Category Archives: Back pain and other common issues

These articles focus on providing general advice on how to prevent and manage low back pain, neck pain and other common musculoskeletal injuries.

Surgery V Exercise

Physiotherapy that encourages gentle exercise is better than surgery for patients with degenerative osteoarthritis of the knees, according to new research. A panel of experts in surgery, physiotherapy and clinical practice worked together to make the judgement that knee surgery … Continue reading

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Ten Top Tips – back pain

Visit: http://www.csp.org.uk/publications/10-things-you-need-know-about-your-back or www.csp.org.uk/yourback For top tips on how to manage your back pain.

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Low Back Pain and Sciatica – New Guidelines

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its update for the clinical assessment and management of non specific low back pain and sciatica in adults. Some key points: Movement and exercise are at the heart of … Continue reading

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Deal Physio – Sciatica

Sciatica describes pain felt along the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back, down through the buttock, hamstrings and into the lower leg. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. The spinal sections it originates from include … Continue reading

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Posture problems and fixes

Over time, poor posture can damage your spine, shoulders, hips, and knees. Poor postures can lean to structural flaws that lead to back and joint pain, reduced flexibility and compromised muscles. 1 Poking head posture The problem: Poor strength in … Continue reading

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What a pain in neck!

For most cases of neck pain you should carry on with your normal daily activities as you can, try and keep active and take painkillers to relieve the symptoms. You can also try the following to help manage your symptoms; … Continue reading

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Pregnancy related low back and pelvic pain

Pregnancy can result in low back or pelvic pain. Experts estimate that anywhere from 24% to 90% of women experience low back or pelvic-region pain when they are pregnant. Many women find that this pain goes away when the baby … Continue reading

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Achilles pain…what you need to know

The Achilles tendon is a large tendon at the back of the ankle. The tendon is an extension of the gastrocnemius and soleus (calf muscles), running down the back of the lower leg attaching to the calcaneus (heel bone). The … Continue reading

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Deal Physio – 9 tips to minimise risk of running injuries

1. Warm Up and Cool Down Before and after exercise. This should involve 10 or so minutes of exercises using the same muscles as those you plan to use during your workout.  Lack of stretching or incorrect stretching can lead … Continue reading

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Sports Physio Deal Kent – The cyclist

Low back pain is one of the most common complaints of the recreational cyclist. In most cases, low back pain is a simple case of prolonged pressure being placed on structures in the low back that are actually undamaged. The lower back normally has a … Continue reading

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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage – IASTM

IASTM – Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage – This is the new buzz word at the moment among Physiotherapists, but this is not a new treatment technique, in fact instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation has been used for thousands of … Continue reading

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Spinal damage at 0mph

Do you look like this when working…? Do you regularly work from your laptop without docking…? If so then you are increasing your risk of neck, arm and low back pains. To avoid issues you need to first ensure that … Continue reading

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‘Mum Tum’ – what you need to know

Diastasis Recti Abdominis is a midline separation at the linea alba of the recti muscles of the abdominal wall i.e. the ‘six pack’ muscle separates in the middle. A palpable midline gap of more than 2.5 cm or any visible bulging … Continue reading

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Deal Physiotherapy

At United Health we use the McKenzie approach. This is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is trusted and used by practitioners and patients all over the world for back, neck and extremity problems.

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Pregnancy pains

Physiotherapy can relieve some of the most common pain woman experience during pregnancy. More than two thirds of pregnant woman have lower back pain and nearly a fifth feel pain in the pelvic area. In a Cochrane review (of 26 … Continue reading

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Exercise is worth it

Those with arthritis are sometimes reluctant to exercise the painful area or fearful that it may make the pain worse however Physiotherapists are armed with yet more evidence that appropriate exercise is beneficial. Researchers investigated whether exercise was more effective … Continue reading

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Ten ways to work more ergonomically when travelling

Use a 4-wheeled suitcase. It requires less force to move and you can push it through the airport by your side in a neutral wrist posture rather than having to reach behind your body and pull or drag a suitcase. … Continue reading

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Back pain and childcare – how to look after yourself

Implementing simple safe lifting techniques is a must for long term back health of any parent. Parents are continually faced with the strenuous physical demands of child rearing such as chasing, lifting, feeding and comforting. The mechanism leading to back … Continue reading

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Physiotherapy Deal, Kent – Managing and avoiding neck pain

Whatever the cause of neck pain or a stiff neck, the advice is generally the same, carry on with your normal daily activities, keep active and take painkillers to relieve the symptoms. Below are some simple steps to avoid/help relieve neck … Continue reading

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The Barefoot Running debate

The human species is one of the most efficient terrestrial animals. We adapted to run on dry riverbeds and grasslands and throughout most of human history running was performed while barefoot or in thin-soled shoes but development of modern society … Continue reading

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