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When is Back Pain Serious?

98% of back pain isn’t serious

A lot of people end up in A&E when they experience acute back pain. However, less than 2% of people with back pain have serious underlying problems. And often the most excruciating back pain is due to nothing more sinister than muscle spasms; you can liken it to cramp – horrible but not dangerous.

6 Ways to Improve Back Pain: things you may not know about Posture, Movement and Exercise

Misinformation about back pain is surprisingly common amongst the new patients who come into my clinic, and a large part of my role is re-educating them on what they understand to be good or bad for their body. So often people are in ‘protect mode’ because they’re nervous about doing damage: they haven’t realised how robust and adaptable we are. It’s incredibly rewarding when someone walks into clinic feeling helpless about their pain, and walks out with a totally different perspective and a lot more control over their issue. In this article I share 6 lesser known facts about back pain and how to address it. As always, if you have any questions about the post or anything else get in touch.

Pain and Running

For the non-runners out there the words pain and running may be synonymous, but that’s a conversation for another time…

Today I received this great feedback from Beth, a seasoned runner who came into clinic a while ago, unable to run:

“Carry, I hope you are well! I’ve been meaning to message to say how grateful I am for the advice you have given me… I’m 5 weeks into marathon training and have had no issues so far which is a miracle for me, considering my previous injuries and the mileage I’ve been clocking up! I did a 25km run last weekend and only felt muscle soreness!! … I’m so thankful for your advice… I’ve never gone this long without an old injury playing up or doing something new to myself!”

Painful Misconceptions: The Good News about Chronic Pain

When Dr Cath Spencer Smith, fantastic Sports Medicine Doctor in London, asked me to write a guest blog for her, I of course jumped at the chance to write about the subject I’m most passionate about. Pain.

Here it is…

Pain is a BIG topic. The science and research around pain have been rapidly evolving over the last 10 years or so; it can be complex to deal with but we know more now than ever before, and that means we are better at understanding and dealing with it.

Do you really have Sciatica?

I’ve had many people walk into my clinic telling me “I have sciatica”, when actually, they probably don’t. There are numerous things that can cause buttock / leg pain, which may resemble something like sciatica, and they can be agonizing – nerve impingement or not. But the reality is that it’s pretty hard to compress a big old thing like the sciatic nerve.

Great article in The Times today… Exercise is Powerful Medicine

The Times published an article today: “Pilates not painkillers the best cure for backache”. Hopefully this will fast become common practice advice given by anyone helping those with back pain. Because we agree, there is no substitute for movement – it has been our philosophy for a while. Here are some quotes from the article and my take on things…

Is Running Really as Bad for You as Some People Say?

Are you trying to talk yourself into or out of running? As is the case with most health related related questions, everything in moderation isn’t a bad rule of thumb. But it depends on the individual, their history, their goals, etc… it also depends on whose opinion you are listening to. There will always be different schools of thought.

How to Avoid Old-Age Disability (this isn’t aimed at old people!)

Research demonstrates that disease and disability are not an inevitable part of ageing and it is thought that genetics account for about 35 percent of lifespan. So modifiable environmental factors contribute more: that means you actually hold much of the power in determining your fate in later years.

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