Summary image showing a human back and leg highlighting the main causes of sciatica

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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Photograph of Ella Proven, Sports Massage Therapist at Bridge Health and Wellbeing, Christchurch, Dorset

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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Paul-and-Louise-O-Connell of Bridge Health and Wellbeing in Christchurch, Dorset

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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A graphic of a foot, showing the bones and areas of pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis or plantar heel pain is a condition that refers to pain in the sole of the foot which originates at the heel and can travel down the arch on the inside of the foot. What is the plantar fascia? The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that runs along the sole

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What is Achilles Tendinopathy

What is Achilles tendinopathy Commonly called Achilles tendinitis, it is an overuse injury very common throughout all stages of life. You can have insertional or mid-substance symptoms, depending on its location, with insertional symptoms being lower on the heel and mid-substance symptoms being higher into the tendon itself. Lower limb anatomy: The Achilles tendon is

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Shin Splints

What is medial tibia stress syndrome (MTSS) or exercise related lower limb pain or shin splints? Theses are all umbrella terms which relate to the pain you can get along the inside of the shin bone (tibia). The cause is repetitive loading that commonly occurs in activities like running, jumping and landing. What is the

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Avoiding injury during lockdown

It’s fair to say that online exercise classes, boot camps, PE lessons and people going out running more than they normally would has become far more popular over the past couple of weeks. Avoiding injury is therefore important so can continue your training. It is great that we are increasing our activity levels and the

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Interactive Pilates Classes

Why Choose a Live Online Pilates Class? Exercising from home is now becoming the norm’ to keep us all moving and fill our day.  Thank goodness for the internet, which provides us with lots of opportunities to exercise through online classes, pre-recorded videos or even PE lessons!  Interactive online classes or recorded online classes? This

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Pandemic Posture

Avoiding Neck Pain, Stretching, Massage, Posture & Workspace set up Amid the spread of Covid-19 and a lockdown in place, many of us are faced with a “work from home” situation. As the home office becomes the new norm, it’s easy to fall into bad posture habits or end up with a workspace that makes

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