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Tips for Pain Free Gardening

Posted on May 24 by

It’s the bank holiday weekend and the sun will hopefully shine.  Are you planning on hitting the garden?  Here are our top tips to keeping pain free. When the weather starts to improve, many people’s thoughts return to their garden’s.  Every year I treat many people who’ve got a little overzealous with their spring gardening and ended up in pain. So what can you do to help minimise the risk of pain? 1 – Don’t over do it – it’s tempting to get everything done in one day but try to pace yourself over a few days/weekend’s.   Too much activity, too quickly is often seen as a threat to your body and your brain will warn you to back off. 2- Take regular breaks – once you get stuck in, it’s easy for the time to slip by – set a timer on your phone or an egg timer to remind you to take regular breaks. 3 – Keep hydrated – when you take your break don’t forget to grab a glass of water. 4- Avoid prolonged bending –...


Hot and Cold Hydrotherapy

Posted on Dec 1 by

As a general rule, if you have a new injury or a flare up of an exciting condition you should apply ice as soon as possible. The aim of applying ice is to: Reduce bleeding into the tissues Prevent/reduce swelling Reduce muscle spasm and pain Reduce pain by numbing the area and by limiting the effects of swelling   After 24-48 hours if you are finding ice helpful and relieving then you can continue. However, if you are no longer finding ice beneficial you can try alternating hot and cold (see below). How to ice effectively: Apply ice/ice pack as soon as you can following onset of pain. Do not apply an ice pack directly to the skin. Wrap a tea towel or t shirt etc around it, or place on top of a wet flannel. A gel ice pack or wheat bag (follow manufactures instructions) or bag of frozen peas work well. Aim to apply ice for 15-20minutes every 2-4 (waking) hours for 24-48 hours. Whist applying ice check the area every 5 minutes for redness. If the...


Understanding Pain

Posted on Nov 10 by

Experiencing pain can be very scary, especially when we don’t understand the cause. Fear of pain and pain avoidance are not beneficial to recovery, therefore understanding the causes of pain can aid long term recovery.   Here are two great video’s on pain: Understanding Pain: What to do about it. http://youtu.be/RWMKucuejIs   Why Things Hurt by Lorimer Moseley. http://youtu.be/gwd-wLdIHjs For anyone who’s interested in learning more about about pain and chronic pain I highly recommend a book/audio book called Explain Pain by Butler and Moseley. It appears to be quite difficult to get hold of at the moment but worth looking for. Moseley has also done various very imperative TedEx and YouTube videos. Here is a clip about their Audio Book....