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Back pain treatment after raking leaves?

Every year as home owners we face the task of gathering up and disposing of thousands of leaves in our gardens. Sounds such a simple task doesn’t it?

But every year following completing the task, we often suffer with those aches and pains, whether it be back pain, neck ache or even pulled muscles as we forget it is a task we don’t fulfil every day so our joints and muscles simply aren’t used to this movement in our everyday lives.

But remember prevention can often be better than cure, so think about the following factors beforehand such as using the right length rake, not gathering the leaves when they are wet as they are heavier and also managing the task in smaller sessions to help build your muscles to avoid straining. Don’t forget like any exercise workout remember to warm up beforehand and stretch afterwards.

However please don’t suffer in silence, pick up the phone and book your physiotherapy or sports massage appointment and let our physiotherapy team work with you to restore your health back to its normal state.

For new patients, we still have our offer for a 1 hour appointment to include an assessment and treatment for only £59.25 (Terms & conditions apply)

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Physiotherapy in Solihull – Patient numbers increase from Solihull

During the last few months, we’ve seen an increase in the number of patients travelling to our Balsall Common physiotherapy and health clinic from the Solihull and surrounding areas, such as Knowle, Dorridge and Shirley.

Whether you are suffering with back pain, have a sports injury or even suffering with arthritis then the physiotherapy team are here 5 days a week to help restore your health.

Check out the range of conditions we treat by clicking here.

Privately owned our clinic is based about 7.5 miles from Solihull Town Centre via the B4101 and Temple Balsall. Plus on the way, you can take in some lovely countryside views as well.

And don’t forget as a NEW private patient, we’ve got a discounted offer of £59.25 for your first hour.  This includes an assessment and treatment.  So why not give the Balsall Common clinic a call now on 01676 533 106.

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Multiple Sclerosis & Physiotherapy

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition which affects the nerves in the brain and the spinal cord. It is an inflammatory, degenerative disease which causes damage to the myelin sheath which surrounds the nerves and speeds up the transmission of electrical signals. When nerve fibres are “demyelinated” (stripped) as in MS, they fail to transmit signals within the nervous system efficiently, causing the impulses to travel slower.

MS typically affects more women than men and diagnosis is most commonly made between the ages of 20 and 40. It is estimated that 100,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with MS and 100-120 people per 100,000 in the UK are affected.

There are different types of MS but that is not to say that an individual’s symptoms and progression always “fit” with one type. In relapse remitting MS people experience an acute exacerbation in their symptoms which is followed by a period of some recovery. Most people with relapse remitting MS then develop secondary progressive MS characterised by an ongoing gradual deterioration. In this instance, the frequency of relapses often decreases but disability increases. In 10% of individuals, symptoms gradually get worse over time, such is the case with primary progressive MS.

People who suffer with MS may experience fatigue, difficulty walking, changes in their vision, dizziness, poor balance and changes to their muscle tone (stiffness or floppiness). Depending upon the type of MS that an individual has, the symptoms will vary in their presentation. Some people for example, may recognise a deterioration in their walking due to an acute exacerbation in their symptoms; others may notice a gradual decline in their ability to get out and about or even around the home.

Physiotherapists play an important role in the management of individuals with MS by maintaining and improving functional ability and managing the long term symptoms. Physiotherapists will compile a tailor made rehabilitation programme to manage specific symptoms including pain alongside issues with tone, stiffness, spasm and balance which may involve land based or water based (hydrotherapy) treatment. The aim of physiotherapy is to encourage normal movement patterns, normalise tone and improve postural and core (trunk) control.

Evidence suggests that exercise as part of a rehabilitation programme can serve to increase activity levels and improve the health and wellbeing of individuals with MS. The results of randomised controlled trials indicate that exercise programmes can improve functional ability, cardiovascular fitness, endurance and muscle strength. Furthermore, exercise releases endorphins which are chemicals that produce feelings of euphoria and calmness which can help to improve mood and elicit a general state of well being.

Physiotherapy should commence soon after a diagnosis is made because the greatest potential for the central nervous system to adapt occurs in the early stages of the disease. Early intervention can help to reduce disability and maximise potential for rehabilitation thus reducing the impact that the condition has on quality of life.

The Benefits of Walking


The Walking Works report by Walking For Health looked at the evidence for the benefits of walking and included Public Health figures which suggested that if everyone in England was sufficiently active, each year this would prevent:
• 36,815 deaths from all causes.
• 12,061 emergency hospital admissions for coronary heart disease.
• 6,735 breast cancer cases.
• 4,719 colorectal cancer cases.
• 294,730 people living with diabetes.

Regular walking provides cardiovascular exercise, which serves to improve your heart and lung function. This improves your heart’s ability to pump blood to the lungs and throughout the body. Subsequently, more blood flows to the muscles and oxygen levels in the blood rise. An increase in oxygen supply helps to get rid of waste products in the tissues. Furthermore, together with a balanced diet and portion control, exercise can also assist in weight loss and improving muscle tone.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Walking can also contribute to a healthy mind! Endorphins are chemicals which produce feelings of euphoria and calmness. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which is implicated in mental health disorders such as depression and can affect mood. Diet and exercise can increase serotonin and endorphin production.

Furthermore, being outside will expose you to sunlight which will facilitate the body’s production of vitamin D which is important for strong, healthy bones, fighting infection and heart and lung function. Some research has suggested a link between vitamin D and mood. One study showed that b-endorphins increase after exposure to the sun and these make you feel good! Another study showed that vitamin D can increase the levels of serotonin which has an impact on your mood.

Walking for All

Young people aged 5 to 18 years need to do at least one hour of physical activity every day, which should range between moderate intensity (walking to school or walking the dog) and vigorous intensity activity (fast running or riding a bike fast). Adults aged between 19 and 64 and those who are aged over 65 and who are generally fit and have no health conditions that restrict their mobility should try to be active daily and seek to do at least two hours and thirty minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking every week.

The Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy published a study in which it found that those who were part of walking programmes increased not only their fitness levels but also their ability to physically function. This increase meant that those who were regular walkers had more energy, performed daily tasks more easily and could still enjoy activities such as dancing.

Walking and Physiotherapy

Did you know that physiotherapists have been called upon to promote walking as a means of helping people get fit and stay active?

Walking helps to maintain joint mobility and muscle strength. Furthermore, regular moderate activity, which can include walking, can help to treat and reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis (wear and tear). Walking can also increase bone mineral density in children, maintain strong bones in the adolescent population and help in the prevention of osteoporosis. High impact exercise in younger people puts load through the bones and increases bone density, however in those who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, low impact, weight bearing exercise such as gentle walking is more appropriate.

Physiotherapy for treating osteoarthritis in hip and knee joints

Physiotherapy can be used to help treat osteoarthritis and relieve pain in the knee and hip joints.

Over the years as I have practiced, I have come to a realisation that the word arthritis is loosely thrown about without the full understanding of what is it and how it may impact your life or the lives of your loved ones.

So what is arthritis?

Arthritis can affect just one joint in the body but it may affect more and be located in more than just one localised area of the body. The word arthritis is Greek in origin and literally translated means inflammation of the joints.

Arthritis is a condition that affects around 10 million people in the UK and can affect people of any age. According to a number of different sources there are somewhere between 171 to 200 different types of arthritis that are medically recognized and unfortunately for most arthritis sufferers the vast majority of those who have one type of arthritis will probably have two or three other forms of the disorder as well.

8 million suffer with osteoarthritis in UK

Osteoarthritis causes pain in the joints it affects and greatly reduces the movement of those joints as well as causing them to become tender and stiff.
Osteoarthritis can also lead to depression and anxiety due to the reduction in mobility and the high levels of pain. If it affects your fingers it can become difficult to move your hands and even hold everyday objects.

Athletes are more likely to suffer from osteoarthritis as repetitive movement, stress and the load placed upon joints makes the condition more likely to occur.

Physiotherapy for osteoarthritis in the hip

For those who suffer from osteoarthritis in the hip joint, physiotherapy can be used to help. When affected by arthritis the hip can become painful and stiff and the range of movement becomes reduced. It can often be accompanied by creaking or crunching in the joint.

Physiotherapy can help treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis by keeping the muscles in good condition and the joints moving, it can reduce the amount of pain that is felt without needing to have surgery.
This not only means that the joints will be less painful during day to day life, but that the range of movement you have in the joint doesn’t reduce and can even be improved depending on the stage that your osteoarthritis in the hip joint is at.

Physiotherapy for Osteoarthritis in the knee

Osteoarthritis in knee joints can be even more painful and problematic than osteoarthritis affecting the hip joint.

Knee joints, more than any other joint that can be affected by osteoarthritis, can benefit from an early diagnosis and management of the condition in the early stages.

Since it is hard to move without bending your knee joints, osteoarthritis in the knee joint can be one of the most debilitating forms of the disease.

Physiotherapy can be used to help treat and manage the pain of osteoarthritis in the knee joints through manipulation of the joint, muscles and tendons that support and comprise the joint.

What this means in real terms is that the pain you might experience in walking, bending down and kneeling can be managed and reduced.

The amount that you can bend your knees can be improved by physiotherapy, keeping the joint range maintained and the surrounding soft tissue at its optimum. When the muscles are doing what is required of them, the joint and the associated structures such as the cartilage are able to track correctly and thus reducing the likely hood of interventions such as surgery.