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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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How a fountain pen and a chiropractor restored my lost youth 10 October 2012

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This extract is reproduced by kind permission of the author James Delingpole, the full article can be viewed on The Spectator magazine website  http://www.spectator.co.uk

“… The even better thing I wish to draw to your attention, though, is McTimoney. I shan’t go into the medical/technical details: just Google it. Suffice to say that it’s a form of chiropractic devised 50 years ago which involves manipulations so incredibly gentle that during your first treatment you might worry you’re being ripped off. Where are the clicks? Where are the crunches? Where’s the pain to show you it’s all working?

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A chiropractic advert 24 November 2010

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This made me smile…

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Back Pain After a Difficult Pregnancy 3 April 2010

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A was a 42 year-old lady who came to the clinic with back pain and nerve pain (sciatica) radiating down her right leg.  She reported having ongoing back problems since the birth of her son 8 years previously. Both the pregnancy and delivery had been difficult – her son had been side-lying and required a forceps delivery. She had suffered from low level back pain ever since – with episodes of acute pain and sciatica if she ‘overdid it’. She had previously been very active but, over time, the ongoing fear of aggravating the pain had forced her to do less and less.
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Chiropractic and back pain … a nice advert 30 March 2010

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Period pains and McTimoney chiropractic 29 December 2009

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The following article was first published in the Times Newspaper on 26 August 2006. See the original on the Times website.

It works for me: McTimoney chiropractic

A therapy for backache also did the trick for one woman’s period pains, says Emma Mahony

“There was no question about whether I could go to work. The pain was so great that I had to take to my bed,” says Claire Beever, 31, nursing two-week-old baby Jack on her lap. To hear her speak you would think that she was describing a difficult labour and birth, not the monthly occurrence of her period. But for Beever, a primary school teacher from Bishopstone, in Buckinghamshire, her periods had become the bane of her life. Like many women with this condition in its chronic form (known as primary dysmenorrhoea), she had been to see her GP many times. Primary dysmenorrhoea is defined medically as a pain associated with ovulatory cycles, and doctors usually offer two forms of treatment: anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, or oral contraceptive pills to prevent menstrual pain and cramps by suppressing ovulation. Beever had tried every type of prescription painkiller to no effect, but was reluctant to take oral contraceptives.

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What is the difference between Chiropractic and Osteopathy? 3 August 2009

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This is a question that comes up a lot and it’s one that I find increasingly difficult to answer as I learn more about the wide range of approaches used in my own profession and in osteopathy.

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Similarities

There are more similarities than differences between the two professions. Chiropractors and Osteopaths both believe that many health problems are caused by poor posture and misalignment of muscles and joints. They believe that if the structure of the body can be improved and the spine put back into alignment, many problems will be alleviated and the body’s own healing mechanisms will work to restore good health. Misalignment (or ‘subluxation’ to use the chiropractic term) is usually caused by external factors, such as falls or accidents,  stress, or poor posture.

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NICE Guidelines for Low Back Pain 22 July 2009

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Assessing the low back

Assessing the low back

The publication of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines for ‘Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain’ in May 2009 caused something of a stir in medical circles. For the first time, treatments like chiropractic, osteopathy and acupuncture, are included in the recommended approach for tackling low back pain within the National Health Service. I’ve been banging on about the importance of these guidelines to anyone within earshot since they came out.

Who produced these Guidelines?

The NICE Development Group responsible for the Low Back Pain Guidelines was chaired by Professor of Primary Care Research, Martin Underwood, and included various medical doctors, a professor of pain management, a spine surgeon, a physiotherapist, a nurse clinician, a psychologist, patient representatives, an osteopath and a chiropractor.

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