Smoking and Pain

Smoking and pain In America, our Orthopaedic colleagues will not perform back surgery even if there is evidence of bulging discs if you are a smoker. It’s that serious. Smoking increased pain. Nicotine greatly reduces the efficiency with which your …

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Top 10 tips for Marathon Runners

Top tips for marathon runners Well it’s that time of year again. Marathons are approaching and you have ‘the fear’. Mainly the fear of injury; and it happens. Every year, 3 days before the London marathon, we have to tell …

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The A B C of Pregnancy Nutrition

The A B C of Pregnancy Nutrition Being pregnant can often make you focus on what you’re eating more than at any other time in your life as you take on the responsibility for someone else’s nutrition as well as …

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Nutrition advice for the non Olympian!

As the Olympic Games approaches, performance nutrition is under the spot light, with sports products receiving particular scrutiny recently on the BBC. As a dietitian I’m all about using real food to meet the body’s needs. I meet a lot …

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A weighty issue

A Weighty Issue It is summer … apparently. The season of BBQs, Wimbledon and panic dieting by a very high percentage of women. What vigour and determination we show in a bid to ban our wobbly bits before they are …

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Work-related Upper Limb Pain

Work-related Upper Limb Pain or WRULD is the unwieldy title that health professionals are now using to describe the range of symptoms that plague computer users. Once thought of as a problem with overusing tendons repetitively, the latest research is …

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Back pain during Pregnancy

Is this inevitable? Is it to be accepted that you cannot get one without the other? Although back pain is not experienced by every pregnant woman, up to 80% will have some back or pelvic pain during their pregnancy (Bastiaanssen …

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Hypermobility Syndrome

Do you consider yourself to be flexible or even double-jointed? Does your skin stretch a lot? Can you now (or could you ever) place your hands flat on the floor without bending your knees? Can you now (or could you …

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Posture

What is good posture? Do I have good posture? Why does it matter? Posture does matter. Poor positioning of your spine means that your head, arms and legs all have to be held in a position they weren’t designed for. …

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Pregnancy statistics (2008)

www.spineuniverse.com The pelvic belt helped approximately 50% of women during pregnancy and 66% after pregnancy. Bed rest and exercise appeared to be the best treatments resulting in the rapid recovery of 65%. Bed rest alone: only 40% got better Exercise …

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