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10 tips to stop back pain when driving

10 tips to avoid back pain when driving

With Easter / Semana Santa coming many people are driving long distances – either home for the summer or arriving here for the warmer weather. And long distance driving often results in back pain. Are you sitting comfortably? The seats themselves don’t always help – lowered, tipped back seats make the legs too straight, placing strain on the hamstrings, pelvis and lower back. The neck then tilts forward to look…

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Podcast - Healthcare on the Costa del Sol

Podcast Episode 3 – Acupuncture – the details!

Our 3rd episode! And this time we are talking to the ever lovely Rebecca Richards, our British trained Acupuncturist here at the clinic. We went into details about how to check that your acupuncturist is qualified to treat you (yeah, I know, I’m always on about the qualifications but it is really, REALLY important! I only want to interview people I trust to give you accurate information!). So here are…

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Speed up recovery from your hip replacement at the Bodyworks Clinic

Speed up your recovery from a hip replacement

It was with some horror that I listened to a recent patient inform me that her surgeon here on the coast had advised her to wait 12 weeks before starting rehabilitation and physiotherapy after her hip replacement. 12 weeks! During my military training the physio arrived the first day you woke up after surgery! Move it or lose it! In the UK as a whole the physio is usually heavily…

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Healthcare on the Costa del Sol Podcast - Episode 2 - Walking Football

Podcast Episode 2 – Staying fit and active with Walking Football Spain

With more and more research telling us that staying active and social combats a laundry list of illnesses and conditions in this episode I set out to talk to people who are creating opportunities for us to do both. So in this episode Emmie and I talk to Brian Gregory, organiser of Walking Football Spain about how his players have created an active, vibrant community on the coast for locals…

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Valentine's Day - Loyalty Dollars at Bodyworks

Valentine’s Day – Appreciating the people who trust us

Today is Valentine’s Day, soppy hearts and too expensive roses! And while it might not be your idea of a good time, I do think it’s a great reminder to show the people you love how you feel. Now, I’m afraid I’m going to get a little soppy and emotional, because over the last 15 years I have been repeatedly overwhelmed by the love and support shown to me and…

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Podcast - Healthcare on the Costa del Sol

Podcast Episode 1 – Choosing a Health Professional

Our very first episode! And what better way to start than with how to choose the right person in the first place? This episode is roughly based on my article for the Euro Weekly News called 5 Tips for Choosing a Health Professional and also based on an article our consultant orthopaedic surgeon Dr Jyri Lepisto, wrote some time ago called “10 Tips for choosing a surgeon“. I wanted to…

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Podcast - Healthcare on the Costa del Sol

Introducing our Podcast! Healthcare on the Costa del Sol

Drumroll please! Today we launch the first EVER episode of our new podcast – Healthcare on the Costa del Sol! So you can listen below OR we are on iTunes and Spotify. Please don’t ask me how to do that bit though as I have my in house technical support to do such things! What’s it all about? Over the last 15 years (!) we’ve noticed how many calls and…

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The knee-back connection - is your knee causing your back pain?

The Knee / Back Connection

Your body works as a whole unit. A team. And that “work” of moving you forward still needs to be done even if one part doesn’t function that great. So another area picks up the slack. And when that part of the team doing the extra work gets too tired? You get pain. Now, if this is the situation it doesn’t matter how much fabulous treatment you get in the…

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Working as a physiotherapist in Spain

Getting a job as a physiotherapist in Spain

Every year, in January and over the summer I am contacted by physiotherapists who have read this article which I wrote a very looooooooong time ago. So I thought it time to update this a little with the information that I generally add when I get the emails! Estelle Mitchell, a UK-qualified physiotherapist with more than 26 *ahem, it’s more like 40 now! years’ experience, came to work in southern…

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Bells Palsy - physiotherapy and acupuncture can reduce effects

Face Drop – Bell’s Palsy

You’ve woken up and looked at yourself in the mirror, one half of your face has dropped and you are unable to make it move. Your first thought is, “OMG I’ve had a stroke!” Check FAST F – Face drooping A – Arm Weakness S – Speech Difficulty T – Time to call an ambulance (dial 061 in Andalucia) If these don’t apply then you could have a facial palsy…

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