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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Call us on (01752) 347663

Same day appointments are usually available.

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

Soothing and relaxing lavender and sweet marjoram in the oil burner for this mornings lovely massage clients! 🌸
Pia
www.plymosteoclinic.co.uk/massage-plymouth/
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Soothing and relaxing lavender and sweet marjoram in the oil burner for this mornings lovely massage clients! 🌸
Pia
https://www.plymosteoclinic.co.uk/massage-plymouth/

👨🏼‍🎓 As osteopaths we spend time every year keeping our skills fresh and learning new techniques.
During the summer I spent a day in Cornwall at the British School of Advance Soft Tissue, learning and revising specialist treatments for knee injuries.
We looked at a whole range of treatments, including ways to deal with the pain associated with arthritis, ligament damage and injuries to the knee meniscus (which is often incorrectly called knee cartilage).
The knees are the largest joints in the body where the thigh bone, the kneecap and both bones in the lower leg come together and they have to support our every step.
Did you know that the force across the knees is 3-6 times the body weight?! so it’s no wonder that they can get creaky and painful.
Osteopaths are there for so much more than backs! Please get in touch to see if we can help!
(01752) 347663
www.plymosteoclinic.co.uk/book-online-plymouth/
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👨🏼‍🎓 As osteopaths we spend time every year keeping our skills fresh and learning new techniques.  
During the summer I spent a day in Cornwall at the British School of Advance Soft Tissue, learning and revising specialist treatments for knee injuries.
We looked at a whole range of treatments, including ways to deal with the pain associated with arthritis, ligament damage and injuries to the knee meniscus (which is often incorrectly called knee cartilage).
The knees are the largest joints in the body where the thigh bone, the kneecap and both bones in the lower leg come together and they have to support our every step. 
Did you know that the force across the knees is 3-6 times the body weight?! so it’s no wonder that they can get creaky and painful.  
Osteopaths are there for so much more than backs!  Please get in touch to see if we can help!
(01752) 347663
https://www.plymosteoclinic.co.uk/book-online-plymouth/

🍂With autumn on the way I'd like to give a special mention to raking. 🍂

It’s that time again!
Every year, once the leaves fall, we see people in clinic who’ve hurt their backs raking.
It's a job we may only do for a couple of days a year and our backs aren’t used to it, so there is a much higher chance of injuring yourself.

If you need to rake up fallen leaves...

🍁Don't over do it, try 15 minutes and then take a break of 15 minutes!
🍁It doesn't need to be done all at once. Allow yourself a couple of days to finish the job.
🍁Try raking the 'other way round' from time to time. So the hands and arms are the other way on the rake. Your back will rotate in the opposite direction which helps to spread the stress, and relieve some of the strain on the back.
🍁Use your legs! Make an exaggerated lunging movement to use those strong leg muscles and take the load off your back and arms.

Or, you could just persuade someone else to do it for you😉
Mike.

(01752) 347663
www.plymosteoclinic.co.uk/book-online-plymouth/
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🍂With autumn on the way Id like to give a special mention to raking. 🍂

It’s that time again!
Every year, once the leaves fall, we see people in clinic who’ve hurt their backs raking.
Its a job we may only do for a couple of days a year and our backs aren’t used to it, so there is a much higher chance of injuring yourself.

If you need to rake up fallen leaves...

🍁Dont over do it, try 15 minutes and then take a break of 15 minutes!
🍁It doesnt need to be done all at once. Allow yourself a couple of days to finish the job.
🍁Try raking the other way round from time to time.  So the hands and arms are the other way on the rake. Your back will rotate in the opposite direction which helps to spread the stress, and relieve some of the strain on the back.
🍁Use your legs! Make an exaggerated lunging movement to use those strong leg muscles and take the load off your back and arms.

Or, you could just persuade someone else to do it for you😉
Mike.

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

Do you get pain when you’re sitting at your desk?
How about trying a standing desk? ... Some of our patients have had great results using them!
This one from Ikea has a crank handle so the height can be adjusted and you can change position as often as you need to.
If you need advice our osteopaths are trained to help!
Tel. 01752 347663

www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/desks/desk-computer-desks/skarsta-desk-sit-stand-white-spr-49084965/
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Do you get pain when you’re sitting at your desk?
How about trying a standing desk? ... Some of our patients have had great results using them!
This one from Ikea has a crank handle so the height can be adjusted and you can change position as often as you need to.
If you need advice our osteopaths are trained to help!
Tel. 01752 347663

https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/desks/desk-computer-desks/skarsta-desk-sit-stand-white-spr-49084965/
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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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