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Avoiding DIY SOS Moments

Spring time is the perfect time to get the house in order.  The evenings are lighter, the weather is drier and warmer and bank holiday weekends for extra time to throw yourself into that bit of decorating or spring cleaning you’ve been talking about for ages! What we must all remember is that those jobs you have planned, no matter how big or small, are types of physical activity. This is a good thing; your body will thank you for being active!  However, it is also a classic time for those little niggles to aggravate or for your body to shout ‘SOS’. These incidents […]

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Gardening

Taking care in your BACK Garden As we move into summer many of us will take to the garden and begin our preparations for this year’s crop. But before you grab your spade spare a thought for your back! The first few weeks of the growing season shows the highest prevalence of back injuries among recreational gardeners. Back injuries related to gardening can affect anyone but are much more common in those who do not usually participate in physical activity, fail to take care in the garden or have a previous back injury. So the big question is what can you do […]

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Helen’s Marathon

Helen has been working with us at Taunton Chiropractic Clinic for many years now.  She is highly thought of by all members of our team and of course her patients.  Her skills as a massage therapist help many of our patients to feel relaxed and help to relieve their aches and pains. As well as working as a massage therapist at the clinic, Helen is also a physical education teacher, helps with the training of the massage students in Bridgwater College, she plays hockey and is a wife and mum to three children……and now she has decided to run a marathon!!! She […]

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Warm Up, Cool Down

Warming up before exercise and cooling down after exercise is important for a good workout.  Often, we try to squeeze in a workout into an already busy day (High five for getting it done!) but this is no excuse for skipping your warm up and cool down.  Your body will thank you for spending the extra time getting it ready to exercise and helping it recover afterwards.  Rushing from the office where you have been sat at your desk for 8 hours, straight into a gym session is an injury waiting to happen! It is worth remembering that you are an individual and […]

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Fitness Tips

In an ideal world, adults between the age of 19 and 64 years old should be doing some form of physical activity every day to improve their health and fitness. The benefits of this include: Reduces the risk of diseases like type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke Helps to maintain a healthy weight Helps maintain the ability to perform everyday tasks such as shopping Improves self esteem Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety With all these amazing health benefits you would think that we would all be jumping on this health band wagon but the reality is that for […]

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Taking Care of Your Back and Neck This Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner we want to give you a few helpful hints and tips to keep your back out of trouble this Christmas.  For most of us the festive season brings a change to our daily routine.  I’m sure we all look forward to a few well-earned days off and not having to do the dreaded school run or commute to work.  It is also the time of year for socializing, whether it is at the works Christmas do or with our family and friends, everybody likes a good party!  With so much to look forward to it is […]

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New NICE Guidelines for Low Back Pain and Sciatica

NICE stands for National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.  It is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health in the United Kingdom.  They use best evidence to produce guidelines and advice nationally to improve the quality of health and social care. There are a huge number of guidelines that are updated regularly.  Recently NICE have produced new guidelines for low back pain and sciatica.  These new guidelines explicitly recognise the role of manual therapy in the treatment of low back pain and low back pain with sciatica.  Manual therapy can include spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation and […]

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