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Back pain red flags – What things you should watch out for

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When back pain gets too much

If you suffer from back pain, there are red flags to watch out for. Signs that tell you enough is enough. The fact is, very few of us go throughout our adult life without any back pain.

According to statistics from the NHS, 8 out of 10 of us will suffer from back pain in our adult lives.

But at what point does discomfort become a real concern? What are the red flags? It will vary from person to person of course. But here are some insights that can help.

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Sports Massage Advice – What you need to know before you book

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A background to sports massage

Before we launch into advice about how you can get the best out of sports massage, let’s start with a little background.

The evolution of the practice has happened over a huge span of time.

Massage itself is a form of therapy that dates back over 3000 years. It has its origins in China. And some would argue in India and Greece too.

The advent of sports massage dates back to the early nineteenth century. This is when Per Henrik Ling first developed it to help gymnasts and fencers.

Modern sports massage grew popular around the world, especially the Soviet Union, in the later 20th Century. But it didn’t really become mainstream in the UK until the 1990s.

All this goes to demonstrate that sports massage isn’t just some marketing fad. But rather, it’s a therapy with deep roots and a long tradition.

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Treating hypermobility – looking at ways that massage can help

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What is Hypermobility

Treating hypermobility is a life-long quest for many sufferers. But what is it?

It describes a situation where one (or more) joints stretch beyond their normal range.

Thankfully, many people with hypermobile joints don’t have problems. And often, they don’t require treatment. In fact, some ballet dancers and gymnasts may benefit from increased flexibility.

However, others are not so lucky. Hypermobility syndrome is often accompanied by a range of different symptoms.

These include pain and stiffness in the joints and muscles. They may also include joints that click or dislocate easily.

Fatigue and recurrent injuries such as sprains can be a problem. Not to mention, digestive problems, such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Other issues can include dizziness and fainting. And sometimes thin or stretchy skin.

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Treating hypermobility

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Lower back problems – 5 great ways to ease the pain

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Why is lower back pain so common?

Lower back problems result from a variety of factors. It isn’t possible to point to one specific cause.

Unsurprisingly, it is partly the result of us living more sedentary lifestyles. We are less active than in previous generations. And some issues are anatomical.

But lower back problems aren’t just a result of poor posture. Likewise, the fact we sit around so much more doesn’t tell the full story.

Increasingly, experts are realizing that the psychological and social aspects also play a role. You may well have experienced back pain when you were stressed out at work. Or when the kids started playing up.

Whatever the cause, one thing is clear. Stopping all forms of movement is not the answer. In fact, the complete opposite is true. In most cases, exercise and movement are a great way to counteract the problem.

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Relieving Migraines – We explore how osteopathy can help

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Understanding migraines

Relieving Migraines is a huge priority for sufferers. But what are migraines? And how are they different from headaches? Furthermore, what are some of the best ways to get some much-needed relief? And can osteopathy help? Let’s take a look.

Firstly, we need to understand what a migraine is. Sadly, we still don’t know the exact causes. But we do know they are believed to be linked to ad-hoc changes in the brain. More specifically, the problem is believed to be related to misfunctioning blood vessels or nerves in the brain.

Unlike normal headaches, migraines tend to affect just one side of the head. They tend to cause a throbbing sensation. And they usually leave you feeling sick or more sensitive to light.

They are often brought on by tiredness or stress. Certain people are triggered by particular types of food or drink. And it is well known that the early stages of a period can trigger problems. And sadly, this helps to explain, in part, why migraines affect more women than men.

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Relieving Migraines

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What are the 3 healthiest diets – and why are they so good?

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What makes a diet healthy?

Firstly, as we assess the 3 healthiest diets, we need some context.

So many diet plans focus on how much weight you can lose. And they often highlight just how quickly you can do it.

However, diets shouldn’t just be about what the number shows on the scales. And losing weight too quickly can often be unhealthy.

A healthy diet should provide you with a good balance of essential vitamins and minerals.

In addition, it should provide the required quantities of macronutrients.

In fact, diets should be as much about what to include as they should be about what to exclude.

Let’s dig deeper.

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3 healthiest diets

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Common Basketball Injuries – and how to prevent and treat them

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The demands of basketball

We would like you to avoid the most common basketball injuries. Of course, accidents will happen. But adopting just a few changes can help reduce your risks.

Basketball is a fast pace game. And it is truly a multi-directional sport. There are explosive movements forward and back, side to side, and even vertically.

It’s a game that requires you to change direction quickly and often. Consequently, many injuries occur as you decelerate your movement or push off to accelerate. Therefore, muscles and joints need to be properly prepared.

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Snapping Hip Syndrome – looking at causes and treatments

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It’s not just dancers

Snapping Hip Syndrome is also known as ‘dancer’s hip’. But if you have been unlucky to get it, you’ll know it can affect all sorts of people.

You will recognize it if you have pain when you either extend or flex your hip. Flexing the hip brings the knee toward the chest. (Think of the fetal position). And extending the hip will take the leg behind you in a similar vein to a dancer’s pose.

The pain of Snapping Hip Syndrome will often be accompanied by an audible popping or ‘snapping’ noise. Hence the name.

Thankfully, not all cases are too serious. However, you shouldn’t leave the condition untreated. Because in some cases the problem can last months and become very painful.

Let’s dig deeper.

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Long-haul flight recovery – a few tips to help you out

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The challenge of long flights

How do you find the best recovery methods from a long-haul flight? Getting it right can be tricky.

As a rule, flights become more detrimental the longer they last. And some flights can be excruciating long. Currently, the longest is from Singapore to Newark, timed at over 18 hours!

However, a long-haul flight can be a lot shorter than that. In fact, it is considered to be anything over 6 hours long.

So what can you do to reduce the physical, emotional and psychological impact? Let’s take a quick look.

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Understanding Sciatica – and what to do if you get it

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A very common problem

Understanding Sciatica is important. It is certainly something to watch out for.

It is a widespread condition. However, it’s difficult to know exactly how common it is. This is because it is often an underlying cause of a more generalized problem.

So, for example, you might have regular lower back problems. Or you might experience shooting pains down the back of your legs. Or even experience buttock pain.

In many, but not all, of these instances, sciatica could be to blame. It’s not always easy to know.

But, according to NICE, between 13-40%  of us will suffer an episode of sciatica. If not often, at least at some point in our lifetime. So what is it all about? And how can it be treated?

Understanding Sciatica

Understanding Sciatica

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