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How Can Spinal Decompression Help A Herniated Disc?

We hear quite frequently of people looking for treatment for a slipped, herniated or bulging disc, and they may have been told there’s little that can be done, perhaps surgery may have been recommended, or they may have been taking painkillers just to get through...

3 Stretches For A Disc Bulge In The Neck

If you’re experiencing regular bouts of neck pain, or you’re having constant pain or aching in the neck due to a disc issue, you may be looking for some effective stretches you can do that will help the problem. When visiting physios or doctors, they may recommend you...

How Effective Is Vibration Massage For Back Pain?

Often when people think of back pain solutions, they think of massage therapy. While these can be relaxing with the essential oils and the gentle massage on sore muscles - if you do have back pain that has been recurring or that’s quite severe - you might find it to...

What Are The Benefits Of A Weightlifting Belt?

Weightlifting belts seem to be a more common occurrence for people to wear in the gym nowadays, and while they can be useful for someone who is a competitive powerlifter, their benefits are sadly outweighed by the negatives. For the main two benefits, if you’re an...

Review for Lower Back Brace

Posture supports and back braces are used increasingly to help with postural issues, and while there may be very few people who will actually benefit from using one, we’re going to talk today about why you most likely do not need to use it and the damage it can do in...

What’s A Safe Exercise For Low Back Pain?

If you’re getting into the process of strengthening your back, in particular your lower back and core, following an episode of back pain or some element of back dysfunction, then you may be curious if there’s any exercises you should actively be doing - or equally...

Should You Squat With Lower Back Pain

If you experience episodes of back pain and you like to go to the gym, it’s worth considering whether the exercises you’re doing at the gym are the right ones, and if you should be modifying your workout. There are certain exercises that you will need to be more...

Can You Deadlift With A Bad Back?

With back pain being such a prevalent condition in the UK, we frequently hear questions from patients asking what kind of exercise they can do with their back pain and if they should be exercising. If you have a gym routine and regularly incorporate deadlifts into...

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...