The Blog

Take a look at our latest blogs for useful information and stories from our team of Plymouth Osteopaths and Massage Therapists.

Double Jointed? or Hypermobile?

Do you remember someone from your childhood who was flexible and bendy? And when I say flexible I mean REALLY flexible! They probably called themselves double-jointed and could perform eye-watering feats like hooking a foot behind their head, bending over...

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Calf Pain

The calf is made up of a complex bunch of muscles including... soleus, gastrocnemius, tibialis posterior and anterior and the peronei. These muscles all have different functions but work together to give control, balance and force dispersion to the lower limb. As they...

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Signs of serious Sciatica.

The good news is that serious sciatica is very rare! As we saw in the last blog, sciatica can be very painful, but please be reassured that most episodes of sciatica will settle down well with good treatment and management. Rarely though, sciatica can be a sign of...

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Do you have Sciatica??

Sciatica is the name given to buttock and leg pain which comes from the low back. This is sometimes accompanied by tingling, numbness and weakness into the leg and foot.     It can be extremely painful and really restrict what you can do. Sciatica can start suddenly,...

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Time to reach for the water?

Whilst we can all acknowledge that it might not be the most exciting of drinks to have, the benefits of regular water consumption should never be ignored. With the body being made up of 70% water, it is important to keep our body hydrated.  When asking patients how...

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Top Tips for Pain Free Holidays!

If you are about to head off on holiday here are some tips to look after your back while you are away... Luggage   You don’t have to fill your suitcase! Pack light if you can and use a case with good wheels! Lift carefully, especially after long journeys when your...

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Spring 2017 Clinic Blog

Taking that first step can be hard! If you are reading this first newsletter, then it means our new website is live, and I am breathing a sigh of relief! Organising the website has been one of those jobs that I have always found a reason to put off. Deciding what the...

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I contacted Mike after being in some considerable pain and prescribed diazepam by my GP. I can honestly say that after my second visit, which was today, the difference is incredible. Highly recommended for the ‘practical’ benefit of how much better I feel but also for the friendly, honest and warm nature that I have experienced.
Melanie (via Facebook)

“I was referred by my GP due to worsening arthralgia and back pain. My GP was also a patient and told me what to expect.
I was delighted that most of the treatment was gentle and effective. It keeps my muscles and joints mobile and reduces my pain and stiffness enabling me to enjoy life more.
I would highly recommend P.O.C. and have done on many occasions.”
A. Hunt, 56

Do you know anyone who has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis? If so please recommend this book to them if they don’t already have it!
It’s written by Terry Wahls MD , an American doctor and MS sufferer herself who reversed her symptoms using a diet based protocol.
Food is medicine!
terrywahls.com/about-the-wahls-protocol/
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Do you know anyone who has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis? If so please recommend this book to them if they don’t already have it! 
It’s written by Terry Wahls MD , an American doctor and MS sufferer herself who reversed her symptoms using a diet based protocol. 
Food is medicine!
https://terrywahls.com/about-the-wahls-protocol/

It seems that Princess Eugenie's decision to reveal her scars from surgery to correct her scoliosis has sparked awareness of this condition. 👏🏻

Scoliosis is a twist in the spine, and most commonly develops in 12-15 yr olds, often for unknown reasons. Normally exercises and manual treatment are enough but if it’s severe, surgery may be considered, particularly if there is a risk of squeezing the heart and lungs.
It is important to note that no-one’s spine is entirely straight, and we all have little sidebends here and there. Usually these cause no problems, but sometimes they can be responsible for backache.
I look after a lot of patients with scoliosis as osteopathy can be really helpful. We are very experienced at assessing spinal posture and mobility.

Get in touch if you have been worrying about a curve in your spine or aches and pains.
Mike

01752 347663
www.plymosteoclinic.co.uk/book-online-plymouth/
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It seems that Princess Eugenies decision to reveal her scars from surgery to correct her scoliosis has sparked awareness of this condition. 👏🏻

Scoliosis is a twist in the spine, and most commonly develops in 12-15 yr olds, often for unknown reasons. Normally exercises and manual treatment are enough but if it’s severe, surgery may be considered, particularly if there is a risk of squeezing the heart and lungs. 
It is important to note that no-one’s spine is entirely straight, and we all have little sidebends here and there. Usually these cause no problems, but sometimes they can be responsible for backache. 
I look after a lot of patients with scoliosis as osteopathy can be really helpful. We are very experienced at assessing spinal posture and mobility. 

Get in touch if you have been worrying about a curve in your spine or aches and pains.
Mike

01752 347663
https://www.plymosteoclinic.co.uk/book-online-plymouth/

Kieron’s stretching again!! This one is for the hamstrings.
When you don’t have enough flexibility in the legs the back has to work overtime making it much more likely to get injured.
www.plymosteoclinic.co.uk
01752 347663
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This is Kieron's Dad Laurie!

18 months ago he developed back pain and weakness in his legs, and was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. In a bid to do as much as possible to improve his condition he joined his local gym...

“They wrote me a special programme of exercises and I have been going ever since,” said Laurie.
“On an average visit I use the rowing machine, do squat thrusts, crunches, step ups, and workout with a 5kg ball and ‘the beast’ – a large metal sledge with extra weights!”
Laurie has now lost over 9kg, his back and legs are much stronger, and the pain has reduced.
Kieron's 77 year old mum Vivien has joined him.
Laurie said: “Taking regular exercise is definitely a positive thing to do, especially if one has to combat blood sugar levels rising in diabetes and also cope with bouts of depression.
“My motto for all older people is: instead of waiting for the NHS to light the lamp at the end of the tunnel, go down there and light it yourself.”

What a brilliant motto Laurie!

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(01752) 347663
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This is Kierons Dad Laurie!

18 months ago he developed back pain and weakness in his legs, and was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. In a bid to do as much as possible to improve his condition he joined his local gym...

“They wrote me a special programme of exercises and I have been going ever since,” said Laurie.
“On an average visit I use the rowing machine, do squat thrusts, crunches, step ups, and workout with a 5kg ball and ‘the beast’ – a large metal sledge with extra weights!”
Laurie has now lost over 9kg, his back and legs are much stronger, and the pain has reduced.
Kierons 77 year old mum Vivien has joined him.
Laurie said: “Taking regular exercise is definitely a positive thing to do, especially if one has to combat blood sugar levels rising in diabetes and also cope with bouts of depression.
“My motto for all older people is: instead of waiting for the NHS to light the lamp at the end of the tunnel, go down there and light it yourself.”

What a brilliant motto Laurie! 

www.plymosteoclinic.co.uk
(01752) 347663
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Gluteal exercise (modified squat)

This is a good exercise to start ‘waking up’ the gluteal muscles. Remember that this is as much about body control and awareness as it is about strength. Try to do it without shoes for maximum benefit. Keep your weight...

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