Paracetamol some facts and figures.

Carol PlumridgeUseful information

Paracetamol Always check with a health care professional before taking medication. Some sobering facts about paracetamol. Paracetamol is not an anti inflammatory medication, its mode of action is unclear but it seems to have a comforting effect on people. There is very little difference in results when taking either paracetamol or anti-inflammatory drugs when you have low backache or osteoarthritis. … Read More

Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: Some facts to think about.

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NSAID (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) Some facts for sportsmen and women. Here are some facts and figures about taking NSAID’s that you may want to consider. As with any drug treatment speak to a professional first, either a pharmacist, GP or practice nurse. 2002: NZ marathon 13% participants took NSAID’s before the race. 2002-3: 86% Italian footballers take NSAID’s … Read More

Overcoming resistance

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What do you ignore, or pretend it isn’t happening? Both of which can be a forms of resistance. How do you feel about changes in your body, whether due to ageing, injury or sloth? How do you deal with those uncomfortable feelings? My personal favourite is eating, not very happy? Eat something, angry? Eat something, cross? Eat something. You could … Read More

November newsletter

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Life Audit Have you ever sat down and really considered your life? Are you doing what you want to do? Are you able to? Do you kid yourself about things? My personal one is “oh yes I eat really well” When I looked back at the week there were quite a lot of ready meals…….. I have a close family … Read More

October Newsletter

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Not Drowning but Waving We’ve all had those times when life gets really choppy. There you are just bobbing along and suddenly hurricane Irma comes along and starts to hurl you about. This may be bullying, difficult work challenges, facing illness, unexpected bills, accidents or upsets in the family….add your own! How can we navigate these issues? I find it really helpful to … Read More

Whiplash Injuries

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  Whiplash Injuries  75% of car accident insurance claims cite whiplash injury. So what is a whiplash injury? It’s an injury to the neck (Cervical area), which is caused by a forceful movement, which can be forwards, backwards and sideways. The head moves in one direction and the seat belt stops the movement and the head flicks back in the … Read More

Are you close to the edge?

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How close to the edge are you? Clients often say to me that their symptoms have appeared suddenly and they don’t understand why. It feels as if they have suddenly gone over the edge and I think that is a good analogy. So what happens when you go over the edge? In a day-to-day way we don’t know how close … Read More

When should I have treatment?

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   “When should I have treatment”? Good question. Standard osteopathic answer “It depends” So when would I recommend treatment? I am going to talk about the spine, but remember osteopaths do deal with other joints as well, so the same advice applies. I think for ease there are three categories: You are fit and well and have not had previous … Read More

How many times should I stretch?

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 I always give clients exercises to stretch themselves; it is so important to keep moving your body between treatments. It helps to maintain the improvements made during the treatment and gets the client into the habit of exercising. I am always asked “how many times should I do it?” The most important thing is to get into the habit of exercise, … Read More

Why did I become an Osteopath?

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Why did I become an osteopath? As with many things it was chance. In 1976 a friend and I went out one Friday night to a disco (translated club!). We bumped into an ex boyfriend of hers called Jamie Taylor. He was studying Osteopathy; I can remember sitting talking to him about it for ages. I then found out more … Read More