Advice & Tips

Why Does My Back Hurt?

Anatomy of the spine:

The spine is a crucial structure in the body. It has three major functions important for everyday life:

  • Protection: the spinal cord, nerve roots and several organs within the body are protected by the spine.
  • Structure: the spine provides structural support to withstand load and hold you upright.
  • Movement: the spine allows movement in multiple directions.

The spine can be broken down into five sections – cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and coccyx. The spine has ...

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Sciatica

What is Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. Sciatica refers to symptoms of lower back, buttock or leg pain, which can be described as tingling, numbness, or weakness in the leg and foot. These symptoms originate in the lower back but may also be felt without lower back pain. The sciatic nerve exits the spine and travels through the buttock and down the back of the leg before branching off behind the ...

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Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is the most common complaint we see at Mike Varney Physiotherapy. 7 out of 10 people will experience some form of low back pain in their lifetime. It is characterised by a pain or ache anywhere between the bottom of your ribs and the top of your legs. Some people also experience referred pain down into the buttocks and legs. Despite being so ...

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Plantarfaciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

What is it?
Plantar Fasciitis is irritation and inflammation of your plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a band of thick tissue on the bottom of your foot, that
starts at your heel bone, runs along the edge of your foot, all the way to the bottom of your toes. It is there to help support the arch of your foot
and to shock absorb when you are putting weight through ...

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Achilles Tendinopathy

What is Achilles Tendinopathy? 

The Achilles tendon is the strong fibrous band of connective tissue that rises from the heel bone and attaches into the calf muscles. It is the thickest tendon in the body and due to its high weight-bearing nature it is prone to injury. Overuse of the calf muscles can lead to overloading of the Achilles tendon, leading to micro-tearing and degeneration causing pain, known as a tendinopathy.

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Tennis Elbow

What is tennis elbow?

Otherwise known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is an injury where the tendon that attaches the wrist muscles to the outer side of the elbow become inflamed and degenerated. This can normally be attributed to overuse of the muscles from activities that repetitively activate the wrist extensors (the muscles that bend your wrist backwards). For example, desk-based workers commonly suffer from tennis elbow due to typing on a keyboard continuously. Similarly, ...

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Lateral Ankle Sprain

 

The outside of the ankle is comprised of three ligaments which are strong connective tissue that stabilises the ankle joint. Lateral ankle sprain is one of the most common sporting injuries and is frequently re-injured. Lateral ankle sprains commonly occur when the ankle rolls inwards under body weight, which can stretch or in worst cases rupture the ligaments to the outside of the ankle. With lateral ankle sprains the surrounding tendons, muscles and nerves may also ...

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Headache and Migraine Advice Evening

img_7849On Tuesday 29th November, the Mike Varney Physiotherapy team presented an information and advice evening lecture to patients, local GP’s and opticians. The talk was aimed at examining the different types of headaches and migraines and the treatment that we can provide to help reduce symptoms, frequency and intensity.The evening was delivered by 3 of our ...

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Create healthy bones with Vitamin D!

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, and we get most of ours from sunlight exposure. 

We need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from our diet. These minerals are important for healthy bones and teeth. A lack of vitamin D – known as vitamin D deficiency – can cause bones to become soft and weak, which can lead to bone deformities.

How do we get vitamin D?

Our body creates most of our vitamin D from direct sunlight on our skin. However, we ...

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7 Benefits of Indian Head Massage

It sounds like a treat for a special occasion or spa break, but actually Indian Head Massage has many health benefits both physically and emotionally.

The aim of Indian head massage is to release tension in the muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders. Indian head massage can also help with relieving fatigue, insomnia, headaches, and sinusitis. The experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving a feeling of increased energy, concentration and revitalisation.

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