Adur Osteopathic Clinic

Adur Osteopathic Clinic

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Hi. Can I book an appointment through here?
Arrived at the Adur Osteopathic Clinic this afternoon, exhausted with the pain in my neck and lower back. Half an hour later, thanks to Andrew, I felt a bit better....now 2 hours later I feel a new person with no pain at all. Thank you Andrew...you are the best.

Registered Osteopath also offering Dry Needling, Trigger Point Therapy, Dynamic Ultrasound Scanning

Operating as usual

Timeline Photos 02/08/2021

Does physical activity protect against depression?

Does physical activity protect against depression?

Customary physical activity and odds of depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis of 111 prospective cohort studies #OpenAccess

http://ow.ly/kuer50FH54Y

27/07/2021

A new protocol for soft tissue injuries

A new protocol for soft tissue injuries

14/07/2021

MASKS OR NO MASKS?
That is the question that is exercising people the most, it seems.

Well, in line with advice from The Institute of Osteopathy, the brief answer is

PLEASE WEAR A MASK FOR THE TIME BEING and thank you for your consideration.

More fully, our current professional guidance is as follows;

"In short, the outcome is that there is little that will change in terms of the required infection control measures under which we are currently operating.

On the main question, the use of masks by patients: in line with the public health bodies of England and the home nations and Government recommendations, it is still recommended that patients are encouraged to wear a face-covering when receiving osteopathic care, unless exempt".

MASKS OR NO MASKS?
That is the question that is exercising people the most, it seems.

Well, in line with advice from The Institute of Osteopathy, the brief answer is

PLEASE WEAR A MASK FOR THE TIME BEING and thank you for your consideration.

More fully, our current professional guidance is as follows;

"In short, the outcome is that there is little that will change in terms of the required infection control measures under which we are currently operating.

On the main question, the use of masks by patients: in line with the public health bodies of England and the home nations and Government recommendations, it is still recommended that patients are encouraged to wear a face-covering when receiving osteopathic care, unless exempt".

11/01/2021

Today, I had my first Covid-19 vaccination and want to say a big thank you to all the staff at my local GP surgeries, (special mention to Wendy and Jenny).

The doctors and their amazing staff are working very hard to get this massive task rolling.

My experience was exactly what I would expect; smooth, efficient and very professional.

Today, I had my first Covid-19 vaccination and want to say a big thank you to all the staff at my local GP surgeries, (special mention to Wendy and Jenny).

The doctors and their amazing staff are working very hard to get this massive task rolling.

My experience was exactly what I would expect; smooth, efficient and very professional.

[12/24/20]   Wishing You All a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.

Thank you to all our patients for their patience with all the changes in how we have had to operate this year.

Here's to a better 2021 🍾🥳

bbc.co.uk 09/12/2020

Covid vaccine: What you need to know about vaccine safety

Please read.

bbc.co.uk And how to immunise yourself against the spread of fake news about what medicines work.

[12/03/20]   CLUSTER HEADACHE

While normally cautious about suggesting steroid therapy, this is an interesting article on cluster headache treatment. It is not an answer in itself, but it may give some relief from this terrible condition.

For sufferers of what is sometimes called 'Su***de Headache', it might be an option to discuss with your GP.

"Adjunctive oral prednisone appears to significantly reduce cluster headache attacks, new research shows.

Results of the multi center, randomized, double-blind trial show that patients who received the steroid had 25% fewer attacks in the first week of therapy compared to their counterparts who received placebo.

In addition, more than a third of patients in the prednisone group were pain free, and for almost half, headache frequency was reduced by at least 50% at day 7 of treatment.

These findings provide clear evidence that prednisone, in conjunction with the use of verapamil, is effective in cluster headache, lead author Mark Obermann, MD, director, Center for Neurology, Asklepios Hospitals Seesen, and associate professor, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, told Medscape Medial News.

The key message, he added, is that all patients with cluster headache should receive prednisone at the start of an episode.

The study was published online November 24 in The Lancet Neurology.

"Su***de Headaches"
Cluster headaches are intense unilateral attacks of facial and head pain. They last 15 to 180 minutes and predominantly affect men. They are accompanied by trigeminal autonomic symptoms and are extremely painful.

"They're referred to as 'su***de headaches' because the pain is so severe that patients often report they think about killing themselves to get rid of the pain," said Obermann.

The cause is unclear, although there's some evidence that the hypothalamus is involved. The headaches sometimes follow a "strict circadian pattern," said Obermann. He noted that the attacks might occur over a few weeks or months and then not return for months or even years.

An estimated 1 in 1000 people experience cluster headache, but the condition is underrecognized, and research is scarce and poorly funded. Previous research does show that the calcium channel blocker verapamil, which is used to treat high blood pressure, is effective in cluster headache. However, it takes about 14 days to work and has to be slowly titrated because of cardiac side effects, said Obermann.

For these reasons, international guidelines recommend initiating short-term preventive treatment with corticosteroids to suppress, or at least lessen, cluster headache attacks until long-term prevention is effective.

Although some clinicians treat cluster headaches with corticosteroids, others don't because of a lack of evidence that shows they are effective.

"There's no evidence whatsoever on what the correct dose is or whether it helps at all. This is the gap we wanted to close," said Obermann.

The study included 116 adult patients with cluster headache from 10 centers who were experiencing a cluster headache episode and were not taking prophylactic medication.

The trial only included patients who had had an attack within 30 days of their current episode. The investigators included this restriction to reduce the possibility of spontaneous remission, which is "a big problem" in cluster headache trials, he said."

Source: 'Clear Evidence' Oral Steroid Effective for 'Su***de Headache'
Pauline Anderson
Medscape
December 01, 2020

19/11/2020

This morning, we have had a 50% FAILURE TO ATTEND rate. While this is personally a nuisance, I have to say that it shows a lack of respect to those who have urgent issues and are waiting for an early cancellation.

If you cannot make an appointment (and I understand that we are in difficult and distracting times), then please get out the phone that almost everyone has nowadays and call us, e-mail us, Facebook message us!

In the past we have been 'flexible' when it comes to imposing cancellation fees, but with our current long waiting list, we will in future be following up on our published cancellation policy - please give 24 hours notice - but even an hour or two gives us and our patients a fighting chance to get them to us.

Andrew Bellamy

[11/03/20]   COVID VACCINE DES set to be announced imminently for December start.
03 November 2020

Exclusive A new DES is set to be announced imminently for practices and PCNs to start administering a Covid vaccine from the beginning of December, Pulse understands.

Practices and PCNs will be asked to prepare to give the vaccine to over 85s and front line workers from the start of December, numerous sources have confirmed to Pulse.

There are currently two vaccines that are being prepared, with one requiring two shots and needing to be kept at minus 70 degrees.

Alongside GPs and PCNs, there will be teams delivering it to care homes, and at-scale delivery centres.

Pulse understands there will be sufficient resources allocated to practices.

A number of sources have confirmed to Pulse that an announcement around the DES is imminent, potentially by next week.

It is expected that the vaccines will be delivered in a number of ways, with teams going to care homes and delivery centres, such as those reported by the Economist and the Sun.

Pulse reported last month that the NHS was looking to start the rollout of the vaccine from December, with sources close to the issue putting the chances at ’50/50′.

It has now been confirmed to Pulse by numerous sources that GPs and the whole of the NHS are going to be put on standby to start vaccinating over-85s and frontline workers from early December.

Jaimie Kaffash
Eleanor Philpotts

[11/03/20]   Exclusive: Covid vaccine DES set to be announced imminently for December start
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Jaimie Kaffash

Eleanor Philpotts

03 November 2020



Exclusive A new DES is set to be announced imminently for practices and PCNs to start administering a Covid vaccine from the beginning of December, Pulse understands.

Practices and PCNs will be asked to prepare to give the vaccine to over 85s and front line workers from the start of December, numerous sources have confirmed to Pulse.

There are currently two vaccines that are being prepared, with one requiring two shots and needing to be kept at minus 70 degrees.

Alongside GPs and PCNs, there will be teams delivering it to care homes, and at-scale delivery centres.

Pulse understands there will be sufficient resources allocated to practices.

A number of sources have confirmed to Pulse that an announcement around the DES is imminent, potentially by next week.

It is expected that the vaccines will be delivered in a number of ways, with teams going to care homes and delivery centres, such as those reported by the Economist and the Sun.

Pulse reported last month that the NHS was looking to start the rollout of the vaccine from December, with sources close to the issue putting the chances at ’50/50′.

It has now been confirmed to Pulse by numerous sources that GPs and the whole of the NHS are going to be put on standby to start vaccinating over-85s and frontline workers from early December.

02/11/2020

We would like to reassure our patients that we are NOT CLOSING during the upcoming lockdown.

Clearly, this situation may change if the circumstances do, and indeed if our governing body updates its advice to us.

acpjournals.org 17/09/2020

Effectiveness of Curcuma longa Extract for the Treatment of Symptoms and Effusion–Synovitis of Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Trial: Annals of Internal Medicine: Vol 0, No 0

For those with osteo-arthritis of the knee, turmeric supplements may be worth a look. Read more below;

(Reuters Health) - People with knee osteoarthritis who take daily turmeric capsules feel less pain in the knee joint than their peers who don't take this supplement, a clinical trial suggests.

Researchers randomly assigned patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis to take two capsules of turmeric capsules (n=36) or placebo (n=34) daily for 12 weeks. At the end of the study period, turmeric improved knee pain on a visual analog scale (VAS) by -9.1 mm (95% CI, -17.8 to -0.4 mm) compared with placebo, but did not alter effusion-synovitis volume on magnetic resonance imaging.

In addition, turmeric improved knee pain measured by the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) by -47.2 mm (CI, -81.2 to -13.2 mm) compared with placebo, but didn't impact lateral femoral cartilage.

"The moderate effect we found in our trial from a short-term study is reassuring for turmeric as a treatment option," said senior study author Dr Benny Eathakkttu Antony of the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia.

"However, there are no long-term studies that explored the efficacy and safety of turmeric extracts for the treatment of osteoarthritis," Antony said by email.

There are no disease-modifying drugs approved to treat knee osteoarthritis, Antony and colleagues note in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Other pain relievers including acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have only mild to moderate effects and are associated with adverse events, the researchers point out.

People randomized to take turmeric reported less usage of painkillers like acetaminophen and NSAIDs than those randomized to placebo.

There were no adverse events associated with turmeric in the current study.

"Turmeric extracts are generally considered as safe in moderate doses usually seen in the over-the-counter medication," Antony said. "Curcumin, the most active constituent of turmeric, is generally classified 'generally recognized as safe' by the U.S. FDA as a food supplement."

One limitation of the study is the small sample size and the relatively small effect size of the improvements in pain with turmeric, said Romy Lauche, deputy director of research at the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine at Southern Cross University in East Lismore, NSW, Australia.

Multicenter trials with larger sample sizes and long duration of follow-up are needed to assess the clinical significance of the findings, Lauche, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email.

Supplements and herbal products are one of many options that some patients may prefer over pharmacological therapies, and to some extent the treatment choice for knee osteoarthritis may come down to individual patient preferences, Lauche said.

Lifestyle management is already recommended as first-line treatment for knee osteoarthritis, with approaches such as physical activity, weight loss, diet, and stress management, Lauche noted.

"Supplements as well as pain medication may be able to support individuals with their osteoarthritis, for example by reducing their pain and helping them to be physically active again," Lauche said. "However, which supplement or medication works is very individual, and patients may need to test different approaches to find the best management strategy before considering invasive treatments such as joint replacement surgery."

SOURCE: https://bit.ly/2H1r0hR Annals of Internal Medicine, online September 14, 2020.

acpjournals.org Background: Current pharmacologic therapies for patients with osteoarthritis are suboptimal. Objective: To determine the efficacy of Curcuma longa extract (CL) for reducing knee symptoms and effusi...

15/09/2020

Another step in ensuring patient safety, our new 360 Fogger is now installed.

This will help us with air purification, surface disinfection and virus/bacterial control.

Andrew Bellamy

06/08/2020

Hashem Al-Ghaili

Young children can spread COVID-19 more efficiently than adults, new evidence shows.

15/07/2020

PBS

Wearing a face mask is a cheap and easy way to slow the spread of airborne diseases like COVID-19. Discover an advanced imaging technique called schlieren visualization to show you why masks work. (From It's Okay to be Smart • PBS and PBS Digital Studios)

15/07/2020

PBS

This is why we are asking people to wear a mask.

Wearing a face mask is a cheap and easy way to slow the spread of airborne diseases like COVID-19. Discover an advanced imaging technique called schlieren visualization to show you why masks work. (From It's Okay to be Smart • PBS and PBS Digital Studios)

nytimes.com 02/07/2020

How We Get Stronger

Get moving! Lift, push, pull..

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/well/move/how-we-get-stronger.html?referringSource=articleShare

nytimes.com Weight training prompts changes in the nervous system that prime the muscles to get bigger and stronger.

27/05/2020

This graphic illustrates why social distancing remains important.

Note also that talking is one of the vectors, so perhaps this is a time to consider the value of the words we utter!

Droplet and airborne virus and bacterial transmission. Source: Ian M. Mackay, PhD

medscape.com 27/05/2020

Hydroxychloroquine Has No Benefit, 'Only Risks' in COVID-19

Science, not guessing.

"Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, with or without azithromycin or clarithromycin, offer no benefit in treating patients with COVID-19 and, instead, are associated with ventricular arrhythmias and higher rates of mortality, according to a major new international study.

In the largest observational study of its kind, including close to 100,000 people in 671 hospitals on six continents, investigators compared outcomes in 15,000 patients with COVID-19 treated with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine alone or in combination with a macrolide with 80,000 control patients with COVID-19 not receiving these agents.

Treatment with any of these medications, either alone or in combination, was associated with increased death during hospitalization: compared with about 10% in control group patients, mortality rates ranged from more than 16% to almost 24% in the treated groups".

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/931061?nlid=135683_5404&src=wnl_dne_200526_mscpedit&uac=128682AK&impID=2394744&faf=1

medscape.com Hydroxychloroquine has been touted as a potential treatment for COVID-19, but new observational data show it is not only without benefit but it increases death and arrhythmias.

[05/26/20]   ** UPDATE **
We are pleased to announce that we are offering a limited number of appointments to patients in urgent need.

PLEASE NOTE, WE ASK YOU TO WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVER

IF IN DOUBT, WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW.

Bookings will be widely spaced, so that we have plenty of time between appointments to ensure distancing and to thoroughly clean the Clinic.

If you would like more details on criteria for booking and about how we are keeping our patients and ourselves safe, then please give Pat a ring on our number 01273 455775

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32 Mill Lane
Shoreham-by-Sea
BN43 5AG

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
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