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Arthritic Pain

Posted on Apr 28 by

Arthritic pain can be caused by the most common form of arthritis: osteoarthritis. However it can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, or other less common forms. Different Types of Arthritis The most common cause of arthritic pain is osteoarthritis (OA). This is the form that people often simply refer to as “arthritis”. Unlike other forms, it is not considered an autoimmune condition, and is instead associated with the demand placed on a joint over time. An old injury that led to increased work for a joint, for example, could be a factor in developing OA. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is quite different to OA. Whereas OA typically starts in patients over 40, RA often starts in the 30s. It may follow a traumatic event, whether physically or emotionally traumatic. The small joints are often affected first, such as the hands, feet, and neck. There is some overlap here, as OA may manifest in the hands and spine first too, but when the hip and knee are affected it’s less likely to be the start of RA. There are other...


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...