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Keep up to date with the latest goings-on at Rothery Health Care by reading our blog posts below.

Osteopath gets selected for European Championships

John Rothery Osteopath & clinical lead at RotheryHealth in Saundersfoot,Wales was recently selected for the Medical Team for the European Touch Rugby Championships 18-21 July 18 in Nottingham ,UK. What is Touch? Touch, also known as Touch Football or Touch Rugby around the world, is a thrilling sport that allows people of all walks of […]

Osteopath does Breca Gower 2018

On the  7-8th July 2018 in the Gower near Swansea, South Wales Jonathan Rothery Director of Rothery Health here in Saundersfoot took part in the iconic Breca Swim/Run.Swimrunning is all about equipment experimentation and trying new ideas. Almost anything goes in the race,just so long as you carry what you have for swimming & running […]

Osteopath meets Superstar!

Last weekend John Rothery Principal at Rothery Health was lucky enough to meet & treat Brian Jacks former Olympic Judo player in Lincoln. Brian was on a UK tour promoting his new book “The Mindset of a Champion “ Brian Jacks after becoming the UKs best Judo player later achieved national fame for his outstanding […]

5 tips to sleep better

What are things that we can all do tonight and in the future to start getting better sleep? Well, beyond carving out a non-negotiable eight-hour sleep opportunity, there are probably at least five things that we can do. 1/try and maintain regularity. And if there’s one thing that you take away from this, it would […]

So how do I rehab my shoulder?

  The shoulder is at high risk for injury during overhead sports, in particular in throwing or hitting activities, such as baseball, tennis, handball, and volleyball. In order to create a scientific basis for the prevention of recurrent injuries in overhead athletes, four steps need to be undertaken: (1) risk factors for injury and re-injury […]

Are gel pain relief medications any good?

  NSAIDs stand for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs. A “topical” NSAID analgesic treatment is a pain relieving gel, cream, patch or spray that is applied directly to the painful part of the body. This works differently to painkillers that are taken orally which dissolve to release their ingredients into the bloodstream. Deep Relief Anti-inflammatory Gel and […]

How do I rehab my shoulder?

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that stabilize the shoulder and allow it to move. You should visualize the head of the arm bone as a golf ball, and the area of the shoulder blade as a golf tee. The rotator cuff serves as a sleeve that enables the ball to spin […]

Have I got a sports hernia?

Sports Hernia (Athletic Pubalgia) A sports hernia is a painful, soft tissue injury that occurs in the groin area. It most often occurs during sports that require sudden changes of direction or intense twisting movements. Although a sports hernia may lead to a traditional, abdominal hernia, it is a different injury. A sports hernia is […]

So are you lifting weights as you age?

As we get older we begin to lose muscle mass, approximately 1% every year. But more importantly, the decline in muscle strength declines at a rate 3-times greater . The consequences of this decline in strength are significant, with lower muscle strength being associated with an increased risk of dementia, needing care and mortality. A […]

Are antioxidant supplements a waste of time?

A recent study in the Journal of Sports medicine has identified that taking dietary antioxidants in the form of supplements (e.g. tablets, capsules, powders) or antioxidant-enriched foods (e.g. food concentrates) in doses much higher than the recommended amounts (up to 10 times the recommended daily amounts) several days before and after exercise has been proposed […]

10 Back pain Commandments

1) Your back is stronger than you may think – the spine is strong and not easily damaged, so in most instances the pain will be down to a simple sprain or strain 2) You rarely need a scan 3) Avoid bed rest and get moving (but avoid aggravating activities) 4) Do not fear bending […]

What is vascular dementia?

Inadequate blood flow can damage and eventually kill cells anywhere in the body. The brain has one of the body’s richest networks of blood vessels and is especially vulnerable. In vascular dementia, changes in thinking skills sometimes occur suddenly following strokes that block major brain blood vessels. Thinking problems also may begin as mild changes […]

What is vascular dementia?

Inadequate blood flow can damage and eventually kill cells anywhere in the body. The brain has one of the body’s richest networks of blood vessels and is especially vulnerable. In vascular dementia, changes in thinking skills sometimes occur suddenly following strokes that block major brain blood vessels. Thinking problems also may begin as mild changes […]

Is changing posture just a waste of time ?

Posture matters a little, but not a lot. Most “poor posture” is just bad ergonomics and postural strain—a different problem. Postures that do harm and have easy fixes are rare; many postures are the result of long-term adaptations and nearly impossible to change. Although many people do seem to be vulnerable to postural strain, but […]

Why do I get calf pain when running ?

As a Sports Specialist Osteopath I often get asked this question and yes sports massage may help in the short term but the long term underlying problems need addressing.Tight calf muscles tends to be most common amongst relatively new runners. This gives us a few clues already. It can be linked to a number of […]

Osteopath or physiotherapist?

So what’s the difference ? Osteopaths view the body as a unique, interconnected, self-healing system. Osteopathic treatment focuses on correcting disturbances with this system, whether caused (by among many things) muscle weakness/imbalance and/or tension, restricted joint movements, poor posture or working practices. Given that each body is viewed as being unique, treatment is tailored to […]

Sitting up straight to reduce back pain is a myth

If you ask most people how to prevent back pain they will say: “Sit up straight and mind my back,because our parents have instilled this in us,” says Kieran O’ Sullivan, senior lecturer at the University of Limerick and lead physiotherapist at the sports spine centre in Aspetar hospital, Qatar. We are, says O’Sullivan, almost […]

Sitting up straight to reduce back pain is a myth

If you ask most people how to prevent back pain they will say: “Sit up straight and mind my back,because our parents have instilled this in us,” says Kieran O’ Sullivan, senior lecturer at the University of Limerick and lead physiotherapist at the sports spine centre in Aspetar hospital, Qatar. We are, says O’Sullivan, almost […]