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Back care awareness week

Back care awareness week – focus on golf! October saw Back Care Awareness Week from October 7th-11th and this years special focus was on back pain in golf so this month we will discuss a few facts and how you can help your golf game! Lower back pain accounts for up to...

Ironman Wales

This week marks the grueling Ironman Wales course which many of our patients at both Align Therapies clinics are taking part in, along with 2500 other people! Ironman Wales covers distances of 2.4km swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2mil run, all in under 17 hours! Why do...

Podiatry is back at Sketty Clinic!

Podiatry is back @ Align Therapies! The ever lovely Carol has returned to Sketty clinic after her hiatus! Carol is a HCPC registered podiatrist, graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2001. Carol has always worked within the private sector and is experienced...

One more recruit for the Clinical Pilates family!

Sara our Osteopath has completed her Clinical Pilates training in London and along with Sian will be starting to hold 1-2-1 sessions at Align's clinic in Sketty, Swansea and small group sessions from various locations across Swansea. Clinical Pilates is led by...

Cupping massage therapy @ Sketty Osteopath clinic

Henry our Osteopath has just finished some more post-graduate training, this time in cupping massage therapy. Superstars such as Michael Phelps, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin and Jennifer Anniston have all been pictured sporting suction marks from cupping therapy, it...

Osteopathy and work

Osteopathy for work  The health and safety executive estimate that in 2013/14 there were 526,000 cases of work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) – about 42% of all work related illnesses MSDs are the second biggest cause of absence from work, effecting over 1m...

Mum and baby Pilates class Swansea

We are very excited to offer our first small group class - Mum and baby Clinical Pilates!   Mum and Baby Clinical Pilates sessions will take place at Temple Wellness, Parkmill, Gower which is a fabulous space right next to the Gower Heritage Centre.   This small group...

Ouch! What to do when you sustain an injury

Injury advice Sprains and strains to muscles and joints happen to all of us and for most they are a painful, but temporary reminder to be a little more careful. Prompt action can help your body to heal faster and may prevent further injury or prolonged pain.  Strained...

How can Clinical Pilates help my back pain?

Long term back pain? Pilates can help! Sian has trained with the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute, the only Pilates based specific training for healthcare professionals such as Physiotherapists and Osteopaths. The APPI approach is designed around movement...

New Year, New Osteopaths!

We would like to welcome two new Osteopaths to Align Therapies, working across both Sketty and Cross Hands clinics! Henry Fensome  Henry is originally from Rochester in Kent and moved to Swansea to complete his 4 year Masters in Osteopathy. Henry's main interests are...

Swansea Clinical Pilates – coming September 2018!

We are please to announce that from mid September, we will be starting Clinical Pilates! Pilates is a technique that was pioneered in the 1930s by Joseph Pilates. He combined techniques used in martial arts and gymnastics to produce his own training technique. The...

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

Thoracic outlet syndrome – Osteopath Swansea Cross Hands Do you suffer from neck or shoulder pain and have pins and needles or numbness in your fingers? you could be suffering from a condition called ‘Thoracic Outlet Syndrome’ or TOS. TOS happens when some of the...

What to expect – Osteopathy Swansea & Cross Hands

When visiting an osteopath for the first time, it is natural to feel a little unsure of what to expect. The following fact sheet has been developed to explain what happens and answer any questions you may have. If you have any other concerns, please don’t hesitate to...

Hints and Tips for Summer Gardening

Summer is finally here! So now is the time to get those gardens looking glorious in preparation for good weather and BBQ’s! Here are a few hints and tips to keep you pain free and enjoying your garden. Try having a warm up to prepare your muscles and warm them up....

Closure of Crymych clinic

So bit of a sad post 😢 After many months soul searching, I am sad to say that after 3 fabulous years in West Wales the Crymych clinic has to close. Multiple things have affected my decision including staffing issues and an ever decreasing work/life balance and I will...

Horse and rider Osteopathy

Wonky horse or wonky rider? Here is a piece on how horse and rider can benefit from Osteopathy! We sometimes have the feeling that our horse is ‘wonky’ but is it the horse or is it us? Horse riders will always have a dominant side which can lead to biomechanical...

Ankle pain

Ankle pain: Approximately 15% of middle ages or older adults experience ankle pain monthly! However, ankle problems are not limited to certain age groups and can be encountered by anyone, from teenagers to elite athletes. What is the biggest cause of ankle problems?...

Introducing Dr Alia Nasser – Aesthetic practitioner

Aesthetic medicine at Align Therapies! We are please to announce from 12th May, Dr Alia Nasser will be in the clinic once a month providing aesthetic medicine. Dr Alia Nasser is a highly skilled practicing dentist and aesthetic physician providing natural enhancement...

GDPR

GDPR PRIVACY NOTICE From May 25th 2018, the way we handle your data is changing. Please find below the full notice for all Align Therapies clinics. When you supply your personal details to this clinic they are stored and processed for 4 reasons: 1. We need to collect...

Sports massage offers – March 2018

Special offer for Sports Massage in March - buy 1 get 1 half price! Sports Massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is applicable not just to sports people but to anybody...

Ever wonder what an Osteopath does?

We have decided to do a few case studies for you so you can get a feel as to what your osteopath will do when you see them! Case study 1 This is the case of an 80-year-old retired, female teacher who came into clinic a few weeks ago. The patient came in presenting...

Cervical cancer prevention week January 22-28th

This week marks Cervical cancer prevention week! The cervical screening or smear test is a routine examination used to detect abnormal cells on the cervix. These abnormal cells can sometimes lead to cancer, so these examinations are used as a preventive measure....

New clinic – Cross Hands

We are pleased to announce that from January 9th 2018 we will be operating a third Osteopathy and Acupuncture clinic at Cycle Specific in Cross Hands business park! You don't need to be a triathlete or cyclist to come and see us, we treat everyone - farmers to...

Sciatica

What is sciatica? The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body, originating in the lower back and running down the buttocks and the entire length of the leg to the foot. ‘Sciatica’ is the term commonly used for pain travelling down the back of the leg and...

Osteopathy and pregnancy

Osteopathy and pregnancy Many pregnant women experience back or pelvic pain during pregnancy. Common symptoms may include: Generalised muscular back pain SPD (Symphasis Pubis Dysfunction) – pain or discomfort in the joint at the front of the pelvis Sacro Iliac Joint...

Osteopathy for work

Osteopathy for work? When 42% of work related illness is musculoskeletal and costs £7bn to our economy then why not! If you are self-employed, taking time off work with musculoskeletal problems can have a devastating effect on you and your family’s financial security,...

Help i have a bulging disk!

"I have a bulging disk!" Been told you have "degeneration"? Worried it's going to cause pain? The eternal words we see in clinic when a patient presents to us with a MRI scan. Although not always presenting with pain... As we age, like any joint, our spine can suffer...

Align’s 3rd Birthday!

Today marks Align's 3rd birthday! We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone for the past 3 years custom and support. Here's to many more! Team Align x  

Mindfulness Meditation Classes Starting January 2017

Mindfulness classes - Starting January 2017 January sees the start of our Mindfulness Meditation classes with Amy. Start date - Tuesday 17th January 2017, 7-8 pm. The course will be 8 weeks which includes one session at the beach. £95 per person A non refundable...

Migraine Headaches

Ever had the feeling that someone had taken an axe to the side of your head from the inside? Or have an intense throbbing pain over your temple? Then you could be one of the 8.5 million people in the UK suffering from a migraine headache. The International Headache...

Clinic open day September 2nd 2016

On Friday September 2nd we had our clinic open day which was a great success! With patients new and old, friends, family, neighbours and Hugo the clinic dog! Everyone had a chance to speak to the therapists, have a glass of prosecco, a plate of nibbles and have a look...

New clinic now open!

New clinic now open! As of August 30th we are now in our new home at 35 Eversley Road, Sketty, Swansea, SA2 9DB. After months of hard work we have a new clinic which started out life as a prom dress shop! Before and after...   We are now able to offer more therapies...

WE ARE MOVING! (but not too far!)

We are pleased to announce that Align will soon be moving! We have signed the lease on our very own space in Sketty and will be starting work on our new multi-disciplinary clinic next week. The new clinic will offer: *Osteopathy *Acupuncture *Sports Massage *Exercise...

Knee pain

The knee is the largest joint in the body. It is a major weight-bearing joint and is one of the most frequently injured joints in the human body. Knee pain can have a number of different causes and can be painful and debilitating and although some conditions may...

Subacromial Impingement

Seeing lots of Subacromial Impingement (SAI) in the clinic at the moment! This is a condition which i studied at great lengths for my dissertation due to its multi-factorial nature, complexity to treat and due to the fact i have suffered with it!   Quick facts!   *...

International Osteopathic Healthcare Week April 17-23

***2016 International Osteopathic Healthcare Week April 17-23 - FREE Health check at Align Therapies*** This week marks International Osteopathic Healthcare week and to raise awareness of what we treat and what osteopathy is all about, we are giving FREE 15 minute...

Spondylolisthesis

As an osteopath, I see a lot of spinal based issues be it neck, mid or lower back problems. The most common spinal issues seen in clinic include disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, ligament sprains and spondylolisthesis. One of these patients is shown in a...

Rise in hip replacement surgery in under 60s

The number of hip replacement operations on people aged under 60 has risen 76% in the last decade, NHS figures reveal. With many factors affecting joint wear and tear such as occupation, sport, lifestyle and weight, it is no surprise that these numbers have...

Post acupuncture advice

  People often wonder what they should and should not do after an acupuncture treatment. Most recommendations for post acupuncture advice come down to being good to yourself. Acupuncture gets things moving, potentially causing your body to react in ways that it’s...

Runners knee aka ITB syndrome

Whether you are an experienced runner or have taken up running as your new year’s resolution, one injury that we see a lot of at the clinic is so called runners knee – aka Iliotibial band syndrome. Here we discuss what it is and how you can help keep you running!...

Tension headaches

  Keep your eyes peeled for us in the latest edition of the SA2 Times where we talk about the festive (tension) headache… We all know the feeling. Last minute panic buying, rushing around the shops elbowing people out the way to get the last ‘Princess Barbie’...

How straight do you sit on your horse?

How straight do you sit on your horse? Don’t forget alignment issues with you can affect your horse and their performance. Be it a human or equine osteopath, both can recognise and treat issues that can cause pain to both horse and rider. To an osteopath, for your...

Osteopathy in the Rugby World Cup!

World cup fever has well and truly hit the UK and here at Align Therapies, we have been lucky enough to work with Team Fiji using osteopathy in their Rugby World Cup campaign. Having previously worked with the South Pacific team in the Autumn Internationals in 2014,...

Back pain in the media!

Keep your eyes peeled for the new edition of SA2 Times magazine – back pain in the media! We have written some advice on that old nemesis back pain, how to avoid it and self care for everyone over the summer. The rise of the summer pain in the back! Summer (if you...

Acupuncture Treatment Swansea

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. It is often seen as a form of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM),...

The importance of posture!

The term posture is used to describe how your body is positioned when you’re sitting, standing and lying down. The importance of posture is pertinent for a number of reasons, including that it places your body in an alignment where the stress on supporting...

Happy Birthday to us!

February 19th 2015 marks the 1st birthday of Align Therapies! Happy birthday to us! We would just like to take the opportunity to thank all of our patients for their ongoing support over the past 12 months and going forward. We can continue to provide quality...

Ovarian Cancer awareness month

It’s Ovarian cancer awareness month so here is some more information on a disease that affects 135 women a week:  4th most common female cancer with current 5 year survival rates at 43% Family history and age are the two biggest risk factors Signs/Symptoms include:...

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