A fresh new start in Norway!

Dear friends, colleagues, patients and followers.

With a heavy heart, I will be leaving the UK on the 17th March to relocate to Oslo with my lovely girlfriend Ingvild, where I will live and continue practicing as a sports Chiropractor.

However fear not, I am not out of reach and my quest to forever learn and share will not stop there! As I am giving up a busy patient list, it gives me the time and opportunity to learn even more, and upload original content from new and exciting people and places. Before I settle down, I will be traveling around the world for a few months, looking to observe sports teams and different professionals for a fresh perspective. Keep updated with my travels and afterwards more wintry health posts from Norway!

In the mean time, I will be seeing patients in Canary Wharf to review their cases and seamlessly pass them over to another clinician. I will also, of course, be having some little cheeky drinks with friends and colleagues, to see me on my way.

It is an exciting time for myself and if I don’t personally see you before I go, I wanted to say thank you, and that I am very grateful for my time here. I have been lucky to be able to work and interact with such a lovely bunch of professionals and patients. It has been an enjoyable and fun start to my career. I am very much looking forward to the next chapter and I hope that you are too.

Stay healthy and keep an ear out for new updates!

Alex

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3 Best Exercises to Alleviate Morning Back Stiffness (And why astronauts are so tall).

Getting the point? Considering injection for muscle/tendon pain?

Muscle and tendon pain can be a real drag, and often injections are recommended or considered after failed conservative treatment. Especially by that bloke in the office!

But does it work, and are they damaging?

There are lots of injection options for tendinopathy; corticosteroid, platelet-rich plasma, hyaluronic acid, prolotherapy, tenocyte implantation, stem cell… the list goes on.

There are promising studies with each of these, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer.

Currently, corticosteroids remain the most common ‘safe bet’ for pain relief and  return to rehab. But they are short term strategies, with less effective long term results.

Although widely regarded as safe, animal trials of corticosteroids have showed that they can weaken tendons, however it is not conclusive in humans.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP), injects a concentrated mix of the bodies own cells to promote healing, and is gaining momentum. However the evidence is not yet certain as there are a wide variety of techniques and the procedure appears not to be completely perfected.

All other injections are considered more experimental when compared to corticosteroids and PRP.

So in conclusion, tell your office buddy that there is no clear winner! Having said that, expertly administered injections carry relatively few risks and do often help tendon rehabilitation. Therefore it is worth considering, especially when there is little response to therapy on its own.

Alex Horne Chiropractic… more than just a little prick.

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Yummy tummy, happy head!

We know good gut bacteria blast stress hormones and reduce anxiety (in mice, and humans) and that happy tummies have numerous health benefits.
 
But how can we boost our bacteria and create the right environment for the tiny wriggly things?
 
One test showed adding simple foods to your diet was better than expensive supplements!
 
Drinking kefir was shown to be the best way to gain healthy bacteria, whereas eating prebiotic foods allowed a framework for them to thrive.
 
Prebiotic foods can be Jerusalem artichokes, chicory root, onions, garlic and leeks.
 
Great news! I’m skipping Holland and Barrett and heading to Waitrose….

What are the Up’s and Down’s?

Standing desks… “What’s the fuss, isn’t it just another gimmick?”

Not at all, in fact chiropractors welcome the new influx of table tops and have been waiting for them for years! When you stand, you require more active core muscles which help support your spine.

Muscles account for 80% of lower back support, so if they are regularly shut off for too long, problems arise.

“So standing is the answer to all of my problems?”

Unfortunately not, it is possible to stand badly too and that can lead to discomfort. What is also important is to be able to move and change between positions regularly and the stand up desks provide a great tool for this. It’s not just for “the guy with back pain”.

Alex Horne Chiropractic – Be outstanding! Ask your Alex how you could benefit.

Need a good stand up desk? Check out this independent review of the best on the market. http://www.reviews.com/standing-desk/