Category Archives: back pain

Have I got a chimpanzee spine?

According to popular news reports, some people have spines that are similar in shape to a chimpanzee’s, and this puts them at risk of developing back pain. The similarity in spinal shapes is thought to illustrate the evolutionary process, whereby the common ancestor of chimps and humans started to walk upright instead of on all […]

Why you probably don’t need a scan…

Patients often ask us if they need x-rays or scans. It’s understandable: they’re in pain and they want to know what’s causing it. So surely taking a look inside their body will provide the answer? Well, no – not necessarily. Certainly there are times when imaging is necessary. X-rays can help rule out fracture following […]

Sciatica: a real pain in the…

Last month’s blog explained why slipped discs don’t really exist. Here we explore another common and partially related self diagnosis: sciatica and/or “trapped” nerves. Sometimes people with low back pain find it spreads downwards, reaching their buttock, thigh or even lower leg and foot. This disquieting turn of events tends to prompt five uniquely human […]

London Marathon 2013

Spring has sprung and it’s less than 1 week until  around 35,000 brave souls will line up in Greenwich and pit themselves against the weather, tarmac, cobbles and and anything London decides to throw at them to run the 26.2 miles of the Virgin London Marathon 2013. Most of your training will be done by now, […]

Sports massage at BFO Paddington

Tired legs? Achy shoulders? Overtrained? Burnt out? Then you’ll be pleased to hear we now offer 30, 45 and 60 minute sports massage appointments at our Paddington clinic. Sportiness not required! You don’t have to be sporty to have a sports massage – almost anyone can benefit. Top sportspeople do use sports massage to recover […]

Why you don’t have a slipped disc

“Have I got a slipped disc?” asks Mr Smith, shifting uncomfortably in his chair after describing his low back pain. How do I know the answer to this question is “no” before I’ve even examined him? Spinal discs don’t slip  Intervertebral discs are soft tissue structures that sit between the individual bones (vertebrae) in your spine. […]

Sprained ankle

In the recent icy weather here in London, we’ve been seeing a number of patients with sprained ankles. This can be incredibly painful and very debilitating, so it’s vital to get swift and appropriate treatment. Typically, the ankle is sprained when the foot rolls inward under the ankle, causing sudden stretching and tearing of the […]

Are you breast aware?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a timely reminder about an important health issue for all of us – including you, gentlemen! It may be rare, but men can have breast cancer too – to say nothing of its potential to affect the women you care about. Over 50,000 new cases of breast cancer are […]

Avoiding the painful perils of personal computing…

How much of your time is spent using a computer? At least part of today it would seem, since you’re reading this. But do you ever consider the impact it can have on your body? Computers are a huge part modern life. We use them daily – at home and work – to help us […]

Chained to your computer? Break free with our easy desk-based exercise routine…

Already read our post on the painful perils of personal computing? Good – so you know how to avoid back pain, neck pain, wrist pain and other nasty side-effects of working with computers. Namely… keep moving vary your activities and position get your setup and posture right incorporate a few simple mobilisation exercises into your […]