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A pain in the back(side)

It’s a common thing.

Whether you have lower back pain, stiffness or an ache – it’s very tempting to think that it’s nothing and that it will go away on its own. Maybe you’re passing it off as having “slept awkwardly”, that it’s just a “spasm” or a bit of stiffness that “everyone” your age suffers from.

There’s no obvious reason why it happened – but it doesn’t seem to be shifting.

Lower back pain and sciatica is the most common problem that we see in our practice and usually GPs will advise to “try these painkillers” and “see how it goes”. This is rarely the best advice and often six weeks later, you end up going back to the Doctor again because it hasn’t got any better. Worse still, you are given yet another prescription of even stronger pills, and advised MORE rest. And the cycle continues. As a result, many people, like you, just end up accepting it as ‘part of life’.

Seven reasons why back pain lasts longer than it should:

You thought it would go away on it’s own – but it didn’t​

You went to the Doctor who told you to rest and take painkillers – but the pills did nothing to help your back, and as soon as they wore off chronic back pain struck again

A family member, or friend, told you that everybody gets back pain as they get older, so you just accepted it.

You tried other Healthcare Professionals, or a Physio in the past, but nothing they said or did seemed to help.

You tried YouTube exercises but they either didn’t do a thing, or made your back pain ten times worse.

You thought it would be a good idea to rest because your back pain was so bad, but all that did was make it feel even more stiff and tight.

You decided to get a few “massages” hoping that would fix the pain, but all they did was feel nice and relaxing, and didn’t do anything to fix it long term…

The reality is that perhaps the pain you’re experiencing has been caused by years and years of poor posture which weakened the muscles in your l​ower back. The awkward sleeping position was just the effect of that. It’s finding the cause which is the key to fixing it.

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Fatigue Fog

When you certainly don’t have the energy to jog round the world in 80 days.
Phileas may have managed it, but sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome will find it hard enough to climb their stairs, let alone travel the world.

While many people think that having low energy is a by-product of not getting enough sleep, it can be more serious and actually the symptom of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Signs of chronic fatigue often include extreme tiredness that can occur following light movement or exercise. Poor decision-making, fogginess/memory loss, and cognitive decline may also be signs.

As for what causes this condition, food allergies and other chronic issues such as adrenal dysfunction or leaky gut syndrome are most common. A poor diet, a dormant infection, or exposure to environmental toxins are other potential causes.

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‘Accio’ Sciatica

If only summoning a cure to sciatica was as simple as simple as casting a Harry Potter spell.

Sciatica often causes every-day struggles with family life and the need to take time off work. Here are our four tips on what to do to get rid of sciatica quickly:

Decide to get help. It is easy to procrastinate and hope that the pain will ease with rest, pain killers or home hot/cold compresses.

Do the CORRECT exercises. One of the best things to help you ease your sciatica is to do the right series of progressive exercises. The right exercises will help reduce pain, allow you to move freely again and make sure that the problems don’t come back (or aggravate your back even more).
Avoid sitting and resting for long periods. While the temptation can be to lie on the sofa, it often results in awkward positioning leading to more stiffness and tightness.
Get hands on treatment with an osteopath – Osteopathy is proven to help people with sciatica. In fact, it’s one of the most common injuries we see.

If your back pain is affecting your job, your ability to keep active, if it threatens your independence or gets in the way of spending quality time with family and friends – we can help you to quickly get back to living the life you love.

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Stress heads

Maybe you’re moody – or maybe it’s your adrenal glands.
Our adrenal glands play a central role in your endocrine system when it comes to regulating and reacting to your body’s stress levels. When they are functioning properly, you are able to effectively accommodate and react to the day-to-day stresses that you encounter.
However, if your adrenal glands are not functioning properly, it can affect your entire body negatively. Without proper regulation from your endocrine system, you may feel more prone to mood swings when stress levels mount.

Craving salty or sweet foods is not uncommon, as is a decreased ability to cope with stressful situations. Additionally, adrenal dysfunction can result in decreased energy, low libido, increased PMS/menopausal symptoms, constipation, a weakened immune system, and not feeling fully rested after a night of sleep.
Many clinicians will overlook the adrenal glands and monitoring cortisol levels in favour of other diagnoses but the Adrenal Stress Index test will monitor your cortisol levels over a 24-hour period and help identify if the symptoms you’re suffering from are due to adrenal gland dysfunction.
Get tested!