Green Fingers… Sore Backs?

Summer is in full swing and many of us like nothing better than to get out in the fresh air and potter in the garden. Digging and weeding can be strenuous work though, and it’s all too easy to overdo it and end the day with aches, pains or pulled muscles. However with a bit of thought and planning, it’s simple to avoid those injuries and continue to enjoy putting your green fingers to work. Here are our Top Tips for pain-free pottering: Warm up first Gardening can involve muscles that you don’t use very often, so take a few minutes to warm up before getting down to the hard work. Try a brisk five-minute walk and some stretching exercises Lift carefully Take care when lifting heavy pots, bags of compost, full watering cans and so on. To lift correctly, begin by squatting, not bending at your waist. Use both hands to hold the object, keeping it close to your body. Slowly stand up, using your leg muscles to lift, not your back. Use a wheelbarrow or trolley to move heavy items from place to place. Fill large watering cans just halfway, and consider alternative watering options, such as hoses Take breaks It’s easy to lose track of time when gardening. Take frequent breaks and do some stretches during these breaks. Avoid doing the same kind of job for a long period. Don’t bend over for hours, determined to finish weeding a flower bed in one go! Switch to something else for a while, such as cutting the grass or dead heading, then finish the weeding later Get support...

What about Whiplash Injuries?

Richard Iveson, The Iveson Clinic’s Chiropractor, has recently attended a conference on the most up-to-date thoughts and research on whiplash injuries. Current thinking is that the efficacy of treating whiplash with traditional, hands-on treatments, using mobilisations and muscle relaxing techniques, could be enhanced by also looking at psychological factors. It appears that whiplash can alter the way the brain processes information from the eyes and neck muscles, and there is evidence that treatment and exercises for these systems can help patients recover faster. Research indicates that 50% of people with whiplash will see their symptoms resolve within the first three months 25% will resolve gradually after this and 25% will experience long term pain Whiplash is a relatively common injury, usually occurring from motor vehicle accidents. The sudden acceleration-deceleration force causes unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck thus causing injury. However the precise nature of the injuries that come under the name ‘whiplash’ are still not well understood. Clearly the spinal joints in the neck are injured but other mechanisms are probably involved as well. It will be interesting to see what further discoveries are made about whiplash in the future. If you are suffering from whiplash, the practitioners at the Iveson Clinic should be able to help relieve your symptoms, so get in touch with us on 01787...

Middle Aged? A Good Night’s Sleep Helps Prevent Aches & Pains

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has recently published some new research* showing that middle age (45 – 54) is the time of life when the quality of your sleep (or lack of it) is most likely to cause back and neck pain. Nearly two fifths (39%) of those questioned, who have suffered from back or neck pain, thought that sleeping and/or their mattress was the trigger for their aches and pains. More than half (58%) admitted that pain kept them awake and a huge 87% said they sometimes woke up in the morning with back or neck pain. Why should this happen particularly in middle age? Poor posture, old injuries, the aging process or a worn out mattress can have a cumulative effect on our bodies, which can lead in turn to pain triggered by sleeping. Here are the BCA’s top tips for good night’s sleep: Update your mattress: Chiropractors recommend buying a new mattress at least every 10 years. Mattresses lose their support over time, so if you can feel the springs or the mattress is no longer level, it won’t be providing the support you need. Buy the right mattress: Ensure your mattress is giving you the correct support. Your spine should be parallel to the mattress and should not sag (meaning the bed is too soft) or bow (if the bed is too hard). If you share a bed with your partner, you could consider two single mattresses which can be joined together, to ensure you both get the support you need. Start your day right: Getting up out of bed too quickly in the morning...

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...

Acupuncture & Knee Pain

Some interesting new research seems to show that acupuncture can relieve chronic pain and improves physical function in patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee. The research involved ten randomized controlled trials of acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture, standard care or no intervention for chronic knee pain in patients who had a confimred diagnosed of knee osteoarthritis. The studies demonstrated that acupuncture can improve short and long-term physical function, however in some patients the pain relief from acupuncture appeared to be only short term. The research was carried out by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China. You can read more about these fascinating results here Julie Iveson, senior physiotherapist at The Iveson Clinic, is a qualified and experienced acupuncturist. To find out more or to book an appointment, please click here or call us on 01787 374964....

Physiotherapy & Sporting Injuries

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio are fast approaching, with the opening ceremony taking place on Saturday 6th August. As we have come to expect, there are sure to be many wonderful sporting moments, outstanding achievements and records broken. You may already know that physiotherapy plays a vital role in keeping elite athletes fit to perform or help them recover from injury, but did you know that physiotherapy can help recreational sportspeople too? A 2013 survey for BBC Radio 5 Live revealed that, as a direct result of the London 2012 Olympics, 20% of people were inspired to take up or increase their participation in sport. This is good news, of course, but it could also mean an increase in sports-related injuries. Sports physiotherapists have specific knowledge and experience that can deal with acute, chronic or over-use injuries. Acupuncture can also aid recovery following a sporting injury. A variety of techniques can be effectively used to stimulate the body to aid recovery and ease pain. Julie Iveson, the senior physiotherapist and acupuncturist at The Iveson Clinic, has a particular interest in all forms of sports injuries as she was a successful gymnast and competed internationally in the late 1970s and early 80s. Here is Julie performing at The British Championships. So if you need help with an injury or would like some advice to prevent sporting injuries, please give us a call on 01787 374964....

Help for your Headaches

Many of us suffer with headaches from time to time, with some people affected more frequently than others. There are several different types but one of the most common is the tension headache, sometimes called the stress headache. This causes a mild to moderate pain that spreads across the entire head in a sort of band, different from migraines which are usually felt on one side or the other. Lots of people reach for over-the-counter pain relief to help ease the pain but what if there was a more natural way? Some recent research, published in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in February 2016, suggests that chiropractic treatment might offer relief from tension headaches. The study involved 62 women between the ages of 18 and 65 and concluded that, when compared to the control group, the women who had chiropractic adjustments including spinal manipulation “showed improvements in their physical role, bodily pain, and social functioning” a month after treatment. In other words, receiving chiropractic care helped improve their quality of life in various ways and provided relief from pain. So, if you suffer from tension headaches, chiropractic can be a natural way to get...

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...