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Can Physiotherapy help Headaches?

Yes it can!

At the assessment we would look at your posture, how well you move, and feel for any painful areas in the muscles or joints. Depending on what we find to be the likely cause of your headaches, we would then work to relieve any muscle tension, including trigger points or ‘knots’ in the muscles, work gently to loosen any stiff joints, and we may offer acupuncture for pain relief. In addition, we aim to prevent the problem returning, so would advise on posture at work and Pilates exercises to help strengthen the postural support muscles.

People who are hypermobile can be more prone to suffer headaches, as well as school or university students who are studying for exams, people who work at a computer for many hours, or those who drive for a living.

We believe prevention is better than cure, so as well as providing advice and preventative exercises, we would discuss how best to support you while our exercises take effect, to reduce your symptoms as much as possible. This may include some further treatment sessions of massage or acupuncture or Pilates, and with our extended opening hours, we always aim to fit into your busy schedule.

Our Edgware clinic is easily accessible from Mill Hill or Stanmore.

The Green Clinic: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia
020 8728 0625 www.edgwarephysio.com

Our Shenley clinic is easily accessible from Radlett, Borehamwood and Elstree.

The Gingerbread House: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia
01923 852852 www.radlettphysio.co.uk

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Celebrate 5 years of back to back expertise from The Green Clinic

Celebrating 5 years of back to back expertise from The Green Clinic

Yes, that’s right 5 years!

We’ve been reflecting quite a bit over the last few days about how The Green Clinic started and how it’s now gained great momentum from the numerous patients we’ve steered back to good musculo-skeletal health, as well as those with chronic conditions where we make their lives that much easier day to day, week to week, month to month and year to year.

It’s hard work, yet smart work and of course very rewarding. Because for every one of those patients we treat, there’s a moment of breakthrough, where we and they can see light at the end of the tunnel and thereafter where we can sustain their healthier body with regular treatment and exercise.

What inspired The Green Clinic?

Our lead physiotherapist, Stephen Parkus, is passionate about delivering superior physiotherapy care that’s within reach of everyone.

In April of 2008 Stephen was very aware of just how many physiotherapists are prone to place people on machines and let the ‘current’ do the work for them. And at a price!

At The Green Clinic we’re very much more hands-on. We stretch our clients expectations, (and not their budgets), of what you can regain for your body and then can go on to achieve.

5 years on, there is still some dubious advice out there. Some practitioners also lack the patience upon which we pride ourselves. At The Green Clinic, we take the time to understand your physical pain and how it affects your life. We make sure that every one of our patients is treated how they should be, with an exceptional duty of care.

And we never go off at a tangent. We work closely with GPs and Consultants to continue their good work to achieve the best for you. It’s true body conditioning that will get you back on the paying field, help you prepare and recover from surgery, or improve the quality of your life.

Our desire to provide the most progressive rehabilitative and pre-habilitative physiotherapy there is, is at the core of all we do. We like to call it Total Care.

In 5 years, as our patients go from strength to strength, so have we. We can proudly claim to provide the most effective, evidence based treatment to gain, retain and sustain your strength, fitness, flexibility and mobility.

True Specialists

As a Chartered Physiotherapist, with a background in the NHS, private hospital work and specialist post breast cancer surgery care, Stephen Parkus established The Green Clinic with the explicit aim of bringing the best of all three spheres to our patients. Adding to this a particular interest and specialism in treating Hypermobility, The Green Clinic is increasingly becoming known to offer the highest quality physiotherapy for adults and children.

So, here’s to the next 5 years and beyond of The Green Clinic standing head and shoulders above the crowd.

And we’ll make you a guarantee: You’ll come to The Green Clinic as patients and you’ll pretty soon become friends. It’s just the way we like to do things and we’re told by our patients that it’s pretty rare.

Our Edgware clinic is easily accessible from Mill Hill or Stanmore.

Our Shenley clinic is easily accessible from Radlett, Borehamwood and Elstree.

You can of course become our friends immediately by following us right now on Facebook http://on.fb.me/ZGGWVh and Twitter https://twitter.com/EdgwarePhysio , or scheduling your first appointment now on 020 8728 0625

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Green Clinic

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Do You Need Physiotherapy? Free Assessment!

Not all Physiotherapists are the same.

There is a wide variety of skill and experience.

Come in for a free 15 minute assessment or call us for an assessment over the phone to decide whether Physiotherapy can help you.

Our Edgware clinic is easily accessible from Mill Hill or Stanmore.

The Green Clinic: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia
020 8728 0625 www.edgwarephysio.com

Our Shenley clinic is easily accessible from Radlett, Borehamwood and Elstree.

The Gingerbread House: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia
01923 852852 www.radlettphysio.co.uk

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Joint Hypermobility – Common Clues

Delighted to see an article in The British Medical Journal

http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c7167.full

Common clues suggesting joint hypermobility syndrome:

In children and adolescents
Congenital dislocation of the hip

Late walking, with bottom shuffling instead of crawling

Recurrent ankle sprains

Poor ball catching and handwriting skills

Tiring easily compared with peers

So called growing pains or chronic widespread pain

Joint dislocations

In adults
Non-inflammatory joint or spinal pain

Joint dislocations

Multiple soft tissue (including sporting) injuries

Increase in pain or progressive intensification of pain that is largely unresponsive to analgesics

Progressive loss of mobility owing to pain, or pain avoidance through movement avoidance

Premature osteoarthritis

Autonomic dysfunction, such as orthostatic intolerance (dizziness or faintness) or postural tachycardia syndrome (in this form of dysautonomia, in 60° upright tilt the blood pressure remains constant while the pulse rate rises by a minimum of 30 beats/min)

Functional gastrointestinal disorders (sluggish bowel, bloating, rectal evacuatory dysfunction)

Laxity in other supporting tissues—for example, hernias, varicose veins, or uterine or rectal prolapse

We have years of experience in treating children and adults with hypermobility.

Our Edgware clinic is easily accessible from Mill Hill or Stanmore.

The Green Clinic: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia
020 8728 0625 www.edgwarephysio.com

Our Shenley clinic is easily accessible from Radlett, Borehamwood and Elstree.

The Gingerbread House: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia
01923 852852 www.radlettphysio.co.uk

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Is your handbag a pain in the neck?

If you look at someone from the side, their spine should be a gentle S-shaped curve. From behind, their spine should be a straight line.

Anything that causes the spine to be pushed or pulled away from this ideal shape can cause strain in the spine, and the more often it happens, the more this strain can build up. This can lead to headaches, pain in the neck, upper or lower back.

Carrying handbags that are too heavy is one such cause of strain.

The trend for oversized bags means there is more space to fill. The bigger the bag, the more tempting it is to pack it all in.

The Daily Mail in 2007 quoted a study which found that women today carry twice as much in their handbags as their mothers used to. Mum might have had a coin purse, a powder compact, a couple of tissues and a house key.

Increasingly, women are carrying more gadgets such as iPods and mobile phones, which has created a demand for larger handbags. A survey in the Independent in 2008 showed that the average weight of a woman’s handbag has increased by 38% over five years to 2.37 kilos (5lbs). In some cases the weight of a full handbag can be up to 7kg (15 lbs). As well as packing more inside, the handbags themselves are often heavy.

Overfilling an enormous bag is less of a problem if you can just throw it in the car, but if you need to walk any distance carrying it, the strain just builds up.

Carrying a bag on one shoulder leads to improper weight distribution across the neck, shoulder and back, causing strain in the joints, muscles and ligaments of the spine, which can lead to pain. Carrying the bag over one shoulder causes the shoulder to hike up which can shorten the muscles.

As a result, more and more women are requiring treatment for neck, shoulder and back pain.

The Health & Safety Executive report that back pain is more common when lifting heavy items;
carrying loads awkwardly, or one handed; repetitive tasks; bending or crouching; lifting when tired.
Although there is no such thing as a completely ‘safe’ lift, for an average woman, the maximum recommended weight to lift from the floor is 3kg or from knee height 7kg. This assumes that the bag is grasped with both hands, and lifted in reasonable conditions, with the lifter in a stable body position. If you usually put your handbag on the floor when not on th move, your limit is 3kg, if you are able to lift and lower it carefully with both hands!

If it is really necessary to carry a large handbag, try to reduce the weight of the handbag itself to no more than 1 to 2 lbs. Then try to minimise how much stuff you’re putting in your bag. Ditch anything you don’t need and then think about how you carry your bag. You should alternate the bag from one shoulder to another, every 10-15 minutes.

It is much better not to carry the entire weight of the bag on one shoulder.

Ideally the weight should be distributed evenly across your body, which means using something like a rucksack, or pulling a carrying case with wheels for heavier items. The next best option is to wear a bag that you carry across your body like a satchel.

Here are a few tips to keep your handbag from being a burden.

– Weigh your handbag. You might be amazed by how much it weighs!
– Think through the day ahead and pack your handbag accordingly. There’s no need to cart around sunglasses if the season has changed.
– Pack a smaller make-up bag with a few essentials. You’ll only have to touch up your make-up during the day so leave the foundation and brushes at home.
– De-clutter your purse of small change – clear it out or try to use it up.

Exercising regularly is also advisable. If you have a strong core from exercise like pilates, you’re much less likely to hurt yourself.

For the sake of your spine, when you choose a handbag, less is always better!

It’s important to find ways to stay healthy while staying in fashion.

For advice on your posture, or advice on exercises for a strong core, see an experienced physiotherapist.

If you have pain from repeated carrying, or from your posture, for the right kind of hands on treatment, see an experienced physiotherapist.

The Green Clinic is based in Edgware, Middlesex, and in Shenley, Herts.

Our Edgware clinic is easily accessible from Mill Hill or Stanmore.

The Green Clinic: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia
020 8728 0625 www.edgwarephysio.com

Our Shenley clinic is easily accessible from Radlett, Borehamwood and Elstree.

The Gingerbread House: Chartered Physiotherapists Stephen or Talia
01923 852852 www.radlettphysio.co.uk