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Category Archives: Conditions

Healthful in January, as easy as 1-2-3

posted on 17th January 2016 by Stefan Chmelik

During January I am not drinking alcohol or eating meat, which is no small thing for someone who is half Polish and half Scottish! Doing this allows me to focus on the quality of what I am eating and be mindful of the affects on mind and body, inspiring the 1-2-3 process for the start of this special Crimson Monkey Year.   […]

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Professor David Peters on Fibromyalgia

posted on 6th July 2014 by Professor David Peters

Acute muscle pain usually begins suddenly. So you can generally recall a definite time and place when it was briefly overloaded; perhaps in a road accident, a near fall, a sports activity, heavy lifting, twisting or over-reaching.

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Professor David Peters on Fibromyalgia

posted on 13th May 2013 by Professor David Peters

Acute muscle pain usually begins suddenly. So you can generally recall a definite time and place when it was briefly overloaded; perhaps in a road accident, a near fall, a sports activity, heavy lifting, twisting or over-reaching.

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Muscle Pain/Spasm and Tendon Pain

posted on 26th March 2013 by Bevis Nathan

Pain from muscle tissue is perhaps the commonest type of pain of all. The muscles are the biggest users of blood and energy in the body and account for the vast majority of nervous system activity. The whole point of having a body is to move; and this is the job of the muscles. Such […]

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Neck, Shoulder and Arm Pain

posted on 26th March 2013 by Bevis Nathan

The neck, shoulder and arm form a complex system, taking a massive amount of coordinated nervous system control. Many arm problems (eg repetitive strains, tennis elbow) are predisposed by shoulder stiffness, and much arm pain originates in the neck (trapped or irritated nerve effect). Shoulder pain affects neck function, and because all the nerves that […]

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Back, Leg and Knee pain (see elsewhere for sciatica)

posted on 26th March 2013 by Bevis Nathan

Like the neck, shoulder and arm, the low back, hips, pelvic (sacro-iliac) joints, knees, ankles and feet are a system that should work together in a balanced and coordinated way. So problems in any of these areas must be looked at with reference to the system of which they are only a part. The entire […]

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Nerve Pain and Sciatica

posted on 26th March 2013 by Bevis Nathan

Sciatica means symptoms attributed to one or more of the nerve roots that make up the sciatic nerve. It’s not a diagnosis, since there are potentially many causes of irritation to the nerves. Sciatica can include very low back pain, buttock pain, pain in the back or side of the thigh, lower leg and foot. […]

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TMJ (Tempro-Mandibular Joint) pain

posted on 26th March 2013 by Bevis Nathan

Two interesting facts about the TMJ; firstly, the TMJ wields more power, relatively, than any other joint in the body – because the mechanical leverages over which the muscles work are extremely efficient – compared with, say, the elbow joint. Secondly, the nerve power to the muscles of the jaw are highly susceptible to being […]

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Whiplash/Neck Injury

posted on 25th March 2013 by Bevis Nathan

Neck injuries that don’t include a whiplash component are uncommon (though neck pain and associated headaches are very common). So it is convenient to refer to most if not all neck injuries as variants of whiplash because a) two important groups of muscles are nearly always found to be weak and in need of re-training […]

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We need new antibiotics like another hole in the head – writes Dr Damien Downing.

posted on 12th March 2013 by Dr Damien Downing

Antibiotics got us in this mess, so how are they likely to get us out of it?   Integrated doctors have been saying for decades that we prescribe too many antibiotics, with dire consequences. Now even the Chief Medical Officer says so — but she goes on to urge newer, more powerful antibiotics as the […]

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