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Tennis Elbow: Causes and Treatment
Tennis Elbow: Causes and Treatment

As we move into the summer and get to enjoy big tennis events like Wimbledon, we thought it would be timely to write something about tennis elbow or as we like to call it now lateral elbow tendinopathy (LET). What is tennis elbow? Tennis elbow is a condition that...

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Common footballing injuries and how to treat them
Common footballing injuries and how to treat them

Did you know that around 80% of Premier League football clubs employ a chiropractor or osteopath? Our chiropractor, Aaron Coode, talks us through the common footballing injuries he has come across in his career and how he works with players to treat them. Aaron has...

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Menopause: Managing your bone health
Menopause: Managing your bone health

The menopause happens to all biological females. It is a retrospective date based on you not having periods for 12 months. The average age of the menopause is 51, so most women find themselves in menopause any time between age 45 and 55. Early menopause is classified...

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Arthritis – How can I manage my symptoms?
Arthritis – How can I manage my symptoms?

Arthritis, in particular osteoarthritis, is one of the main causes of pain and disability that we see in the clinic. It can be extremely restricting and sometimes results in a significant intervention like a joint replacement. But there are lots of ways to manage the...

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Tips and tools for managing persistent pain
Tips and tools for managing persistent pain

Pain is an opinion, not a fact. Pain is a unique experience for every individual. It’s the brain’s perception of how much danger you and your body are in. Whether it’s post-surgery, a childhood injury that has never really gone away, an acute injury or posture-related...

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Skiing exercises to get you ready to hit the slopes
Skiing exercises to get you ready to hit the slopes

Have you booked your skiing holiday?  Are you ready for the slopes?  You may have been waiting a long time to finally get back on your skis after COVID travel restrictions. So it’s more important than ever to work on your ski fitness right now. Don’t leave it until...

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Running in winter: 5 tips to stay safe
Running in winter: 5 tips to stay safe

Now that the clocks have changed, the days are much shorter. All those hours of darkness can make it hard to motivate yourself to get out of the house and do some exercise. Safety is a valid concern too if you’re planning on doing something like running in winter. But...

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What is hypermobility syndrome?
What is hypermobility syndrome?

Our sports massage therapist Sam Sam Meehan-Vandike talks about what hypermobility syndrome is and how it can be treated. “Joint hypermobility syndrome is when you have very flexible joints and it causes you pain. You may also think of yourself as being...

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Headaches: What are they? How can you treat them?
Headaches: What are they? How can you treat them?

Headaches. Mysterious. Sometimes debilitating. They can cost millions in lost time and productivity. And finding out more about them can be a headache in itself. Our massage therapist Ella Proven talks about understanding this common pain and effective treatment. “Did...

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How to treat sciatica
How to treat sciatica

Sciatica is a condition involving pain and sometimes weakness down the back of the leg into the foot. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It forms from the nerve roots of L4-S3 in the spine. The presentation of sciatica can vary from patient to...

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What is Pilates?
What is Pilates?

What is Pilates? This is a question that I get asked regularly. Usually, a long, animated answer follows, so I thought that I would give my definition. Pilates was named after Joseph Pilates (1883 -1967), originally called Contrology. It was only following his death...

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Pregnancy Massage: What you need to know
Pregnancy Massage: What you need to know

Did you know that you can benefit from a massage at any stage of pregnancy? From the first trimester, all the way to postpartum, massage therapy offers a host of physical, psychological and emotional benefits. Receiving a massage during this extraordinary time is a...

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Relieve jaw pain with Intra-Oral Massage Treatment
Relieve jaw pain with Intra-Oral Massage Treatment

Do you suffer with jaw pain? If so, you are not alone. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people in the UK have issues with their temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and it is more prevalent now than ever. What is a TMJ disorder? The TMJ acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your...

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National Feet Week
National Feet Week

March 8th – 15th Local podiatrist Sarah Byrne has shared these great tips for looking after your feet. Find out more about Podiatry, what it is, what they treat and how often you should see your podiatrist. What is Podiatry? What-is-Podiatry-1Download A ‘pod’, or...

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Neck and shoulder tightness from your COVID home desk?
Neck and shoulder tightness from your COVID home desk?

Due to continued lockdowns and the requirement to work from home wherever possible, you may have had to adapt your home desk environment for long term usage. But are you set up in the right way? Are you suffering from nagging pains in the neck and shoulder areas? Is...

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Postponed or Cancelled Orthopaedic Surgery
Postponed or Cancelled Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic surgery relates to surgery that is performed on the bones and joints. Unfortunately, due to the demands that Covid is having on the NHS, elective orthopaedic surgery is being postponed or cancelled. People waiting for procedures like hip and knee...

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Oncology (Cancer) Massage: Busting the myths
Oncology (Cancer) Massage: Busting the myths

ancer. Probably the scariest 6 letter word for anyone to hear. Cancer impacts most people at some point in their lives. Whether it’s a friend, a coworker, a family member or yourself, there’s a high likelihood that you know someone who has had or will have cancer. A...

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Online Physiotherapy: How does it work?
Online Physiotherapy: How does it work?

Over the past year, the world has changed like we could have never imagined. We have had to embrace new ways of doing things, especially since the first lockdown in March 2020. This has seen a huge increase in the use of “tele-health” or online medical services, which...

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How to treat Frozen Shoulder
How to treat Frozen Shoulder

The shoulder is a highly mobile yet strong and stable joint. It allows your arm to move in a number of different directions and, most importantly, perform overhead activities. The joint itself has a capsule that surrounds it and it is this capsule that is affected in...

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Shoulder pain and common shoulder conditions
Shoulder pain and common shoulder conditions

The shoulder is an extremely complex part of the body. It allows for high levels of function and activities involving the arm, hand and wrist. There are a large number of moving and working parts in the shoulder which all work together to provide movement, strength,...

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Treatment for Whiplash injuries
Treatment for Whiplash injuries

Whiplash describes the mechanism of injury that occurs as a result of a sudden acceleration and deceleration movement, like in a car accident. Clinically, we use the term Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD). This also covers the symptoms you can experience because of a...

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Pilates: A comprehensive guide
Pilates: A comprehensive guide

What is Pilates? If you are have ever wondered what is Pilates and where to begin, then look no further. As a beginner to Pilates, it is always best to look for a teacher that is specifically qualified in Pilates. There are many reputable teaching schools out there...

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Lower back pain: causes and treatment
Lower back pain: causes and treatment

At our clinic in Christchurch Dorset we have great experience in treating lower back pain, helping people relieve their symptoms through physiotherapy and then manage their backs with rehab classes, regular massage, Pilates or Yoga. How common is lower back pain? It...

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Running Away from Pain – with Massage Therapy
Running Away from Pain – with Massage Therapy

By Ella, Sports Massage Therapist Running is one of the most popular ways for people to stay active. Especially during the COVID-19 lockdown, it seems to have become a national pastime. Running requires virtually no equipment, has no age limit and can easily fit into...

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5 Benefits of Massage Therapy in the Summer Months
5 Benefits of Massage Therapy in the Summer Months

The weather is getting warmer and the sun is out. Meanwhile, lockdown restrictions are easing and many people are choosing to get active and participate in outdoor activities. Are you in a football league? Going swimming or planting your garden? With an increase in...

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Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis or plantar heel pain is a condition that refers to pain in the sole of the foot which originates at the heel and can travel down the arch on the inside of the foot. What is the plantar fascia? The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that...

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Shin Splints
Shin Splints

What is medial tibia stress syndrome (MTSS) or exercise related lower limb pain or shin splints? Theses are all umbrella terms which relate to the pain you can get along the inside of the shin bone (tibia). The cause is repetitive loading that commonly occurs in...

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What is Achilles Tendinopathy
What is Achilles Tendinopathy

What is Achilles tendinopathy Commonly called Achilles tendinitis, it is an overuse injury very common throughout all stages of life. You can have insertional or mid-substance symptoms, depending on its location, with insertional symptoms being lower on the heel and...

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Pandemic Posture
Pandemic Posture

Avoiding Neck Pain, Stretching, Massage, Posture & Workspace set up Amid the spread of Covid-19 and a lockdown in place, many of us are faced with a “work from home” situation. As the home office becomes the new norm, it’s easy to fall into bad posture habits or...

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Ankle Sprains
Ankle Sprains

The ankle Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries we see. Usually involving the foot and ankle turning inwards (inversion) and damaging at least one of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. It is possible to twist the ankle outwards (eversion) but this...

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Common foot and ankle injuries
Common foot and ankle injuries

The foot and ankle are made up of a large number of bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons and connective tissue (fascia) with the main purpose of absorbing load and force (landing, change of direction, deceleration etc) and locomotion (walking) all of which can be...

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Groin Pain in Footballers
Groin Pain in Footballers

Find out more about the causes symptoms and safe management of groin pain in footballers. Download our advice handout: Download For further advice or to speak to our physiotherapist Paul at our health and wellness clinic in Christchurch, Dorset please call us on 01202...

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Lateral Hip Pain
Lateral Hip Pain

Pain on the side of your hip or thigh is more than likely being caused by the structures that are involved with the greater trochanter of the thigh bone (femur). If you touch the outside of your leg and feel a bony a lump, this is your greater trochanter. For many...

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Hip Osteoarthritis
Hip Osteoarthritis

Introduction Hip osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common condition and is caused by the shiny white cartilage (articular cartilage) over the ends of the bones (acetabulum and head of the femur) wearing/thinning/being damaged. Once the cartilage wears through, the...

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Spotlight on the Hip
Spotlight on the Hip

The hip joint is what we call a ball and socket joint. This type of joint allows good amounts of movement but is also very stable. This is vitally important for the hip as it provides a connection from the pelvis to the lower limb. Bony anatomy The main two parts we...

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Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL)
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL)

The MCL is one of the 4 main ligaments found in the knee which provide mechanical stability and act in the process of what we call proprioception. To make things simple proprioception applies to the process of balance and our conscious and unconscious awareness of...

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Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Anatomy Over the ends of any bone that forms a joint (articulates) with another bone, we find shiny white cartilage that we call articular cartilage. As part of the ageing process, being active and/or maybe having injuries at certain times in our lives we can...

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of two ligaments that can be found inside the knee joint itself. They work together to support the knee, especially into rotation movements. The ACL also helps control the tibia...

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Spotlight on… Cartilage Tears in the Knee
Spotlight on… Cartilage Tears in the Knee

When people talk about tearing the cartilage in their knee they are usually talking about the meniscus. We have 2 menisci, the medial (on the inside of the knee) and lateral (on the outside of the knee). They are discs of cartilage that add surface area to the joint...

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Spotlight on the Knee
Spotlight on the Knee

  The knee is the largest joint in the body and, clearly, is one of the most important. It allows us to walk, run, sprint and change direction, all while supporting our body’s weight. It takes a huge amount of pressure throughout our lives and, unfortunately,...

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