The Wyndham Centre specialises in pain, not so much in inflicting pain, although sometimes things can get worse before they get better, but providing pain relief. Your pain may be physical or mental and we use a range of orthodox and complementary treatments to assist you in your journey. So continuing with our 40s theme, because we are 40 years in business this year, here are 40 reasons to visit The Wyndham Centre.
1. Back Pain
Is a very common problem with a multitude of causes and, it is estimated that up to 8 in every 10 people in the UK are affected by back pain at some point in their lives. It may start after an accident, sprain or strain or there may be no known cause.
Occasionally you may develop a prolapsed disc with sciatica where there is irritation of the sciatic nerve that runs down the leg from the pelvis to the foot. This may cause additional symptoms such as numbness, weakness or a tingling sensation.
Our physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment of your condition to determine the true pathology/ problem and treat it accordingly with a variety of manual therapies personalised to your problem.
Research shows that it is important to keep moving with back pain and our physiotherapists may suggest exercises specifically to keep the joints mobile and the core muscles strong. They will also advise on your posture especially when sitting at your computer or on the sofa watching television.
Pain is usually a result of inflammation and it may not be caused by a strain or sprain but by an irritated bowel or food sensitivity. Sugar for example is a very inflammatory food and can cause all sorts of aches and pains if you eat too much, so a food sensitivity test may be helpful and a natural anti-inflammatory supplement.
2. Neck Pain
Another common problem in this day and age, and one of the main causes is using computers, laptops and phones for long periods of time. However neck pain can come from a number of disorders and diseases such as osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, poor posture, neck strain, an injury such as a whiplash, a prolapsed disc that may go on to cause a nerve entrapment.
Our physiotherapists will once again carry out a thorough examination of your condition and treat it accordingly.
Neck pain can also come from infections such as a viral infection of the throat causing the lymph glands to swell and consequently cause neck ache and other infections such as meningitis. Neck pain can come from conditions directly affecting the muscles of the neck such as fibromyalgia, and polymyalgia rheumatic that are often caused by a virus or bacteria. Such conditions can be treated manually but it is also wise to have a pathogenic test that will help to identify the virus or bacteria causing the problem and eliminate it.
3. Sports Injury
A sports injury can be very frustrating as it often occurs when you are working hard to prepare for an event! The physiotherapists will work with you to individualise your treatment and rehab schedule to target your objectives and get you back to your sport as quickly as possible. They will help you to prevent any further problems occurring, and we like to make sure that you are in control of your own future.
4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This is the name given to a plethora of symptoms, such as pain, diarrhoea, constipation, wind and /or bloating. Your bowels feel irritable and the causes of this type of problem are numerous and may include food sensitivities, fungal infections, parasites, and an imbalance of bacteria to name just a few. The first thing that I would suggest is to have a food sensitivity test because with such problems, the immune system is usually compromised and you can develop sensitivities to foods, usually those that you are eating on a regular basis.
You will also, almost certainly, be hosting a party of unfriendly bacteria and parasites in your digestive tract, so an appointment with our Pathogenic Therapist to eliminate these ‘nasties’ that don’t serve you, would be a good idea.
You may be given remedies or supplements to help improve the immune system in the gut, line the gut wall and also get rid of pathogens.
Reflexology can be a great help with IBS as it relaxes the mind and body creating greater healing.
A common problem but very uncomfortable and one that makes you reach for the ‘Rennies’ or ‘Gaviscon’. This is not such a great idea for any length of time, because although it often feels better, it is just suppressing the acid in your stomach, which in turn will stop you digesting your proteins correctly because that process requires strong acid!
The chances are that you have bacteria in the stomach/small intestine such as Helicobacter or Campylobacter. These bacteria can be treated by our Pathogenic Therapist allowing the mucosal lining to heal.
Indigestion can also be made worse by food sensitivities so testing for that would help too.
A good bowel should work at least twice a day and should include well- formed stools with no stickiness, no blood and easy exit. There are many reasons for constipation such as lack of water, not enough fibre in your diet, a food sensitivity, not exercising and low thyroid.
Testing for food sensitivities will help to get you onto the correct diet, there are supplements that can help to make the bowels move better, drinking at least 1-2 litres of water a day and taking supplements for the thyroid may be helpful.
7. Problematic Feet
If you are suffering from foot problems they are mostly due to the association between foot-shape and the footwear choices we make although (most critically) our feet change through our lives – sports, injuries, work demands and inherited age distortions. Footwear that once used to fit and be comfortable can ultimately become capable of causing problems such as joint pressure, corns, calluses and nail distortion.
For these problems it is worth seeing our chiropodist who can help and make you ‘feel that you are walking on air’!
We often talk about our common colds or our bad backs but rarely about our mood or anxieties: why is there still such a stigma regarding our mental health but not with our physical health. Surely they go hand in hand.
Our councillor can be that empathetic ear for when you are having trouble to compute how or why you are feeling the way you do. Whether it’s a ‘health’, ‘relationship’, or the common cold of mental health issues ‘depression’, (symptoms vary from person to person and have many different symptoms) all could be eased by chatting to a therapist. It could be a crisis of confidence, to a lack of esteem, learning about why or how you respond and think, can only be a good thing, it can help empower you, resulting or enabling you to lead a more satisfying, fulfilling or genuine life.
Very common at this time of the year with all the tree, weeds, shrubs, and flowers blooming! It can be very debilitating and my approach is to reduce the load on the immune system by cutting out the foods that you are sensitive to as well as desensitising you to the pollens. Having a test to find out your food sensitivities as well as the pollens you are struggling with is essential and there are natural supplements that you can take to help too.
This is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It is often a long-term, chronic condition in most people, although it can also manifest itself in an acute episode. Atopic eczema can affect any part of the body, but the most common areas to be affected are in the creases of the elbows, backs of the knees, and the hands.
Foods sensitivities can play a big part in eczema and it is well worth having a test to find out.
Keeping the skin hydrated is also important and there is a fantastic healing balm by Tropic called Tamanu Balm. It is made with Tamanu oil, a healing plant oil used for centuries in the Polynesian islands. It is best known for its antibacterial properties, for nourishing the skin and for its regenerating abilities.
11. Unhappy Babies
Sometimes coming into the world can be traumatic. A baby’s first experience of being alive can activate their nervous systems and leave them in a ‘fight or flight’ mode. This can lead to sleep issues, crying and colic, and Craniosacral therapy can help. It is a very gentle hands on approach that facilitates the baby’s own self regulation mechanism that helps to settle him/her back into a more relaxed state.
12. Headaches and Migraines
70% of people with migraines have food problems so it is important to get tested for sensitivities.
Of-course there are other reasons for headaches such as emotional issues including stress, depression, anxiety and excitement and our Counsellor can help there.
Neck and shoulder tension, poor posture and physical overexertion are also linked to headaches and seeing the physiotherapist for an assessment could also be of help.
Certain viruses can cause headaches and these viruses can sit in your system for many years. Our pathogenic tester can test you to find out which virus could be causing your problem and give you a remedy to eliminate it and relieve the headaches.
A common skin condition that usually affects the face, and often the back as well. It causes spots that can sometimes be hot and painful to touch. It often occurs around puberty when hormones cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. It can also occur with hormonal changes during pregnancy and even with the contraceptive pill.
Changing your diet can once again make a big difference and using a natural skincare range is also very important. The toxic chemicals in skincare can strip your skin and alter the pH, but the Tropic skincare range has some specific products to help clear up acne and keep the correct pH of your skin.
This is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are 2 types of diabetes, Type-1 where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin, and Type 2 where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or where the body’s cells don’t react to insulin, becoming insulin resistant.
Type-2 is the most common type of diabetes and can be helped by eating healthily and taking regular exercise. There are also supplements that can help to balance the blood sugar.
A food sensitivity test will help with a healthy diet and we can help you decide on supplements as well.
Diabetes is a very serious condition and it is important to have regular foot screening because it can damage the nerves. That can lead to not being able to feel heat, cold or pain causing foot ulcers and ultimately amputation of toes and even limbs! Our chiropodist is very aware of diabetic neuropathy and carries out regular checks on her diabetic patients.
15. Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections can become a chronic pest, and it is worth seeing our Pathogenic Therapist for a test. She will detect the bacteria, protozoa and fungi that are causing the problem and get rid of them using tailor-made remedies. There are homeopathic remedies that you can also take to help.
Certain foods can irritate a bladder so a sensitivity test is helpful.
This appears to be a very common problem in this day and age and I am sure that much of it is caused by the toxins that we are taking into our bodies. These come from the chemicals in our food, our water, our air and our cosmetics.
Looking at your diet and changing to as much organic food as you can, cutting out foods that you may be sensitive to as well as processed and sugary foods, and eating lots of vegetables and fruit, can make a huge difference.
Changing to more natural cleaning agents and cosmetic is also vitally important and I highly recommend Tropic skincare that is free of any toxic chemicals.
A lack of vitamins and minerals is also a common problem with tiredness and I would recommend the Sizzling vitamins and minerals that are plant based liquid supplements and easily absorbed.
Another supplement to help is Protandim Nrf1 that works on your mitochondria, the cellular batteries that power everything from your heart and breathing to all your muscular activity. The supplement helps the cells to boost the mitochondrial function.
17. Post Trauma
If you have unfinished business with earlier trauma and are feeling overwhelmed with life, Craniosacral therapy can be really useful. It is a gentle non-invasive approach to help the body, especially the nervous system feel stronger and more capable in tackling the symptoms associated with trauma and post traumatic symptoms such as chronic illness, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
Through talking and a hands on approach you can help self-regulate the autonomic nervous system and change your relationship with earlier traumas that can still be the cause of present day dysfunction.
18. Post Surgery
After having surgery for a new hip or knee it is vital to start rehabilitation quite quickly. I would highly recommend that you see a physiotherapist who can tell you the do’s and don’ts of general living, and give you some regular exercises to get you up and about, stronger and back to normal living!
19. Rheumatoid Arthritis
This is an autoimmune disease where the immune system that normally fights infection, attacks the cells that line your joints making the joints swollen stiff and painful. Over time this can damage the joint itself, the cartilage and the bone.
We are not sure what causes the immune system to fight your body but there are things that you can do to lessen the problem. Looking at your diet and removing foods that you are sensitive to, and that cause inflammation is a good start. There are supplements that you can take to help with inflammation such as Protandim and Soul.
It is possible that the immune system has been damaged by pathogens so having a test for pathogens is useful.
20. Repetitive Strain Injury
If you are sitting at your computer day in and day out you can develop repetitive strain injury (RSI) or a work related upper limb disorder (WRULD).
Pain is felt in the muscles, nerves and tendons caused by a repetitive movement or overuse, and usually affects the neck and shoulders, elbows and forearms, and wrists and hands.
It is important to see a physiotherapist as quickly as possible for treatment and advice.
Posture can play a huge part in this condition and it is really important to get a workplace assessment done to check that you are working in the best environment for you, with your chair, desk and computer. Our physiotherapist would be able to come to your office and carry out a work placement assessment for you.
Our chiropodist doesn’t just see people with problem feet. She also looks after many quite normal feet that can no longer be maintained by the body they are connected to. Loss of sight, joint replacements, sporting injury, trauma, obesity, arthritis, nerve damage, degenerative disease and a myriad of health conditions can mean we need help to remain comfortable and healthy and she is happy to sort your feet out for you.
This can be very a very distressing situation and requires several modalities of treatment to help.
It is important that you are tested for any pathogens and that they are removed so that you can build the immune system.
Testing for food sensitivities and removing the foods from your diet will help and supplements are vital to improve your health in preparing to conceive and also during pregnancy not only for the baby but for mother as well.
Reflexology has been very successful in helping with conception and it helps to relax the mind and body, which in turn creates greater healing.
23. Persistent Cough
Pathogenic testing will detect which bacteria and viruses are present in your body and the treatment, made especially for you, will destroy them.
There are certain foods that may make a cough worse and so testing for food sensitivities is a good idea and some supplements or remedies to reduce any inflammation will help.
Struggling to shake off flu or a virus can be very debilitating and can make you very tired. Pathogenic testing will reveal the viruses that are causing the problem and there are remedies to destroy them.
Make sure you are having a good diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit. Cut out processed foods and sugar because they are ‘dead’ foods, contain no goodness, and can make the situation worse. Vitamins and minerals are vital.
25. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Post Viral Fatigue (PVF) or Myalgic Enchephalomyelitis (ME)
A debilitating condition that often occurs after a virus. It is a long-term illness with a wide range of symptoms the most common of which is extreme fatigue. Other symptoms include difficulty thinking, sleep problems, sore throat, headaches, dizziness, aches and pains feeling worse after physical or mental exertion and often night sweats.
Many of the experts have found that food sensitivities are often found in people with CFS and by removing the foods from your diet can make a big difference, taking some of the strain off the immune system. Testing for pathogens is also important so that we can help you clear any viruses, bacteria or other pathogens that may be making your condition a lot worse.
Nutritional supplements can play a big part in the recovery process of CFS and building the immune system is vital.
26. Breach Babies
Jane, our reflexologist has had enormous success with turning a breach baby around ready for birth. It is frightening for the Mum when she realises her baby is breach, and often the baby will turn on their own, but having help is a great relief.
This is an autoimmune problem where the skin cells are replaced more quickly than usual. Normally your body produces new skin cells in the deepest layer of the skin. These skin cells gradually move up through the layers of skin until they reach the outermost level, where they die and flake off. The process normally takes around 3-4 weeks. However in people with psoriasis the process takes 3-7 days and as a result, cells that aren’t fully mature build up rapidly on the surface of the skin causing flakey, crusty red patches covered with silvery scales.
There is a type of psoriasis called ‘guttate psoriasis’ that develops after a streptococcal throat infection and another trigger can be an injury to your skin such as a cut, scrape, insect bite, sunburn or infection on the skin. Pathogenic therapy can find out exactly which bacteria is causing the problem and eliminate it.
The aim of any treatment is to get the immune system working properly and looking at diet, taking supplements and removing any toxins are important.
It is said that stress can play a part in this condition so addressing any stress with our councillor is a good idea and reflexology may also help to relax you.
28. Hormonal Issues
Many people will see me for hormonal issues from painful heavy periods, pre-menstrual tension to menopausal symptoms. These are often related to food sensitivities, milk being a common culprit due to all the hormones it contains. I have found that by taking sugar out of peoples diet they cope much better with their pre-menstrual symptoms because sugar can put you on a ‘high’ but can also drop very suddenly causing a ‘low’. Sugar is a very inflammatory food and many people find that their hot flushes improve if they stop eating any sugar. Unfortunately it is in just about every food, by the food manufacturers, so it is not easy to remove.
There are many nutritional supplements and herbs that can help with hormonal issues as well.
29. Aches and Pains
These are usually caused by inflammation and food sensitivities will cause inflammation, so it is good to get a test and find out which foods your body doesn’t like.
Certain pathogens can cause aches and pains so having a pathogenic test would be beneficial too.
Certain supplements are anti-inflammatory and may help to reduce any inflammation and pain.
A physiotherapist can do a thorough assessment, treat the problem and devise a rehabilitation programme especially for you to help improve your strength and mobility and reduce the pain.
30. Reducing the Chemical Load on your Liver
There are many more cases of fatty liver disease diagnosed these days. In the 1920s if you were found to have fatty liver disease you were an alcoholic, but now you can receive that diagnosis as a teetotal because of all the chemicals that get taken into the liver from our environment. I recommend that you eat as much organic food as possible and filter your water. Your skin is your biggest organ so anything that you put onto your skin will get absorbed into the body. It was found that a woman, on average, uses 12 products on her body on a daily basis and in those products there are 126 different toxic chemicals some of which are hormone disrupters. I wonder how all those chemicals react with each other and what problems they are causing in the body! I highly recommend that you use a natural skin care range that contains no toxic chemicals, such as Tropic.
31. An Over Due Baby
By the time you reach your 9th month of pregnancy you are ready to welcome your baby into the world. However they are not always keen to arrive and reflexology may help with inducing, and not only preparing the mum but also baby, taking the fear out of birth. The amazing thing about reflexology is that it relaxes the mind and body, creating great healing, whatever the symptoms.
32. Stomach Pain
We tend to put this down to ‘something that I have eaten’, and in many cases this may be true. However, if it is a regular occurrence then looking into it further is a good idea. It may simply be a food sensitivity and finding out which foods you are sensitive to is easy. Cutting out the foods is not a life sentence, you will be able to eat those foods again but not on a daily basis.
Stomach pain can also be caused by a bacteria or a parasite and testing for pathogens and taking an antidote can clear the pain.
33. Wind and Bloating
Some wind is quite a normal part of the digestive process, and getting rid of excess wind by burping or flatulence is also quite normal. Pain may occur if the wind is trapped or not moving well through the digestive system.
An increase of wind may occur from foods that are more likely to produce gas such as high fibre foods like beans and peas, whole grains and some vegetables. It happens when bacteria ferment the carbohydrates and sugars that have not been digested in your small intestine. Other foods such as carbonated drinks and artificial sweeteners are also a cause.
If the situation becomes unbearable, it is worth looking to find out if you have any intolerances, and also if you suffer from fungi or bacteria that may be making things worse.
A condition where there is widespread muscle and joint pain, numbness and tingling in arms, hands, legs and feet, headaches, sleep problems and fatigue amongst a host of other symptoms. In conventional medicine it is not known what causes this problem but with pathogenic testing certain viruses and bacteria have been found and symptoms improved with treatment. Cutting out certain foods can also help the situation.
35. General Inflammation
Many disorders as we get older are linked to a common problem of chronic inflammation including the ageing process itself.
Inflammation damages tissues and contributes to a variety of ailments including cardio-vascular disease, arthritis, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, and even cancer.
In over weight or obese individuals excess fat cells release compounds that promote inflammation throughout the body.
Other contributors to inflammation include diet, gut microorganisms, pollution, hormone imbalances and stress, so it is a good idea to look at your diet, improve the gut flora with a good probiotic, and take some natural anti inflammatory supplements to improve the inflammation, such as Soul or Protandim.
36. Thyroid Problems
These can range from a small, harmless goitre (enlarged gland) that needs no treatment to life-threatening cancer. The most common thyroid problems involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones.
Thyroid problems are more common in women than men and especially after pregnancy or the menopause.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism develop slowly, often over several years. At first, you may feel tired and sluggish. Later, you may develop other signs and symptoms of a slowed-down metabolism, including feeling cold, constipation, muscle weakness, muscle and joint pain, weight gain, tiredness and pale, dry skin.
Thyroid disease also can cause your periods to stop for several months or longer, and if your body’s immune system causes the thyroid disease (auto immune problem) other glands, including your ovaries, may be involved. This can lead to early menopause.
There are natural supplements that you can take to give the thyroid all the nutrients it requires to work optimally and others to help the ovaries.
This supplement is a mixture of 5 herbs, milk thistle, bacopa extract, ashwagandha, green tea extract, and turmeric extract. These herbs are put together synergetically so that each herb accelerates the effect of the others. They work to build the bodies own defences to free radicals, and drastically increase your immune system.
Free radicals are rampant in our bodies, increasing dramatically over the last 100 years due to an increasingly toxic environment with the industrial revolution, chemicals, processed foods, fast foods, GMOs, hydrogenated oils, artificial ingredients and pesticides. They are all literally attacking our bodies constantly.
Free radicals are like the natural exhaust emissions from living because we burn oxygen. They clog up, retard cell function and reduce cellular performance, even in super fit individuals who are extremely healthy. This outcome is termed oxidative stress and is a natural consequence of getting older.
We consume antioxidants in order to neutralise free radicals. 3 common antioxidants found in food are Vitamins A, C and E. So when you eat an orange, 1 molecule of Vitamin C will neutralise 1 free radical. An orange has several hundred molecules of vitamin C. If you eat 3 oz of blueberries they can neutralise about 6,652 free radicals.
However, our bodies are already perfectly equipped to deal with free radicals, neutralising them with Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), Catalase and Glutathione, 3 very important antioxidants.
Unfortunately you cannot consume SOD, Catalase or Glutathione to boost the levels in your body because they are made naturally in the body, by the body only. It cannot be synthetically manufactured and consumed.
Low levels of glutathione have been found in conditions associated with neurological, immune, cardiovascular, cancer, thyroid, pancreatic and other inflammatory diseases!
Protandim NRF2 works by activating the NRF2 pathway to communicate with cell nuclei about the need for action against free radicals. It is clinically proven to increase your SOD by an average of 30%, Catalase by 54% and Glutathione by 300% in just 30 days achieving a reduction in oxidative stress of 40% over the same period! This can’t be bad!
38. Rain International
This is a company that produce seed based nutrition helping with inflammation, pain, autoimmune problems, tiredness and general ill health. Within the seed is the plant’s complete nutrition – it is what gives the plant life, so it contains all that the plants needs to grow.
Soul is a blend of three nutritious seeds and a sugar agent, d-ribose, that is found in each human cell.
Black cumin seeds have been used for over 300 years to support human health. Black raspberry seeds contain phytonutrients that support our immune systems and chardonnay grape seeds contain proanthocyanadins that are great for brain health. D-Ribose a five-carbon sugar Is used with a mix of oxygen and ATP (adenosine triphosphate) to energise each cell of the body.
The company make other supplements too, such as Core, a green supplement for detoxing and Bend a great supplement for joint health.
It is so important to be aware of what goes into your body in the way of food and drink and what that contains. Is it full of additives, pesticides and chemicals? Eating organic, and foods produced by nature, is definitely the way to go. However it is also important to know what you are putting onto your skin because your skin absorbs everything that goes onto it.
For many years I have looked for a ‘clean’ skincare range and have found it recently in Tropic. It is 100% natural, free of any toxic chemicals, certified by the vegan society and made in England in their beauty kitchens in Croyden. It is lusciously gorgeous and very effective. They have products for the face, a complete skincare routine, body products including gorgeous body washes and an amazing natural antiperspirant.
If you haven’t tried Tropic, just pop into the Centre and ask – you will love it and your body deserves it!
40. Sizzling Vitamins and Minerals
These are liquid, 100% plant derived supplements and therefore much easier to absorb into the body. You must give your body all the raw materials it requires to maintain and renew itself in order to enjoy a healthy and disease free life. The raw natural nutrients so vital to your health can be challenging to find. Many years of commercial farming, food processing, mining, irrigation, pesticides synthetic additives and acid rain have destroyed and removed the life-giving minerals from our soil, and the only way that we can get these missing minerals back into our bodies, is by taking a supplement.
The sizzling minerals provide up to 75 trace minerals, the same kind of hydrophilic minerals that are found in fruit and vegetables. Interestingly vitamins have little nutritional value in the absence of minerals, so taking both together is recommended.
If you think about it, you are stressed from work and everyday life. You’re tired from commuting and travel. You eat ‘on-the-go’ and mostly choose the wrong foods. You sleep badly because you’re depleted of the essential nutrients our bodies need to give you the zing and the zest that living today demands. Then, out of nowhere you become unwell with cancer, arthritis, heart disease etc. You have simply starved yourself of critical nutrients because they are not in your food. Your body is basically defenceless; it needs the nutrients to keep going!