Physiotherapy Portal

Stiff and Weak

Posted by Stuart Fossella on Thursday, October 05, 2017

I'm no old Banger

 Leg Press

What us Physio's really do...

I’m going to let you in on a little secret, a little bit of an insider view into the world of Physiotherapy.

So you might or might not know that Physio’s are excellent problem solvers - solving issues that relate to your bodies joints and muscular system.

Physio’s are basically body mechanics! Literally experts in movement and body parts.

But we don't just mechanically fix bodies, of course, we need to run the diagnostics package first you see!

We need to get the body into the workshop to see how it's ‘working’ and find out whats not working quite right. Only then can we offer up the new parts and fixes you need.

But did you know what perhaps what nearly 50% of all issues relate to?

Sometimes it's as simple as people being too stiff or too weak.

Simple.

Of course, it's not just about that, because you need to establish why someone is stiff or weak in the first place.

Perhaps there isn't enough oil in the pump. Maybe there isn't enough water in the radiator. Maybe parts are seized or worn…

Either way, a great place for you to start to manage your own mechanical issues and DIY maintenance is to stretch, mobilise and get stronger with some strengthening exercises.

Or simply get a little more active in general.

Motion is lotion.

Still stuck and unable to run your own diagnostic tests - then give us a call - we are always happy to discuss your issues before we even meet you in person. In fact, we think its better this way.

It gives us all a chance to gauge the level of damage we are dealing with :-) We cant offer you new parts but we can help you to recondition. If you really do need a new piece or joint, then we can send you off to the chief Orthopaedic Mechanic - or surgeon as they prefer to be known as.

If you want even more information then call 01242 802365 or Email us on info@straightbackphysio.co.uk

You know where to find us.

And please feel free to share this with anyone you think might find it useful :-)

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Stuart

Acupuncture and Physiotherapy

Posted by Stuart Fossella on Monday, June 19, 2017

Want Needles with that?

 Acupuncture Needles

You probably didn't know that we all are trained in Acupuncture here at Straight Back Physio. But then we probably never told you.

You see at our old location we weren't insured to practice the treatment, so never offered it. But...

Our sparkly new home allows us to provide Acupuncture as a treatment!

So if it's something that you have given some thought to in the past but never tried then please do ask about its suitability to you and your injury.

You see, there are all kinds of claims made about Acupuncture and please remember we are not Acupuncture therapists. We are Physio's who might or might not use Acupuncture as an accompaniment to your other treatment techniques.

We don't make claims to use it to help you get pregnant nor give up smoking. But we think it can be really useful in helping to reduce what some people call 'knots in muscles' or tightness through muscles.

Particularly good for shoulder or Neck pain and Low back pain, Calf Strains and Achilles problems in our experience.

So if you have postural or sports related muscular tension or tightness then please ask us about your suitability to Acupuncture as something to help alongside your other rehabilitation.

More info from the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Which we are members of by the way.

If you want even more information then call 01242 802365 or Email us on info@straightbackphysio.co.uk

You know where to find us.

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Crooked Back

Posted by Stuart Fossella on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Is your Back Crooked?

 Crooked Back Book Cover

I think that American Backs are made the same as British Backs...

Here is a link to a pretty novel book exposing the 'Crooked Back Pain industry', got to hand it to the creatives for that book title :-)

Check out this authors 6-year mission to highlight just what Back pain is and how it can REALLY be treated.

Check out this excert of the interview:

Perhaps the most shocking statistic in your book was regarding your poll of 100 doctors. This was a question posed to spine surgeons: ‘Would you have spine surgery?’ [Specifically lumbar fusion or disc replacement surgery.] And resoundingly, in this group, all said ‘No,’ except one. Now, that should tell you all you need to know.

LINK TO CROOKED BACK

Looks like we've said all along it's about REHAB - we know no one wants surgery on their spine, do they??

Like the piece that follows:

What's Causing your Back Pain?

Need more advice and want to avoid surgery???

 You know where to find us.

Physio Advice on managing Back Pain

Posted by Sarah Fossella on Thursday, May 04, 2017

Keep Going...


Nice piece from The Chartered Society Of Physiotherapists on Managing Back Pain

Easy to digest info...

Short, Sharp and to the point


Need more advice, you know where to find us.

Pole Dancers chest pain

Posted by Stuart Fossella on Thursday, March 30, 2017

Chest Pain coming from the Back?

 Boy Lifting Arm

When Chest pain comes from the Back

So things come along in 3's right, just like London Buses.

In the last week alone I've seen 3 patients complaining of Chest pain that’s actually coming from the back.

You see the ribs attach from the spine to the front of the chest wall, curving around the chest.

Because of this curve and path that nerves and muscles run, pain can be sent from the back to the front of the body.

Just like sciatica is pain that is sent from the back down the leg, you can have pain that comes from the back but is actually felt in the chest!

Have a look at the following link for a review of the anatomy of the ribs and link to the spine.

The following link provides a 3D image of the Spine & Ribs hopefully allowing you to visualise how the pain may be felt in the chest Healthline Healthline

Hopefully it makes sense how pain can be sensed around and in the chest. Although the pain is felt here, perhaps more than the back its actually the back that needs the care and attention.

The last 3 people with this pain seemed to get it from:

  • 1) Not sure how.
  • 2) A tennis shot.
  • 3) From pole dancing (for fitness).

As with most treatment techniques, the aim of treatment is to minimise inflammation with ice and relative and rest etc and then restore full movement in the spine, and add strength to the area to maximise the outcome and reduce the risk of an injury recurrence!

Simple when you know whats going on.

But that's why we are here, so Bring us your problems :-)

Stay safe, and be careful the next time you are flying around the Pole dancing pole - great for fitness I hear.

You know where we are - and we’d love to help you out if we can.

If a colleague, partner or friend may find this piece useful, we’d love it if you passed it on to them to read.

The Team at Straight Back

Tips for Smart Working

Posted by Stuart Fossella on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Here's is a little update for you on the last message we sent.

 Take a Break

You know, and we know that back pain is a right pest, and we've already told you about the need to help yourself out by doing what you can to keep it under control.

So here is a little list of Apps and general advice that we like...

These Apps are little reminders that help you to basically get up and out of the office chair for a few moments during your working day.

So many of you end up engrossed in work that you might not get up from the desk from one hour to the next.

It's been previously been mentioned that:

Sitting as bad for you as smoking

Blimey, I've even heard about people who have slept in the office before because of deadlines! That's got to be some kind of comfy office chair you've got (and I don't believe that Occupational health have been that kind to order you in a bed).

So in order to stop looking like a 90 year old Tin Man when you get in and out of your work chair, get moving some more.

Have a little look through this little list, there has to be something that you like, and something that the IT Administrator will let you install!

Here is the List for you

So if you have followed a little of previous advice you are already scheduling a walking break in the day, and now you can start the 3xhour desk giggle by simply standing up, having a stretch and getting back to it.

My particular favourite method is the Pomodoro, check that out, great Italian tomato sauce and time management :-) - which not only sees you get up and move but maybe even makes you more productive, WIN, WIN, WIN.

The Pomodoro Technique

The boss is going to love you this year...

  1. Happier staff
  2. Less groaning about back pain
  3. More productive!

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Big Thanks :-)

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Stuart

New Years Resolution

Posted by Stuart Fossella on Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Some New Years Advice for You-

 Person Walking

Keeping your Back Tip Top

So Low Back Pain is without a doubt one of the main conditions we treat at Straight Back Physio

And if there is one, just one piece of advice that I can give you to keep that ache at bay it's...

To schedule in a regular walk during your day!

Yes as simple as that.

I wont suggest anything more radical than that, as a starting point to helping you to clearing up your own Back Pain.

I'm not suggesting it will be the ultimate cure to any niggle you may be 'carrying', but its a good place to start helping yourself.

Lots of us commute by car or bus now and driving or reading on a bus each day can be enough to set off those aches and pains.

Not all of us have manual jobs, and its been mentioned before that sitting at work can be as bad for your health as smoking!!

Sitting as bad for you as smoking

So do yourself a favour and if you only do one thing this new year to help keep your back supple and moving - Get up and schedule a walking break into your day.

Maybe make it habit to walk at lunch time, get some fresh air in the lungs. Or perhaps when you park the car on the drive of an evening go for a 15 minute brisk stroll before you get in through the front door to slide into the slippers.

Its just and idea, but maybe now with the new year, its time to make a resolution to get a little more active - for the sake of your Back if nothing else.

PS Happy New Year from the Stuart, Sarah and Francesca

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Big Thanks :-)

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 Commuting

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Stuart

Back Pain and Running

Posted by Stuart Fossella on Wednesday, October 05, 2016

 Commuting

Simple Coincidences and Exercises to ease Back pain

We seem to get these strange coincidences at times in treating with Physiotherapy.

All of a sudden and out of the blue we end up seeing a run of patients who complain of similar problems.

It might be a run of 2 or 3 people complaining of Achilles pain or it might be that they all complain of Knee pain.

In the last few weeks I've seen 3 separate people who have told me they have been restricted in their ability to run because of increasing levels back pain

Now there is not an awful lot that is strange about that at first glance, but what is strange is that 3 people have come in recently with the same problem.

And the similarities in what they told me are striking...

"I've always been active and enjoyed running, but a few months ago I began to feel back pain when I went out running with my friends.

It's reached the point where I can't run any further than 2 or 3 miles and I have to stop.

Now I'm scared that I won't be able to run further than 3 miles again and that I'm going to lose all my fitness.

Can you help"

Sue 49, B.Cleeve

I heard the same thing no less than 3 times in the last few weeks!

Weird how it sometimes happens.

The thing is...

I reviewed all 3 of these people in clinic and do you know what I discovered?

All 3 patients did have back pain, but not 'runners back pain', just the normal kind of symptoms that any other person may have.

It just happened that these 3 people ENJOY RUNNING.

It may have been patients who had back pain but enjoyed hill walking - just a simple coincidence!

And you know what..

Let me start by saying, yes I can definitely help.

This really isn’t uncommon… Back pain is one of the most common injuries we see here at the clinic.

We often here that the GP has advised rest and sure, even though the GP is right, that you need to rest your back. One of the worst things you can do with back pain is to rest too much and do nothing at all.

Too much rest will only end up making things worse in the long run, and equally doing nothing at all will mean that you won't ever run more than 3 miles before the back pain strikes again!

So what can you do when you have a bad so bad that it’s stopping you from doing what you want?

Treat it and Strengthen it!

Our backs aren’t made to sit for long periods of time and we need to be active to maintain flexibility and mobility and strength of the spine.

So taking part in regular mobility style exercises to increase your muscle control, using exercises like those of Pilates and Yoga will help to keep muscles and joints flexible – meaning when you do go back to doing activities like running, gym classes etc., you’ll have a strong back protecting you from more...back pain!

So what's our point?

A bit of regular exercise really does help, and a few months of perseverance means you won't be suffering with back pain anymore

For more tips on easing back pain like this, here’s free special report with 7 top tips on how to avoid back pain…

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 Commuting

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Stuart

Lazy Arse

Posted by Stuart Fossella on Thursday, September 22, 2016

Are you a lazy Arse? - Dormant Butt Syndrome

This was kindly pointed out to me today by a patient and it made me chuckle.

When I assessed the patient I pointed out her super weak Glutes - these are the muscles that make up the buttocks, and she told me she must have a 'Dormant Butt'.

Now we have previously written about the hard time the Glutes have, either being accused of being too tight or too weak!

But this piece is great, if only for coining the term a Dormant Butt.

<<Here it is->>

The piece potentially links weak Glutes to well... Just about everything :-)

Back pain, Knee pain, Ankle pain...

So here's the link and the Video piece with the recovering victim of Dormant Butt Syndrome - Note on her caption 10 seconds in, she 'Had' Dormant Butt Syndrome - thankfully it would seem she now has a lively Butt

Check the piece above

To all of our patients running the Cheltenham half on Sunday - good luck, you guys certainly aren't lazy Arses.

If you see our very own Francesca on the route - give her a shout - Good luck all of you

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If you’d like more quick tips like this to help ease Sports Injuries, visit our website where you can download my free tips guide instantly: http://www.straightbackphysio.co.uk/sports

Or click here:

http://www.straightbackphysio.co.uk/sports ->

 Sports-Injury-Report

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Stuart


Pilates and Physiotherapy

Posted by Sarah Fossella on Thursday, July 21, 2016

 Commuting

Francesca is trained in Pilates

Because she's Hard-CORE


Not everyone can hop under the Squat Rack for there rehab, we know that and Francesca knows that. It's why she uses Pilates with her Physio treatments.

If you’re suffering with aches and pains from injuries to your back, neck or shoulder, or just wanting to avoid them, then Physio & Pilates is a useful place to start.

Pilates is now widely regarded as one the best ways to tone up weak muscles and give support to your back, neck and shoulder joints.

If you would like to ask Francesca anything about how Pilates can help then call on 01242 802365 / 07940 102905

or

Email Francesca directly on:

francesca@straightbackphysio.co.uk

 

 

 


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