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  • What is Plantar Fasciitis?

    Plantar - base of the foot Fascia - stretchy, strong connective tissue that helps stabilize your muscles throughout the body.  Itis - inflammation.  So combine them and we get . . . . . . Plantar fasciitis - inflammation of the connective tissue which runs from the heel to the base of ...
  • Back Pain When Driving?

    With summer coming to an end many people are driving long distances as they go from summer locations to home, school and work. And long distance driving often results in back pain. Are you sitting comfortably? The seats themselves don’t always help - lowered, tipped back seats make the legs...
  • 5 reasons your knee isn’t getting better

    Earlier this month I had a gentleman come in complaining of long term (5+ years!!) pain in his knee. He'd had 2 rounds of surgery on the knee with no improvement. During my assessment I found that he had an even longer history of lower back pain and hip pain. So rather than focus on his knee, we f...
  • 7 Tips to manage Back Pain

    When back pain strikes it can leave you feeling stuck and helpless, especially when you’re busy, on holiday or away from home and not sure where to go. So if you’ve been struck this summer try my top tips to keep moving: ICE – a pack of frozen peas will do. Always wrap it in a ...
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  • Sciatica – the facts

    When we were discussing seminar topics the one suggested left and right was Sciatica! This is obviously a topic people think about in connection with physiotherapy. And I was looking back at the articles I’ve written for the EWN and my own blog over the last decade and realised, I have NEVER w...
  • Toe Pain – in many forms!

    Toe pain comes in many different forms and with some fabulous titles: Hammer Toes Mallet Toes Claw Toe Bunions Morton’s Neuroma Metatarsalgia Gout Rheumatoid Arthritis And don’t each of those sound hideously painful and terribly terminal?! What they have in common All of t...
  • Osteoporosis – are drugs the only answer?

    Specialist Osteoporosis Treatment without the side effects is possible.   Usually I spend more of my time talking about joints than bones! But with all of us wanting to stay active and healthy for longer, this often ignored condition can no longer be dismissed. When is a broken bone not ...
  • The A-Z of Knee Pain

    Knee Pain - it seems so simple but it can quickly become so confusing! Getting good advice based on the latest research can be tricky!  Still got questions - attend our FREE seminar on Knee Pain - Wednesday 19 June 11.30 The knee is the largest joint in the body. 4 bones more than 20 musc...
  • Back Pain – what works?

    4 out of 5 people will experience back pain.  Chronic lower back pain is becoming a big problem affecting over 18 million people in the UK preventing many from working. So what is the solution? Lumbar Fusion Surgery? The Backcare Charity states that; “Very few people require back ...
  • Pain that doesn't get better

    I’ve spoken about nerve pain before and how it can make getting a useful answer and route forward really hard. The problems with nerve pain: Identifying it – it often moves around from place to place and changes Finding the root cause – where you feel pain may not be the probl...
  • Why pain is different for women

    Chronic Pain patients are far more likely to be women.  Women take, on average, 7 - 10 contacts with medical professionals to receive appropriate pain medication (3 for men!) If a woman has any history of depression or other mental illness that time escalates dramatically.  Pain becomes...
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  • Carpal Tunnel - Avoiding Surgery and pain

    Carpal Tunnel is a diagnosis that is becoming more and more common. But so few patients get good results from treating it. And then you end up in a situation where the pain goes on and on . . . . And painkillers can’t treat it. And operations can make it worse. And it’s often ignored...
  • We need your help!

    Bodyworks Clinic have launched a new podcast talking about Healthcare on the Costa del Sol and we need your questions about every topic of healthcare!  Over the last 15 (!) years we have noticed how hard it can be to find honest, reputable advice about healthcare. Especially as, when you need ...
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  • The right combination to unlock your pain

    I trained in the military, then I worked in the NHS. Both are all about being part of a team. Not just a team of physios but a multidisciplinary team with Doctors, surgeons and a whole host of other health professionals working together to support a patient’s recovery. Team Work Which is w...
  • Chronic Pain – Part 3

    In my first post about chronic pain I explained the difference between chronic pain and acute pain and how pain functions in the body. In my second post I talked about central sensitization and how this complicates treatment for patients with chronic pain – making them, ...
  • Chronic Pain – Part 2

    In my first article about chronic pain I started to explain a little about why chronic pain is different and needs to be treated differently. I talked about the science behind it and how pain works. Now let’s start to put that into context of how chronic pain affects you and how i...
  • Chronic Pain – Part 1

    What is Chronic Pain? The dictionary definition of chronic pain is “any pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks.” For many of my patients, by the time they come to see me, they have seen numerous therapists, tried many medications and even had surgeries, all with varying degrees of succes...
  • Estelle and the Bodyworks are going to the Over 50’s Expo!

    And, just like us, the Over 50’s Expo has moved to a bigger, better location in Fuengirola! I have to admit that this is one of my favourite weekends of the year. I get let out of my “box” and get to talkto so many people! Find out what everyone is thinking, say hello ...
  • The Mobiliser - Easy, affordable treatment at your convenience.

    What if, instead of having to carve out an hour at a time to see your physiotherapist, osteopath, chiropractor or massage therapist, you could spend just 20 minutes at a time for the same effect? What if you could do this either at a clinic OR in the privacy of your own home or sports club? The Mo...
  • New Osteoporosis Treatment!

    There is a huge variety of medication available to treat osteoporosis. BUT the most effective treatments come with some serious side effects. But now there is another option. Simple Pain free No side effects Effective – on average patients gain 4 – 34% bone density Magnetic Resona...
  • New for summer – sandals as comfy as they are stylish!

    Introducing Vionic sandals at the Bodyworks Clinic. Podiatrist approved, designed in style   Good Foundations It’s not news that for many people an insole or orthotic in their shoe will make their feet (ankles, knees, hips, backs . . . ) more comfortable. So many people can tell a st...
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