Hollyoak Health Autumn Newsletter

Meet the Team

Ian and Debby moved to Shropshire eighteen months ago. They had spent a holiday in the Ludlow area and were so taken with the beautiful scenery, they sold their clinic in Oxfordshire and moved across country. Now they both work from their home clinic near Middleton, treating patients from all across the Shropshire landscape…and beyond!

In another life, Ian was MD of a family run business information company. However, he had always fostered a keen interest in sport and twenty-five years ago he decided to change direction and train as a Registered Osteopath. He has never looked back and enjoys helping people from all walks of life to continue doing what they love, whether it’s working, playing golf or walking the Shropshire Way. “One of my main objectives is to free people from pain and discomfort, improve their mobility and enhance quality of life.”

Debby’s background is in education but she started to work alongside Ian in their Oxfordshire clinic as Practice Manager before retraining as a Podiatrist at the University of Northampton. Debby believes everyone, young or older, should take care of their feet. “Your feet are the foundation of your world – it’s worth making sure they are in good shape.”

Autumn spotlight on….Neck Pain

Neck pain is common in people of all ages and is often caused by how we use our necks. Working all day at a computer, driving long distances, poor posture while standing, sitting or texting(!), stress and tiredness are all factors that can cause the muscles in the neck and upper back to become tight and the joints to become stiff which can contribute to ongoing neck pain. Sometimes a nerve in your neck can become irritated or “trapped” and cause pain in the arm going down into your shoulder or the hand and may be accompanied by pins and needles and numbness. Osteoarthritis or age-related wear and tear in the neck can also cause muscular pain from the neck into the shoulder as well as some stiffness in moving the neck.

After a thorough examination, Ian uses a wide range of techniques depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis, to reduce muscular tension in the neck and improve movement in the joints of the neck and upper back.

Gentle manipulation of the soft tissues and joints helps to reduce tension and pressure on the nerves. Treatment might also involve treating other areas in the back and shoulders as well as the neck and advice on your posture, exercises and stretching to help keep your neck and upper back muscles and joints relaxed.

It’s the same Injury

Whether you’re a professional rugby player getting thumped on the shoulder by an eighteen stone Samoan, or a farmer dealing with a cantankerous cow (livestock, not the wife!) …. The injury can be the same!

After a traumatic injury or tissue breakdown due to repetitive strain, the professional sports player will be in the treatment room at the club several times a week. Furthermore, they are prevented from playing until full pain free function is restored. This allows for a proper, managed recovery and reduces the likelihood of a recurrent injury.

No such luck for the person with a work related or amateur sport injury. Office personnel, farmers, construction workers and anyone with a physically demanding job are usually unable to stop the activity which caused the injury in the first place.

A trip to the GP usually results in anti-inflammatory or pain relieving medication which, whilst helpful, loses valuable treatment time essential in effecting a complete recovery.

So what is the answer?

  • Book in early for treatment. This helps prevent an acute injury from becoming a chronic condition.
  • Complete the recommended course of treatment and follow the self help advice.
  • If advised, commit to regular maintenance treatments recommended when your lifestyle involves repeating the actions which caused the injury. Regular 'top up' sessions improve tissue tolerance to repetitive strain and injury.
  • Finally, if your pain and discomfort is now chronic (long term) much can still be achieved. Complete recoveries have been effected after thirty years!

Laser Treatment for Fungal Nail Infection…..

A new treatment offered by Debby is the Lunula low level laser for treating fungal nail infection.

Thermal lasers have been used by podiatrists for some years to treat this unsightly and embarrassing condition, but it is difficult to get right in to the nail bed where the fungus lives with a warm laser. The Lunula “cold” laser not only gets in to the nail bed, it effectively targets and kills the fungal infection and fortifies the body’s natural defence mechanisms to encourage new healthy nail growth.

It is a safe and effective treatment with no side effects or adverse reactions. Clinical trials demonstrate 95% of patients see an improvement in the nail. It can take 6-9 months for a new nail to grow so thinking ahead to next summer, now might be a good time to book an appointment.

Don’t miss out on our next newsletter, let us have your email address today. Contact debbyluxton@gmail.com

In our next issue…..

  • Winter Spotlight on The Slipped Disc Myth
  • Sciatica – it’s a symptom not a diagnosis
  • Plantar fasciitis….how to relieve the pain.