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How to treat Frozen Shoulder

The shoulder is a highly mobile yet strong and stable joint. It allows your arm to move in a number of different directions and, most importantly, perform overhead activities. The joint itself has a capsule that surrounds it and it is this capsule that is affected in Frozen Shoulder. What is Frozen Shoulder? Frozen shoulder

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Tips and tools for managing persistent pain

Pain is an opinion, not a fact. Pain is a unique experience for every individual. It’s the brain’s perception of how much danger you and your body are in. Whether it’s post-surgery, a childhood injury that has never really gone away, an acute injury or posture-related pain, your body has a lifetime of learned experience

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Shoulder pain and common shoulder conditions

The shoulder is an extremely complex part of the body. It allows for high levels of function and activities involving the arm, hand and wrist. There are a large number of moving and working parts in the shoulder which all work together to provide movement, strength, control and power. Unfortunately, especially with complex joints, there

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Treatment for Whiplash injuries

Whiplash describes the mechanism of injury that occurs as a result of a sudden acceleration and deceleration movement, like in a car accident. Clinically, we use the term Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD). This also covers the symptoms you can experience because of a whiplash injury. How does whiplash happen? If you are travelling at speed

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Pilates: A comprehensive guide

What is Pilates? If you are have ever wondered what is Pilates and where to begin, then look no further. As a beginner to Pilates, it is always best to look for a teacher that is specifically qualified in Pilates. There are many reputable teaching schools out there who all have pages with links to

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When is it not ‘just’ back pain, but actually a serious back injury?

Back pain, especially lower back pain, is extremely common. In approximately 90% of cases there will be nothing specific or sinister going on. Unfortunately, there are times though when the symptoms you present with do need immediate onward referral and usually some form of intervention, such as surgery. Cauda Equina Syndrome The cauda equina is

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How to treat sciatica

Sciatica is a condition involving pain and sometimes weakness down the back of the leg into the foot. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It forms from the nerve roots of L4-S3 in the spine. The presentation of sciatica can vary from patient to patient. It can come on over

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Lower back pain: causes and treatment

At our clinic in Christchurch Dorset we have great experience in treating lower back pain, helping people relieve their symptoms through physiotherapy and then manage their backs with rehab classes, regular massage, Pilates or Yoga. How common is lower back pain? It has been reported that low back pain can affect as high as 84%

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Running Away from Pain – with Massage Therapy

By Ella, Sports Massage Therapist Running is one of the most popular ways for people to stay active. Especially during the COVID-19 lockdown, it seems to have become a national pastime. Running requires virtually no equipment, has no age limit and can easily fit into even the busiest schedule. But running is also an activity

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Pilates Classes in Christchurch Dorset at Bridge Health & Wellbeing

What is Pilates?

By Louise O’Connell, Body Control Pilates Teacher What is Pilates? This is a question that I get asked regularly. Usually, a long, animated answer follows, so I thought that I would give my definition. Pilates was named after Joseph Pilates (1883 -1967), originally called Contrology. It was only following his death that it was renamed

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5 Benefits of Massage Therapy in the Summer Months

The weather is getting warmer and the sun is out. Meanwhile, lockdown restrictions are easing and many people are choosing to get active and participate in outdoor activities. Are you in a football league? Going swimming or planting your garden? With an increase in activity comes many benefits of increased strength, better mental health and

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Getting used to the new normal ….

To tell a new business that it must effectively shut up shop on its health and wellbeing services after just 8 months is a low blow in any circumstance. But to also tell the business owners to go into lockdown for 3 months is a challenge to say the least. Rising to the task, we

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