Perea Clinic https://www.pereaclinic.com For muscle injuries and effective relief ofrom muscle pain and chronic tenstion Fri, 03 Apr 2020 10:29:37 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.13 How can you drain mucus from the lungs?- 3 exercises you can do at home https://www.pereaclinic.com/3-ways-to-release-mucus-from-your-lungs/ https://www.pereaclinic.com/3-ways-to-release-mucus-from-your-lungs/#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2020 12:36:05 +0000 https://www.pereaclinic.com/?p=7361 3 ways to release mucus from your lungs Our respiratory system has its own self-cleaning mechanism.  Pollution, smoking, and some conditions of the respiratory system can slow it down, making...

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3 ways to release mucus from your lungs

Our respiratory system has its own self-cleaning mechanism.  Pollution, smoking, and some conditions of the respiratory system can slow it down, making it vulnerable to virus and bacterial attack.  When your system is affected, you can feel chest congestion, inflammation, breathlessness, and end up with lung infections.   

In a healthy person, the respiratory system produces a litre or two of mucus per day. Without this transparent, viscous cleanser, our respiratory system becomes dry and malfunctions. However, too much mucus leads to respiratory complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. The airway narrows and becomes blocked, making it difficult for you to breath. Excess mucus also becomes a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria.

Key ways to prevent or decrease excessive mucus build-up in your lungs are controlled coughing, mucus drainage, and “percussion”.  

You shouldn’t try these if you already have breathing difficulties; instead, go and see your GP. These exercises do not replace medical advice.  

3 ways to release mucus from your lungs

Controlled coughing

Coughing is a natural defence mechanism to remove mucus from your airways. But if you cough too much it can harm your respiratory tract and lungs. Uncontrolled coughing results in inflamed airways, causing them to narrow and trap mucus, which can then infect your lungs.  Conversely, “controlled” coughing loosens mucus and moves it through your airways, keeping your lungs and airways mucus-free.  

Here is an easy tip on help remove mucus from your airway. 

  1. Sit on a chair with your shoulders relaxed and feet on the floor.
  2. Placing the palms of your hands, with fingers interlocked, tight against your stomach, inhale deeply through your nose.
  3. As you exhale, lean forward and push your hands gently into your tummy, and cough 2 or 3 times with your mouth slightly open. Make the coughs short, loud and sharp. 
  4. Inhale again, but slowly and gently through your nose. Do not breath fast, or through your mouth. Otherwise you may block the mucus leaving the lungs. It also can cause uncontrolled coughing.
  5. Rest and repeat if necessary. 

Draining mucus from your lungs 

This diaphragmatic or “belly breathing” may be familiar to those who do Pilates, meditation or yoga. When holding certain postures, it can also help remove mucus. You can do this on a bed or the floor, but you will need pillows or cushions.  Make sure you have an empty stomach, and haven’t eaten in the last two hours. If you use an inhaler, wait at least 20-30 mins after using it. 

To breathe “diaphragmatically”, place one hand on your tummy and the other on your chest. As you breathe in deeply and slowly through your nose, push your tummy out as far as possible against your hand. You should feel the hand on your tummy move, whilst the hand on your chest doesn’t. When you breathe out, you should be able to feel the hand on your tummy move in. 

You can do this in the following 3 positions, applying the breathing technique for 2-3 mins each. If you need to cough, sit up and do controlled coughing as explained above. 

Lie on your back.  Your chest needs to be lower than your hips, so place at least two pillows under your bottom. Use other pillows under your head to give support.

Lie on one side, and place two or three pillows under your hips, and another pillow under your head. Again, your chest should be lower than your hips. After a few minutes, turn over and repeat on the other side.

Lie on your stomach. Place two or three pillows under your hips, and another pillow under your head.

Chest percussions

For best results, you can do this at the same time once you get in position for mucus drainage, but before you start your deep breathing, as this technique loosens the mucus in your lungs and facilitates drainage. It may be easier to have someone do this for you. 

  • First, cup your hand, and lightly tap your chest and (if possible) your back. You may hear a loud sound, but you shouldn’t feel any pain.  Tap for a minute on each side, but avoiding your spine and breastbone. 

For a more detailed on how our physios or osteopaths can help with congested chest feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help.

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5 back pain exercises to do at home https://www.pereaclinic.com/5-back-pain-exercises-to-do-at-home/ https://www.pereaclinic.com/5-back-pain-exercises-to-do-at-home/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 12:27:31 +0000 https://www.pereaclinic.com/?p=7341 Since more people have started to work from home. It’s unsurprising that we are seeing an increase of lower back problems. If you have started to work from home you...

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Since more people have started to work from home. It’s unsurprising that we are seeing an increase of lower back problems. If you have started to work from home you might have started to notice aches and pains from having a different work setting.

What is the correct sitting position?

We have made a few pointers on how to have the correct posture in this new environment:

The goal of sitting correctly is to minimise the stress and strain on muscles and joints. Also, to allow good circulation and a relaxed posture that allows you to breathe normally.

To help facilitate this there are certain things you should aim to do.

  • Aim to keep your feet flat on the floor
  • Have your chair at a height that allows your thighs to be parallel to the floor
  • In addition, let the arms rest flat with wrists straight (not cocked at an angle)
  • Ensure the top of the screen is at eye-level to keep the head in a balanced position
  • Crucially, make sure the base of the spine is properly supported.

These are some of the most important pointers. But the list is not exhaustive. A good DSE (Display Screen Equipment) assessment will cover everything you need to know.

 

prevent back pain with the correct posture

Prevent back pain with the correct posture

 

Increasingly, experts are realising 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.

So, let’s look at some particular exercises that can help.

5 exercises for back pain that you can do at home

The key is to get the back moving and operating again. Providing you don’t have any serious structural damage there are some great little exercises to get you started. Try these for starters.

Pelvic tilts – Lie on your back. Knees in a bent position. Pull your belly button in towards your spine. Tilt the pelvis forward and hold for 5 seconds. This can be repeated a few times in a row to help mobilize the lower spine.

 

 

Knee rolls – Lying on your back. Bending the knees so the knees are off the ground. Keeping as much of the back on the floor as possible. Rotate the knees toward the floor on one side. Then gently swing the knees over to the other side. And repeat this movement a handful of times.

Press up back extensions – Lying face down. Simply use your forearms to push off the ground. The idea is to lift the head and shoulders up and create an extension of the spine.

Bird dog – This is a bodyweight floor exercise that helps to strengthen the lower back and firm the abdominals. Starting on your hands and knees, keeping the back aligned, extend one leg and the opposite arm. Then do the same for the other leg and arm. And repeat several times.

Supermans – This is similar to the bird dog exercise. However, on this occasion, you lay face down and flat on the floor. This requires more of a lifting motion and is good for strengthening the lower back.

So what can you do?

The first step is to be more aware of how you habitually sit. The next step is to take the time to change your work environment. Insist on having a DSE assessment if you haven’t already had one.

But don’t just do it as a one-off thing. Set up prompts around your desk to ensure you are regularly sitting in the correct position.

It may feel a little unnatural at first. But as you start to form a new habit, your body will start to thank you for it. And you should feel a lot fresher at the end of the day.

Call on 020 7993 7220 to schedule a video call or WhatsApp us on +44 7946 076725.

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What are the benefits of acupuncture? – a quick review https://www.pereaclinic.com/benefits-acupuncture/ https://www.pereaclinic.com/benefits-acupuncture/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2020 17:27:40 +0000 https://www.pereaclinic.com/?p=7302 Different approaches to health There are numerous benefits of acupuncture. If you have had a positive experience you will no doubt be an advocate. Some people, however, are more skeptical....

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Different approaches to health

There are numerous benefits of acupuncture. If you have had a positive experience you will no doubt be an advocate.

Some people, however, are more skeptical. It might not fit their model of how health care should work.

But the doubters should think again. Acupuncture is becoming more accepted by the medical community. It has been the subject of numerous medical studies. And these have by and large been extremely positive.

Acupuncture is now broadly accepted as a valid treatment for chronic pain. And the placebo effect has also been largely discounted.

Undoubtedly, the difference in opinion stems from the ideas of how our bodies work. Traditional medicine treats bodies as broken and in need of repair.

Conversely, acupuncture puts more faith in our body’s ability. It treats us as an organism that ordinarily functions well.  One that is capable of healing itself.

So how is this beneficial?

Benefits of Acupuncture

Benefits of Acupuncture

The benefits of acupuncture – the half glass full

The idea behind acupuncture is to promote self-healing. This is a far more positive and optimistic approach. We need to keep in mind, that the body does not crave drugs and chemicals at birth.

Drugs and chemicals have a vital role to play in modern medicine. Obviously, the development of pharmaceuticals has helped to combat many life-threatening conditions. However, almost invariably they come with side-effects.

In contrast, acupuncture stimulates positive feel-good hormones in the body. Its more optimistic, half glass full paradigm means there are no harmful side-effects.

Acupuncture can help to boost the immune system

At the time of writing, the world’s media is heavily focused on the Coronavirus. There are, of course, many preventative measures suggested to reduce its spread. However, those most at risk tend to have underlying health issues or weak immune systems.

At times like this, the need to improve your immune system becomes important. Acupuncture helps to trigger an immune response. This can help protect you against infections and viruses at any time. And is especially helpful now.

But, in addition, the process can aid good circulation, pain reduction and accelerate wound healing. There really are multiple benefits.

Stress relief

As we all know, day to day life can be somewhat stressful. Added to that, there does seem to be a disproportionate amount of bad press right now. As mentioned, we have large scale health concerns surrounding Corona. But, in addition, we have the mounting concerns brought on by the collapse in global markets.

Thankfully, one of the benefits of acupuncture is its ability to relieve stress. An individual’s reaction to their first treatments can differ enormously. Some people feel very sleepy afterward. But there are a number that feel energised and revitalised.

However, one reaction is almost universal. There is a feel-good factor after acupuncture. And this often has a knock-on effect that brings on better eating habits and improved sleep. It can be a great treatment to help you reduce stress.

And there is much more

We have only touched on a couple of the key benefits of acupuncture. There is a long list of complaints it is has been shown to help. Some of the most common are listed below.

  • Hypertension
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PMS
  • Morning sickness
  • Chronic pain
  • Migraines
  • Menstrual Cramps

If you would like to hear more. Or if you would like to book a session. Contact us, we will be happy to help.

 

 

 

 

 

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Osteopathy during pregnancy – is it safe to have treatments? https://www.pereaclinic.com/osteopathy-during-pregnancy/ https://www.pereaclinic.com/osteopathy-during-pregnancy/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 19:55:24 +0000 https://www.pereaclinic.com/?p=7286 Feeling protective Is osteopathy during pregnancy safe? Above all, you want is best for your unborn child. At the same time, you need to make sure you are looking after...

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Is osteopathy during pregnancy safe?

Above all, you want is best for your unborn child. At the same time, you need to make sure you are looking after yourself.

So what are the pros and cons? And is it ok to continue or start osteopathy treatments?

We believe it is. But let’s take a closer look.

Osteopathy during pregnancy

Osteopathy during pregnancy

Some dos and don’ts during pregnancy

There are some clear dos and don’ts during pregnancy. Some quite obvious such as abstaining from drinking or smoking.

But some are lesser-known. For example, many people are unaware that too much vitamin A can interfere with the baby’s development. And that it is wise to cut down on liver or liver products. And it is best to avoid high dose vitamin supplements.

However, other areas are not so black and white. Take exercise for example. It is good to stay active during pregnancy. But exercise must be done within safe parameters.

It is recommended that most healthy mothers-to-be would benefit from about 150 minutes of mild aerobic exercise a week. Conversely, there are certain activities and conditions that can cause red flags. For instance, generating excessive body heat by exercising in humid conditions.

So it is all somewhat of a minefield. And that’s why we would like to put your mind at rest when it comes to osteopathy.

How osteopathy during pregnancy can help

Of course, pregnancy brings about quite a radical change to your posture. It’s probably the biggest postural change you will experience in your lifetime.

Not only that, but your posture can change several times as the fetus grows. This can play havoc with your joints. And can lead to a number of associated aches and pains.

A good osteopath will help you deal with these challenges. They incorporate a number of subtle techniques to maintain stability and integrity within joints. And one of the keys is to help you make subtle changes to how the pelvis sits. The pelvis is so integral to maintaining a semblance of good posture.

Furthermore, osteopathy during pregnancy can help you get rid of many related aches and pains. Unsurprisingly, the neck, back, and hips can all take a lot of strain whilst you are pregnant.

Helping to relieve these issues can help you, not only physically, but emotionally too. And that, in turn, can have a positive effect on the unborn child.

In addition, osteopathy can help tackle other unwanted symptoms during pregnancy. A professional osteopath can help with issues such as nausea or heartburn.

In conclusion

Osteopathy can certainly be beneficial during pregnancy. Rest assured, the techniques used are applied in a gentle, safe and non-invasive way.

Also, there is a great deal an osteopath can offer in terms of advice on stretching and exercising. These can be super beneficial for relieving tension throughout the week.

Of course, I’m sure there is plenty more you would like to know about how it all works. Call us, visit us, or book an appointment. We’ll be happy to help.

 

 

 

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Does acupuncture work? – What the studies tell us https://www.pereaclinic.com/acupuncture-work/ https://www.pereaclinic.com/acupuncture-work/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2020 20:07:19 +0000 https://www.pereaclinic.com/?p=7269 Staying on point Does acupuncture work? Certainly, it has caused a lot of debate over recent years. The mainstream often tries to discredit certain types of therapy. Acupuncture was often...

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Staying on point

Does acupuncture work? Certainly, it has caused a lot of debate over recent years.

The mainstream often tries to discredit certain types of therapy. Acupuncture was often labeled ‘alternative’ in the past. Almost as an attempt to undermine its credibility.

But things have changed. It has gained in prominence. Of course, once celebrities started using it interest rose. For example, Chris Evans and Gwyneth Paltrow are both fans.

Remarkably, treatments have increased to over 4 million a year in recent years. People have turned to acupuncture more and more in the last 25 years. This coincides nicely with the formation of the British Acupuncture Council back in June 1995.

But do the studies back up the popularity? Let’s take a look.

Does Acupuncture Work?

Does Acupuncture Work?

Studies on acupuncture

You may be surprised by the volume of research that has been done. Over the last 20 years, there have been over 13,000 studies carried out in over 60 countries.

Consequently, you won’t get a definitive answer to the question. Science does not emphatically endorse acupuncture for every known condition.

But thankfully, there are many instances where the evidence in favour of acupuncture is strong.

Just as an example, let’s take osteoarthritis in the knee. An NCBI paper compared acupuncture and other types of physical treatments. It came out in favour of acupuncture. To quote from the paper,

  • acupuncture can be considered as one of the more effective physical treatments for alleviating osteoarthritis knee pain

So does acupuncture work?

There are numerous examples in research that support the case for acupuncture.

Here are some of the conditions for which the evidence for acupuncture is strong:

  • Migraine prevention
  • Reducing Chronic Low back pain
  • Relieving Chronic and tension-type headaches
  • Reducing Post-operative pain
  • Alleviating vomiting and sickness after surgery

In addition, there is a long list of conditions for which the research shows positive signs. There is evidence of a potentially positive effect on the following:

  • shoulder, lower back and neck pain
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Menopausal hot flushes

And those are just some of the more well-known conditions it can help. There are literally dozens of other conditions where research supports its use.

But how does acupuncture work?

The answer to that question would vary between different schools of acupuncture. And the interpretation would also vary between different geographical locations.

But here we are looking for a scientific explanation behind its effectiveness.

The sciences of medicine and neuro-biology have come on leaps and bounds. And the developments have reinforced the fact that the body is a highly inter-related system. And this, in turn, relies on a highly tuned signaling system.

Signals are sent by biochemicals. Examples of these include names you are now aware of such as dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. The research shows that acupuncture helps to trigger these natural opioids for the body.

This in part helps to explain its effectiveness. But, of course, the full explanation is beyond the scope of this short article. There are many factors that help to make the treatment effective.

 A final word

We hope you would like to learn more about acupuncture and the conditions it can treat. If so, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to explain in more detail why this is such a popular form of treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor https://www.pereaclinic.com/difference-osteopath-chiropractor/ https://www.pereaclinic.com/difference-osteopath-chiropractor/#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2020 19:44:29 +0000 https://www.pereaclinic.com/?p=7258 A common goal Which should you choose, a chiropractor or an osteopath? Rather than answer that directly, we will try and outline how they differ. And then you can decide...

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A common goal

Which should you choose, a chiropractor or an osteopath? Rather than answer that directly, we will try and outline how they differ. And then you can decide which best suits your tastes.

Without a doubt, both have a place. Also, they share a common goal. To get you out of pain. But what are some of the differences between the two? Let’s take a look.

Chiropractor or Osteopath

Chiropractor or Osteopath

What does a chiropractor do?

A chiropractor believes that the function of the spine is pivotal to your health. In particular, they believe that by manipulating the spine, they can help you out of pain.

They also believe, that provided the spine is properly aligned, the body can start to heal itself. And clearly, because the spine houses the central nervous system, it makes sense that it should play a prominent role in your well being.

In fact, the central nervous system is the channel through which signals are sent throughout the body. In essence, by keeping this channel clear the body can work optimally. And in turn, can restore itself to good health.

In addition, proper spinal alignment is essential for good posture. So a fully functional spine helps in two regards. It helps bolster both your neurological and your musculoskeletal system.

And the practice has a long history. It dates back to the late 19th Century. It’s continued use gives it a certain amount of credence. It is a licensed profession. However, Chiropractors are not medically trained.

What does an osteopath do?

An osteopath takes a more global view of the body. They believe that all body systems are inter-related. Moreover, they assert that these different body systems are dependent on each other for good health. In essence, they take a more holistic approach to your wellbeing.

The stem of the word ‘osteo’ means ‘relating to the bones’. At the heart of the treatment is a belief that by manipulating the structure of the body (the bones), your osteopath can help to restore your body’s proper function.

Osteopathy also has a long history. It too dates back to the late 19th Century. For many years, the practice was considered to be very much out of the mainstream. But more recently it has achieved greater recognition. In fact, it gained formal recognition from parliament in 1993 through the Osteopaths Act.

The practice is now highly regulated too. Individual practitioners are well trained and are governed by the General Osteopathic Council within the UK.

In conclusion

Both practices are considered to be manual therapies. And both have an excellent reputation for helping to deal with issues of chronic pain. In particular, issues such as back, neck or other joint pain.

If anything, Osteopathy is broader in scope. That’s because it takes into account the body as an integrated unit. As such, it is able to tackle a wider range of conditions.

Both forms of treatment have value. And to a certain extent, it depends on individual tastes as to which you would prefer.

However, at Perea Clinic we lean towards a more integrated approach toward therapy. For more information on our approach to treatment, contact us. We will be happy to help.

 

 

 

 

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Fixing a weak immune system – can it be repaired? https://www.pereaclinic.com/weak-immune-system/ https://www.pereaclinic.com/weak-immune-system/#respond Mon, 17 Feb 2020 18:50:54 +0000 https://www.pereaclinic.com/?p=7242 Do you have a weak immune system? Having a weak immune system can be a real set back. It stands to reason, therefore, that you should do everything you can...

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Do you have a weak immune system?

Having a weak immune system can be a real set back. It stands to reason, therefore, that you should do everything you can to boost it. Nevertheless, not all immune systems are created equal.

For example, it is possible that you were born with an inferior immune system. This is even given a name, primary immune deficiency.

Equally, your immune system can be weakened by disease. This is known as acquired immune deficiency. Or in some instances, your immune may work against you. You may have heard this referred to as an autoimmune disease.

The truth is your immune functions somewhere on a continuum. You can take measures to improve it however weak it is. And, in addition, you can avoid certain behaviours that will have an adverse effect.

Let’s dig deeper into it.

Weak Immune System

Weak Immune System

Symptoms of a compromised immune system

Your immune system helps you to fight off viruses and infections. Therefore, if you are repeatedly suffering from infections or viruses, it’s a pretty clear indication there is an issue.

In addition, you are likely to suffer longer or more serious bouts of sickness if your immune system is too weak. And often, most of the illnesses you suffer from will be harder to treat.

Other slightly less obvious symptoms include: –

  • digestive problems
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal cramping
  • blood disorders (such as anemia)
  • and inflammation of internal organs

If you suspect that your immune system is underperforming, seek help and advice. It certainly pays to rectify it as soon as possible.

Tackling a weak immune

We asked if the immune system can be repaired. But, in truth, this is a little misleading. It is not a question of whether your immune is broken or fixed.

Like so many aspects of the body, it is something that needs consistent care and attention. So what are some of the steps you can take?

One way is through nutrition. A general diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and healthy sources of protein will help. But you should also look for some specific food items that boost the immune.

  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Kiwi and Papaya
  • Ginger and garlic
  • Citrus foods
  • Green Tea
  • Turmeric

All of the above can help.

Next, try and cut back on poor lifestyle habits. Smoking and alcohol both weaken the immune system. As always, try and cut back on or eliminate these if you can.

Poor sleep and stress also damage the immune. Learn how to improve your sleep. And develop ways to combat stress. Mindfulness apps are now all the rage. But in addition, massage, yoga or classes like Pilates can all help.

In addition, make sure you are practicing good hygiene procedures. You need to wash hands thoroughly after any toilet break, before preparing food and after traveling on public transport.

Finally, make sure that you get the lymphatic system working optimally. The lymphatic system plays such a vital role in sustaining a healthy immune defense.

One of the easiest ways to do this is through Manual Lymphatic Drainage. To hear more about how it can help, or to book an appointment, contact us. We will be happy to help.

 

 

 

 

 

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The immune system – and how it can help to fight a virus https://www.pereaclinic.com/immune-system/ https://www.pereaclinic.com/immune-system/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 20:40:05 +0000 https://www.pereaclinic.com/?p=7222 The immune system – a good friend Your immune system is like a good and loyal friend. It not one of those loud friends that take front and center at...

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The immune system – a good friend

Your immune system is like a good and loyal friend. It not one of those loud friends that take front and center at a party.

It just works behind the scenes making sure everything is ok. But it is always there when most needed.

Moreover, you often overlook this vital defense system. So, it’s time to check in with your old friend and see what it’s up to.

Immune System and viruses

Immune System and viruses

What’s the role of the immune system?

Above all, it helps to protect you against disease and foreign bodies. It helps identify viruses, bacteria, and parasites. And it distinguishes these from the healthy tissue within your body.

It’s made up of different structures within the body. You will be familiar with some of them. For example, the spleen and bone marrow.

But other structures play their part. You may be less familiar with lymphocytes, leukocytes and the thymus.

  • Lymphocytes – are small white blood cells
  • Leukocytes – are disease-fighting white blood cells
  • The thymus – is the organ in which t-cells mature

These are all your allies that help combat pathogens, bacteria and toxins. And in a healthy human, the system is very robust.

Nevertheless, there are many ways in which you can compromise your immune system.

Things that can weaken the immune system

Undoubtedly, there are bad practices that can weaken the body’s natural defense system. For example, if you smoke, drink or eat badly, it’s not going to help.

In addition, if you are lacking in essential vitamins such as B6, C, or E it can cause issues. And other factors like poor sleep or over-training can be detrimental.

Kick-starting your immune

It’s always wise to keep your immune system as robust as possible. Currently, there is a major scare concerning the Coronavirus. Just today a Brighton GP surgery has had to close down.

And whilst this particular virus is exceptionally worrying, it always pays to keep your immune system healthy.

There are, of course, common sense ways you can reduce the chance of catching any virus.

  • Wash or sanitize your hands regularly (especially after using public transport)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze
  • Avoid touching your eyes and mouth when out and about

But if you want to strengthen your immune system as well, here are some helpful tips.

  • Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and whole grains
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep
  • Manage your stress
  • And try and maintain a healthy weight

In addition

Another fantastic way to boost your immune system is through Manual Lymphatic Drainage. You can read all about the benefits in one of our previous blogs. But in a nutshell, it is a great way to keep the Lymphatic System working optimally. And the Lymphatic is an integral part of your immune defenses.

If you would like to explore some of the ways to keep yourself immune strong, do contact us. We look forward to keeping you safe and healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can osteopath help with back pain? – We investigate https://www.pereaclinic.com/help-back-pain/ https://www.pereaclinic.com/help-back-pain/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2020 19:42:02 +0000 https://www.pereaclinic.com/?p=7200 A problem that won’t go away When you need help with back pain you want to be confident it will work. Worryingly, back pain is now a real problem among...

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A problem that won’t go away

When you need help with back pain you want to be confident it will work. Worryingly, back pain is now a real problem among the general public. And it is a major reason why people take time off work.

Understandably, however, you’ll be most concerned about how to treat your individual case. Nevertheless, the scale of the problems means there are a number of scam treatments out there. And we are keen to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Help with back pain

Help with back pain

Simple changes to help with back pain

Clearly, not all back problems have the same cause. Typically though, issues arise for a few core reasons. The most common cause seems to be spinal mechanics. These are related to activities that put your back out of alignment. Lack of exercise, poor posture and inappropriate footwear, can all cause havoc with your back.

Furthermore, other causes of back problems include over-exertion, being overweight, inflexibility and poor diet.

Evidently, this means there are small changes you can make that might help your back. These include;

  • Improving diet
  • Losing weight
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Having a DSE done at your desk
  • Exercising more

However, in some instances, the pain may still persist. And if that’s the case, extra care may be needed.

So how can osteopathy help with back pain?

Firstly, if you are new to osteopathy, you might be asking is it a credible treatment? Is it science-based? The simple answer is, yes. It is something we covered in more detail in a previous blog.

But also, you might be interested in how osteopathy tackles the causes of back pain.

Osteopathy has a few vital aims. One of these is to increase movement in your joints. Clearly, the spine is a joint that often becomes stiff and immobile. Increasing the flexibility and range of movement in the spine is a great starting point for improvement.

Nevertheless, pain is not always associated with problems in the direct vicinity. Evidently, many issues with back pain result from stiffness and tightness in other parts of the body. This is commonly known as referred pain.

This is why osteopathy can be so effective. It is a holistic practice that addresses the body in its entirety. By clearing up issues in areas such as the hips, knees or neck, for example, it can help alleviate back problems.

In addition, osteopathy also helps to relieve muscle tension. Most osteopaths use a technique called myofascial release therapy.

A combination of releasing stiffness from joints and relaxing muscles can work wonders. It has the advantage of helping improving posture. This is crucial in preventing further re-occurrence of the back pain.

Osteopaths also have a whole other bag of tricks to help reduce back problems. They use techniques such as muscle energy techniques, counter-strain, and functional manipulation. They may sound fancy, but they have proved highly effective in combating discomfort.

Find out more about how these techniques can help with back pain. Contact us at the Perea Clinic, and we will set you on the road to recovery.

 

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Does acupuncture help pregnancy? – a closer look https://www.pereaclinic.com/acupuncture-pregnancy/ https://www.pereaclinic.com/acupuncture-pregnancy/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 21:22:07 +0000 https://www.pereaclinic.com/?p=7102 Acupuncture and pregnancy Can acupuncture help with pregnancy? That can be considered as two different questions. Either, it is questioning if acupuncture can increase your chances of getting pregnant? Or,...

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Acupuncture and pregnancy

Can acupuncture help with pregnancy? That can be considered as two different questions.

Either, it is questioning if acupuncture can increase your chances of getting pregnant? Or, it is asking if acupuncture can help reduce side-effects during pregnancy?

We explore both questions and see what the evidence suggests.

Acupuncture help pregnancy

Does acupuncture help pregnancy?

Does acupuncture help with fertility?

Undoubtedly, the causes of infertility can be contentious. Moreover, it is often a cause of friction between couples.

However, some exciting evidence came out a little over a decade ago. This news was reported in many of the mainstream newspapers including the Guardian.

It pointed to research that suggested acupuncture might be beneficial. In particular, the research showed that it could improve IVF success rates by 65%.

And the report was not to be taken lightly. It was published in the British Medical Journal, a reputable publication.

There were, of course, some members of the scientific community who were dubious. They suggested that the effect may have been related to placebo.

But ironically, they inferred that the placebo effect of acupuncture helped women relax. And as a result of being more relaxed, they were better able to get pregnant.

In fact, this seems to bolster the argument for acupuncture. Part of the reason it can help is that it can help to reduce stress. In addition, it can help to improve blood flow and balance hormones. Clearly, any of these three effects could be beneficial in the process.

Whilst there is no definitive view taken by scientists as a whole, many women attest to the success of the treatment.

Can it help reduce the negative side-effects of pregnancy

The majority of women suffer from morning sickness in the early stages of pregnancy. In fact, it is reported in as many as 70% of pregnancies during the first trimester.

It can be attributed to many things. But one of the leading causes is the high levels of pregnancy hormones.

There are a number of things that you can do to help alleviate the symptoms. For example, eating smaller meals but more frequently, avoiding trigger smells, and eating ginger. But none of these tackle the problem at the source.

The great thing about acupuncture is that it can help rebalance these hormones. And again, there is scientific evidence to support this. As the NCBI published paper concludes,

‘Acupuncture is an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy’.

In addition, acupuncture can help with other issues during pregnancy. It can help relieve lower back pain and pelvic pain.

It can also promote better sleep, help to combat headaches and help to ease depression.

A final word

We understand that the choices you make before and during pregnancy are a big deal. We also understand that getting the right sort of treatment is vital.

To discuss some of the ways that acupuncture can help in more detail, contact us. We will be more than happy to discuss it in more detail.

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