Glucosamine, Is it worth taking?

Glucosamine, Is it worth taking?

Patients often ask me if I think taking glucosamine sulphate or chondroitin sulphate will help any joint deterioration or osteoarthritis. I always give the advice of the arthritis research campaign that it is perfectly reasonable to try 1500mg of glocosamine and 1200mg of chondroitin per day for 3 months and try to assess an improvement. Glucosamine is a naturally occurring amino-monosaccharide found in high concentrations as a…

Foot Pain / Dropped Arches

Our feet are marvels of design and can take a lot of stress. They are often injured playing sports or in falls and can eventually get worn down by the load we put them under, then we encase them in less then perfect foot wear and the end result can be very painful. Many foot problems, are a sign of strain being passed to the foot…

‘Builders Back Pain’ The theme for this years Back Care Awareness Week

Suzanne at Osteopathic Vitality is giving her full support to this year’s National Back Care Awareness Week, which took place from 8th to 12th October. The theme, this year, was “Builder’s Back Pain”. The aim is to raise awareness of the causes and treatments of this debilitating condition. Back pain accounts for half of all chronic pain people suffer and is the…

Cherries Help Decrease Gout Attacks

Eating 10-12 cherries a day can keep gout attacks at bay. According to research last year, participants reported a reduction of 35% in their attacks and when taken with the gout reducing drug allopurinol an overall reduction of 75% was reported. Gout is a painful condition causing inflammation from a build up of uric acid crystals around joints in the body. Often experienced in the big toe it can affect 1 in…

Pillows – Getting the right neck support

Getting a good night sleep is vital to our over all health and well being. How much sleep and what quality of sleep a patient gets is something I am very interested to know and help with as an osteopath. Pain can cause broken sleep and insomnia as we struggle to find a comfortable position and having not enough sleep can make…