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Back Pain and Gardening 25 March 2014

Posted by davidghallam in back pain, gardening, healthy living, muscle pain.
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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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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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