Alec Tinker Osteopath in Yorkshire – Back pain, Rehabilitation, Sports Injuries

Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention...

Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month – May 2015
It is estimated that around 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the usually strong supportive inner bone becomes thin, which can lead to bones becoming fragile and breaking easily, resulting in pain and disability. In the UK, one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will fracture a [...]

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions
It’s that time of year when we all think about our health. After the Christmas and New Year festivities we often feel guilty for over indulging on all that food, drink and Christmas TV.  This guilt leads to us deciding that this year will be the year we make a change – deciding to improve our health, lifestyles and wellbeing. We are a few wee [...]

Rotator cuff disease/Sub acromial pai...

Rotator cuff disease/Sub acromial pain syndrome
Anatomy and pathophysiology The rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles that are responsible for dynamic stabilisation of the gleno-humeral joint (shoulder joint). The supraspinatus, infraspinatus and subscapularis tendons merge together as they insert onto the humerus and the teres minor attaches onto the back of the humerus. It is thought that [...]

Planta Fascitis or Chronic Plantar He...

Planta Fascitis or Chronic Plantar Heel Pain
The well known bane of runners; Planta Facitis is commonly thought to be a musculoskeletal condition of mechanical origin and is associated with pes planus (flat feet) and other lower limb biomechanical abnormalities. The theory is that the tensile strain caused by biomechanical problems results in microtears and chronic inflammation. However [...]

How to manage stress

How to manage stress
Following on from my previous article about the power stress has to affect our health and wellbeing this article is based on ways to reduce stress. There are number of key things that enable people to become less stressed. A major factor is control. Feeling that we have control in our lives can make a big difference. Most people see stress as [...]

The Power of Stress!

The Power of Stress!
The purpose of stress is to save us from being eaten or to help us catch something to eat. 2 hormones that control stress are called Adrenaline and Glucocorticoid. When in a stressful situation these hormones increase our blood pressure and respiration so that we can get as much oxygen and other nutrients to our muscles as possible. They also [...]

The Core – foundation of moveme...

The Core – foundation of movement
Definition The core is made up of your abdominal muscles, back muscles, pelvic floor muscles, diaphragm and all the organs inside. Core functions Stabilisation – The core is the foundation of movement for the body. Your arms and legs rely on the core for stability and force production.  Before moving our extremities our core should be switch [...]

Managing Acute Injuries

Managing Acute Injuries
For the purpose of this article when I refer to acute injuries I am talking about ones that occur as a result of an impact or trauma to a specific area normally in a short space of time. There are 2 acronyms that can be used for the vast majority of acute injuries to help people manage their pain and optimism the healing process.  The first i [...]

Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain
Here’s a nice statistic for you, throughout our lives over 90% of us will experience low back pain at some point. Low back pain has been extensively researched over the years and yet unfortunately there is still no magic pill, technique or exercise that will cure it.  However there are ways that the vast majority of back pain can be eased, an [...]

Western Medical Acupuncture

Western Medical Acupuncture
The use of acupuncture by doctors, osteopaths, physios and chiropractors has increased in recent years due to its growing reputation as an effective way of relieving pain. It can be used for treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions which as an adjunct to osteopathy treatment may help patients recover quicker. When people think o [...]