Take a look at the photo above of the lady working from home above. Do you recognise that pose? She’s sitting on a dining chair with her neck stretched forwards and she’s looking down towards the laptop screen. Her back is hunched over, and her shoulders are rounded forward. She’s clearly not happy about something, but at least she has a cup of coffee…
That’s how an old phrase goes and it’s true, in a one-week ski holiday, you may well find yourself going home a little less fit than when you arrived. After all there’s beer to drink and endless cheese-based food to eat while your away… and unless you’re super dedicated to the slopes you many find those long indulgent hot chocolate stops just too tempting to resist. So, with that in mind we recommend getting as fit as you can manage before you jet or drive off to the mountains.
So here we are, almost at the end of January 2020. How’s it all going? Most of us will have made some sort of plan or resolution at the beginning of the year to make a change to the way we live. If you did, you would certainly have had all the best intentions in the world: get more exercise, go vegan, spend less, drink less, pick up old friendships, reduce plastic, practice mindfulness… Sadly, a lot of these intentions may have already flown out of the window as we get back into the thick of commuting, meetings, emails, ferrying children around and weekly grocery shops.
Mental health is starting to be better understood and has moved away from being the taboo that it once was. Whilst it is concerning that mental health issues, particularly among the younger generation, appear to be increasing – this is balanced by a greater willingness by those affected to seek help and talk about their issues with a therapist.
Tendonitis can be a right pain. There are tendons in the human body wherever muscles meet bones, connecting the two together. This creates lots of opportunity for pain, stiffness, grating sensations and swelling: all classic symptoms of tendonitis. Two very well-known types of tendonitis are Tennis elbow and Achilles tendonitis.
Ouch! What was that?
A few years ago, a friend of ours was on her daily commute whilst about six-months pregnant. As she walked from the station car park to her train platform, she saw her train approaching and broke into a brisk jog in order to catch it (in heels, with her heavy laptop in tow). Almost immediately she felt a searing pain in the front of her pelvis. Resuming to a walking pace she felt the pain subside a little, but her pelvis felt different and the pain continued throughout the following days.
One of our team was lucky enough to just return from a holiday in the Aegean part of Southern Turkey. Whilst away, they were on their way to a restaurant one warm evening, when they brushed against an overhanging tree branch containing an enormous quantity of pomegranates in various stages of growth. Now aware of a local and abundant product, they tracked down some pomegranate juice to try (when in Rome and all that…).
A lot of us are currently out and about, pounding the pavements and parks making the most of summer. There are endless reasons to run and walk outside: fitness, catching some sunshine, fresh air, beautiful scenery or training for an event. But when we put our feet through a lot, we can end up with foot-related problems. Some of these make grim reading, but don’t worry, it’s good to be aware of them so you know what to do if you get any issues.
We are constantly absorbing medical research at The Arch Clinic and one subject particularly close to our hearts is migraines. It’s a widespread condition with debilitating consequences, but one we treat daily with great results – so let’s talk migraines.
The sheer unpleasantness of a migraine
20 years. That’s the average length of time that patients suffer with migraines in their lives according to one study.
Have you ever had butterflies in your stomach when you were excited or nervous? Perhaps you had a “gut feeling” that helped you form an opinion? There’s a physical reason for this…
Your gut and brain are physically connected through millions of nerves, the best known of which is the vagus nerve – the longest nerve originating from the brain: an information superhighway.