Walk to Work day 5th April 2019

Could you Walk to Work?

Walk to Work

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For many of us this isn’t practical due to distance but perhaps just adding a little extra exercise by getting off the bus a stop early or parking the car further away could help to increase our daily activity?

The ‘Walk to Work Day’ isn’t just about getting us moving it is also about reducing our carbon footprint – a double incentive.

Foot problems

Perhaps walking anywhere might prove to be a challenge to you due to foot problems? The most common of these is the verruca.

Verrucas are a type of wart (small lumps on the skin) that usually (but not always) affects the sole of the feet. Most people will suffer from warts at some time or other in their life. While some verrucas are painless and may go away on their own they can often become very painful and take months or years to go if they do at all.

There are lots of proprietary treatments for verrucas but here at Theale Wellbeing we believe we have found the most efficient treatment especially for stubborn verrucas. We have recently invested in a Swift® Machine that uses cutting edge microwave technology to effectively treat verrucas. This microwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that has shown significantly high levels of success with even the most stubborn of verrucas.

Another common foot problem is the blister – in this blog we look at prevention, cause and treatment.

One of the most painful and debilitating foot conditions is Plantar Faciitis in this blog we look at this condition and one of the most effective therapies.

If you have a persistent or painful foot problem that prevents you from walking to work or anywhere give us a call on 0118 930 3535 and book a review with one of our Podiatrists.

Lloyd Clark-Morris

Avoiding Blisters

Blisters are caused by rubbing stress on the skin, this could be your shoe or sock rubbing on a particular part of your foot. Blisters can be painful or even dangerous so should not be ignored and need to be treated as soon as you see them.Blisters

How to prevent blisters forming

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.

Hot Spots

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 a hydrocolloid dressings such as Compeed should be used.

Signs of infection

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.


MediPedi treatment for beautiful feet

MediPedi treatment for summer ready feet

Our podiatry team are offer a luxury treatment to keep your feet healthy and beautiful. The treatment is a combination of a medical pedicure followed by a relaxing luxury pedicure. No need to book separate appointments.

Medical pedicure with one of our Foot Health Experts includes:

  • Foot health check.MediPedi
  • Neurovascular assessment*.
  • Nails cut, shaped and burred if thickened.
  • Debridement of hard skin and corns.



Luxury Pedicure includes:-


  • Cleansing foot soak and exfoliation
  • Application of a nourishing foot mask, followed by warm wax.
  • Nails painted with **Dr’s Remedy nail varnish containing wheat germ, tea tree and vitamins.
  • Removal of hot wax followed by a relaxing foot massage using a variety of skin softening, and hydrating Gehwol Foot creams.

All done in a relaxing and clean environment using either sterilised or disposable equipment.

This service is currently available every Friday afternoon or on two Saturday mornings a month.

Total Treatment time is approx 75 minutes. Total Cost for both treatments is £83

* Neurovascular assessment is a painless examination of the blood supply, nerve endings and structure of the foot.

**Dr.’s REMEDY, Enriched Nail Polish is a line of podiatrist formulated nail care, every bottle is free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, parabens, and phthalates—all potential carcinogens.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Ali & Mandy


Can you change your thinking about past experiences?

Time Travel isn’t possible but changing your thinking about past experiences is!

Rapid Solution Therapy is now available at Theale Wellbeing Centre.

Rapid Solution Therapy

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In life we all make decisions, some we may regret some we are aware of and some we are not aware of.

What if you could go back and change your original decision?

What if you could change your past which in turn would change your present and future self?

Perhaps you could go back and change the decision you made about smoking?

Rapid Solution Therapy

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Our perception of an event can cause behavioural issues, like stress or anger, this perception can be changed.

Of course time travel isn’t possible, but psychological decisions we made in the past and perceptions we have can be changed and edited to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.

I wonder what effect this may have on you and your life?

Rapid Solution Therapy is a modern and fast way to help overcome issues and behaviours one may have, if you’d like to know more, just ask me and I would be only too happy to help.

This is an approach that enables people to build change into their lives within the shortest possible time frame. Encouraging people to describe their preferred future, what their lives will be like after therapy has been successful.

Rapid Solution Therapy is said to be a language that the client can use to talk themselves out of the “problem”.

Ed Francis DCH

Clinical Hypnotherapist

Food Sensitivities/Intolerances at The Theale Wellbeing Centre

Food Sensitivities/Intolerances

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Food Sensitivities/Intolerances are characterised by a delayed response which will normally be a few hours but in some rare cases can take up to a week. A food intolerance or food sensitivity occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food. Various studies have shown that allergies only affect about 3% of the population whilst food sensitivities can affect 40% of the population at some time in their life.

A person can be sensitive to multiple foods and experience a number of symptoms such as:

  • Bloating,
  • constipation
  • Fatigue and brain fog
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis and Rhinitis
  • Irritable bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Eczema, rashes and other skin disorders.
Food Sensitivities/Intolerances

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Normally when someone has a food sensitivity/intolerance, this is down to the underlying poor health of the gut which can be caused by a number of triggers such as poor diet, stress, excess alcohol, antibiotics, bacterial and viral infections such as E Coli, H Pyloria, SIBO, yeast and parasites.

It is important to understand what has caused the damage to the gut lining in the first place and this is where a food sensitivity/intolerance test together with an appropriate nutritional support programme can play an important part in the healing and repair process.

Whilst we prefer to address health issues with dietary alterations we may also from time to time suggest supplementation to help provide a boost to the digestive and immune system taking a multi-pronged approach on a short-term basis.

There are other tests we offer too around gut health that will help determine underlying causal issues. If the underlying gut health issues are not resolved then a person may become sensitive/intolerant to more foods and chronic health problems will persist.

Cathy Foley, Registered Nutritionist mBANT, Registered Nutritional Therapist CNHC, Bioresonance Practitioner- Dip BER Food Sensitivity Testing, Dip Anatomy & Physiology

Acupuncture for Insomnia

How Acupuncture can help Insomnia


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It is thought that 1/3 of all people in the UK will experience insomnia at some point in their life- that’s over 22 million people in the UK! Insomnia can include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking throughout the night
  • Waking early in the morning and not getting back to sleep

and as a result one can:

  • Feel tired upon waking in the morning
  • Feel tired and irritable throughout the day
  • Struggle to concentrate in the day

Medications can be prescribed to induce sleep, and while they can provide temporary relief they do not address the underlying cause.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute – Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.  During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health

Acupuncture can help treat insomnia by inserting fine, sterile needles into points around the body, which stimulate the nervous system and in turn affect the body’s balancing mechanisms, promoting physical and emotional well-being. Chinese medicine treats a person holistically and therefore each treatment is tailored specifically for your needs. So whether you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, acupuncture can help promote a better sleep naturally.

World Sleep Day is March 15, 2019, and was created to raise awareness of sleep because sleep quality and quantity are becoming increasingly compromised by the habits of modern life.

For further information from evidence-based research, visit the British Acupuncture Council page

Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of complementary medicine. The Chinese and other eastern cultures have been using acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health for thousands of years. In China it is used in mainstream health care, both as a stand alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine.

According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as Qi.
Acupuncture uses fine single use sterile needles to connect with the energy or Qi of the body via a system of pathways known as meridians. The intention is to restore the natural healthy balance of the body and to promote healing.

Naomi is back from maternity leave!

MaternityBack from Maternity Leave

Naomi has been with us since we opened in 2010, offering clinical sports and remedial massage to our patients.

Sports massage can aid with neck, back and shoulder pain, tension headaches and joint and muscular pain and injury.  We also offer pre and post event massage, k taping and general maintenance treatment.

In the summer of 2017 Naomi studied with Burrell education, the UK’s leading educator in the field of modern pregnancy, post baby, female fitness and bodywork therapies, to become certified in pre and post natal massage therapy.

The aim of pregnancy and post natal massage is to relax, nurture and support you, throughout your pregnancy journey, from your second trimester and into your fourth trimester, the postnatal period.

The aims of pregnancy massage are to help to get you out of pain and discomfort, help to relieve common pregnancy conditions and to help combat the tightening and shortening of the myofascial front line, associated with pregnancy posture.

Postnatal massage aims to aid recovery, help combat the pregnancy and feeding posture.  Improve your recovery post C-section, and your Diastasis Recti (tummy gap).  It also aids to reconnect your core and improve your breathing technique.

Both pregnancy and postnatal massage aim to improve relaxation and give you that all important me time.

Naomi’s passion for female wellness and bodywork has continued to grow and she is furthering her knowledge with the Breathe Better course from Burrell Education.

This course is about using manual therapy strategies, corrective exercises and integrating function back into the diaphragm to allow you to breathe and move better.

The diaphragm can become dysfunctional from the effects of pregnancy, C-section, abdominal surgery, asthma, POP, constipation, stress and back pain.  When there is dysfunction in the diaphragm a number of the body’s systems are affected.

In June this year Naomi will also be attending the Burrell Education C-section, hysterectomy, and abdominal scar immersion soft tissue therapy course.

Naomi is back in clinic now, to book an appointment or to ask further questions please contact reception on 0118 930 3535.

Ultrasound diagnosis comes to Theale Wellbeing Centre Podiatry Team

PodiatryWe are very excited to introduce a new member of our podiatry team – Edd Henstridge.

Edd is an extremely experienced podiatrist who specialises in dealing with biomechanical problems associated with the foot and ankle.
Edd is also able to undertake ultrasound to help confirm the diagnosis of conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Neuroma, Achilles tendinitis etc. In addition to this he is an expert in the injection of steroids to help manage conditions involving problematic inflammation.

 He will be available for appoints on Mondays between 9am and 2pm with initial appointments available from Monday 28thJanuary 2019.

If you would like to make an appointment with Edd please contact reception on 0118 930 3535

Plantar Fasciitis

Neuro vascular assessmentPlantar fasciitis is one of the most common injuries that presents to us at the Theale Wellbeing Centre. It is the most frequent cause of chronic  heel pain usually where the fascia under the foot inserts into the heel bone. It is thought to have a mechanical origin and to be associated with increased body weight and lower limb biomechanical anomalies. Inflammation is only rarely observed and so anti-inflammatory agents (e.g. Ibuprofen) are unlikely to be of much help. The priority should be to speak to one of our podiatrists as soon as possible as an early intervention usually leads to a better outcome. When managing Plantar Fasciitis, the following should be considered: –



  • Taping may help in the early stage. If this proves beneficial in terms of pain relief and improved function, shoe inserts (orthotics) should be considered as part of a longer term solution.
  • Calf and plantar fascia stretching should be undertaken regularly.
  • Footwear should be assessed to ensure that it is appropriate for you.
  • If the pain in the heel has been present for a prolonged period e.g. 6 months. ** Shockwave therapy should be considered.
  • The pain associated with Plantar fasciitis usually encourages sufferers to become more sedentary. As increased body weight predisposes someone to have plantar fasciitis it is important to have a plan that helps to maintain a healthy body weight.
** Shockwave Therapy – The Swiss DolorClast® Method is a clinically proven therapy for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is the application of Shock Waves in medicine.
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:-
  • EMS Shockwave TherapyReduction of pain felt by nerve fibers
  • Increased blood circulation in surrounding soft tissues
  • Beginning of healing process triggered by stem cells activation
This therapy is used by a number of our therapists including Lloyd Clark-Morris (Podiatrist) and Michael Palfrey (Osteopath) to find out more about our team follow this link.

GIFT VOUCHERS from Theale Wellbeing Centre

Gift Vouchers for any therapy

Gift Vouchers are now available from our reception desk during opening hours. They make perfect Christmas gifts and can be redeemed against any of the therapies we have available – here is a list of the therapies available. Call in to buy your gift vouchers TODAY.

Gift Vouchers

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