Around 1 in 5 women will experience mild discomfort in the back or front of the pelvis during pregnancy. These aches and pains, if left untreated may progress to interfere with everyday activities such as walking, climbing the stairs and getting out of chairs. Your body will go through an extraordinary amount of change when you are expecting. Make sure you are looking after yourself!
SPD – What Is it?
SPD, PPGP or PGP is characterised by ... Read more →
On the 15th May 2016 the Mike Varney Physiotherapy Team helped support Cancer Research UK, by providing free sports massage and injury advice to the thousands of runners who gave up their Sunday morning to raise money to beat a devastating disease.
Whether you have been affected, your family, friends, loved ones, children, it is now a large part of our world with 352,197 new cases identified in the UK since 2013. It can be a heartbreaking disease, ... Read more →
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 also ... Read more →
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.
Take a look at ... Read more →
Thousands of gardening related injuries are reported in Britain each year and many can be avoided with a few simple precautions. We don’t think twice about straining to lift bags of compost from car boots, stooping to pull out weeds, pushing lawnmowers or digging for hours until finally, something has to give, and it is often our poor old backs. We wouldn’t expect athletes like Mo Farah or Jessica Ennis-Hill to compete without first preparing their bodies ... Read more →
Recurrent headaches and migraines are a very common condition that people live with for years without finding a way to effectively cure or manage them. The World Health Organisation state that 31% of all migraine sufferers have never seen a doctor regarding them and it is thought that they are underestimated, under-recognised and undertreated throughout the world. For those that do seek medical help, they are often given strong medications with many side effects that do little ... Read more →
The Achilles tendon is prone to injury following repetition of high loads and overuse. This causes inflammation which can lead to pain and swelling. Achilles tendonitis is a common injury that tends to occur in recreational athletes and is often caused by lack of flexibility and over pronation of the foot. Recent changes in footwear and changes to exercise regimes are other factors associated with Achilles tendonitis.
The main complaint of patients with Achilles tendonitis is pain behind the heel. Most ... Read more →
On Tuesday 1st March 2016, Mike Varney Physiotherapy held an educational evening seminar to investigate the evidence behind supplements and probiotics.
In a world that is so quickly evolving and with so many mixed messages in the heath industry it is difficult to know what is good for your body! Here at Mike Varney Physiotherapy we are proud to not only to be helping the injuries and pains but also your health! This latest talk was part of a series of ... Read more →
The PRICE guidelines are commonly used to treat acute musculoskeletal injuries usually for the first week or so, especially when the injured area is painful and swollen. PRICE is a mnemonic for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The following is a brief overview of the current recommendations of the guidelines:
Following the initial injury, it is important to protect the injury to prevent further damage from occurring and to reduce pain levels. This is usually in ... Read more →
What is Clinical Massage?
Clinical Massage is a method of massage therapy that combines and applies a range of techniques to achieve a specific outcome, whether that be a reduction in pain, increased range of movement, improved posture or relaxation. This type of massage is tailored to you.
How does clinical massage differ from sports massage?
Many of the techniques used in clinical massage are the same as those used in sports massage, but they are applied to a less ... Read more →