Wednesday, 15 November 2017

How Cold weather affects your aches and pains?

Its officially winter time with the weather dropping below 0 degrees and getting our first frost of the season, some people may start notice more aches and pains in their joints than they are used to.

But why does the cold give us those aches and pains?

Is it in in our heads?

Or is there something actually going on?

Some people report they can even tell when it’s going to rain?

Do these people have special powers or can it be explained?

The Effect
Some studies have found a strong relationship between short, cold, damp days and arthritis flare-ups. Some research suggests changes in barometric pressure worsen knee pain in people with arthritis, while colder temperatures can cause painful changes in joint fluid thickness. Cold weather can actually shrink the tissues causing them to pull on the nerve endings, thus causing joint pain. When it is cold, your nerve endings are extremely sensitive and the muscles surrounding your nerves tense up. 

When the barometric pressure drops, there is less atmospheric pressure to the tissues back and it causes more inflamed tissue to swell, thus cold weather causes pain.
The cold and damp weather can also cause changes to people’s exercise plans. We have an instinct during winter to hibernate; however, a lack of physical activity will cause joints to become stiff.  

How to combat the Cold
 Exercise eases arthritis pain. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. To manage arthritic conditions during the cooler months, individuals need to plan physical activities that are easy to do during winter, such as;
  • Dressing up warm and cosy, so that your muscles do not contract around your nerve endings, thus minimizing the pain you feel.
  •  Make sure you stretch in the morning and the evening, helping you to stay limber and not tense up. 
  • Make sure you regularly exercise, preferably inside. It is important to stay active to avoid your joints from getting stagnant. When you don’t move your muscles, or joints they will stiffen up and make it more painful when you do move.
  •  Swimming can help as well.

Having therapy over the winter months can help from Chiropractic, massage or acupuncture. A British analysis of nearly 100 high-quality systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials found that manipulation was beneficial for acute and chronic low back pain, neck pain and knee osteoarthritis. And a 2013 study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage found that patient education combined with 12 chiropractic treatments (twice a week for six weeks) were more effective for hip OA than a daily stretching program or patient education alone.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Seeking painrelief without painkiller medication? Medical Acupunture and Dry needling could be the answer for you at AMI clinic Bedford

Being an Alternative medicine clinic, AMI clinic naturally wants to provide its patients with as many options as possible for their conditions.
Looking into the history of acupuncture; its universal success rates cannot be ignored, so our 2 resident chiropractors decided to further their own education and resources to provide another path to healing for the patients. Having done their CPD (Continued professional development) they can now provide Medical Acupuncture and Dry needling.
To understand any concept, you must ask the fundamental questions.

The What?

First is to understand the difference between Traditional Acupuncture and Medical Acupuncture and Dry needling.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture is based on the belief that it can restore the flow of Qi, an energy that flows through your body, while western medical acupuncture is evidence-based and is only administered after a full diagnosis.
Whereas Dry needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle "trigger points", fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc.). The result of dry needling is pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology.
The Why?
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen are widely used to treat pain and don’t require a prescription. But recent studies suggest that when taken regularly, these medicines can have serious side effects. They’ve been linked to kidney, bone, hearing and cardiovascular problems—including, most recently, an increased risk of heart attack.
Acupuncture is a very effective complement or alternative to prescription painkillers because it helps reduce pain using the body's own natural processes without any of the unpleasant side-effects. Medication doesn't always work for everyone, or the side-effects, such as difficulty concentrating, nausea, slow digestion, headaches or irritability, may be hard for some people to tolerate. When painkillers are used, acupuncture can help relieve the discomfort of potential side-effects.

The What?

It's important to remember that acupuncture helps the body naturally heal itself and that healing is a process. Acupuncture can help enhance and even accelerate the healing process. So while it may take some time to heal, in most cases patients actually begin to feel pain relief during the first visit.
How frequently a person should receive acupuncture treatment depends on their level and type of pain. In most cases, you will begin to feel better from the first treatment. For minor aches and pains that come and go, or for injuries that aren't severe, three or four once-a-week treatments are usually enough to get substantial relief. If the injury is more severe or the pain is intense it is recommended to get treatment twice a week.
The effects of treatment are cumulative, which means the physical and nonphysical benefits of each treatment increase as you go along. In addition to pain relief, acupuncture patients commonly notice an improvement in their mood and feeling more at ease overall after just a few treatments.

If you want to give Medical Acupuncture or Dry Needling a go feel free to contact us at or call us at 01234 0307565
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