Many people experience a sensation of cracking, popping, snapping or grinding during neck movements, especially when turning your head to reverse the car or checking your blind spot. The medical term for these sensations is known as ‘crepitus’ and although crepitus can occur at any age it becomes more common as we get older. Crepitus… Continue reading Neck Cracking and Grinding: What is it and Why does it happen?
How often do you spend looking at your phone, tablet or laptop? Studies suggest we look at our phone around 2-4hrs per day, and those times are excluding tablet and laptop use. That’s a lot of time spent looking down. Tech neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained… Continue reading Tech Neck – The New Epidemic
As an osteopath I love to help people continue taking part in the activities they enjoy. I am fortunate in that so far I have been able to treat my own sporting injuries so I can get back to the gym, running and playing netball as soon as possible. Regular check-ups or “maintenance treatments” can help stop… Continue reading Is it time for your Summer Check-Up?
Most people will have heard of a ‘slipped disc’ but what does this actually mean? Usually this refers to damage or bulging rather than slippage or movement. We have 23 discs in the spine situated between each adjacent vertebra - 6 in the neck, 12 in the upper/middle back and 5 in the lower back. The… Continue reading Slipped Disc? Disc Bulge? Prolapsed Disc?
This blog will cover two of the most common questions I'm asked: "What is a muscle knot?" and "Why do we get cramp?" Muscle Knots Muscle knots, technically known as trigger points, are hard nodules in a taut band of muscle. They are palpable, tender bumps under the skin often the size of your thumb.… Continue reading Muscle Knots and Cramps
Running injuries often arise when we have underlying skeletal/structural or muscular imbalances. One area of weakness can affect functionality of the next. For example weakness in some of the muscle groups can alter the lower limb alignment and place excess strain along the whole of the lower limb chain (pelvis, hips, knees, ankle and foot),… Continue reading Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinopathy – Do you suffer from these common Running Injuries?
Do you wake up feeling refreshed and energized or do you suffer from poor, restless sleep? Do you have aches and pains that trouble you in the middle of the night or do you wake up with a sore, stiff neck? These are all signs you are not sleeping on the right pillow. … Continue reading Are you sleeping on the right pillow(s)?
There is a lot of confusion whether ice or heat should be applied to an injury – in fact it is one of the most common questions I am asked. Applying ice or heat is a cheap, easy option for many common painful problems. In a nutshell ice is for recent injuries and heat is… Continue reading Ice versus Heat which should I use?
If you know someone who always puts others first a Cambridge Osteopathy gift voucher may be the little nudge they need to treat themselves for once! Gift vouchers can be used for Osteopathy treatments or Sports Massage and can be made to any value £5 and up. Also valid for our sports massage offer –… Continue reading Christmas Gift Vouchers
Following on from last month’s blog on driving position, this month I’m going to discuss your seated desk posture. Many jobs now involve long hours seated at a desk and poor posture can lead to unwanted aches and pains. Here are my 7 tips on how to set up an ergonomically correct workstation and help eradicate… Continue reading How should you be sitting at your desk?