winter

How to stay active in winter!

The weather outside is frightful …….. and even the most enthusiastic exerciser can have a hard time getting motivated in the winter months.  Short, cold days and long dark nights make it difficult to get out of bed, let alone getting the body moving – but there are some simple ways to get motivated this…

vaccination

Vaccination – what does it mean exactly?

Vaccination is the safest way to protect yourself against an infectious disease. Once you have been vaccinated, you should have the ability to fight off the disease if you come into contact with it.   You will have a level of protection, or immunity, against the disease.​ So how does a vaccination work? The immune system…

aches

Why does cold weather make joints ache?

There is no one explanation for why dropping temperatures can make your muscles and joints ache. One theory is that cold weather causes muscles to lose more heat and contract, causing tightness throughout the body. Joints get tighter, muscles can lose their range of motion and nerves can be pinched more easily. Another  theory relates to…

festive

Festive Faux Pas

As the festive season begins, many of us will either be thinking about or putting up our decorations fairly soon.  We want you to stay safe and in control as the mounting pressure to produce a “perfect” Christmas has us making silly mistakes! Festive Fairy lights and decorations A whopping 350 people a year are…

exercises

5 low back exercises to do at home!

All of us, whether we are key workers or working from home need to keep our spines moving correctly, whether you have low back pain at the moment or just wish to keep your back strong and mobile – try out these five exercises that you can do at home as part of your daily…

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Wash hands – save lives!

Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.  Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. How do germs get onto our hands in the first place? Faeces (poo) from people and animals…

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Low back pain- 5 things to stop doing!

Low back pain is the most common cause of job related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days.  Men and women are equally affected by low back pain, which can range in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation! It is important to point out that you should stay…

stress

5 Signs stress levels are out of control!

Stress is a process, not a diagnosis!  When the term “stress” is used in a clinical sense – it refers to a situation that causes discomfort and distress and can lead to other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety! However, stress is normal.  We are actually designed to react to demanding or threatening…

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Muscle Spasms – What are they?

Otherwise known as muscle cramps, spasms happen when a muscle involuntary and forcibly contracts and cannot relax.  They are extremely common and can affect any muscle in the body. Usually spasms involve part or all of a muscle or several muscles in a group. They are most common in the thighs, foot arches, calves, hands,…

pinched nerve

5 signs of a pinched nerve!

We explained what a  pinched nerve was in last weeks article, and since pinched nerves can show up pretty much anywhere on your body – you can literally feel symptoms all over the place! Although you can get symptoms of a pinched nerve in many locations on your body, they often show up in your…