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Avoiding injury and illness during endurance training

Avoiding injury and illness during endurance training

When training for endurance events such as the Marathon and triathlons it is easy to sustain injuries. It is equally important to take into account factors such as the weather and pre-existing illnesses and injuries when training for endurance sports. Failing to do so, you put yourself at risk of making yourself ill or making your injury worse. In this article, Sports Medicine Physician and…

Low back pain in rowers. Why is it so common?

Low back pain in rowers

As an osteopath that practices near the river Thames in Putney, I get to see many cases of low back pain in rowers. Despite significant technical and physiological advances in training methods, low back pain is still one of the most frequent problems suffered by rowers. It occurs broadly across all rowing groups, from the purely recreational to the elite. Pain levels may range from a slight niggle to…

MRI scans: do I really need to have one?

mri scans

“I’ve just injured my back. Do I need an MRI scan?” This is a question I hear on a daily basis at the clinic. Following recent attention in the press and media, I feel the need to give my opinion regarding the growing trend of early referring patients for MRI scans.   About MRI scans MRI scans have revolutionised medicine and enhanced patient care in many ways. The…

Acupuncture in the treatment of tension headaches

Tension-type headaches are the most common type of headache. The term refers to both infrequent and frequent episodic tension-type headaches. It also applies to chronic headaches. This type of headache is primary, by which the headache is the disorder, rather than being secondary to another condition. There is growing support for using acupuncture in the treatment of tension headaches. What are tension headaches? Tension-type headaches…

Can acupuncture help morning sickness?

Morning sickness is a very common ailment during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Health professionals prefer to call the condition “nausea and vomiting in pregnancy”. This is because it can affect women at any time of the day or night. Whereas some women may feel sick all day long. Traditional remedies include making modifications to diet, resting and even wearing loose-fitting clothes. However, in this post we…

Acupuncture in the treatment of depression

Acupuncture for depression

Depression is widely experienced in our communities. In clinical depression, people report a lack of interest in life and activities which they otherwise normally enjoy. This can be accompanied by a range of other symptoms. These symptoms can affect sufferers in a number of ways. Eating patterns may become disrupted, leading to weight loss or, conversely, over-eating. Our natural circadian rhythm may also become out of sync. As a…

Acupuncture during IVF treatment

Acupuncture during IVF treatment

Acupuncture during IVF treatment Western medicine has started to recognise the many benefits of using acupuncture during IVF treatment. There have been a variety of studies that review the implications of acupuncture and fertility. Indeed, recent reports have shown a 65 percent increase in pregnancy success rates when IVF is combined with acupuncture treatments. Those same studies have also shown that rates of live births nearly doubled in cases where acupuncture was…

Acupuncture and your menstrual cycle

Acupuncture and your menstrual cycle

Do you experience bloating, mood swings, headaches, fatigue, or painful cramping before or during your period? These complaints are common during the menstrual cycle, but they are not “normal”.    What is a healthy menstrual cycle? A healthy menstrual cycle is one that comes regularly, approximately every 26-30 days. There should  be no premenstrual discomfort (both physically or emotionally).  Neither should there be any pain.  Flow…

Free Triathlon Seminar: Preventing Injury

Free Triathlon Seminar: Preventing Injury and Improving Performance. Thursday 30 March

Are you looking to take up the triathlon or other endurance sports? Are you already a triathlete and would like to know how to prevent injury and improve performance?  Then, come along to our free triathlon seminar on Thursday 30th March (7-9pm). There will be talks by Dr Courtney Kipps, Dermot Burke, John Durkin and Luke Tyburski. At the end of the session, you will also have…

Acupuncture Awareness Week Introductory Offer

Acupuncture Awareness Week Introductory Offer

Acupuncture Awareness Week: 6 – 12 March 2017 Are you looking to de-stress? Need help with anxiety or depression? Or perhaps you have concerns about infertility? If so, why not come and have an acupuncture session at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy with Jas? In celebration of Acupuncture Awareness Week, our acupuncturist Jas Kandola is offering a 15% discount on your first acupuncture session during…