The ankle reflex predicts outcome after lumbar disc surgery?

An ankle reflex is a test of mainly the first sacral nerve root, or S1 as an abbreviation. When S1 is working normally, a small strike of the achilles tendon , also called calcaneal tendon, with a tendon hammer causes the muscle attached to the tendon, gastrocnemius, to contract, which in turn causes the foot to flex […]

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Doctor’s Orders- Go to the Pub (Med)

Pubmed, is a free online library with over 25 million scientific articles referenced. This online resource is commonly used by health professionals and health researchers alike, to search for journal articles published in relation to pretty much anything which is health-related. For most of us, it’s a daunting idea to start trawling through medical jargon in search of answers, […]

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5 Questions to ask your Spinal Surgeon

You’ve had enough of the sciatica pain and buttock ache which is currently ruling your life. You’re surviving off pain killers and the visits to different health professionals hasn’t got you out of trouble. You’ve had an MRI scan of your lumbar spine and you have a slipped disc, or disc protrusion, which is compressing […]

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Acupuncture for back pain? Let’s get to the point

There are so many different complementary therapies for treating low back pain. A recent study by Arthritis Research UK looked at 25 complementary therapies for back pain, including yoga, Tai Chi, Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Acupuncture. 1,718 people with back pain had acupuncture to help their back pain and the studies proved that acupuncture treatment for back […]

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“If You Don’t Use It, You Lose It”

Stan has given decades of his life to helping others with exercise-based projects. He has set up a Tai Chi class which is still running after twelve years. ” Tai Chi has been beneficial for maintaining good spinal posture, spinal flexibility and avoiding anxiety” said Stan, who also believes that Tai Chi improves oxygen circulation and […]

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