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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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Shin Splints - easy to solve with physiotherapy

Shin Splints

Few things are more frustrating for a runner than shin splints. They’re painful, restrict your movement and training and seem difficult to treat. What are Shin Splints? This is a useful “catch all” term for pain in the leg below the knee. But true shin splints are when you have pain only on the inner part of the shin. Although the pain often starts intermittently, running and walking may quickly…

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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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Jose and Estelle - our team of physiotherapists

Welcome to Jose Rodriguez Vega

This month we are thrilled to have Jose Rodriguez Vera join us as our new physiotherapist. Jose has completed his physiotherapy training in Malaga, which means he has that magic number here in Spain – a Colegio number (Col No. 29-8325). He is continuing his training with his Masters in Osteopathy. *side note – in Spain you have to be a physiotherapist first and then an osteopath. There isn’t a…

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Health Insurance Consultation at Bodyworks

Bodyworks and Health Insurance

As many of you will know, because we’re quite upfront about it, here at Bodyworks we don’t deal directly with health insurance companies. Never have done. Now that doesn’t mean that our treatments aren’t covered for many of our patients, just that you pay us and the health insurance company pays you. But the times they are a-changing! We’re not there yet BUT with the help of our new partner,…

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Ankle injury - sprain or fracture?

Ankles – a “sprain” or something more?

Out walking, on the playing field or tennis court, you fall and hurt your ankle. Annoying and painful, definitely. But now what? Feet up on the couch or off to A&E? Fracture or Sprain? These 4 quick tests, called the Ottawa Ankle Rules, are designed to eliminate people who do NOT have an ankle/foot fracture and thus, do not need an x-ray!! Can you take 4 steps (limping is allowed!)?…

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Neck Manipulation and stroke risk

Health Warning – Neck Manipulation and Stroke Risk

One of the most important things I do in the initial consultation is take a full and detailed medical history. Which means finding out everything that has happened to people over the course of their lives and the treatment they’ve received. I’ll be honest, this can be an emotional process for me let alone my patient recounting it. Sometimes these histories can leave me hooting with laughter but quite a…

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7 tips to help when back pain hits

Back Pain Treatment – you’re doing it wrong!

One of the best and worst things about modern medicine is that it moves so FAST! The “best” treatment a year ago can, in the light of new research, become not just outmoded but dangerous. We are learning all the time. The science of treating back pain A recent series of papers published in The Lancet has caused quite a stir in the medical profession as it basically demonstrated that…

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Taking care of your feet!

6 Step Workout for Strong, Stable Feet

As recommended by the College of Podiatry in the UK here is a 6 Step Work Out to keep your feet strong and stable. Like I’ve said before – a strong foundation means everything above it works better. You walk better, taller, slimmer and more stable. So take off your socks, wriggle your toes and let’s go! 1. Towel Grabbing Sit on a chair and put a (old!) towel on…

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