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Don’t let back pain drive you to distraction

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in News | 0 comments

The sunny weather has arrived and we can expect plenty of opportunities to load up the car and head out for some fun weekend breaks. Unfortunately, others may have the same idea! This can often mean uncomfortable delays in queues which can be torture for those with back pain. The British Chiropractic Association has issued a series of car travel tips to help keep pain to a minimum during your journey. Adjustment for comfort If you share a car, make sure the seat position suits you each time you get in. The back of the seat should be set slightly backwards, so that it feels natural and your elbows should be a comfortable and relaxed angle for driving. Steering without strain Once you have adjusted your seat, your hands should fall naturally on the steering wheel, with a slight bend in the arms. If the wheel is too high and far away, tension will build up in your shoulders and upper back. If it is too low and close to you, the wheel may brush your legs, which will reduce your ability to turn it freely, putting strain on the wrists and the muscles of the upper back. Mirrors and visibility Your reactions must be quick, so you should  not need to move your head a lot. The mirror positions should allow you to see all around the car with the movement of your eyes with minimal head movement. Set your mirror positions before you drive off. Sensible footwear Avoid wearing high heels, or very thick soled shoes, as you will have to over extend the ankle in order to put pressure on the pedal. As well as making it much harder to perform an emergency stop, this position will raise your thigh from the seat (reducing support to your leg) and create tension (and possibly cramp) in the calf. This in turn will impair the blood flow on a long journey. Relax and take breaks A relaxed driving position reduces stress on the spine, allowing your seat to take your weight. Take regular breaks, at least every two hours. If you are stuck in traffic, exercise in your seat. Try buttock clenches, side bends, seat braces (pushing your hands into the steering wheel and your back into the seat – tensing and relaxing) as well as shoulder shrugs and circles. Allow plenty of time for journeys to avoid stress.   Article taken from TalkBack – Summer 2018, quarterly magazine of...

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New General Data Protection Regulations

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in News | Comments Off on New General Data Protection Regulations

As you may be aware, from 25th May 2018 there will be new rules in place regarding how we as a business can use patient contact details and how we must take reasonable steps to protect confidential data. With this in mind (we) Bedale Osteopaths have created a Privacy Notice which explains why we collect your personal data and how we will store and handle that data to keep it safe. If you would like to read this document please click on the link below. We also have printed copies of this available in the practice. BEDALE OSTEOPATHS PRIVACY NOTICE In addition to this, will be asking all patients to complete a new consent form on your next visit to us, so if possible, please arrive a few minutes before your allotted appointment time. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Thank...

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National Osteopathy Week (15-22 April)

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in News | Comments Off on National Osteopathy Week (15-22 April)

This week is International Osteopathic Healthcare week  (15th – 22nd April) This campaign is big on social media and online and aims to share key lifestyle messages to help the public, and our patients,  make informed decisions around how they can better look after their health! Today’s society places ever-increasing demands on the time of our patients, from the pressures of juggling a career, household chores, and caring for loved ones, and we appreciate that it can be difficult for patients to find the time to concentrate on their own health. It is often only when a person’s health begins to suffer, and their body forces them to slow down that they seek osteopathic treatment. Elements of the campaign The importance of physical activity: Around two thirds of men and half of women in the UK meet the minimum recommended national levels of physical activity.   The campaign will focus on how much physical activity people should do, how they can get started or become more active and the positive influence that physical activity can have on their health. SLEEP: Did you know that one in 3 people in the UK are affected by insomnia? Everyone knows the feeling after a bad nights sleep, from irritability to unproductivity, but longer lasting sleep disruption can have a much more significant effect on our patient’s mental wellbeing and physical health.The campaign will provide useful information and tips to patients to help them improve their sleep and reduce their risk long term of serious health problems. Managing Long term conditions: Pain, whilst unpleasant, can be a very useful sensation to have. Short term – or ‘acute’ – pain helps us learn from our experience, to protect us from injury. In some circumstances, however, pain may persist even after healing has finished. The campaign will provide hints and tips to  patients who may be struggling with chronic or persistent pain or have a long-term condition such as Arthritis or Osteoporosis. For more information on this have a look at our facebook page....

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How much physical activity should we do?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in News | Comments Off on How much physical activity should we do?

How much physical activity should we do? We all know we should stay active, but how much is enough and what level of activity is appropriate? The guidelines differ slightly depending on your age, but everyone is advised to do some physical activity every day. This should include aerobic and strengthening exercises (see below). Adults between the age of 19 – 65: If you are in this age group it is recommended to aim for the following: At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (i.e. cycling, brisk walking or pushing a lawn mower) every week, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity (i.e. running, a game of singles tennis or using a skipping rope) and  strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (arms, legs, back, abdomen and chest). Over 65: If you are over 65 you should also include balancing exercises twice a week (such as yoga, Tai Chi or dancing) as this will reduce your risk of falls. Under 5: To find out more about physical activity in those below the age of 5 years, visit the NHS choices website   What types of activity should I do? A mixture of moderate and vigorous intensity aerobic exercises is also acceptable and a good rule to remember is that one minute of vigorous activity provides the same health benefits as two minutes of moderate activity. Moderate vs Vigorous exercises: With moderate activity, you should still be able to continue a conversation without pausing for breath where as with vigorous activity, this will not be possible. Even a little is better than none If you are starting to exercise or trying a new activity for the first time, the good news is that even increasing your activity levels in small increments of 10 minutes or more can lead to significant health benefits. Don’t be put off by unrealistic targets. Start off with something easy and increase the intensity and frequency of exercise over time as your confidence levels and ability improves.   Different types of exercise and what they do Aerobic/cardiovascular exercises: exercise that stimulates the heart and lungs to improve their function. This type of exercise helps to improve overall stamina so that you no longer get out of breath and tire so easily. e.g. cycling, vigorous housework or mowing the lawn Strengthening/resistance training: this is where you are using the muscles against resistance such as lifting weights, or using resistance bands or even activities that involve you resisting your own body’s weight such as sit-ups or press-ups. e.g. lifting weights, resistance bands or body weight exercises Stretching/flexibility: help loosen stiff muscles, joints, and scar tissue, helping you to become more flexible.  Stretches also help reduce tension and help you relax, especially if they are incorporated with deep breathing and relaxation work. e.g. Yoga or Pilates Balance: this can help with the control of movement and ensure that muscles are ready to support the body when needed. This is especially beneficial for those over the age of 65, if there is a risk of falling. e.g. dancing, tai chi or...

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Easter Opening Hours 2018

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Easter Opening Hours 2018

Easter is fast approaching, here are our opening hours for your diary!   Good Friday                        CLOSED Easter Monday                   CLOSED Tuesday 3rd April              12:00 – 7:00 (for massage appointments only) Wednesday 4th April        12:00 – 7:00 Thursday 5th April            9:00 – 7:00 Friday 6th April                  9:00 – 1:00   If you need to get in touch please leave a message on our answer machine and we will call you back. If you need to book an appointment you can book using our online booking link. Happy Easter to you...

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Don’t put up with pain…

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Don’t put up with pain…

We recently helped a patient who had come off worse in an argument with a sheep – a very yorkshire problem! This person had put up with pain in their pelvis and leg for two years on and off. They were miserable, fed up with taking painkillers and concerned that the symptoms were not going to settle or perhaps were even going to get worse. After four treatments and having done the advised exercises we were able to discharge them last week completely symptom free.   So don’t just put up with the pain as many problems can be helped with a combination of treatment and exercise. Knowing what exercises to do and when to do them can be key in recovery. Hands on treatment can be invaluable in getting you moving and symptom...

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