We should never discount an MRI scan as it can be used as an extremely accurate method of disease detection throughout the body. However, they can also be quite misleading. 
 
A high proportion of patients that we see come to us with issues concerning their lower back or neck. We are all very experienced and skilled clinicians, and can usually let our patients know what we think their problem is, without scans or x-rays. Many patients though feel that we can only really know what is going on if they have an MRI scan. 
 
The word constipation means many different things to different people. To some it means hard, pellet like stool, or difficulty passing stool, or just not going every day. Constipation can be defined in a variety of ways including opening the bowels less than three times a week, needing to strain to open your bowels on more than a quarter of occasions or passing a hard or pellet-like stool on more than a quarter of occasions. 
 
Many people have been educated or brought up to believe that we MUST empty our bowels on a daily basis and that it is harmful not to do so. This is not the case, the normal range for opening your bowels can be between three times a day, and once every three days. Very few people actually go regularly every day, and in fact some people will take regular laxatives or spend long periods of time on the toilet trying to go due to this misconception of needing to go daily. 
 
Constipation can occur in babies, children and adults, and affects twice as many women as men, and affects between 3% and 15% of the population. It is thought that up to one in six people may suffer with constipation. Older people are five times more likely than younger adults to have constipation, usually because of diet, lack of exercise, use of medication and poor bowel habits. Approximately 40% of pregnant women experience constipation during their pregnancy. 
 
Welcome to our first blog on our new website! 
 
We have been working with our website designers, it'seeze, to produce what we think is a brilliant new website. Hopefully it should be easy for you to find the information that you are looking for. 
I thought that I would write a series of blogs about Pilates. In January and February each year we get an increase in the number of enquiries about Pilates. This is mainly because people wish to start off the new year with a bit of a fitness kick! We also get a steady stream of enquiries and bookings throughout the year as people contact us because they have been recommended to do Pilates by another health professional. 
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