Men’s Health

We see a huge range of men ranging from teenage rugby players to IT specialists, local shopkeepers, doctors and business consultants.

How you use your body will blatantly effect your vulnerabilities; being near Reading and Oxford, a typical patient list would range from  helping a Wallingford based photographer with an acute disc hernia, a fireman from Oxford post lumbar discetomy, a Henley based entrepreneur struggling with headaches, runners with  hamstring issues, a business man with poor lumbar mobility (and subsequent stiffness), an older gentlemen with an inguinal hernia and so on.

All we can say is that we will thoroughly explore your personal body mechanics and work hard to effectively improve your condition as quickly as possible using tools ranging from ultrasound to mobilisation.

If you would like to know more about the range of techniques used, please do feel free to call us on 01491 641-952 and we will happily explain possible approaches.

Protect your posture

Consider this…your head weighs on average 8lbs but if your head moves forwards 2-3 inches…as it tends to when working on a laptop ..your upper back and neck need to support the equivalent of 11lbs.

That weight-bearing increase endured for hours on end may explain why your shoulders are painful and rounded, you have headaches, your arms ache and you can’t sleep.

As  many as three in five patients visiting us are suffering from chronic nerve damage – in many cases resulting from an excessive use of laptops. To combat this, try to:

  • Raise your computer screen to eye level
  • Keep your wrists straight – in line with your forearms when typing.
  • Stretch and walk around every 30 minutes
  • And employ these hunch-busting moves during your gym workout. Do two sets of 12 reps of each exercise during a gym session to combat PC posture problems.

Shoulder-adductor stretches

Lie on the floor with your knees bent and your arms straight up in the air. With your back flat, slowly move your arms back and down towards the floor, keeping them straight and close to the sides of your head. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds.

Kneeling lat stretch

Kneel in front of a Swiss ball with your left arm on the ball and the other hand on the floor. Move your left arm forwards until you feel slight tension. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat with your right arm. At the end of the stretch, when your arm is straight, slowly move it inwards across your body until you feel tension.

Swiss-ball T

Grab a pair of two- or five-pound dumbbells and lie face down on a Swiss ball. Start with your back flat, your chest  raised above the ball and your arms hanging down, palms facing forwards. Squeeze your shoulder blades down and together as you extend your arms to the sides, creating a T with your torso. Pause, then return to the starting position. Repeat.