Friday, 28 November 2008
Numerous tests and treatments later I'm feeling much more loose and relaxed but the pins and needles are still a bit of a mystery so he's recommended taking some B vitamins to improve the health of my nerves. I've started taking B Complex every day now but have done a little bit of research into exactly what I'm taking. The 2 B Vitamins of particular interest are B12 (Cyanocobalamin) and B6 (Pyridoxine).
B12 is necessary for processing carbohydrates, proteins and fats is found in all the blood cells. It is also essential for the maintenance of the nerve sheaths. It is stored in the liver and is absorbed through the small intestine in normal function but deficiency can occur when the body is unable to absorb the vitamin - a condition called pernicious anaemia. This is characterised by muscle weakness, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue, digestive abnormalities such as diarrhoea, constipation, jaundice and many other symptoms.
B12 is found in liver, meat, egg yolk, poultry and milk.
B6, also known as pyridoxal phosphate or pyridoxamine is found in liver, organ meats, brown rice, fish, butter, whole grain cereals, soy beans and many other foods. Again it is required to breakdown carbohydrate, fats and proteins but is also used for erythropoesis (red blood cell production). Deficiency is rare due to the abundance of the vitamin in various foods but can be found in alcoholics and presents itself with skin disorders, neuropathy, confusion, poor coordination and insomnia.
From the sounds of this, B12 deficiency sounds like a more likely diagnosis, so I'll keep taking the vitamins and see what happens... watch this space!
Monday, 24 November 2008
The site is very much live and kicking so just in case you were wondering why I'm not at the top for "nottingham massage" or 'sports massage in nottingham", don't worry, it'll hopefully be back up there soon!
Saturday, 22 November 2008
One thing that i've been seriously considering is the Wii Fit which is set to be one of the hottest presents this year. I've been thinking about getting a Nintendo Wii or a while but am not sure that I'd time for using it, with my studies and training etc but the Wii Fit could be the answer. This blurs the line between game and fitness and could be an effective alternative to the traditional gym. Plus, a few guys at work have the Mario Kart + Wii Wheel which they play online so I could join in that too!
I must admit that I'm not sure what other games are out there but I think I'd probably stick to these ones anyway... except perhaps a snowboarding game... or two!!
Thursday, 20 November 2008
The trouble with massage is that there is little or no regulation from practitioners or each massage therapist school. My advice would be if you are serious about learning massage, do some local research and talk to successful therapists about which schools are worth training it. It's also important to make sure that your chosen school teaches a version of massage that you are happy with. For example, if you are looking for sports massage but attend the successful local massage school which in reality focusses on aromatherapy or beauty work, you will ultimately be disappointed. So be careful.
That said, massage is an extremely rewarding career and one that I would strongly recommend. But do your research, find a good school, research your local therapists and then start your study. A little preparation goes a long way!
Monday, 17 November 2008
The major cause of whiplash is car accidents where the patient's car is hit from behind by another driver. This causes a rapid backwards bending of the neck immediately followed by a rapid forward bending which can damage the muscles and ligaments of the neck and cervical spine. In particular it is the anterior longitudinal ligament which is affected. This long ligament attaches to the anterior vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs along the entire length of the spine.
The most effective way to protect yourself form the potential of this kind of injury is to adjust the headrest of your car to the corrent height whenever you drive your car and amke sure that you drive a safe distance behind the vehicle in front. To quote Edmund King of the AA:
Drivers can avoid inflicting whiplash on themselves and others by keeping a safe distance - at least two seconds - from the vehicle ahead.If you have had a car accident where your vehicle was hit by another driver, who is at fault and has caused you injury, my advice would be to call a whiplash claim specialist such as Recover! who are based in the East Midlands. Their website is http://www.recover-compensation.com/.
Whether this increase in whiplash claims is a result of more car accidents or simply more litigation and compensation, is open to debate. My feeling is that it is a result of more awareness of how to make a road accident claim rather than an increase in accidents themselves...!
Thursday, 13 November 2008
This is in place of the register owned and maintained by the Midlands School of Massage, who have adopted the NAMMT as their official partner.
To find out more about this group and how to become a member, visit their website: www.nammt.co.uk .
Thursday, 6 November 2008
If you decide to make regular sports massage part of your training regimen, you will first need to meet with a therapist to discuss your needs and history. Expect to give a full account of what your training regimen entails. It is important to be as thorough as possible during this initial phase, as sports massage differs from traditional or full-body massage in several ways.
Full body massage involves working on all of the muscle groups in your body, with additional time spent on problem areas and working out knots resulting from pent up stress or tension. Sports massage focuses on specific muscle groups related to the activities you participate in.
Therefore, if you are a cyclist, your therapist will most certainly spend time on your legs rather than neck and shoulders. Working on isolating the muscle groups directly affected by your training is going to be your massage therapist’s number one goal. Naturally, if you are experiencing pain in other areas, he or she will help correct that as well. Your movement and the way you work out may need to be examined and pointers may need to be given regarding your specific movements to minimize future pain, instability, or injury.
Treatment of Specific Muscle Groups
Once your treatment program has been established, expect your sports massages to be directly related to the muscle groups you use the most. Focusing on these muscle groups will help you during the recovery and rebuilding stages after you tear down muscles during your workout. It is going to be very helpful indeed for these muscles to be worked through thoroughly, as this will increase blood flow, reduce pain, and ultimately help you to heal faster after strenuous workouts.
Benefits of Sports Massage
After incorporating massage into your training regimen, you will begin to notice many different things happening within your body. You will be less likely to get injured during routine training. You will experience less down time during the recovery phase after workouts. You will feel more flexible and have more mobility as a result. All of these benefits are likely if you incorporate sports massage regularly during your training.
This post was contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of massage therapists. She invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24 at gmail dot com
Monday, 3 November 2008
This muscle is found on the palmar aspect of the hand and adducts the thumb. It has two heads: transverse and oblique.
Oblique head: slips from capitate, bases or 2nd and 3rd metacarpals, intercarpal ligaments and sheath of tenson of flexor carpi radialis.
Transverse head: lower 2/3 of plamar 3rd metacarpal
Insertion: ulnar side of the base of the proximal phalanx of the thumb
Deep branch of ulnar nerve
The radial artery passes between the two heads, travelling from the back of the hand into the palm, where it forms the deep palmar arch
Friday, 17 October 2008
I gave Dan a pre-fight tune up on Tuesday and I must say that he's in very good shape, physically and mentally right now. Gono is a tough opponent but there is no way I would bet against Dan when he's as focussed and determined as he is right now.
Not that you need it, but good luck mate, I'll be cheering you on from the crowd.
Monday, 13 October 2008
I've since received this email:
In November 2007 I herniated a disc in my neck from a Whiplash neck injury. The MRI showed 2 additional bulging cervical discs and 3 bone spurs. 11 months on and my condition has only improved slightly. If you have existing conditions such as bone spurs is this likely to effect a compensation claim?Now obviously, I'm coming at this more from a medical standpoint than a legal one but here's my opinion. I would suggest that it really depends on what caused the whiplash injury. If it involved another party or was a result of another party's negligence then yes, you can claim. Pre-existing conditions such as bone spurs which would not have increased the severity of the injury itself, should have no real impact on your claim.
My advice would be to give Recover! a call on 0800 093 0531 and talk to one of the advisors would would be able to identify whether this was a 'winnable' situation. Good luck!
Monday, 29 September 2008
The scalene muscles are key movement and positioning muscles and have significant clinical importance. I have already seen this first hand in clinic and worked to reduce hypertonicity in these muscles to relieve symptoms radiating into the upper extremity.
Anatomy of the Scalene Muscles.
There are 3 scalene muscles in either side of the anterior neck: the anterior scalene, the middle scalene and posterior scalene.
The anterior scalene arises from the anterior tubercles of the transverse processes of the C3 to C6 vertebrae and extends down the anterior neck to attach to scalene tubercle on the inner border of the first rib. It is innervated by the ventral rami of cervical nerves C5 to C7.
The middle scalene sits posterior to the anterior scalene and arises from the posterior tubercles of the TPs of C2 to C7, attaching to the upper surface of the first rib, behind the groove for the subclavian artery. It is innervated by the ventral rami of cervical nerves C3-C8.
The third of the scalene muscles, the posterior scalene arises from the posterior tubercles of the TPs of C5 to C7 and attaches to the outer surface of the second rib. The innervation of this muscle comes from the ventral rami of cervical nerves C7 and C8.
Primarily the scalenes are a muscle of breathing, elevating the upper ribs in deep inspiration but they also flex the neck when they act together. Individually they laterally flex and rotate the neck.
Of clinical interest, the brachial plexus and subclavian artery pass between the anterior and middle scalenes whilst the subclavian vein sits anterior to the anterior scalene. Tightness or spasm of the scalenes can cause compression on these structures contributing to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, resulting in symptoms such as:
- numbness of whole arm and hand which can be constant or intermittent
- deep ache or pain into arms and/or shoulders
- pain can be worse in bed causing a disruption to sleep patterns
- feeling of the circulation to the arm being cut off
- if the circulation becomes restricted, the hands and fingers can become white and even blue and feel cold
- tight muscles in the neck can also lead to compression of the vertebrae making the neck stiff and difficult to tilt or rotate
- extreme tightness of the scalenes may also cause the upper ribs to be elevated affecting breathing
Luckily, treating tight scalenes is possible using manual techniques... but that's another post for another day!
Monday, 22 September 2008
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Thursday, 18 September 2008
Overall, I think the experience has been a very positive one, stressful at times, exciting at others but always interesting and thought provoking. The subject itself is immense and working alongside some of the tutors, particularly in clinic has really opened my eyes to what can be achieved and what level of knowledge can be gained. Very inspirational indeed.
My overriding memory of the first year though is the amount of time and effort it has taken to get through the year and pass all the exams. I've been lucky in that probably 60-70% of the content has been revision from my studies at the Midlands School of Massage here in Nottingham but even that has been hard work sustaining and growing upon what was already 'in there'.
I'm expecting the second year to be an extension of Year 1 but also anticipating the level to elevate as we get deeper into certain subjects. The nervous system, anatomy of the head and in particular the dreaded cranial nerves all appear this year so I anticipate that this will be a generally harder year with more expectation in clinic and tougher coursework (not to mention exams...). That said, I've been exposed to some very complex ideas already and can't be afraid to go even deeper.
Fingers crossed that this time next year I'll be writing a very similar blog post, looking forward to Year 3. But let's not jump too far ahead...!
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
The latest product to hit my inbox is extreme acai berry pills! Now, I've come across acai berries before as another in a long line of superfoods such as blueberries, pomegranate etc but now it appears that it is being harnessed as the next best thing in dieting...
As always, I remain skeptical but after some research on the net for extreme acai berry review I came across the really helpful (and honest) Sybervision which is surprisingly frank diet pills review site covering the range of diet pills and potions out there. To quote:
"Extreme Acai Berry is the new diet pill that offers absolutely no inoformation about their product. Seriously. None. Their website consists of one page. No contact info, no guarantee, and the fact that the only way you can order this Acai Berry supplement is to order their "14 Day Trial" raises many suspicions."
I like the approach that they're taking here - very refreshing! As always, I recommend that you stay skeptical and consult your GP before starting to use any products like this.
Monday, 25 August 2008
Phentermine is a popular drug, particularly in the USA which acts as an appetitie suppressant. The name is short for phenyl-tertiary-butylamine and has proven to be effective for weight loss in obese pateients when combined with exercise and behavioural modification. But would it work for you?
I'd always recommend someone considering taking drugs like this to talk to their GP before making any serious decisions but a good starting point could be one of the many websites focussed on the Phentermine Diet. There are lots out there so be careful but ones like Consumer Price Watch are popular and probably one of the most relaible sources of info.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Probably the easiest way to investigate whether you can make an accident compensation claim is to contact one of the many many no win no fee solicitors specialising in this field. How successful you will be is dependant on a variety of factors but it seems the golden rule is if you can blame someone for the accident/condition/pain you are likely to have some success.
Local to me in Nottingham, UK is a group called Recover! which I have dealt with in the past over a whiplash claim and neck injury compensation. Their website http://www.recover-compensation.com/ has lots of information about what you can claim and how much you may be likely to receive, using a snazzy little compensation estimator.
Before seeking financial remuneration I would always recommend visiting a professional to assess the extent of the injury and what the prognosis may be as this will influence how much can be claimed if anything.
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Finally, here it is. After much promotion and teaser campaigning, the ad finally aired on Sunday... and very impressive it is too.
Overall, the thing that really hits you is the quality of the production and the thought that has gone into it. The content itself is a little bit light in medical terms but that just helps the measure come across as strongly as possible. I particularly liked the approach of tackling people who might be embarrassed about calling an ambulance - how very British!
A bit disappointed that it didn't mention the other symptoms of a heart attack particularly in women, but the accompanying website has much more info http://2minutes.org.uk/, check it out.
However, the most pressing (or should that be 'squeezing') question is really: what is more scary, a heart attack or Steven Berkoff?!
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
According to the British Heart Foundation, almost 250,000 people suffer heart attacks in the UK each year with a third dying before they reach hospital because their symptoms weren't caught quickly enough.
So what are the symptoms of a heart attack?
Not many people realise that they can be quite different between men and women:
- tightness or pressure in chest
- shortness of breath
- dizziness or loss of consciousness
- pain spreading to shoulders and arm, particularly on left side
Symptoms more likely in women
- indigestion or gas-like pain
- unexplained weakness or fatigue
- discomfort/pain between shoulders
- sense of impending doom
I wonder if the BHF advert will cover this gender difference? I imagine that this will be a very high quality film and be extremely informative, so no doubt it will echo this information quite closely. I know I'll be watching...
Just enter it into the basket at checkout for 10% off:
Monday, 4 August 2008
1. added a couple of new testimonials:
"My back is so much better. Thanks for all you have done for me. I will recommend you to anybody who could benefit from your expertise." Andrea M
"I believe I could not have done this (100 mile charity bike ride) without the sports massage, most of my pains had gone by Saturday. I recommended you to our club." Martyn C
2. added link to my Piriformis Syndrome Advice Blog
So, nothing too exciting there but it's been needed for a while now. Hopefully some photos coming soon...
Over time I've developed a routine to release this muscle and the surrounding tissues in a wuick, pain-free and effective way. I work on:
1. Piriformis muscle itself
2. Quadratus Lumborum
3. Gluteus Medius
4. Iliopsoas / Psoas Major
I've detailed my personal routine in my other blog, so click the link to read more: Piriformis Syndrome Advice and Treatments Blog.
Monday, 28 July 2008
From what some other students have told me, the first year is arguably the hardest as you are learning a lot of new principles and need to adjust to learning again, albeit on a part time basis. I must admit that even though I was given an excellent foundation by Michael, Andrew et al at the Midlands School of Massage, it is the balance of work/life/study that has been the hardest. I'm hoping that this gets a little easier as I settle into the course.
That said, it has been fun and I have worked very hard, which thankfully has reflected in my results: 4 x A grade for each of the subjects; Anatomy, Physiology, Professional Practice and finally Diagnosis and Practice.
A hard first year but I am very pleased with those results!! Looks like I'll be busy come September time then...!
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
There are 3 types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes mellitus, Type 2 diabetes mellitus and gestational diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes mellitus accounts for around 10% of cases of diabetes and is caused by a lack of insulin producing cells in the pancreas, leading to a deficiency of insulin. It is dubbed "juvenile diabetes" as it is commonest in children. Type 1 diabetes is typically treated with daily insulin injections.
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is also characterised by a deficiency of insulin but is accompanied by a resistance to insulin or reduced insulin sensitivity within body tissues. A predisposing factor to Type 2 diabetes is obesity which is a factor in over half of all diabetes cases. It can be controlled, to a degree, by careful monitoring of diet, exercise and weight loss. If necessary, this can be followed up with oral medication.
The third type, gestational diabetes is a rarer form, very similar to Type 2 that occurs in 2-5% of pregnancies.
As mentioned above, Type 2 diabetes can be controlled by careful monitoring of diet, in particular the consumption of carbohydrates. To help make this more palatable, Your Sweet Shop sells a range of low carbohydrate, sugarfree sweets and sugar free chocolate so that you can treat yourself without risking your health. Of course, you should always talk to your doctor before changing your diet.
To find out more about tailoring your diet for diabetes, have a look at these websites:
Friday, 4 July 2008
Piriformis Syndrome Advice is going to be stuffed full of heplful advice, treatments, useful techniques and discussion about this common yet painful condition. I've already found some facebook groups about piriformis syndrome and some websites dedicated to it too, so I think there will be plenty to talk about:
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
I've setup an Osteopathy Study Aids page on my site and have started off with the "learn the brachial plexus" diagram but am hoping to have some new stuff on there soon.
Keep 'em peeled!
Monday, 30 June 2008
If you're interested and want to buy a Powerball in the UK, click the link above.
I think the whole group has really developed over the first year and compared to where we were at the exams in Jan, I know that personally I know an awful lot more and am a lot more confident. If anything, I'm a little disappointed with the practical part of the examination as we didn't get the opportunity to demonstrate anything new - passive assessment of the shoulder... again - great!
Anyway, I'm not as nervous as I thought I would be about the results and hopefully (fingers crossed) I'll make it into year 2.
So, a summer of relaxation and recuperation although I've got a few ideas of how to earn some extra pennies for next year. The Learn The Brachial Plexus diagram is just the beginning...
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
According to psychologists at the University of Cambridge, people with high levels of serotonin are more likely to succeed in delicate negotiating affecting their own interests. Serotonin is manufactured in the body from the amino acid trytophan which is present in all kinds of food including, you guessed it, cheese!
I for one am very pleased at this news. I'll stop feeling guilty about visiting my favourite delicatessen Nottingham and buying a big slab of mature cheddar... or Wensleydale with cranberries... mmm...
To read more about how to eat farmhouse cheese guilt-free, click this link.
Monday, 23 June 2008
Friday, 20 June 2008
Accurately named lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow presents as:
- pain around lateral epicondyle
- pain when lifting objects or gripping
- pain radiating down the forearm
I recently came across a website that sells a range of orthopaedic supports to help conditions such as tennis elbow or chronic lower back pain. The website, www.mobilitybuddy.co.uk also carries a range of disabled scooters and portable wheelchairs but it is these supports and living aids that I'm most interested in.
I wonder if I should start offering some of their products on my site... hmm...
Saturday, 14 June 2008
Thursday, 12 June 2008
Saturday, 31 May 2008
As exams get closer one has to decide what to focus on in terms of revision. Some things are more obvious than others and probably one of the most obvious is learning the brachial plexus. Knowing the muscles and innervation of the upper limb is going to be essential for us future osteopaths and the way that I've found it easiest to learn it all is by knowing the brachial plexus.
To help me to learn the brachial plexus I've drawn up this diagram in Illustrator so that I've got a high quality image to revise from. Please feel free to download it and use it for your own reference.
Coming soon: learning the lumbosacral plexus...
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
For the elderly or disabled, getting around can be a real problem and a cause of frustration and depression. Disabled Scooters and portable wheelchairs such as those from Mobility Buddy, a Nottingham-based company which specialises in motor scooters and a range of walking aids and living aids.
It's not just zimmer frames and commodes although they do sell those too! It's more about improving quality of life and allowing people some freedom of movement and independence.
They've also just created a new blog which is well worth a look: Mobility Buddy Blog.
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
All the best Dan, can't wait to see you flying the flag in the UFC!
To see what Dan has to say about my treatments visit the massage testimonials page.
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
"Rich is the first person I go to when I need my body working to its full potential."
"My back pain diminished significantly!"
"I have been treated by various physios and chiropractors over the years - Richard has provided the best treatment that I have found"
Thanks again guys. Read more here: Nottingham Massage Testimonials
Saturday, 22 March 2008
As a graduate of the Remedial Massage and Manipulative Therapy courses at MSM, I thought I’d give a little bit of feedback as I begin the second semester of my first year on the part-time BSc Osteopathy degree at Oxford Brookes University.
The course is a very even mix of classroom-based physiology, anatomy and professional studies lectures running alongside practical sessions. These mostly focus on observation and assessment at this stage but we’re also learning some basic treatment techniques as we go. No HVTs yet, but there’s plenty of time for all that!
The course is really flying along and a lot of material has been covered but we’re all keeping up so far. Well, just about anyway…! We’ve already had one set of exams but there’s a lot more to learn before the main exams in June. Next up is the first of the two five day residential weeks so I anticipate that we’re going to cover a lot of material in that time.
In all honesty, it’s very hard work, not least in terms of going down to Oxford every other weekend but also in terms of the amount of work that needs to be done in between taught sessions. It is really rewarding though and if the MSM courses have left you wanting more, the degree course is the next logical step.
Above anything else I must say that the courses at MSM have been an amazing foundation for the study here. Not just in terms of the content but also in the way that the material is taught and the, dare I say it, “osteopathic” approach taken throughout. My thanks go out to Michael, Andrew and everyone at MSM for preparing me for the course and giving me the knowledge that I have so far.
I’ll be writing more on my website www.nottingham-massage.com as the course progresses, so if you’re interested in hearing the inside track of what it’s like at Oxford Brookes, please have a look.
Thursday, 6 March 2008
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
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Thursday, 28 February 2008
Anatomy MCQ = 100%, Practical = 82%.
I must admit that I'm very pleased with those results and hope that I can do as well, if not better :) in the main exams in June.
Now, the other thing I'm looking at right now is making my website work a bit harder and possibly generate a bit of income from it. Obviously, that is easier said than done, but keep an eye on the main site www.nottingham-massage.com to see what tricks I have up my sleeve. I'm going to experiment with a few different ideas, some of which will be more visible than others but hopefully at least some of the ideas will be successful.