Blisters – causes, prevention and treatment

Blisters – causes, prevention and treatment

What causes blisters?

Blisters are caused by shearing stress of the skin and can be painful or even dangerous so should not be ignored.

How to prevent them

If you know you are prone to blistering in a certain area of your foot you should at least tape the area to help reduce shearing forces and prevent blistering before it starts.

What to look for

A sign that a blister is about to form is sometimes referred to as a ‘hot spot’ and immediate action should be taken to prevent it developing into a blister. Strategies that offload the painful area will help prevent any deterioration and include felt ‘donut pads’, gel toe caps and even offloading materials added to your trainers.

Don’t pop a blister

When a blister has already formed “popping” should be avoided as once the seal is broken bacteria can get in and cause infection. Even if the blister has “popped” the roof should be left in place. Ideally the area should be cleaned with antiseptic and a sterile dressing applied with offloading and taped in place.

Where the roof of the blister has come away hydrocolloid dressings such as Compeed should be used.

Signs of infection and what to do if you spot them

Always look out for signs of infection i.e. increased pain, Redness, heat (local to blister or spreading) and swelling. If you have some or all of these see a healthcare professional for advice.

If you have any concerns about your feet contact us on 0118 930 3535 to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists.

Lloyd Clark-Morris, PODIATRIST / DIRECTOR

Golfers Elbow Causes & Treatments

Golfers Elbow (medial epicondylitis)

What is a Golfers Elbow?

Golfers elbow is normally identified with pain on the inside of the elbow whereas tennis elbow is often pain on the outside of the elbow.

This condition happens when the muscles are overused and is usually caused by repeated stress on the elbow joint.

Although the common name is golfers elbow and it could be caused by golf, it is more often associated with other activities that places stress on the arm and specifically the elbow joint. Activities might include, sports that involve the hands gripping things such as a weights or clubs/rackets and also manual handling perhaps plumbers, builders or construction workers.

How does a Golfers Elbow feel and who may be affected?

  • Initially you might feel pain on the inside of your elbow
  • You may also feel pain that extends from the elbow down the inside of the forearm
  • Your elbow could become stiff
  • You may feel pain when you are gripping things such as a golf club
  • It could be that you have weakness in your wrist and hands
  • You may also have ‘pins & needles’ or numbness in your fingers

It is most commonly seen, equally in men and women, who are over 40 years old. Individuals who are putting a strain on their elbows for 2 plus hours per day. Smoking and obesity can also cause a higher risk of developing this condition

What treatments are available for golfers elbow?

There are a number of treatment options from manipulation and or exercises to injections and even surgery. One of the newest treatments available is shockwave therapy.

It is clinically proven that pressure waves, when applied to injured tissues, stimulate metabolic reactions, in less technical terms it encourages the body to heal itself. These reactions include: –

  • Reduction of pain felt by nerve fibers
  • Increased blood circulation in surrounding soft tissues
  • Beginning of healing process triggered by stem cells activation

Who can help me?

If you are having elbow/arm pain – call us – we offer a free 15-minute consultation in person or via phone – our receptionists can make you an appointment to talk to one of our senior therapists. More information is available via this link https://www.thealewellbeingcentre.co.uk/our-therapies/ems-shockwave-therapy/

 

Interview with our Shiatsu Massage Therapist Fiona Carson

Shiatsu Massage TherapistShiatsu massage (also known as Acupressure Massage) is a dynamic hands-on healing system, originating in Japan, which uses the power of touch, pressure and gentle stretching techniques to balance the body’s energy system, our emotions and the functions of our internal organs. Based on Oriental Medicine Theory (like acupuncture), this massage can help in a wide range of conditions – from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. It is a deeply relaxing, yet invigorating therapy and regular sessions can help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives. It is a lovely nourishing therapy to have during pregnancy and can be performed in side-lying position. Many of the stretching techniques employed are very similar to Thai yoga

Our Shiatsu Massage Therapist, Fiona, has been practising shiatsu for more than 13 years after completing 3 years training with the European Shiatsu School and has been fully accredited by the UK Shiatsu Society. In this interview by the Shiatsu Society you will find out more about Fiona, what made her choose Shiatsu and her plans for the future.

Our first week in our temporary premises

Working from our temporary premises

We have had our first week in our temporary premises and barring a few technical issues everything seems to be running as near normal as possible.

Its a little strange not having a reception area of our own and our staff are certainly getting fitter in the Regus building moving between the rooms (on 2 floors) and general reception. Their aim is to meet and greet patients as they arrive, take payment and direct them to the therapist room. We have devised a system of a mobile office as we have no fixed base for our support team within the Regus building.

The rooms in the Regus building have worked really well for the therapist and the patients and as you can see it is a lovely place to work.

The room at For Health Chiropractic is also fully operational and our podiatry team have been very busy seeing their patients.

 

If you have an appointment during July here is a reminder of the temporary premises:

Our podiatry team will generally be working out of For Health Chiropractic who are located at Unit 2, The Old Mill, 61 Reading Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7HY.

Our other therapists are working out of the Regus Building, 1210 Parkview, Arlington Business Park, Theale RG7 4TY. Please note that if there is no parking directly outside there are two multi storey carparks if you follow the road round passed the building.

For patients with appointments in July, as well as the reminder text message you will also receive a telephone call reminding you of the venue where your treatment will take place.

If you have any queries at all call us on 0118 930 3535 and we will be happy to help.

 

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

tennis elbowWhat is a Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is normally identified with pain on the outside of the elbow whereas Golfers elbow is often pain on the inside of the elbow.

This condition is an overuse injury caused by repeated stress on the elbow joint. When the muscles are overused or strained small tears and swelling (inflammation) can develop near the bend in the arm on the outside of your elbow.

Although the common name is tennis elbow and it could be caused by tennis,  it is more often associated with other activities that place stress on the arm and specifically the elbow joint. Activities could include manual work, playing sport or music, so doing things such as painting and decorating, playing squash or playing a musical instrument such as a fiddle or violin.

tennis elbowHow does a Tennis Elbow feel and who may be affected?

  • Initially you might feel pain in your upper forearm
  • It could be painful when you are lifting, twisting or bending your arm
  • You may feel pain when you are gripping things such as a racket
  • It could be that you also find it difficult to straighten your arm

 

According to the NHS around 5 in every 1,000 people will go to see their Doctor about this condition and that as many as one in three people have it at any given time.

It is most commonly seen, equally in men and women, who are between 40 and 60 years old.

What treatments are available for tennis elbow?

There are a number of treatment options from manipulation to injections and even surgery. One of the newest treatments available is shockwave therapy.

It is clinically proven that pressure waves, when applied to injured tissues, stimulate metabolic reactions, in less technical terms it encourages the body to heal itself. These reactions include:-

  • Reduction of pain felt by nerve fibers
  • Increased blood circulation in surrounding soft tissues
  • Beginning of healing process triggered by stem cells activation

Who can help me?

If you are having elbow/arm pain – call us – we offer a free 15 minute consultation in person or via phone – our receptionists can make you an appointment to talk to me. More information is available via this link 

Michael Palfrey

Are your toenails stopping you wearing sandals?

Toenails Reconstruction Service

Our podiatry team provide Toenails Reconstruction Service using a technique that involves the application of Wilde Pedique UV gel.

ToenailsThis gel is specially designed for toenails, it is an elastic gel resin which bonds well with the existing nail and also contains micro silver which has anti-fungal properties. It can be used to disguise nail discolouration, deformity or splitting caused by damage or fungal infection.

The finished gel nail is light, flexible and long lasting. It can be left natural or painted with nail varnish.

Some recent images of before and after treatment:-

toenails toenails

Ideal if you are going on holiday, wearing open toed shoes for a special occasion or just want your feet to look good. Don’t hide your feet away get some treatment that will make your feet look beautiful and give you more confidence in the summer months.

If you do suffer from a fungal nail infection – follow this link for information on the Clearanail treatment we provide.

Call our reception team to book an appointment for an initial consultation.

Our podiatry team are looking forward to welcoming you and making your feet look and feel great.

What’s happening in July at the Clinic

therapyNew temporary location for treatments in July

As many of you know our beautiful old Georgian building has been suffering from the effects of persistent damp. We now have a remedy (hoorah!) but the work is extensive and will initially be noisy and very dirty. The building specialists start in July, so for this first part of the remedial work, which will last around a month, we are working from temporary locations. Our podiatry team will be working with our friends at For Health Chiropractic who are located at Unit 2, The Old Mill, 61 Reading Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7HY.  For most of the rest of our therapists we have taken rooms at Regus, 1210 Parkview, Arlington Business Park, Theale RG7 4TY. Both locations have ample parking. Book your appointments as normal and we will remind you of the venue when we confirm your appointment.

Book your therapy appointments as normal (via email or calling 0118 930 3535) and we will remind you of the venue when we confirm your appointment.

There will be some disruption in August but we will be working from our usual premises albeit in a slightly different way – we hope that the autumn will see a shiny new downstairs. Our team are, as usual, looking forward to welcoming you whether it be in Pangbourne or Theale.

Call us on 0118 930 3535 if you need any information about this or to book your therapy appointment.

 

Massage – more than just a treat

The Benefits of Massage

MezieresMassage is one of the oldest known therapies, originating in China, India and Egypt thought to date as far back as 3000BC. These ancient civilisations understood the health benefits of physical therapy.

This recent BBC programme explores the health benefits of this physical therapy and puts some measure to how it can not only make you feel good but how it can actually help with a wide range of health conditions beyond muscular pain.

Here at Theale Wellbeing Centre we have a wide variety of massage therapists. These include:

Sports Massage

The benefits that sports massage especially for athletes on the body are immense. Massaging will stretch and manipulate muscles and this will increase nutrients and blood flow to the area, whilst efficiently removing waste and lactic acid from the muscles. Also, any postural imbalances due to tight or short muscles will be addressed using massage.

Shiatsu MassageShiatsu (Japanese Acupressure Massage)

Shiatsu is a dynamic hands-on healing system, originating in Japan, which uses the power of touch, pressure and gentle stretching techniques to balance the body’s energy system, our emotions and the functions of our internal organs

Massage

pic by Aus Acu from Pixabay

Biodynamic Massage

This is a therapy that addresses both the body and the mind.  It provides a non-demanding, nurturing space that meets a person’s body whatever level/symptoms of stress it is experiencing.  This therapy puts no expectations on the body, instead it is an invitation to increase your understanding of what your body is communicating through your symptoms, supporting it to gradually re-establish the normal self-regulation and natural healing capacity we all possess.  It encourages curiosity towards symptoms rather than judgement of.

Reflexology

Reflexology is a Complementary Therapy that works on the feet allowing the body to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of “imbalance”, and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural balance and encourage healing.

Book your appointment today

Call our reception team on 0118 930 3535 to book an appointment with one of our therapists – if you’re not sure which one would work for you then book a free 15 min consultation with a senior therapist who will advice you. To find out more about our team of massage therapists look at ‘Our Team‘ page.

Getting help to manage stress

Stress

pic by Pete Linforthon from Pixabay

Although much is talked in the media about this condition – normally bad stress – but actually feeling stress is perfectly normal when experiencing things such as exam time. It can be classified into two areas – the good and the bad. Sometimes at work it can be motivating (good stress) but there are times when you may feel incredibly overwhelmed resulting in difficulty in concentrating on anything (bad stress).

Are there benefits?

Yes – It is actually a burst of energy it helps you decide on what to do. In small doses it can help you meet regular challenges providing motivation to reach goals more efficiently. Amazingly it can even boost memory.

We are more aware of this condition when it acts as a warning system – fight or flight that alerts the sensors to danger keeping us safe! In fact the body produces chemicals that create a variety of reactions including increased heart rate and blood pressure.

What are the down sides?

Because we see so much about bad stress in the media we are aware that it can be detrimental to our health. This is especially true if you suffer from stress that is ongoing and prolonged. It causes conditions such as depression, sleeplessness and high blood pressure and can be harmful to your heart.

What is Too Much?

As we are all different and our reactions to it will vary it can be difficult to tell whether you are suffering from the bad or the good. There are some key indicators when you are suffering from too much stress including:

  • Difficulty sleeping or feeling sleepy all the time
  • Frequent bouts of flu/colds or just generally aching
  • Feeling irritable/angry
  • Struggling to concentrate
  • Eating too much or having no appetite at all

What can you do if you suffer from bad stress?

At Theale Wellbeing Centre we have a variety of therapists who can help you to manage this condition. Including Biodynamic Massage – this new therapy works with both the mind and the body – follow this link to find out more.

Other therapies that help with stress are:-

Call our team today to book a 15 minute FREE assessment of your condition so we can direct you to the therapy that is right for you.

De-stress with Biodynamic Massage

De-stress with Biodynamic Massage

How common is Stress?

Pic by Pete Linforthon from Pixabay

In our fast-paced Western lives that we live, with so many expectations on our time and abilities, stress is a common experience; we are often so busy living that we don’t realise that stress is building up until the symptoms stop us in our tracks.

It is well known that there are simple steps that we can take to help reduce stress levels in our lives; healthy eating, exercise, sleep hygiene, time management, relaxation techniques…  This is sound advice to maintain manageable levels of stress, but what if our current stress levels are more than our bodies can tolerate? And how do we know how much stress our bodies can tolerate?

What are the symptoms?

Our bodies ability to tolerate stress is unique to each person, depending on such things as our genetic makeup, life experiences and our environment.   There are many physical and psychological symptoms that a person might experience as their stress levels increase, including:

  • Low energy levels
  • Feeling overwhelmed by everyday activities
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Feeling unhappy or dissatisfied with life
  • Upset digestive system
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Insomnia

How can Biodynamic Massage help?

Biodynamic Massage is a therapy that addresses both the body and the mind.  It provides a non-demanding, nurturing space that meets a person’s body whatever level/symptoms of stress it is experiencing.  This therapy puts no expectations on the body, instead it is an invitation to increase your understanding of what your body is communicating through your symptoms, supporting it to gradually re-establish the normal self-regulation and natural healing capacity we all possess.  It encourages curiosity towards symptoms rather than judgement of.

By using a combination of techniques, this therapy meets the emotional and physical needs of each individual.  As it is tailored to your individual needs, some people will experience biodynamic massage as extremely gentle and calming, another as energising and enlivening.

Benefits of Biodynamic Massage include:

  • More emotionally balanced, enabling us to better manage stressors
  • A sense of being more attuned with our bodies and its needs
  • Relief from chronic symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, tension

Increased energy and zest for life

Call today to make an appointment with our Biodynamic Massage Therapist Laura.

Laura WheelerBiodynamic Massage Therapist

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