Your marvellous spine

Carol PlumridgeUseful information

Your spine (or back) is a truly wonderful thing. We have a tendency to focus on what goes wrong with it and given that 30.8 million days were lost to back problems in 2016 that’s not surprising. The spine is a flexible container for the spinal cord, its function is both protective and supportive. When you were a 17 day old embryo you were a little … Read More

Feeling great? Or not………

Carol PlumridgeThoughts, Useful information

  Have you ever thought why sometimes you feel great, excited and happy and suddenly it becomes anxiety, you get palpitations and cannot sleep. Or how you can flip from a low mood to a more “Zen” like state. If you look at this diagram it can help you see the mix of elements that can alter how we feel. … Read More

Heart facts for Women

Carol PlumridgeUseful information

Ok ladies here are a few facts about Women and heart disease that I think you should be aware of: Women are equally as likely to be affected by heart disease as men. 50% Women are MORE likely to be misdiagnosed than men when it comes to heart disease. 28,000 women die from a heart attack every year, that’s 77 … Read More

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.

Carol PlumridgeUseful information

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

Carol PlumridgeUseful information

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

Whiplash Injuries

Carol PlumridgeUseful information

  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?

Carol PlumridgeUseful information

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?

Carol PlumridgeUncategorized, Useful information

   “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?

Carol PlumridgeUseful information

 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