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Golfing season – How to protect yourself from injury

Golfing season - How to protect yourself from injury Golfers elbow - medial epicondylitis Lower Back Pain This is the most common injury in golf, accounting for around 20% of all golfing injuries. When playing golf there is a large degree of rotation through the spine in particular: this can cause problems if continually repeated without proper training or know how. Below are some key tips to help prevent this, and other injuries: If you are experiencing any pain in your muscles or joints, it is always best to seek professional advice. A 30-minute consultation with one of our osteopaths costs just £25. During this assessment, you will be examined and provided with a diagnosis and treatment plan. A single treatment session costs between £40-£50, depending on whether treatments are bought singularly or as part of a course (typically 4 or 6 sessions). Massage prices are £40 for 45 minutes or £49 for 1 hour. Read more

Tennis – Common injuries and treatments

Tennis – Common injuries and treatments Tennis elbow If you play tennis regularly you will have heard of this condition; it is an injury caused by the overuse of the muscles used to extend your wrist. This often happens when playing tennis due to the impact of hitting the ball with the racquet, this action causes the muscles in your wrist to contract. The pain usually occurs on the outside of the elbow and worsens whenever you participate in an activity that causes you to use these muscles. Shoulder injuries Stress fractures Stress fractures can occur in the shins or feet due to a rapid increase in your training regime. They can also occur in your back, caused when your back is arched and rotated whilst serving which places pressure on the vertebrae. To avoid stress fractures, gradually increase your training regime ensuring that you also perform thorough warm up and cooling down exercises. Try not to overarch your back when serving. Muscle strains Muscle strains are usually acute in nature and can happen after fast or sudden movements. You can help to prevent these by making sure that you are thoroughly warmed up before playing, and also by maintaining ... Read more

Calf pain in skiers and boarders

Calf Pain in Skiers and Boarders Do you get aches or pain in your calf muscles after a ski or snowboarding session? If you do you may not be alone, especially in the first few days of your break if you have not participated in any pre-holiday preparation exercises. Skiing and snowboarding have different physical demands on your body but they can both cause problems in your lower legs. This article focuses on aches and pains from the overuse of the muscles and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) rather than any injury or tear in the muscle. The role of both muscles is to allow the foot to point downwards towards the ground (plantar flexion) and also they allow pressure to be put through the ball of the foot in order to generate power for walking or jumping etc. To be able to change direction, control the speed and direction when skiing or snowboarding you will use varying pressures through the foot which results in the calf muscles changing from a contracting to stretching state which can leave them tense. You can be at a greater risk of straining these calf muscles if you have; poor flexibility in both muscles, do not allow enough ... Read more

Could using Voltarol leave you permanently disabled?

Could using Voltarol leave you permanently disabled? By Michael Walker, Lead Osteopath at Avenue Health This all sounds marvellous and possibly too good to be true, and as we all know, things that are too good to be true usually are. Pain relieving products can be very useful and help to relieve the discomfort you feel after an injury, but they can also be very dangerous and lead you into a false sense of security. The pain you are feeling is your body’s way of telling you that you have an injury; preventing the sensation of pain will not cure your injury, but only take away the symptoms. Just imagine you are driving along the motorway in your car and a warning light flashes on your dashboard to alert you to a malfunction if you were to place a piece of card over the dashboard and could no longer see the warning light, do you think this would resolve the problem? The chances are your car would suffer from a serious failure or malfunction further down the road; this is similar to the way pain-relieving drugs work. Read more

The Chocolate Migraine Lie!

The Chocolate Migraine Lie! At Avenue Health our practitioners can help to prevent migraine attacks from happening in the first place. Acupuncture Osteopathy At Avenue Health, our qualified osteopaths will treat you using a variety of techniques to relieve muscle tension and restricted joints, both of which are important factors in helping to prevent the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. Osteopaths believe that if your body is functioning correctly, your hormone balance will be maintained and you will be less likely to suffer from a migraine. Research has also shown that osteopaths can help with the prevention of a migraine and other types of headaches. We are offering 50% off your first acupuncture treatment in September. 1 hour for £33 (Normal price £66) Call 020 8395 1177 to book an appointment with Nuala Price. Quote: September Offer Only valid for appointments taken in September 2016 If you are unsure about which type of headache you are experiencing, why not pop along to Avenue Health for a consultation with one of our osteopaths? For £20 you can have a 30-minute initial consultation which includes a full assessment, a diagnosis of your type of headache, and a recommended treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms. Read more

Sitting at your workstation can make you ill

Four reasons why conventional advice on how you should sit at your workstation can make you ill. By Michael Walker, Lead Osteopath at Avenue Health. I believe that the information given to most people regarding their workstation is ineffective and can actually lead to continual back pain, tired and aching muscles and/or headaches. We have all seen those lovely diagrams or even had an ergonomic assessment at work showing the optimal height for your elbows, computer screens, keyboards and chair position. You have then probably tried to adopt the “correct posture” sitting up straight, arms at 90° and head upright, so why are you still suffering with the symptoms mentioned above after spending just an hour or so in front of your computer screen? You may also feel completely drained and fatigued at the end of your working day. I have been working as an osteopath in a busy practice for over 10 years now and I can guarantee that when I assess them, nearly every patient of mine who works at a computer will have painful areas in their back and neck with restricted joints and tight muscles. It usually takes just a few treatments to sort out all ... Read more
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