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Injury to your joints

Injury to the joints of your arms for example your shoulder, elbow, wrist or your legs, hip, knee, ankle are best treated using Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (RICE). Rest To avoid pain and further injury, rest the injured area for 24 to 48 hours. Ice Apply ice over the painful area for ten minutes every hour (remember to place a tea-towel on the – read more…

Postural position to reduce lower back pain with or without leg pain

If you are suffering with lower back pain with or without leg pain, here are some useful positions that may help to alleviate your symptoms in between your treatment sessions: Side Lying Lying on the side which is most comfortable with a pillow between your knees to stabilise the spine helps to reduce back pain. – read more…

Postural position to relieve neck/ neck and arm pain

If you are suffering with neck pain or neck and arm pain, here is a useful position that may help to alleviate your symptoms in between your treatment sessions: The posture illustrated below shows the patient in a semi reclined position. This reduces the strain on the neck by providing support and holding the neck – read more…

Should I use hot or cold therapy?

Ice is the best therapy to reduce pain and inflammation (whereas heat increases inflammation and should therefore be avoided). Application of ice for 10 to 15 minutes to the painful area (wrapped in a dry tea-towel to protect the skin) can be repeated for 10 to 15 minutes every hour if necessary. Your practitioner will advise you on the best use – read more…

It is important to set goals

When returning to normal daily activities, set yourself realistic goals. Once you’ve achieved the goals you have set, review them and set new ones. For example, a goal may be to return to gardening. Initially, set yourself a target of 10 minutes of light work in the garden, then increase that to 30 minutes the following week and so on, increasing – read more…

Should I rest or keep active?

Research shows that in most cases rest for more than a day does not help and may actually prolong painful conditions. You may need to modify your activities initially within the constraints of your pain but keeping mobile will help your recovery. Changing your position or activity frequently throughout the day will help to prevent – read more…