Top Tips for Gardening

By Lynne Midwinter, Chartered Physiotherapist

Watching the highlights from RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week and with gardening listed as a hobby for over half the adult population of the UK it reminded me that there are a lot of people at risk of injury now that the peak gardening season is here.


At Physio & Therapies the first warm weekends in the spring and early summer usually brings us a rash of injuries from back strain to stiff shoulders presenting at our clinic, so here is our advice on how to avoid unnecessary discomfort.

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Pregnant with pelvic pain?

As a Chartered Physiotherapist with a special interest in pelvis and spine problems I treat many women who have pelvic pain during pregnancy but suffer in silence because they don’t want to take medication that might harm their baby.  Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) used to be called Symphasis Pubis Dysfunction and can occur any time during or after pregnancy and affects one in four pregnant and postnatal women.

They present with a wide range of symptoms and the severity can vary widely however PGP is a common and, in most cases, easily treatable condition.  It can be treated at any stage during or after pregnancy, so if this applies to you please seek treatment.

Although women are often told that PGP is caused by hormones, up to date research

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What is Hypnotherapy?

The mind is the most powerful tool our body has. In the same way that the mind can make us ill (for instance via stress or phobias), the mind can make us better……

Hypnotherapy utilises a perfectly natural phenomenon known as Hypnosis to use this power of the mind to bring about beneficial changes in an individual.

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Parkinson’s and when you should visit a Neuro Physio

In all stages of the disease, a physiotherapist can provide you with advice and education. If required, a physiotherapist will also provide treatment. Physiotherapy treatment aims to prevent, stabilise or reduce movement related problems. You are advised to consult a physiotherapist:

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Ways of staying active with Parkinson’s

Try to reduce your daily sitting time; walk rather than drive short distances, such as to the shop; take the stairs instead of the escalator or lift

Try to exercise at least 150 minutes a week, making an effort to get warm, a little sweaty and out of breath, to the extent that it is difficult to hold a conversation. For example, exercise for 30 minutes on five days a week. If 30 minutes in one go is too much, try shorter periods, such as three times 10 minutes.

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Parkinson’s and staying active

On average, people with Parkinson’s disease are one-third less active than other people of the same age. Not doing enough exercise can actually be more harmful to you than taking up activity. Physical inactivity increases the risk of developing adverse health conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. Therefore, try to exercise regularly.

Feeling tired and starting to sweat during exercise is normal. Please stop exercising and seek medical advice if you break into a cold sweat or if you feel pain, nausea, tightness or pain in your chest for more than a few minutes, unusual breathlessness, dizziness or light-headedness or a sensation of your heart skipping or adding beats.

Please consult your doctor before starting any type of exercise if your doctor has told you that you have one or more of the risk factors for heart disease, if you have recently experienced a heart attack or other heart problem or if you have previously been inactive.

Managing Parkinson’s and Physiotherapy

Parkinson’s is a life-long condition, so self management is important.

Self-management means that you take responsibility, to the best of your ability, for dealing with the issues Parkinson’s creates. Your self-management should include your medication intake, nutrition, speech, mood and sleep. Your neurologist or Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist will be able to tell you more about these, and refer you on to the appropriate healthcare professional when needed.

Try to decide on your own priorities and organise a balanced programme with the support of professionals with Parkinson’s-specific expertise. You may need to see different experts as time goes on. Physiotherapists’ role is to keep you moving safely and independently, and to help you to keep your body in as good a working condition as possible. However, what you can do for yourself is: Exercise regularly!
Recognise the time when you may need to visit a physiotherapist.

Parkinson’s can affect anyone

There are approximately 130,000 people in the UK living with Parkinson’s with more men than women having the condition.  Although the conditions mainly develops in older people but some it can also be diagnosed in younger people. Famous people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s include Roger Bannister (the first person to run a 4 minute mile), Micheal J Fox, Ray Kennedy and Billy Connolly.

Billy Connolly recently said “Parkinson’s is scary if you want it to be, but you mustn’t let it take control. I stay positive just by getting on and going to work.”

What is Parkinson’s?

Our Neuro Physiotherapist Karen Hull has lined up some daily facts throughout Parkinson’s Awareness Week this week

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition, noted for affecting the basal ganglia region of the brain as a result of the loss of the chemical dopamine. It was first described in Western Medical literature in 1817 by Dr James Parkinson, but Chinese records have shown that they were treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s 5000 years ago.”

Make the most of your run

Whether you are new to running and doing Couch to 5K or preparing for your 20th Marathon and a seasoned all weather runner, this time of year, as the days get longer and the clocks go forward it’s lovely to be able to get out more, but before you up that mileage remember that where injuries are concerned prevention is better than cure!  So before you head out for a run – here’s some advice to help you on your way …

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