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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,…

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New Year, New You!!

Don’t let your New Year Resolutions lead to injury!  For a lot of us, our New Year resolutions list tends to include getting fit and losing weight, but don’t overdo is as this can lead to over exercising and ultimately injury! The New Year, it really does feel like we get to re-set the clock…

Heel Pain - Kick it out!

Heel Pain – Kick it out!

Sharp pain near your heel or along the arch of your foot when you walk, particularly when you first get out of bed in the morning, could mean you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. The pain can get worse in your heel and foot if you stand or sit for extended periods of time…

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Sciatica – a real pain in the Butt!

Most of us have had back trouble of some kind or another, whether it is mild discomfort or terrible pain that knocks you off your feet.  However with sciatica you will likely know right away that something is different. One of the telltale signs of sciatica is pain that starts in your low back and…

Could Running Be Good For Your Knees?

Could Running Be Good For Your Knees?

In the not too distant past, people suffering from Arthritis were advised not to jog as the additional stress could further injure the cartilage in your knees!  However the results of some recent research studies, fly in the face of conventional wisdom – running may actually be good for your knees! Here’s How! A Swedish…

"Slipped Disc"

“Slipped Disc”

We all know someone who has “slipped a disc”!!  The good news is that slipping a disc is not possible! The vertebral discs between each vertebrae cannot “slip out” – so what is actually happening when someone has “slipped a disc”?? The spine is made up of 33 bones called vertebrae with a vertebral disc between…

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Perils of flip flops

Are flip flops the most dangerous shoes you can wear?  As the warmer weather approaches we turn to flip flops as everyday wear, but just stop and think about the possible long-term effects of wearing shoes with so little support! It is easy to understand their appeal, flip flops are super quick to put on…

Eat to beat Muscle Cramp

Eat to beat Muscle Cramp

Cramp is a sudden and severe, involuntary muscle contraction that can last anything from a few seconds to approximately ten minutes.  Cramp can happen anywhere in the body but the most common place is in the legs. There are many different causes for muscle cramps, but one of them may be caused by a poor…

Is the Winter Weather Making your Back Pain Worse?

Is the Winter Weather Making your Back Pain Worse?

Whether you love the changing of the seasons and the chance to don your winter woolies or you hate the lack of sunshine and the restriction of your outdoor activities – cold weather affects us all in a similar way. When temperatures drop, the body slows down meaning it requires more rest to be able…

A Pain in the Butt: 5 Signs of Chronic Hamstring Tendinopathy

A Pain in the Butt: 5 Signs of Chronic Hamstring Tendinopathy

Just as your favorite pair of jeans can become worn and threadbare in the knees, your tendons can also develop chronic injury through wear-and-tear. http://www.sports-health.com/blog/pain-butt-5-signs-chronic-hamstring-tendinopathy From the team at Heale’s Chiropractic Clinics Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire