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Health related conditions and Chiropractic care.
Health related conditions and Chiropractic care.
A hamstring injury is a common sports injury. Maybe you were playing football today and tweaked your hamstring whilst playing. Now it is sore and you want to know why it happened, how to heal a pulled hamstring and how to reduce your risk of getting it as soon as you start playing sport again. Don’t worry you’re not alone there would have been many others who hurt the back of their leg playing a game today.
This article is a follow-up to the previous one I wrote on the most common way you injure your hamstring. In this article I want to give you even more juicy detail. Don’t worry it is all in an easy to digest overview beginning with the anatomy of the hamstring muscle, the worst sports for a hamstring injury, your risk factors and finally 7 tips how to treat a torn hamstring muscle. Continue reading
The hamstring muscle is one of the most common fast running sports injury. Do you know that feeling when you’re sprinting for the end and next thing you feel that “ping or snapping feeling” in the back your thigh? That is probably a pulled hamstring muscle.
The way the hamstring muscle is normally injured is by what is termed an eccentric muscle contraction. If you don’t know what I mean by eccentric contraction don’t worry I explain it easily in the video below. Continue reading
Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, made the headlines again recently with the unfortunate case of an avid Xbox video gamer sitting for too long playing his video games.
I personally have seen two cases of undiagnosed DVT in Chiropractic new patients. They came in thinking they had another cause of pain, like a calf muscle strain from sports or sciatica from a lower back disc herniation. The cause for them wasn’t a muscle, bone or nerve problem, it was a circulation problem.
Today I will tell your their stories about how those two people walked into my rooms not knowing they had a potential life threatening condition. Hopefully, by learning from them it will help you, sitting there, to be able to recognise the symptoms of a DVT in either yourself or someone else. Continue reading
Multiple sclerosis, commonly referred to as MS, is a chronic, degenerative, neurological condition. Recently MS patients are positively buzzing around the news of something called CCSVI.
CCSVI stands for “chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency” and was discovered by an Italian scientist. I stumbled across CCSVI whilst on the internet and thought I needed to share what exactly I discovered about this new type of controversial new treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). I have included an in-depth video interview with CCSVI researcher, Dr Paolo Zamboni, and case studies about the MS treatment called Liberation Procedure.
Ever heard of a Lisfranc dislocation? Probably not as it is an uncommon type of sports injury. They say you learn something new everyday, well that is exactly what I did when a rugby player came hobbling in to the practice with his dislocated foot sports injury. In this case I needed to pull out my AECC radiology textbook “essentials of skeletal radiology” to try learn more about this type of foot dislocation injury.
Since I had never seen this type of rugby injury before I thought I would share with you today the interesting information I found and learnt about: what is a Lisfranc dislocation. Continue reading
Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a rare brain injury condition affecting the way you pronounce words and is usually seen as a stroke symptom. There has been a recent 2010 case in the UK of this rare neurological condition.
This 2010 UK Foreign Accent Syndrome case has been reported by various news agencies like Sky News where I came across it today. I think it is interesting to learn more about how our brain works if you want to learn more about the nervous system also I recommend you see the videos and read the articles below. Continue reading
Today you can watch an anatomy video showing some of the your back bone spinal anatomy including the curvatures of the spine. These spinal curvatures include the vertebrae of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. You will get to see how the 33 spinal vertebrae that make up your back bone connect to each other through spinal joints called, facet joints.
Not only does each vertebrae connect to the spinal bone above and below through facet joints, but also a inter-vertebral disc. To help keep all these spinal structures in place are very strong ligaments like the surpaspinal ligament. So watch the spinal anatomy video below to learn more about your back today. Continue reading
There have been many times I have seen patients come in with back pain and the first thing they’d tell me is they have pulled a muscle in their back. Is back pain always just a simple case of a muscle strain? Did a simple action like getting out of bed or bending over really have the ability to cause tears in the muscle fibres?
Have you ever wondered if you have a muscle strain injury? Maybe you thought about “what are pulled muscle symptoms?” Well today I want to talk a little bit more about what a strained muscle actually is and how you can tell the difference between pulling a muscle and other soft tissue injuries. Read on to learn a bit more about the medical condition of a muscle strain.
High Blood Pressure (hypertension) is a real problem to your hearts health. 40% of adults in England have high blood pressure according to the NHS. You may have heard of high blood pressure, but what is high blood pressure and what are some of the high blood pressure symptoms you may experience. This is important as high blood pressure is known as the silent killer. Most of the time you won’t even know that you are suffering from high blood pressure problems.
Recent research was done in the US looking at the effect of a specific Chiropractic technique on high blood pressure symptoms. The Chiropractic high blood pressure study was very promising and is being investigated further with bigger numbers. So if you are looking about controlling high blood pressure the natural way then the latest Chiropractic study might interest you. So read on about high blood pressure symptoms and trying to control high blood pressure the natural way. Continue reading
A lot of people in the UK and around the world suffer headaches on a daily basis. Most of these headaches are the new neurological symptom commonly seen by general practitioners and neurologists in the UK¹.
Thankfully cluster headaches are not a common headache to experience by most. Cluster headaches were termed the ‘suicide headache’ by American neurologist Dr. Bayard Horton. Remember though a cluster headache is not a migraine headache. So read on to find out more about cluster headaches. Continue reading
Erb’s palsy is a nerve condition that typically affects babies when they are born. I watched a video about Femke today, which you can watch below, that inspired me to find out more about this nerve condition. The nerve damage is caused to the brachial plexus, which is a group of neck nerves coming together to form the arm nerves. The nerve damage occurs during the delivery process.
Basically Erb’s palsy is when there is specific damage to certain nerves in the brachial plexus. So why is it called Erb’s palsy, what are the nerves that are involved and what is the current treatment options for a mum with a baby suffering Erb’s palsy nerve damage. Well today’s article will look at what a recent 2009 research paper on Erb’s palsy mentioned.
In the following video you can watch New Zealand chiropractor, Doug Blackbourne, talking on New Zealand TV station ONE breakfast show. Doug discusses what he does when he treats a baby in his chiropractic clinic. Doug also talks about the chiropractic techniques for babies using paediatric spinal manipulative therapy. Paediatric spinal manipulative therapy is a touch and hold technique applying a pressure to the area of joint irritation. The other chiropractic technique for babies and kids discussed is Activator Method technique. This is a spring loaded instrument applying a fast impulse into the area needed. Doug ends his interview talking about school back packs for kids. Watch the video below for more information on chiropractic for babies and kids from chiropractor Doug Blackbourne.
I came across a health article in the wall street journal online’s opinion section today commentating on US President Obama’s recent remark asking whether children should be given a tonsillectomy for a sore throat infection (a.k.a tonsillitis). Why would Obama says this you may ask?
President Obama made the remark at a press conference¹ “You come in and you’ve got a bad sore throat, or your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore throats,” President Obama explained further saying “The doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, ‘You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out” So the president of the USA has asked the question should your child have their tonsils taken out? Continue reading
Research studies suggest that back pain will affect as many as 4 out of 5 people in the UK. That is 80% of the British population! This results in 4.5 million days off work a year. So with 80% of adults having a chance of a lower back pain episode at some stage during their life, back pain is pretty much a guaranteed condition.
Pain in your lower back can affect a persons health drastically. It is a leading cause why people seek Chiropractic treatment from a chiropractor in their area. Did you know your local chiropractor can help treat lower back pains and can provide you with some lower back pain relief, spinal exercises and other helpful advice so that you can manage a chronic low back or an acute lower back episode? Continue reading
Scoliosis of the spine is a commonly known condition of the back. Scoliosis is the abnormal sideways curvature of the spine and can be classed as either functional or structural.
Treatment for most people involves using conservative care, such as chiropractic, and only in extreme cases surgery for correcting a scoliosis. Chiropractors are trained to do orthopaedic tests for scoliosis, like Adams Test, and to take and read x-rays of the spine to determine if there is structural scoliosis. Continue reading