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...

Modern technology causing back and neck problems

Sedentary lifestyles and repeatedly looking down at mobile phones and tablets, is causing increasing numbers of young people to suffer with neck and spinal problems. A recent survey found that 45% of 16 to 24 year olds are currently suffering, compared to 28% in the previous survey. Tim Hutchful, from the British Chiropractic Association said, “When people use laptops or mobile phones in bed, they tend to forget their posture, hunch over the screen and leave their spine unsupported.” On an average day, Britons spend around two hours sitting and looking at mobile technology, almost four hours looking at a laptop and almost three hours watching tv and films. The message from this evidence, is to modify your time using technology, change position regularly and exercise to develop core strength and control. Read more in this recent article from The Daily Telegraph: iPad generation see huge rise in back and neck...

Julie undergoes pioneering hip surgery

Many of you will know that Julie Iveson was about to undergo hip surgery, for damage she sustained several years ago, as an international gymnast. Well four weeks on, Julie is back on her feet, doing her exercises regularly and looking forward to returning to work in mid March. Hip surgery has advanced considerably over recent years, with several options now available, from arthroscopy to hip resurfacing, stem cell therapy, microplasty and finally total hip replacement. The rule of thumb is to preserve the patient’s own bone/tissue for as long as possible, and these innovative techniques have now allowed more...