Raymond Robinson – ‘Back to a normal active life’

In February this year I was in the middle of a clear out in my garage. I was in the process of moving a heavy garden table and as a result I took a sharp pain in my left shoulder. Of course, the first thing that came to mind was ‘too many birthday’s’. I soldiered on hoping that the pain … Read More

Jean Baker – Back to Normal Activities!

I first attended Causeway Physio with shoulder and upper arm pain. Housework and ironing were difficult, I couldn’t play golf and normal life was restricted. For the most part I resisted painkillers but sometimes had to succumb. I was fortunate to meet the Causeway Physios who were not only very sympathetic but also very patient, taking time to explain the … Read More

Migraine – aren’t they caused by stress?

Too many people are being led to believe that their headache or migraine is caused by stress or in relation to anxiety or depression People who are worst affected by headache and migraine are most often at risk of being given this label. We have had clients come to us having had 2-3 migraines per week for over 10 years. … Read More

What’s Causing My Headache?

Headaches can come on for numerous reasons.  Stress, fatigue, posture, alcohol, dehydration, certain foods high in nitrates, caffeine, infections, prolonged time in front of a screen and high blood pressure are all common factors which contribute to headaches.  BUT another REALLY  COMMON factor and often MASSIVELY under-diagnosed is to do with a problem in the upper neck which leads to … Read More

Knee Osteoarthritis – What to do…

Knee osteoarthritis – what is it and what should I do about it? Osteoarthritis is defined as “degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone, most common from middle age onward”.  You may have had an x ray and been told you have “wear and tear”, “no cartilage left”, been reduced to “bone on bone”, have developed “spurs”, or been … Read More

When is pain OK in my hip & knee

When is pain OK??! “No pain, no gain” is the stoic attitude of some of our patients, many people coming in with the belief that physio “has to hurt” to get better.  There may be an element of truth in this but some people take it to the extreme and make themselves so sore it is hard to get better.  … Read More

Choose Which Spine You Would Like!

Look at the pictures images below – which spine would you like? Hmm…… Let me guess, I think we’d all choose the one on the left! It looks smooth, no rough bits, even spaces and just generally looks a better spine.. doesn’t it!?   It looks like a good spine healthy spine. What if I told you the scan of … Read More

Why having an MRI may cause more harm than good

It’s just a scan right? How can it cause harm?….  How can it be ‘Dangerous’?  Isn’t it a GOOD idea to get checked out?  It might sound a bit extreme right to say an MRI can cause harm or even be dangerous but what we are referring to is the INTERPRETATION of the scan and WHAT THIS LEADS YOU TO … Read More

Physio & Pilates After Pregnancy

Pregnancy and the following months post partum can be a real roller-coaster of a journey with the joy of having your new little one weighed up against the sleepless nights and the fact that at this point your body just doesn’t feel quite how it used to. Back pain, pelvic girdle pain and upper back pain are the most common … Read More

Back pain…to move or not to move…

For many years, there has been conflicting advice about what to do when your back hurts.  The “old-school” method of long term, complete rest has been thankfully put to bed, however sometimes, in the short term, rest has its place, and is needed to let your muscles have a chance to relax. Many people’s beliefs fit into 2 categories – … Read More