July 24, 2018
About Cranial Osteopathy in Tilehurst
Cranial Osteopathy in Tilehurst is a subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage changes throughout the body, as well as the head. We treat the whole body not just the head.
We use our highly trained palpatory skills to detect areas of tension or restriction in the body, and gently release them to restore a state of balance within the musculoskeletal system of the body.
Because the techniques are so gentle Cranial Osteopathy can be used on everyone, from newborns to the elderly.
Frequently patients comment on how much change can be effected so gently, and report improvements in general health and well-being as well as relief from their original symptoms.
Cranial Osteopathy was a further development of osteopathy focusing on the head. The therapy evaluates and treats the craniosacral system – the bones, membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It was developed by John Upledger in the 1970’s.
The conditions we treat include:
- Generalised aches and pains
- Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
- Arthritic pain
- General, acute & chronic backache, back pain (not arising from injury or accident)
- Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
- Headache arising from the neck / migraine prevention
- Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck
- Circulatory problems
- Digestion problems
- Joint pains, lumbago
- Muscle spasms
- Inability to relax
- Rheumatic pain
- Minor sports injuries and tension
Our osteopath is: Augusta Wilson
See Our Team for her biography. Augusta offers appointments in Theale, near Reading.
Call 0118 930 3535 to book your appointment.
July 23, 2018
Do you have a frozen shoulder?
What is a frozen shoulder?
The technical name for a frozen shoulder is adhesive capsulitis. Symptoms typically include stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint which leads to restricted movement. Pain is often intense particularly when the shoulder is moved in a particular way, for example, when lifting the arms up or getting dressed. More importantly the movement available is likely to reduce the longer the condition is left untreated.
New treatment for a frozen shoulder
There are a number of treatment options from manipulation to injections and even surgery. One of the newest and most effective 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
What should I do if I think I have a frozen shoulder?
If you are having shoulder 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
July 12, 2018
Rehabilitation and Prevention
The Wimbledon finals are almost upon us and the weather is behaving – so are you tempted to dust off your tennis racket?
Is your body ready for this increased activity?
We often see people who have been inspired to suddenly increase their activity with various sports only to develop an injury because they did too much too quickly. As long as the injury isn’t too severe it does at least have a positive side – when you come to us for treatment we can help you to not only recover from the injury but get your body ready for any increased activity. We can make you stronger working with you and your body.
Our therapist Yulia is a specialist not only in rehabilitation (post operative, post injury, preoperative) but also in prevention.
Yulia will work with you to develop a combined series of exercises and treatments that will make your body stronger. You will be able to take on extra activity confident in the knowledge that your body can cope.
We work with a wide variety of individuals including:-
- Tennis players – or any racket sports
Making your body stronger will improve your performance. Even if you don’t currently have an injury if you are thinking about increasing your activity, or have a few niggles that prevent you getting the best out of your activity, book an appointment with Yulia and see what a difference she can make.
If you would like to know more about Yulia follow this link to our team page.
Where does it come from and why are people afraid of spiders?
More than likely, this fear has come from a parent or family member. It is my experience that about 95% of people that have arachnophobia is due to a learnt experience. A learnt experience being that, as a child you may have seen your mum scream or panic about a spider and our young instinctual mind says to us “if mum is frightened of that then it must be bad”.
This has instantly set up a conditioned response to be afraid of spiders and your unconscious mind will constantly scan for a spider while you go about your daily routine – have you ever had a moment while watching TV or being occupied and out of the corner of your mind seen a spider? That is your brain doing exactly what it is designed to do!
The other 5% of people who suffer from arachnophobia is usually caused by a negative or uncomfortable experience of a spider crawling on them or being put on them by another person who may think its funny and in some cases a spider in or on the bed.
Fight or flight
When we are experiencing some kind of stress, the brain sends out a signal to your adrenal gland to release adrenalin and cortisol.
Adrenalin is what makes the heart rate increase and lungs to take in more oxygen by making us breathe faster. The heart and lungs work together to push blood and oxygen faster to the arms and legs so we can be prepared for the natural “fight or flight” response, literally meaning to stand your ground and fight or to run away.
Cortisol is released to feed your body with extra energy that has been stored away for these situations. Cortisol regulates the blood sugar levels and acts as the bodies’ natural anti-inflammatory in the event of being hurt should you decide to “fight”.
This completely natural process is the brains natural instinct to survive and will do everything it can to keep you safe. The brain doesn’t know if you are going to be harmed or not, but as we are just animals by nature, the only things to cause us harm when we were living as cave people would be a predator.
How to overcome your fear of spiders
The point is, no one is born with a fear of spiders and so it is actually very easy and to overcome arachnophobia, I know because I have done it myself.
Cognitive therapy or “education” and a couple of coping techniques is often all it takes to overcome something that you may feel haunts your life.
You have absolutely nothing to fear and when spider season comes you could be free of this fear without stress or anxiety, tear free and then there would be very little chance of your children picking up this fear.
Ed Francis, CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPIST
July 2, 2018
What is a Neurovascular Assessment?
It is a painless examination of the blood supply, nerve endings and structure of the foot. It may also involve examining any underlying problems such as dermatological, injuries, biomechanical or even footwear issues as well as the general wellbeing of the patients feet.
At Theale Wellbeing Centre
We take foot health very seriously and in order to ensure that we provide as thorough a service as possible we are carrying out a Neurovascular assessment on our patient’s blood and nerve supply to the feet.
From June all new podiatry/chiropody patients have had the quality of the blood supply in their feet assessed using ultrasound technology. This will help to ensure that the circulation to the feet is adequate. The nerve testing will check that the feet are experiencing normal sensations and respond appropriately to external stimulus.
All testing is completely pain free and may help to identify possible issues such as diabetes, an irregular heart beat, greater risk of falls etc so that appropriate action can be taken to ensure your continued wellbeing.
Call us to book your appointment with one of our podiatrists – keep your feet healthy with regular checkups.
June 29, 2018
Come and join us in the Wellbeing Tent at Theale Village Fete on Saturday 7th July starting at noon and finishing around 4pm.
As well as having the opportunity to talk with our therapists about any health problems we are also running a few fun competitions AND Ed will be there with a display of bugs and other beings.
Please do come and say hello
There is lots of other things to see and do at the fete – follow this link to find out more https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=theale%20village%20fete
June 4, 2018
What is the best treatment for a Verruca in Reading?
Most existing verruca treatments are painful and usually have a poor success rate.
Although there are many different proprietary brands for treating Verrucas at The Theale Wellbeing Centre near Reading we use the SWIFT microwave treatment. This new treatment applies localised heat energy to help destroy infected tissue. With treatment times in seconds this method provides a precise and easy way of treating skin lesions. Follow this link for further information.
What is a Verruca or wart?
A verruca, or wart, is a virus that lies between the layers of your skin. At best they are inconvenient but they can become very painful and will often spread as they are highly contagious. They normally appear on the feet or around the toe area and appear as little black spots under hard skin. They are often painful like standing on a needle. There are a variety of verruca treatments as discussed below.
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.
What to do next
Call us now on 0118 930 3535 to make an appointment with one of our experienced prodiatrist for an assessment of your foot problem.
May 23, 2018
Even More Beasties
EDUCATIONAL AND FUN FOR AGES!
With an even bigger variety of beasties for you to see, this popular event will be both educational and entertaining.
Most of the beasties can be handled and we certainly do encourage it as appropriate.
If you have a phobia of of insects or even snakes then we would still encourage you to come along and have a chat to our very experienced therapist who would love to help you.
Suitable for 5 – adult.
ONLY £1 ENTRY FEE PER PERSON.
Stay all day or come and go as you please till we close!
May 11, 2018
Shiatsu (Japanese Acupressure) Massage
Our Shiatsu therapist Fiona Carson MRSS asked us to post this video about Shiatsu (Japanese Acupressure) Massage. In the video you’ll hear from patients about their experience and see demonstrations of what is involved with this therapy.
This Japanese dynamic hands-on healing system 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. It is based on Oriental Medicine Theory (like acupuncture), Shiatsu (or Japanese Acupressure) massage can help in a wide range of conditions – from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing, yet invigorating therapy and regular shiatsu can help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives. Shiatsu 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 massage.
Benefits of Shiatsu (Japanese Acupressure Massage)
- Eases tension and stiffness
- Improves breathing and posture
- Restores and balances energy
- Relaxes mind and body
- Improves circulation
- Enhances wellbeing
Common conditions helped by Shiatsu
- Back pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Whiplash injuries and neck stiffness
- Menstrual problems
- Joint pain and reduced mobility
- Sports injuries
- Digestive problems
If you would like to book at appointment with Fiona call 0118 930 3535.
April 16, 2018
Our Podiatry team are delighted to announce a new therapy – Warm Wax Therapy Treatment
Paraffin warm wax heat therapy increases blood flow, tolerance for pain, relaxes muscles & increases hydration in the skin. Intended to moisturise & soften the skin while providing a therapeutic & healing effect to sore and aching joints. Making it particularly beneficial for those suffering from arthritis & rheumatic pain.
Conditions that can benefit from Therapeutic Wax Baths include:-
- Scar tissue
- Muscle spasm
- Sports injury
Paraffin wax decreases calluses on the feet while deodorising and soothing the skin. The essential oils intensely moisturise and provide an antiseptic and anti inflammatory action.
Essential oils included in the Paraffin wax:-
- Sunflower Oil
- Bay Leaf Oil
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