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Back Pain and Gardening 25 March 2014

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Working in the garden can be great exercise and has all the benefits of getting out into the fresh air and sunshine.

For many people, gardening is the only real form of exercise they get.

Care needs to be taken when returning to the garden after the inactive winter months:

 Before you start, make sure your tools are right for you. Ask advice at your garden centre about the height of the spade, hoe or fork you should be using. There are lighter ranges, long-handled ranges and those with ergonomic handles. It makes sense to try different types and find the ones for you.

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Look after your back – choose the right bed 25 October 2013

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Every year up to 40% of the population – over 16 million of us – will suffer a bout of back pain and if you’re one of the unlucky ones, you will find that the state of your bed will quickly become a priority. A good bed, providing correct support and comfort, has an important role to play in relieving and preventing back pain. Here are some tips:

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Emmett Technique 10 December 2012

Posted by davidghallam in back pain, Emmett technique, muscle pain, neck pain.
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Emmett technique is a gentle body therapy developed by Ross Emmett, an Australian practitioner.  It uses light pressure and movement on specific points of the body to relieve muscle tension and restore balance. I did some Emmett training back in 2011 and have been using bits of it ever since as a complement to the McTimoney chiropractic moves I use in clinic.

I have seen some very good results with Emmett: particularly with persistent muscle problems that have failed to respond to other approaches. It’s also very comfortable to receive and has quick results so you can see (and feel) whether it has helped straight away. I have used it to help people with assorted muscular aches and pains including: neck and shoulder pain, low back pain and knee pain. It does not work for everybody but can be remarkably effective when it does.

I was so impressed by the results I was getting I carried on with the training and have now qualified as an Emmett practitioner (December 2012).

I will continue to use the technique in clinic as an adjunct to other therapies and I will also offer it as a standalone technique for those people who just want an Emmett treatment without any chiropractic.

Give the clinic a call if you are interested in this approach. David Hallam

Neuromuscular Reeducation (NMR) 17 November 2012

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What is it?

Neuromuscular Reeducation (NMR) is a soft-tissue technique that offers rapid and lasting relief from the pain and loss of function caused by many of the most common injuries affecting the nerves, muscles, connective tissue and joints. It combines elements of sports massage, trigger point therapy, fascial release and active release techniques.

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Muscle or bone? 15 November 2010

Posted by davidghallam in back pain, frequently asked questions, muscle pain.
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People sometimes tell me that I will not be able to help them because the pain they are suffering from is a muscle problem. ‘You chiropractors just do bones and joints don’t you?’
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