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Low back pain when turning in and getting out of bed

This is often due to irritation of some of the tissues in the low back.

Whilst it is a good idea to find out the route-cause of the pain and seek appropriate treatment for it, in the meantime, there are some simple things you can do that may help to ease your discomfort.

If you are on your back already, try lying with your knees bent and your feet rested on the surface you are lying on. This may help to relax your low back. Try gently rocking your knees side to side whilst in this position. You can also try pulling the knees towards your chest and giving them a little hug. You may also like to gently rock side to side whilst in this position.

Before turning  over, try contracting your ‘core stability’ muscles. These are muscles that help to protect and stabilise your low back. Lying on your back, pull your belly button in towards your spine without pushing your low back in to the bed and continue to breathe normally. Then try turning on to your side whilst maintaining this and using your abdominal muscles to help you turn over.

If you have low back pain getting out of bed, it is best to roll on to your side first and then drop the legs off the mattress whilst using your arms to push yourself up to a sitting position. Try contracting your core muscles again whilst doing this and before you stand up. Try sitting for a few seconds on the bed before standing.

If you experience pain or discomfort performing any of the above techniques or are not sure how to do them, please do not continue to attempt them and seek assistance from your doctor or appropriate manual therapist, such as ourselves. If you do not know where your core muscles are or how to contract them, this may be linked to your low back pain. Again, seeking the help and advice of your doctor, osteopath, or sports person may help.

Aging and your body: stiffness

Stiffness is a common complaint in some of the older patients we see at the clinic.

It is a symptom felt due to a natural aging process that brings about changes predominately affecting the joints and muscles.

The fluid that keeps our joints well lubricated may decrease, the cartilage in these joints therefore is closer together and may rub and start to erode (osteoarthritis) and minerals (like calcium) may deposit in and around some joints (calcification).

In muscles, lipofuscin (a ‘wear and tear’ pigment) and fat is deposited, muscles start to shrink and their fibres are replaced more slowly or are replaced by more fibrous tissue.

Rest assured this is a completely normal process of aging but there are many things you can do to help yourself feel less stiff as you age. Make sure you maintain a good level of appropriate exercise (aimed at strength, balance and flexibility), look after your posture, don’t spend too long in static positions, stretch, stay well hydrated and eat a balanced diet. Some people consider taking supplements.

Physical therapy, such as osteopathy, can be very useful in helping to maintain good range of motion in joints, stretch out tight muscles and break down fibrous tissue deposits. Many patients report feeling more mobile and able after a course of treatments.

 

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We such a lot of babies with feeding issues I thought it would be a good idea to do a post about this as its International Breastfeeding Week. Its hard to keep things short sometimes….

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Headaches

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This week is World Glaucoma Week, reading up on it, got me thinking about how over the years we’ve helped relieve eye problems like, decreased tear production causing dry eyes, soreness remaining after shingles across the face and eyes, reduced pain and discomfort after eye operations such as cataracts and reduced firework like flashings in the eye. Not to mention helping numerous babies with blocked drainage of the eyes. Not seen anyone with glaucoma yet though….

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Looking After Your Heart

You may/may not have been aware that February is, or rather was, National Heart Month. So, have you been looking after yours?

Your heart is a vital organ but like the rest of the body it can suffer from stress and disease. Being aware of how to look after your heart should be a fundamental aspect of your health regime. Read more >>

Headaches

June is headache awareness month so if you’ve been troubled by them maybe now is the time to get help! Read more >>