender to touch and taut on palpation. The pain may be felt some distance from the trigger point. For example, the brachialis muscle in the upper arm can refer pain to the wrist. Studies have shown that needling deactivates the trigger point and enables the tense muscle to ease and lengthen. The physical act of needling into the myofascial or muscle tissue, and stimulating it by twisting the needle, stretches the tissue in relation to the surrounding areas. What does it feel like? Many people wonder – or even worry about – what this procedure feels like. As the needle is inserted, a slight momentary pin-prick sensation may be felt, followed by a deep ache, tingling or warmth. This is a positive response as it shows that the body’s pain relief mechanisms have been stimulated. There may also be a twitch response in the trigger point which indicates the needle is in the affected area.  Physiotherapists here...

Do You Need a Knee Arthroscopy?

Developments in the Treatment of Degenerative Knee Arthritis & Meniscal Tears For many years knee arthroscopy has been used for patients with persistent knee pain, instability due to a torn meniscus, debridement (removal of loose bodies within the knee) and for diagnostic purposes. It was considered a good option as it was keyhole surgery, thus reducing the risk of infection and speeding up post-operative recovery. Previously arthroscopy was an open procedure, involving a larger incision and an elongated recovery period. However, recent clinical trials have studied patient recovery times and outcomes when treating degenerative meniscus tears with arthroscopy versus a combination of physiotherapy and exercise (Brignardello-Peterson, Guyatt BMJ 2017 – see link below for more details). The conclusion was that knee arthroscopy was not the most effective treatment. Also, a large trial in 2016 found there was no further benefit from arthroscopy compared to a programme of physiotherapy and exercise over a 12-month review period. Here at The Iveson Clinic, when a patient presents with an arthritic knee or cartilage degeneration, we would start with a detailed assessment and examination of the knee. We would also observe the patient’s general posture, particularly with regard to foot alignment. Findings are then discussed with the patient and a treatment plan is made. Advice includes avoiding kneeling, twisting on a stationary foot, squatting or any activity that aggravates the condition. If the knee is warm, swollen and inflamed, treatment is offered to aid recovery such as ice, acupuncture and soft tissue massage. The patient will also be offered a personalised, graduated exercise programme to strengthen the muscles supporting the knee joint. With compliance to the treatment and the home...

Back To Health

As we all start to enjoy longer days and increased levels of activities, there is a tendency to overdo things and thus suffer with increased levels of back pain. The AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists), recommends the use of acupuncture as a treatment for patients with low back pain. Our physiotherapists at the Iveson Clinic, may often use this treatment in conjunction with ‘hand’s on’ treatment, advice and exercise.  Acupuncture treatment is especially cost effective when it is delivered by a physiotherapist as part of the management plan. Evidence concludes that acupuncture will assist in reducing low back pain. With less pain, back exercises can be engaged more rapidly. Acupuncture may also mean less analgesic medication is required. Acupuncture works by stimulating the brain and central nervous system to release natural pain relieving hormones , such as Endorphin.  The affects of acupuncture treatment can last up to six months and result in a reduction of pain and thus an improved quality of life....

A Warm Welcome to a New Colleague

We are pleased to welcome a new colleague to the Iveson Clinic team. Physiotherapist Laura Palmer joined us recently and will be working at the clinic on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as well as offering home visits. Laura qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2007; she worked for the NHS for the first five years of her career, in different areas including elderly care, respiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal. Since then Laura has worked in a private practice, specialising in musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries. She is also qualified in acupuncture and aquatic physiotherapist and has a keen interest in knee injuries. When she is not busy working, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and their young daughter....

I Like to Move It, Move It!

How active are you? Do you exercise regularly or do you feel you could do more? Physiotherapists recommend 30 minutes of exercise at a moderate intensity, five times a week. Don’t worry if you aren’t keen on joining a gym or exercise class though; it’s easier than you think to incorporate activity into your day. From vacuuming to walking to digging in the garden and dancing – anything that gets you moving and increases your heart rate counts! Take it gently at first and build up your pace and duration gradually. Don’t be tempted to overdo it. Walking: take a brisk walk for as long as you can – 30 minutes is a good target to work towards. Maybe get off the bus a stop or two early and walk to rest of the way Dancing: turn up your favourite tunes and dance around your home! At work: take the stairs instead of the lift and do some desk-based stretches and exercises Housework: turn chores into a workout by speeding them up or being more energetic. Try vacuuming or cleaning the bathroom with music on, to make it more enjoyable Physical activity makes us feel good, keeps us mobile and can help ward off illness, aches and pains. So get up, get out there and move it, move it!...