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Self-Help Guides

Good Sleep Guide CSP Good Sleep Guide Drivers Steer Clear of pain  CSP Drive Clear of Pain Fit to Work exercises and advice for the Office page 1 CSP Fit to Work page 1   Fit to Work exercises and advice for the Office page 2 CSP Fit to work page 2 Perfect Posture, three […]

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Self-Help leaflets for Downloading

Good Sleep Guide CSP Good Sleep Guide Drivers Steer Clear of pain  CSP Drive Clear of Pain Fit to Work exercises and advice for the Office page 1 CSP Fit to Work page 1   Fit to Work exercises and advice for the Office page 2 CSP Fit to work page 2 Perfect Posture, three […]

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Downloadable Information Sheets

The following Information Sheets are available for download (PDF Format): CSP Fit to Work page 1  CSP Fit to work page 2  CSP Good Sleep Guide  Stress Down Leaflet proof (1).pdf with details CSP Perfect Posture CSP Avoid RSI Proof (1).pdf with details Back Pain PhysioFirst Leaflet Neck-pain PhysioFirst Private Physiotherapy PhysioFirst Recent Injuries PhysioFirst Shoulder Pain PhysioFirst […]

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Neck pain the causes and how Physiotherapy can help

Whether you have ongoing discomfort in your neck or are suddenly experiencing pain and stiffness, this summary will help you understand the causes and how physiotherapy can help. Research suggests that in most cases it is best to keep normally active. What is neck pain? Neck pain is extremely common. Pain and stiffness can make […]

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National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, Diagnosis and management of headaches in young people and adults

This recent NICE guidance reported in the news today that the overuse of analgesics can cause rebound headaches. Using analgesics for more than 10 to 15 days per month. The same guidance also recommends the use of acupuncture in the treatment of Tension headaches. Suggesting that a course of ten sessions of acupuncture over a […]

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Shoulder pain

“Shoulder pain has many causes and can be difficult to treat. The best evidence available to date is encouraging but not compelling for a number of approaches: exercise and spinal manipulation. On balance the treatment with the most favourable risk-benefit profile seems to be Physiotherapeutic exercise.” Complementary Therapies for Pain Management. An Evidence-Based Approach. 2007. […]

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Management of Persistant Low Back Pain

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists have produced evidence based guidelines for the treatment of low back pain. They show that an individulised exercise programme from a Chartered Physiotherapist can reduce pain, improve function and improve psychological status. “People with persistent LBP should be given the opportunity to participate in an exercise programme, in a form […]

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Back Pain – how Physiotherapy can help

Whether back pain rules your life or you get an occasional twinge, this summary will help you understand how physiotherapy can help. Research shows that in most cases it is best to keep as normally active as possible. What is back pain? Almost everyone experiences back pain at some point in their life. The pain […]

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Whiplash the causes and how Physiotherapy can help

If you are experiencing neck pain or stiffness following an injury or car accident, this summary will help you understand the causes and how physiotherapy can help. Research suggests that in most cases it is best to keep normally active. What is whiplash? Whiplash is a common injury in which the soft tissues in the […]

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Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Students Survival Guide

Students about to sit exams can reduce stress by using the CSP’s Student Survival Guide. Preparation is everything. The CSP’s “stress busting” system – PREPARE – can help your mind and body get ready for exams, and boost your chances of academic success. P planning R Relaxation E Exam revision technique P Posture A Activity […]

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Physiotherapy advice – a guide to safe gardening

Safe Gardening – a guide from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) Transmitted Sunday garden programme. 22th April, 2008 Host: Tim Hubbard With the weather improving, thousands of green fingered fanatics will be gearing up to start work in their gardens. But physiotherapists are warning that the garden can be a danger zone, with over […]

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Myofascial Pain

A condition that causes damage to muscle producing local and referred pain. Symptoms are tenderness and referred pain. It can be acute or chronic, local or generalised. Associated with trauma, poor posture or excessive strain of muscles. “The evidence suggesting that acupuncture has beneficial effects for patients with Myofascial pain is convincing. Complementary Therapies for […]

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We are pleased to help Rambert Dance Company

During their recent tour in Cornwall the D’Souza Clinic was pleased to offer Physiotherapy treatment to some of the Rambert Dance Company. The D’Souza clinic has a long association with local dance groups, offering specialised Physiotherapy services. We are have experience of Sports and Dance injuries and prevention.

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Best treatment for neck pain

Active physiotherapy is a recognised, effective conventional therapy for neck pain. To find out more about we recommend reading: The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine. An evidence-based approach. Editors: Edzard Ernst, Max H Pittler, Barbara Wider. (2006) Mosby We also recommend reading The Neck Book, published by TSO.

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Migraine

“Reasonable choices for prevention of migraine are acupuncture, biofeedback(either alone or with relaxation) or exclusion diets(in suitable patients).” The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine. An evidence-based approach. Editors: Edzard Ernst, Max H Pittler, Barbara Wider. (2006) Mosby

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Effectiveness of Acupuncture as Adjuctive Therapy of Osteoathritis of the Knee. Berman B (2004)

The conclusion of this randomised control trial involving 570 patients, was that: Acupuncture seems to provide improvement in the function and pain relief as an adjuctive therapy for Osteoarthritis of the knee when compared to a credible sham acupuncture and education control groups. The full report can be found as: Berman B. Ann Internal Medicine.2004;141 […]

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Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD)

“Physiotherapists and people with WAD should be aware that serious physical injury is rare and a good prognosis is likely. Recovery is improved by early return to normal pre-accident activities, exercise and a positive attitude. Once a serious injury has been excluded, over-medicalisation is detrimental.” The D’Souza clinic fully supports the use of an evidence […]

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Acupuncture could keep you healthy. The Times Health page.

Regular acupuncture could prevent you from picking up infections – so long as the needle is in exactly the right spot. The findings, published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, add to the evidence that shows acupuncture, a traditional Chinese treatment, really works. In a study led by a pain specialist Dr Matthias Karst, […]

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Acupuncture for Back pain

Current evidence indicates that acupuncture combined with exercise is an effective treatment for chronic low back pain. The advantage of coming to the D’Souza Clinic is that our therapists are both Chartered Physiotherapists and Acupuncturists. Therefore, following a thorough examination we can offer the best combination of therapies for your particular problem.

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