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What is a trapped nerve?

A very common enquiry we have here at The Mayfair Clinic is regarding trapped nerves: what are they and why do you get them? Very commonly we have patients say they’re experiencing a trapped nerve in the neck or shoulders, so we thought we’d take the time to explain...

Lower Back Pain Sleeping Positions

If you have back pain you may find sleeping to be troublesome at times. One of the most common things we hear from our patients is that they’ve found falling or staying asleep difficult, getting into a comfortable position can also be problematic as the positions we...

How To Make A Pillow For Your Neck Pain

We’ve talked previously in depth about why going out and buying a brand new pillow when you have neck pain might not be the wisest decision, read why here. In short, buying a new pillow when you have neck pain is not something we would advise for a couple of reasons:...

When Is Back Pain An Emergency?

Seeking help for back pain can be a daunting prospect; whether you’re a long-term sufferer or it’s a relatively new experience for you. It’s likely that your first port of call will be your GP, or if you’ve seen a specialist in the past perhaps your first thought is a...

Before You Buy A Mattress For Back Pain

We very often find patients can ask us what mattress we think would be good for their back pain, or who specifically call us looking for advice on a mattress to buy. If you’re suffering with back pain, enough to contemplate spending a lot of money on a mattress, you...

Before You Buy A Pillow For Neck Pain

If you’re suffering with neck pain, you might feel like the pain is generally worse in the morning or throughout the day. This may have you believe that your current pillow is to blame, but if you’re having neck pain chances are you’re more likely to be aggravating it...

Do Back Braces For Posture Work?

Posture supports have become increasingly popular nowadays as they allow the user to hold correct posture at all times, with very little effort. With poor posture becoming more and more prevalent amongst younger people, this leads to back and neck conditions, and...

Our Approach to Neck & Shoulder Pain

We’ve spoken in depth about how we can help different types of back pain, but it’s also very common to experience shoulder pain in combination with upper back or neck pain. Poor posture over time, or lack of awareness of the position of your neck can all have a major...

What Causes Back Pain From Deadlifting?

If you regularly suffer with bouts of back pain, you may find that it often occurs if you’re a regular gym-goer during exercises like squats or deadlifts. While these exercises can be fantastic for lower body strength, if you do have a back problem sadly it’s one of...

How To Relieve Neck Pain While Sleeping

When it comes to neck pain while sleeping, it seems like a logical conclusion to assume it’s as a result of something you’re doing while you’re asleep. And while that is true, being in control of your posture while you’re asleep can be easier said than done. In most...

Is Yoga or Pilates Better for Back Pain?

We’ve covered the basics of how yoga and pilates can be individually beneficial for the body, in particular for back pain. But there is definitely one that we would recommend over the other due to the benefits it provides and how it can be a supportive side-activity...

Is Pilates Good For Back Pain?

While suffering with back pain it’s common to seek advice online or amongst friends to see what can be done to help. Usually the same activities crop up: swimming, yoga, or pilates, often come highly recommended as they involve very little impact, provide a gentle...

Is Yoga Good For Back Pain?

We see a lot of patients who have been recommended yoga as an aid to back pain, but is yoga actually good for your spine? In theory, yoga should be used as a strengthening tool which is where its benefits can lie in helping your core and back muscles to support your...

What To Do When ‘Normal’ Back Pain Treatments Fail

At The Mayfair Clinic we have patients everyday who have tried a number of different approaches to their back pain before seeking help privately. So why do so many patients have little to no results using conventional back pain treatments? A usual chain of events...

How Can I Avoid Pain Sitting At A Laptop?

We’re often asked what people can do to avoid experiencing pain or stiffness while sitting on their laptops for longer periods of time. In reality, sitting for long periods of the time would never be advised by any medical specialist. Remaining stationary for a long...

Heat & Ice Therapy: Which Is More Effective?

Most of the times we see patients coming in for the first time, around 95% of the time the patient has used heat therapy to help relieve their pain. To define exactly what we mean by this, heat therapy could be anything from using a heat compress, heated rice pack, a...

What Is Our Approach To Treating Scoliosis?

The term scoliosis refers to a deviation in the natural alignment of the spine, as seen from the front of the body. We talk quite in depth in our articles about the impact a misaligned spine, from a side view, can have on the health of the body, but a scoliosis can be...

How To Make Running In Winter More Comfortable

Just started your training for the London Marathon? For anyone training for a race in the Spring, or if you’ve taken up running as a New Year’s resolution, it can be difficult to motivate yourself in the winter. With it most likely being dark when you wake up and dark...

What Is Spinal Correction?

Our aim at The Mayfair Clinic is to improve the health and longevity of their spine, as well as addressing injuries. Patients developing problems with their spine can often see a shift in their alignment or poor posture. But it is possible with the right treatment to...

How Do You Correct Rounded Shoulders?

One of the more common posture complaints we see at the clinic is having rounded shoulders. It’s a complaint that both men and women suffer from, and can be brought on by mistakes made while training at the gym, from weak back muscles, or from repeatedly bad posture...