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Tips for a strong and healthy immune system – Health Zone

                                 

It’s that time of year again. The winter chill has set in and this can begin a slippery slide to the colds and flu’s that tend to accompany the season.  However, this needn’t be an inevitable part of winter.  Prevent or shorten the duration of colds and flu’s and fortify your immune system with our tips to get you through winter.  Continue reading ‘Tips for a strong and healthy immune system – Health Zone’ »

Ice vs Heat for Pain Relief by James Birkett – Practising Osteopath at the Health Zone Clinic in Wimbledon

ice vs heat for pain reliefWhen in pain, the first reaction of many of us will be to reach for a hot water bottle to provide relief, however often applying ice can be more beneficial. 

Applying heat can be useful when treating aches caused by chronically tightened and tired muscles as it increases the blood flow to the muscles, increasing the supply of nutrients and oxygen and getting them to relax. The problem with applying heat comes when the problem is not with the muscles, but with a deeper joint. 

If a joint becomes damaged or overworked, the body’s reaction is to increase blood flow to it in order to help start the healing process. This makes the area red, hot and swollen, a process which we refer to as inflammation.

 In order to protect the inflamed joint the body will tighten muscles which cross the joint, like a splint, so as to try and prevent movement which could further irritate the joint. 

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Tennis elbow care in Wimbledon by practising Osteopath Gabrielle Cousin

tennis-elbow-care-in-Wimbledon-LondonTennis elbow care in Wimbledon by practising Osteopath Gabrielle Cousin at the Health Zone Clinic in Wimbledon. 
 
As I now consult in Wimbledon, I expect I will soon see tennis elbow cases in clinic, not because of the famous tennis club nearby but because it is unfortunately a common musculoskeletal condition.
I suffered from it a couple of years ago and know how frustrating the discomfort can be. I was lucky to be surrounded by osteopathic colleagues who helped me through it without the use of any medication nor injection. 

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