How a lamppost led to an osteopath

“Six weeks?” I stared incredulously. “I’m afraid so,” said my GP. “It might be even longer, there’s just no telling with soft tissue injuries like this.”

“And there’s nothing you can do?” In return I was prescribed a bucket-load of painkillers and anti-inflammatories and told sympathetically that I would just have to ‘wait it out’.

I had just been in an accident where my car had experienced an unfortunate head-on collision with a lamppost (how I wish this was a slightly less embarrassing sequence of events but in broad daylight, having newly passed my driving test I simply pressed the wrong foot pedal and subsequently panicked…..!).

Having sustained no serious injuries, I was still in absolute agony with a soft tissue injury. My neck was incredibly painful and every movement jarred my whole body. Six weeks of this??!

As I hobbled out of the surgery my GP called after me hopefully, “You could always try an osteopath!”. Those six words were to lead to a discovery that would change my entire outlook on back pain for good.

What an osteopath does

I had heard of an osteopath and thought they were vaguely connected to back pain in some way so the first thing I did when I got home was look it up online.

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It turns out that osteopaths treat far more than simple back pain.

Osteopathy (pronounced os-tee-op-athy) is a system which treats the body as a whole, looking at the entire musculoskeletal system including not just bones and muscles, but also ligaments, tendons, joints and connective tissues.

It’s a natural treatment, designed to boost the body’s own healing mechanisms and involves hands on massage, manipulation as well as stretching techniques. But it’s much more than this; it aims to help to prevent the injury to recur and adopts a holistic approach which can include exercises and diet too.

My initial appointment

Having found my nearest osteopath who was registered with the General Osteopathic Council I booked my initial appointment.

My GP is wonderful but when I go to see him, I rush to squeeze all the pertinent details into my six minute slot and often kick myself later for forgetting some important aspect.

Being conditioned to the typical NHS conveyor-belt type mentality, it was rather strange to have an entire hour to talk to the osteopath and undergo a proper assessment.

I was asked about my entire medical history, not just what was relevant to a neck injury, as well as about my lifestyle. The osteopath looked at me standing, and then asked me to gently move my head from side to side, up and down, as well as twist from the waist. This was so they could make an accurate assessment of how my body moves and what was the best way to tackle the issue.
I made an appointment to come back and start the treatment.

Having treatment

I returned for treatment with the osteopath who had assessed me and I am delighted to say that I wasn’t hobbling in agony for the whole six weeks. The osteopathy treatment I had made a huge difference and after each session, I found a gradual improvement.

Part of the problem with injuries is that our bodies become so sore, we stop using the muscles because we want to avoid causing more pain. This in turn causes stiffness and can lead to muscle atrophy, exacerbating the problem further. An osteopath can address this by gently helping sore muscles to stretch rather than becoming tight, bunched and taut.

Of course an osteopath does much more than this, but this is the overwhelming lesson I took away.

As my injury eased, my osteopath showed me exercises I could do at home and also what I could try on a longer term basis to help keep my back moving well.

Having had a neck injury, I’ve found that it can recur at times of stress but making sure I follow the advice and exercises I was given by my osteopath means I can usually get rid of the pain quickly and without further treatment. The first time it recurred I forgot everything I was told and immediately became rigid and immobile which is the worst thing I could have done!

Returning back to the osteopath for treatment, my neck pain was once again quickly and easily resolved.

Working long hours in an office isn’t great for the body’s alignment and over the years, when my back has started to niggle I have made an appointment with my osteopath to nip any problems in the bud. By listening to my body, I know when it needs a bit of help and that by seeing an osteopath I will quickly be back on the road to recovery, click here for further information.

Conclusion

Over the years I have seen a few different osteopaths and learnt that each one has their own different methods and techniques. You often find that the methods they adopt depend on their own personal preferences. Also, don’t assume that a small-framed female osteopath won’t be strong enough to treat your back – even if you are a burly rugby player! Osteopathy is about the skill of the practitioner, not brute strength!

Osteopathy has taught me to view my musculoskeletal health very differently, and rather than being a passive patient, I can take responsibility for my own well-being. That much-cursed lamppost did me a favour in the long run, indirectly introducing me to osteopathy and a whole new way of looking after my body.

An article by Michael Morton, of the Bushey Osteopathic Clinic.

Cosmetic Dentistry an Affordable Option to Restore Your Smile

Having a really great smile inspires people with confidence. Teeth don’t have to be perfect but they do have to be in good condition. However, if you don’t like the shape of your teeth or maybe you don’t think they are white enough, a visit to cosmetic dentist might be the perfect solution for you. It’s not only celebrities who can get their teeth looking brilliant because today there are lots of specialist dentists that offer very sophisticated dental treatments to people from all walks of life and which can really boost a person’s confidence.

Innovative braces are an option but immediate cosmetic dental treatments are too

Minimal Invasive Techniques

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry gone are the days of painful and long treatments. Today, there are new techniques which are considered to be minimally invasive and which boast being painless as well. If you are unhappy with how your teeth look, you have an affordable option to get them corrected by way of cosmetic dentistry and it typically only takes a couple of appointments to complete.

The Types of Treatment Available

There’s a selection of treatments available from improving the colour of your teeth which may have become a little darker or maybe even slightly chipped and worn which you can have fixed by seeing a specialist dentist. The treatment will rejuvenate your smile and doesn’t only include teeth whitening but cosmetic contouring too. Again this type of treatment only takes a couple of visits to a specialist dentist to have done, see: http://www.specialistdental.co.uk/ for an example of treatments available.

Another treatment that many people choose to have when their teeth cannot be whitened is to have porcelain veneers applied to their teeth. This particular cosmetic treatment can also take care of a lot of other cosmetic issues too. These days a cosmetic dentist can rebuild teeth where there has been a lot of tooth surface loss and can even rebuild an entire section where teeth are missing.

Instant Orthodontics Explained

You often see children and teenagers with braces on their teeth, but most adults opt not to go down this route but instead choose to have custom-made porcelain veneers or even crowns which can straighten teeth and fill in gaps because it offers an instant treatment that fixes any dental issue they may have.

Again, this type of treatment only usually takes two visits to have done at a specialist dentist. The techniques have improved no end over recent years with the treatment becoming popular with many people who are unhappy with the look or condition of their teeth.

A brilliant smile can be achieved in a couple of appointments

Tooth Replacements Are an Option

You can have implants to replace missing teeth whether you lost them due to an accident or through decay which means you can regain a great smile again. It’s even possible to have a full mouth reconstruction where a specialist dentist can rebuild an entire dentition giving a person back their complete and perfect smile.

Is it Affordable?

These days with all the new techniques available costs can vary depending on the type of treatment you opt to have done and the number of teeth that are treated. Costs are normally based on the skill of a dentist and the type of equipment as well as materials used to in any one type of treatment. A reputable specialist dentist will discuss the work you would like to have done in order to give you a fair idea of how much it will cost before the treatment even begins.

Conclusion

Feeling confident about your smile gives you that all-important feel-good factor that gets you noticed. Improving your self-image helps you in many ways whether it’s on a personal or business level. Gone are the days of painful dental procedures because today many of the treatments are considered to be minimally invasive and pretty painless to boot and depending on the treatment you have done cosmetic dentistry is an affordable option to restore your smile again.

Image Credits: Orthodontist Anchorage and antjeverena

4 Quick Ideas For Getting In Shape

No matter if you need to drop a few pounds or if you are training for a marathon, you can’t overstate the importance of fitness. If you’re not in the best shape right not it might be difficult to get started. Here are some ideas you can start using today. For more information don’t forget to check out our website Popular Workouts

Learning to dance is a great way to get more exercise into your life. Dancing requires incredible core strength, as well as, the stamina to get through a tough routine. Even if you will never be a professional dancer, learning to dance is a fun way to incorporate physical fitness into your free time, as well as a fun way to meet new people.

Simple push-ups can actually tone your triceps. Try doing a push up with your hands turned in forty five degrees. By doing this, you can tone up the muscles you normally don’t work.

A great way to get fit is to buy a few workout DVDs and use them at your own pace. The great thing about these is that you can go at your own pace. You can pause the DVD if you’re feeling tired, unlike in a class setting.

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Get great abdominal muscles by not exercising them every single day. You need to treat this area like you would any other muscle group in your body, by giving it rest in between vigorous workouts. Try to limit your ab exercises to about 2 to 3 times a week, for the best results.

If you take the time to read these tips and put them to work, you will be a lot closer to achieving your goals. Nothing can stop you from reaching your goals when you are motivated and continue to

Easy Health Changes That Make A Difference

There is never a better time for getting fit and losing weight than at the beginning of a new year. The psychological edge you get from closing out on the past year and looking forward to the next, translates into firmer resolve and stronger motivation. Those two factors, resolve and motivation, are key to making life changes you will want to keep.

As well as the mental benefits of hitting the healthy ground running in the new year, it is often easier to shed the extra pounds from over the party season – a fantastic way of getting your new campaign off to a positive start. We all over-indulge during the festive period and probably consume more rich, fatty foods and alcohol than at any other time of year. Look on the bright side, pounds that are gained quickly and easily over a few days in the holidays are often easiest to shed – kicking off your new weight loss plan brilliantly.

Eating health is always a good start.

So, now that we are all agreed that right now is the perfect time to begin discovering our super healthy alter-egos, let’s think about the easy, practical steps to success.

Medical science, dieticians and nutritionists all agree on one thing. If we consume more energy in calories than we burn off through exertion, eventually the weight will pile on. To address this simple and cast-iron formula, all we need do is take in less calories and exercise more. Of course, in theory this sounds like a no-brainer, it’s just actually doing it on a daily basis that’s more tricky.

Look at the food in your cupboards and in the fridge. Okay, you have pizza planned for supper and you’re feeling very worthy because the chorizo option has been ditched in favour of a vegetarian special. In reality, there’s probably little difference in terms of fat and calorific value between the two. Sorry to burst your bubble, but pizzas, with their tempting, cheesy toppings and doughy bases are the ultimate diet breakers, and should be avoided. If you must have pizza,it is far better to put together a home-made version, this way you can control the ingredients and make sure they are the low fat/low calorie,high fibre choices. Yes, there are low fat cheeses out there! Take a harder look in the chilled goods section next time you visit the supermarket.

Running is a great life change you can make which is free.

A healthy diet is one that is high in fibre and low in saturated and trans fats, salt and sugar. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and complex carbohydrates to get your body into condition. Healthy eating products can sometimes be misleading, because even though they state they are fat free, for example, they may be really high in sugar. It is essential to get wise and familiarise yourself with the language of labelling and ingredients on the products you buy. Avoiding processed, pre-prepared meals is a good idea as they are usually crammed with calories – cooking stuff yourself from scratch may be more time consuming, but it’s healthier, often cheaper and more sociable.

Before starting off on a new health regime, confer with your doctor. Checking things such as blood pressure and cholesterol could be the gentle push you need towards getting healthier.

As well as diet, exercise is key. It’s never too late to learn a new sport and there are millions of people all over the country enjoying sport as a valued and sociable part of their lives. Organised social netball leagues at netbusters.org have really taken off in the London area, for example. Open to players of all abilities, gender and age, these fun netball leagues give the opportunity to get fit and have a laugh at the same time.

If that sounds too strenuous, think about fitting more physical activity into your day. Can you walk to work instead of drive? Consider getting a dog, or ‘borrow’ one from someone who perhaps doesn’t have time or fitness to walk it themselves. Dust off the bicycle in the garage and go to the shops, instead of using the car. Look into taking up yoga to increase your physical flexibility and mental focus. Sign up for dancing classes, they are everywhere now following the success of Strictly. Getting fit needn’t be a chore; select the right activity and it could enrich your life in ways you haven’t contemplated.

By making lots of small changes to your lifestyle in the areas of nutrition and exercise, you can ring some big changes in your overall well-being. Don’t be afraid, and don’t delay – there couldn’t be a better time.

Image credits: Adrian Michael and Paul David (busy running!)

Human Hair Wigs – For “Real”ly Great Hair

People choose to wear wigs for many reasons. Many, however, are looking for a way to regain their confidence and desired appearance after hair loss. A surprisingly large number of women suffer from hair loss from a number of causes, including pattern baldness, alopecia, and a range of systemic conditions such as Lupus as well as a side effect of medical treatment. There are lots of potential solutions, but the most realistic and natural choice is a human hair wig.

Human hair wigs offer the most natural look for great hair

Real or synthetic

Walk into any joke shop and you can pick up a synthetic hair wig for just a few pounds. Unfortunately, these comedy items have given synthetic wigs something of a bad name, and professionally made wigs with high-quality synthetic hair can provide a way for people looking for a solution to their hair loss to explore their options.

There are a number of ways in which synthetic hair wigs, no matter how high the quality, fail to match up to real human hair wigs. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. Firstly, even good quality synthetic hair has a tendency to look unreal. The way it moves is different to human hair and the texture of it is something of a giveaway.

With a human hair wig, no-one will be able to tell

Another major drawback with synthetic wigs is that more often than not, they can’t be styled. Using different types of acrylic fibres, exposing them to heat styling can cause the individual hairs to melt and clump together, while styling without heat is usually completely ineffectual. As a result, the wig you get when you purchase is the wig you’ll have for the duration. With a human hair wig, you can style it just as you would your own hair. In fact, it’s actively encouraged!

Choosing a real hair wig

Human hair from wigs comes from a variety of sources all over the world. Depending on the look you’re aiming for and your own natural hair, the source of the hair used to make your wig is likely to be from one of three places.

China provides much of the hair used for wigs, not least because hair from Chinese people tends to be incredibly strong and stands up well to the process of knotting into wigs. It is usually thick and straight with little natural wave. Indian hair is also used frequently and has more waves than hair from China, while European hair is usually used for the higher quality lighter coloured wigs as processing the hair to the fair tones of blonde and light brown can leave it weakened and damaged.

You can choose pre-designed wigs created using human hair, but for the best look possible you can have a bespoke wig made to suit your style, face shape and the size of your head. The process of creating a wig just for you involves knotting individual hairs in place to mimic the growth patterns of natural hair. The finished result is a perfect fit for you and gives you a head of hair you can wear and style as if it were your own.

Conclusion

Human hair wigs are the last word in giving a realistic and natural look to those looking to get their hair back. Superior to synthetic fibre wigs in almost every way, they look and move just like the real thing – and that’s because they are! For the ultimate natural look, you could choose to have your wig made to measure and get the ultimate in really great hair.