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.

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*NEW* MediPedi treatment at Theale Wellbeing Centre

*NEW* MediPedi treatment at Theale Wellbeing Centre

Our team are offering another new 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:-

MediPedi

  • 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 new 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.

EMS Shockwave Therapy at Theale Wellbeing Centre

EMS Shockwave Therapy

It is almost a year since Theale Well Being Centre introduced the EMS Shockwave Therapy for a wide range of conditions including

  • Rotator cuff tendinosisEMS Shockwave Therapy
  • Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
  • Plantar fasciopathy
  • Tennis/Golf Elbow
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive capsulitis)
  • Patella Tendonitis
  • Calcific Tendinitis
  • Shin Splints (Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS))

The number of patients we are seeing with a wide variety of conditions has been building and we are pleased to be able to offer this therapy. We often see patients who have tried other treatments, particularly for a chronic conditions, but are still in pain/discomfort.

The Swiss DolorClast® Method is a clinically proven therapy for the treatment of musculoskeletal pathologies. 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:-

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

If you would like to discuss any health problems that may be helped with shockwave therapy call us to make an appointment with one of our specialists.

Where can I get Cranial Osteopathy in Tilehurst?

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.Cranial Osteopathy in Tilehurst

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.

We also offer osteopathy from a team of highly trained osteopaths – follow this link above to find our more about them.

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
  • Cramp
  • Digestion problems
  • Joint pains, lumbago
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neuralgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • 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.

Do You Have a Frozen Shoulder?

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.frozen shoulder

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 

Rehabilitation and Prevention

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?

rehabilitation

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:-

  • Golfers
  • Tennis players – or any racket sports
  • Runners
  • Cyclists
  • Tri/Duathletes

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.

How can I get help with Arachnophobia?

Where does it come from and why are people afraid of spiders?

ArachnophobiaMore 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

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