Katie’s Fantastic Fundraising

Katie McLernon, one of the physiotherapists at the Iveson Clinic, recently took on the daunting challenge of completing the Lakesman Triathlon in Cumbria (comprising a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride followed by a full 26.2 mile marathon, all within a 17 hour time limit.) Katie and her sister Lucy took part to raise money for charities which had helped their mum, Carol, who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in 2016. Whilst undergoing treatment she contracted pneumonia due to weakened immune system and later had a stroke. Against all odds she is pulling through and is on the mend. The sisters raised a phenomenal amount of money, some of which they donated to My WiSH, the West Suffolk Hospital charity. The funds were used to purchase new fans for the stroke unit, to help keep patients and their families comfortable. Katie, Carol and Lucy visited the stroke unit to present the fans to the staff. All of us at the Iveson Clinic are immensely proud of Katie’s achievement and wish Carol all the best for her continuing recovery....

A Warm Welcome to a Returning Member of Staff

A new member of staff has recently joined the Iveson Clinic, or rather an old colleague has returned! Katie McLernon qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2010 and began work at the Iveson Clinic in 2011 on a part-time basis, as well as working for the NHS for several years. She then went travelling and worked abroad. After spending a year working as a physiotherapist in Singapore, Katie returned to the UK and we are excited that she has chosen to come back to work at the Iveson Clinic. Katie’s special areas of interest are managing chronic injuries, sports injuries and paediatrics. She has qualifications in clinical Pilates, which she uses to assess and treat chronic injuries. She can also provide one to one Pilates sessions, to enable patients to gain good foundation knowledge and technique, either to help their recovery or prior to commencing Pilates classes elsewhere. Katie is also very passionate about providing stroke rehabilitation and this can be done either in the Clinic or as a home visit. She is proud to have had fantastic results with stroke patients, in improving balance, walking and restoring function in patient’s limbs. Katie will be treating patients at the Iveson Clinic on Thursdays, as well as offering home/domiciliary visits....

The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

At The Iveson Clinic we use many pieces of equipment to help patients recover as quickly as possible. A few years ago we were contacted by an Australian chiropractor called Dr Graeme who wanted to send us an electric deep tissue massage machine to trial. Deep tissue massage can be used to relax and lengthen tight muscles and is also very effective in treating trigger points. What is a Trigger Point? If you’ve ever had a masseur find a tender spot in a muscle, which feels a bit like a ‘pea’ in structure and is tender when pressed, that is a trigger point. The problem with trigger points is that they can interfere with the way nerves control the muscles. For example around the shoulder joint, they can affect the co-ordination of smooth movement, and this can lead to pain and dysfunction in the way the arm moves. Trigger points are very common. Most people, if they press firmly into the muscle between the neck and shoulder, will find some tender spots. The Dr Graeme Massager We were very impressed when we tried the Dr Graeme Massager, and we have used it in The Iveson Clinic for a number of years now. Many patients find the treatment very effective for releasing tight knots in the muscles, as well as for general relaxation. It’s great to get this treatment during a clinic appointment, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to get the same relief at home? The good news is that you can. Traditionally, hand-held, professional standard massagers have been very expensive but the Dr Graeme one retails for just £42 and...

Farewell and Good Luck to Sapna

In April we said farewell to Sapna Kanani, one of our physiotherapists, who recently got married and is now moving to Leicester to start her new life. Sapna has worked at the Iveson Clinic on and off for the past six years. She will be greatly missed by staff and patients alike. We wish her every success for the future....

Are you a spoon or a bridge?

The shape of a woman’s side profile could be used as an indicator of neck and back problems. That’s according to research from the British Chiropractic Association which showed the average age of onset of back pain in women is 34. Women whose heads lean forward are most likely to currently be suffering back pain at (58%) followed by those with an arched back at (56%) whilst those with a flat back suffer the least. Most women recognise which body shape they fit into, whether it’s hourglass, apple etc, but paying particular attention to your side profile could suggest how likely you are to suffer with back problems. What side-shape are you? . Spoon – flat back-rounded shoulders . Leaning tower- head leans forward . Bridge- arched back . Flat-pack- flat back The perfect posture should give you a neutral side-on appearance, with your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles in line. Imagine having a plumb-line hanging from yours ears to your ankles  with everything in the middle on the same line. A good habit when you have been sitting or standing for a long time in one position is to shrug your shoulders to your ears push the shoulders back and the let them drop and try and hold this new position as long as you...

Hands-on or Hands-off Treatment?

There is currently a lot of debate regarding hands on versus hands off physiotherapy. Research is being undertaken to ascertain, through evidence based trials, which form of treatment is most helpful in the long term to patients. Very often patients will come to the Iveson Clinic, having had hands-off treatment at the local hospital but feeling frustrated that, after waiting on the NHS waiting list for their treatment, they received only advice and exercises! I recall in my training being advised that it is mostly down to the patient, and only partly to us the therapist, to achieve the best outcome from their ailment/injury. This comes down to compliance with exercises and taking on board the advice given by the physiotherapist regarding posture, do’s and dont’s etc and healthy lifestyle. However, I think common sense must prevail in the end! Without hands on treatment, patients will be unable to do their exercises, in the way intended, due to joint dysfunction or pain. The NHS is under tremendous pressure financially and is having to find answers to cutting their budgets as well as finding ways to help patients in a more cost effective way. In my view, and from 30 years in practice, there are many things the physiotherapists and chiropractors at the Iveson Clinic can improve with our hands. Whether this involves massage, myofascial release, mobilisation or manipulation of stiff joints or modalities such as acupuncture or electrotherapy, in conjunction with the treatment, we can give symptomatic relief to patients. This then opens a window of opportunity to the patient to then do their own exercise programme, once the muscle spasm...