News & Updates May 2023

Additional Acupuncture Clinics

We are delighted to announce that with effect from 6th June our acupuncture therapist, Alex Murray, will be offering Tuesday afternoon and evening clinics in addition to his regular Thursday clinics.

Do you suffer from seasonal auto-immune disorders?

Give Alex a call on 0208 977 3295 to find out how acupuncture could help you to manage the symptoms of seasonal auto-immune disorders such as hay fever.


Reduce Inflammation and take advantage of a free health review

Kristina Ericsson Richards, a Nutritional Therapist & Health Coach based in Teddington, gives us the low-down on inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s defence against invaders like bacteria or a virus. It is also a healing response to trauma such as injury. This acute inflammatory response is generally resolved after a couple of weeks.

Where inflammation becomes damaging to us is when it continues for months, or longer, and becomes chronic causing symptoms such as fatigue, depression, anxiety, frequent infections, weight gain, body pain, skin problems, and gastro intestinal complaints.

This low-grade continuous inflammatory state is linked to several conditions including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, allergies, autoimmune conditions, and premature ageing. Repeated injury or illness can lead to chronic inflammation as can our modern-day diet and lifestyle. Fortunately, there are a number of things we can do to help reduce chronic inflammation.

So, if you would like to know more about how nutrition and lifestyle can help to support you and help you to reduce inflammation, you can book a free 30-minute lifestyle health review with Kristina

Calling all runners! Improve your running technique 

Our practitioners’ top tips to improve your running technique:

  • Wear the right shoes. Shoes that provide cushioning and proper arch support are normally best to reduce the risk of injury. Our podiatrists can advise, check your running shoes and gait and, if necessary, provide insoles or orthotics.
  • Foot Placement. Remember, the foot should strike down mid-foot and roll forward to propel the next stride.
  • Strengthen weak hips and knees. Runners with weak hips may have difficulty keeping their knees in line with their hips for the duration of their stride. This can put added pressure on their knees, causing pain in the knees, hips, and lower back. Our osteopaths and rehab and massage therapists can advise on the best hip strengthening exercises for you.
  • Try to do other forms of exercise for all-round fitness and to strengthen a wide range of muscle groups.
  • Try not to tense up your upper body when running. And, finally,
  • Remember your body needs to rest in order to heal and repair.

Calling all Tennis Players! Foot pain in tennis players

Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, and plantar fasciitis are common causes of foot and heel pain in Tennis players. The sudden bursts of intense activity as well as repetition of movement can damage the plantar fascia as well as other parts of the foot. Muscle tightness, lack of flexibility and weakness in the legs and feet can also cause injury and other lower limb problems in players.

Top tips for Tennis players

  • Make sure that you warm up and stretch before you play and stretch after your match
  • The correct footwear with cushioning and support is vital
  • Don’t over do it, set a time limit and listen to your body
  • If possible, ask a tennis coach for some pointers regarding your technique
  • If you start feeling any niggles see your GP or podiatrist
  • Take some rest and ice the area
  • If you develop hard skin and corns, as many tennis players do, these may need to be removed by a podiatrist

Call us on 020 8977 3295 for more information or to speak with one of our podiatrists.

Patricia Avery, Podiatrist, at Wimbledon

Patricia Avery, one of our podiatrists, is off to Wimbledon again this year to help keep the players’ feet healthy and match ready. What’s good for the goose …..


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