Treat your back pain now (2)

After going through the steps to get rid of back pain, it’s tempting to heave a sigh of relief, and dive straight back into life as you have always known it. So many patients have bounced back to the clinic after this, in pain again!  They thought they were better, that they could do a …

Treat your back pain now (1)

Nearly everyone has had back pain at some time or other. In my clinical practice, the majority of patients showed up with back pain. I’ve had it too! There have been times when I’ve done things I knew were bad for me, but time pressures (and being plain stubborn!) overrode my common sense and medical …

Treat your hiccups now

Hiccups happen when the diaphragm goes into spasm, interrupting normal controlled breathing and causing the vocal chords to close with an audible ‘hic’. Generally the condition will settle on its own after a few minutes, but can be excruciatingly embarrassing or inconvenient, such as in this adorable clip of a young man singing the National …

Treat your postural pain now

Bob and I recently returned from driving around North America. We saw some amazing sights, including Mount Rushmore, where the four presidents’ heads are carved in the mountainside. We went further into South Dakota and saw the Crazy Horse monument, which is even more spectacular. I love the natural wonders too. Travel is great, but after …

Treat your tennis elbow now

Tennis elbow problems baffled me in my early career. I had been taught to use electrotherapy (ultrasound, heat, interferential therapy), massage and exercises. It all seemed very sensible, but in practice my patients didn’t make very rapid progress and often I wondered if I made any difference at all! Then I discovered a new treatment, …