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Sleep Better

Renting a cottage in half term with my family made me think about beds and what to look for in a comfortable bed and pillow.

Did you know that it’s been proved that an old bed can rob you of up to an hour’s sleep a night? And if you compare sleep on a new bed versus an old bed the sleep quality is better – that is, less disturbed and more recuperative sleep – with three times fewer physical movements and two times fewer micro-awakenings being recorded.

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Laptop Blues

Laptops have made us be able to work more flexibly and be more mobile, but they have been blamed for causing work-related back, neck and shoulder problems as well as headaches.



Cases of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) are on the rise according to the Health and Safety Executive.  The increasing popularity of laptops may be a factor in the problem, once they were only used by busy business people who had to work on planes or trains, but thanks to lower prices, the rise in home working and wireless internet access, laptops are everywhere.


Currently about 11% of the workforce spend a significant amount of their time working from home and this is on the rise. Coupled with this is the

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Are you struggling to keep your New Years Resolutions?

As we head through January all those good intentions from the New Year are heading down the drain and our willpower is at a low ebb.  But help is at hand …. The team at Physio & Therapies are sure to have something to help you keep to your resolutions!


Each year millions of people resolve to lose weight, stop smoking, eat more healthily or reduce their stress levels.  Psychologists have researched why we fail and the main reasons are that we don’t get enough support and that we don’t break the tasks into achievable goals.  At Physio & Therapies we have identified the most popular New Years Resolutions and worked out how we can help support and motivate you … so all you need to do is read on!

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Vibrational Medicine

Kate Herbert BSc (hons), PGCE, Dip Vib Med


A biology lecturer for many years, my degree in science has helped me assess the therapies I use in a rational way.  Seeing evidence of how they help people every day convinces me that they work. I have good knowledge of anatomy and physiology, including the chakras and meridians and conventional western medicine.

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Christmas Survival Guide

By Lynne Midwinter, Chartered Physiotherapist


How do you manage to do all the shopping, cook the turkey and survive the in-laws without injuring yourself in the process?


The run up to Christmas is fraught with difficulties – presents to buy, decorations to hang, cards to write and a million and one things to organise.  Then over the holiday period most of us eat too much and then slouch in front of the television to watch the James Bond film for the 10th time!  All of this can cause strains and sprains in even the fittest of us and often at Physio & Therapies we treat a number of people between Christmas and New Year with injuries caused by Christmas activities, or more often, inactivity!

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Rear-ended recently? Don’t let it become a pain in the neck!

Driver Suffering From Whiplash After Traffic Collision

Whiplash has been in the media recently and is a term used to describe a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways.  It is common in road traffic accidents but may also be caused by sports injuries, falls or assaults. Most cases of whiplash injury occur as the result of rear-end vehicle collisions at speeds of less than 14 miles per hour.


Common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • neck pain and stiffness
  • tenderness over the neck muscles
  • reduced and painful neck movements
  • headaches

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How Counselling can help Men to achieve better Mental Health

By Steve Axell, Counsellor and Life Coach


‘Stuff’ happens in life, like difficulties with work or finances, the breakdown of a relationship, overwhelming family responsibilities, the death of a family member or friend, illness, accidents and unexpected setbacks. These challenges can become a rich source of learning and growth and shape us as people, or they can take a serious toll on our mental health and cause us to become stuck, anxious, isolated and even ill. Many of us, men particularly, have been conditioned to tough it out and struggle alone, to ‘Man-Up’, rather than admit weakness or vulnerability and seek help, until it becomes overwhelming and reaches crisis point. Of the 6,233 suicides recorded in the UK in 2013, (which is 3 times the number of people killed in traffic accidents) 78% were male and 22% were female.

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Who is caring for the carers? BackCare Awareness week 3rd – 8th October

The UK is home to 7 million unpaid carers. These are people who provide care and support to an ailing or disabled family member, friend or neighbour on an ongoing basis. They represent an unpaid and often invisible workforce that saves the Government a staggering £119 billion every year – more than the Government’s entire annual NHS expenditure.

Carers are often exposed to higher than usual levels of physical and emotional stress which puts their own health at risk. Many carers help the person they care for with physical tasks, such as getting in and out of the bed, bath or chairs. In addition to this, the role of carer, especially when caring for a spouse or close family member, can create unique emotional stresses.

Over 70% the UK’s unpaid carers now suffer from back pain, and are at greater risk of developing chronic pain, which is highly disabling in a third of cases and life-long for the majority.

The national back pain charity, BackCare has chosen ‘Caring for Carers’ as this year’s BackCare Awareness Week theme (3rd – 8th of October 2016) so it seems an ideal opportunity to share some back care advice with you all.

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Do you blame your screen for headaches or migraines? I can help!

Migraines are now listed in the top 20 disabilities by the World Health Organisation  and a survey of over 120,000 households found that four out of ten females and two out of ten males respectively will experience Migraine at some stage in their lifetime – most likely before the age of 35 and that the greatest frequency of attacks are likely to occur between the ages of 20 and 24 years in females and 15 to 19 in males. The authors reported that these findings were in accordance with previous studies. (Stewart WF, Wood C, Reed ML, Roy J, Lipton RB. Cumulative lifetime migraine incidence in women and men. Cephalalgia 2008;28:1170-1178)

Clearly this is a significant problem for many people!

Historically Headache has been divided into two main types: Migraine (Migraine with and without aura and numerous variants) and Tension-type Headache.

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