Getting Older & Staying Active with Arthritis.

Here at Southside Osteopathy we understand that retirement can bring time for leisure, travel opportunities and interests to the older person. This is the chance to take up those sports and activities that you never had time for whilst working and bringing up your family, e.g. golf, gardening, Kayaking, fitness classes etc. The body, however, has changed. It has lost some of its elasticity and ability to adapt. It has also experienced injuries and postural stress during those years, often resulting in repetitive strain injuries, stiffness and degenerative changes. Let us share with you more about staying healthy as you get older, and some ways to help arthritis.

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Bursitis Explained.

Wherever bones, tendons or ligaments come into contact with each other there is a fluid filled sack present which sits between them called a bursa.

A bursa prevents these structures from rubbing on each other. Bursitis is a condition where there is inflammation of this bursa. It is often related to overuse of a particular joint, or where there is excess tension on a specific area over a long period of time.

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Sciatica – what it is?

Sciatica is a painful syndrome which is caused by compression or irritation of a nerve deep in the buttock and down the leg, called the Sciatic nerve.

The symptoms of Sciatica may include one or more of the following: pain in the buttock or down the leg, numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg.

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Whiplash – does it exist?

Whiplash is one of those terms that people hear after a car accident, but may also occur following any neck jarring incident. Whiplash happens when the soft tissue in the spine is strained as a result of the body being thrown backwards or forwards in a sudden and forceful motion.

When the head is thrown backwards, this is called hyper-extension and is likely to damage the soft tissues in the front of the neck and throat….

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