Wednesday, 15 November 2017

How Cold weather affects your aches and pains?

Its officially winter time with the weather dropping below 0 degrees and getting our first frost of the season, some people may start notice more aches and pains in their joints than they are used to.

But why does the cold give us those aches and pains?

Is it in in our heads?

Or is there something actually going on?

Some people report they can even tell when it’s going to rain?

Do these people have special powers or can it be explained?

The Effect
Some studies have found a strong relationship between short, cold, damp days and arthritis flare-ups. Some research suggests changes in barometric pressure worsen knee pain in people with arthritis, while colder temperatures can cause painful changes in joint fluid thickness. Cold weather can actually shrink the tissues causing them to pull on the nerve endings, thus causing joint pain. When it is cold, your nerve endings are extremely sensitive and the muscles surrounding your nerves tense up. 

When the barometric pressure drops, there is less atmospheric pressure to the tissues back and it causes more inflamed tissue to swell, thus cold weather causes pain.
The cold and damp weather can also cause changes to people’s exercise plans. We have an instinct during winter to hibernate; however, a lack of physical activity will cause joints to become stiff.  

How to combat the Cold
 Exercise eases arthritis pain. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. To manage arthritic conditions during the cooler months, individuals need to plan physical activities that are easy to do during winter, such as;
  • Dressing up warm and cosy, so that your muscles do not contract around your nerve endings, thus minimizing the pain you feel.
  •  Make sure you stretch in the morning and the evening, helping you to stay limber and not tense up. 
  • Make sure you regularly exercise, preferably inside. It is important to stay active to avoid your joints from getting stagnant. When you don’t move your muscles, or joints they will stiffen up and make it more painful when you do move.
  •  Swimming can help as well.





Having therapy over the winter months can help from Chiropractic, massage or acupuncture. A British analysis of nearly 100 high-quality systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials found that manipulation was beneficial for acute and chronic low back pain, neck pain and knee osteoarthritis. And a 2013 study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage found that patient education combined with 12 chiropractic treatments (twice a week for six weeks) were more effective for hip OA than a daily stretching program or patient education alone.

If you want to get yourself booked in to AMI Clinic feel free to contact us
 at www.amiclinics.co.uk or call us at 01234 0307565
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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Seeking painrelief without painkiller medication? Medical Acupunture and Dry needling could be the answer for you at AMI clinic Bedford

Being an Alternative medicine clinic, AMI clinic naturally wants to provide its patients with as many options as possible for their conditions.
Looking into the history of acupuncture; its universal success rates cannot be ignored, so our 2 resident chiropractors decided to further their own education and resources to provide another path to healing for the patients. Having done their CPD (Continued professional development) they can now provide Medical Acupuncture and Dry needling.
To understand any concept, you must ask the fundamental questions.

The What?

First is to understand the difference between Traditional Acupuncture and Medical Acupuncture and Dry needling.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture is based on the belief that it can restore the flow of Qi, an energy that flows through your body, while western medical acupuncture is evidence-based and is only administered after a full diagnosis.
Whereas Dry needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle "trigger points", fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc.). The result of dry needling is pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology.
The Why?
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen are widely used to treat pain and don’t require a prescription. But recent studies suggest that when taken regularly, these medicines can have serious side effects. They’ve been linked to kidney, bone, hearing and cardiovascular problems—including, most recently, an increased risk of heart attack.
Acupuncture is a very effective complement or alternative to prescription painkillers because it helps reduce pain using the body's own natural processes without any of the unpleasant side-effects. Medication doesn't always work for everyone, or the side-effects, such as difficulty concentrating, nausea, slow digestion, headaches or irritability, may be hard for some people to tolerate. When painkillers are used, acupuncture can help relieve the discomfort of potential side-effects.

The What?

It's important to remember that acupuncture helps the body naturally heal itself and that healing is a process. Acupuncture can help enhance and even accelerate the healing process. So while it may take some time to heal, in most cases patients actually begin to feel pain relief during the first visit.
How frequently a person should receive acupuncture treatment depends on their level and type of pain. In most cases, you will begin to feel better from the first treatment. For minor aches and pains that come and go, or for injuries that aren't severe, three or four once-a-week treatments are usually enough to get substantial relief. If the injury is more severe or the pain is intense it is recommended to get treatment twice a week.
The effects of treatment are cumulative, which means the physical and nonphysical benefits of each treatment increase as you go along. In addition to pain relief, acupuncture patients commonly notice an improvement in their mood and feeling more at ease overall after just a few treatments.



If you want to give Medical Acupuncture or Dry Needling a go feel free to contact us at www.amiclinics.co.uk or call us at 01234 0307565
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Friday, 9 October 2015

Do you want to be pain free? Try Chiropractic at the AMI Clinic Bedford

For many years chiropractors have assisted their local communities by keeping people pain free and in helping everyone to develop a healthier lifestyle.
Chiropractic postural correction and realignment helps to assist your body to heal, to achieve its optimum potential, and to create a lifestyle full of vitality.
Research has shown that those with better posture have a greater independence and better health status as they age. Therefore posture and health are intrinsically linked.
So decide how you want to age?

Change your future with chiropractic and ultimately stand taller, move better and be pain free!
Book an appointment with the AMI Clinic's chiropractor!
Special offer - Initial Consultation and 1st Treatment £45
Call 01234 307565



The AMI Clinic Bedford is a specialist chiropracticclinic and physiotherapy centre dedicated to improving your health and wellness. It also houses a sports injury clinic and other alternative therapies, enhancing, empowering and educating you so that you are healthy, happy and functioning to your best ability.

Our chiropractor and physiotherapist in Bedford specialise in neck and back pain, arthritic pain management, work related injuries, and sports, muscle and joint injuries.

We also offer:
  • Acupuncture 
  • Massage Therapy
  • Craniosacral therapy 
  • Psychotherapy & Counselling 
  • Hypnotherapy 
  • Reflexology 
  • Reiki 

17 Ampthill Road 
Bedford 
MK42 9JP 
01234 307565
info@amiclinic.co.uk
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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Are you out of #Balance or suffering with #Dizziness Try #Chiropractic - AMI Clinic Bedford


As we get older, many of us begin to develop problems with dizziness and balance. Some research shows that as many as 30% of older adults experience these symptoms. 
This is a serious public health issue, as problems with balance/dizziness can make us more susceptible to falls.

Dizziness and balance problems can be caused by neck dysfunction; this is known as cervicogenic dizziness, and is common after an injury or an incident.
Chiropractic helps restore the normal function of the spine and can help relieve this type of dizziness and improve balance.

A new study examined data from the 2008 National Health Interview Survey, looking specifically at those respondents who were suffering from dizziness and balance issues.
The authors then analyzed the survey data to see what kind of professional help the patients sought and how successful it was. They found:
Only 4.7% of patients visited a chiropractor for assistance, but they had the highest success rate.
If you suffer with dizziness or balance issue, get you chiropractor to check it out. 
So don't wait...Book in your consultation today!

Check out our website for the latest offer!
Call the AMI Clinic Bedford
01234 307565


The AMI Clinic Bedford is a specialist chiropractic clinic and physiotherapy centre dedicated to improving your health and wellness. It also houses a sports injury clinic and other alternative therapies, enhancing, empowering and educating you so that you are healthy, happy and functioning to your best ability.

Our chiropractor and physiotherapist in Bedford specialise in neck and back pain, arthritic pain management, work related injuries, and sports, muscle and joint injuries.

We also offer:
  • Acupuncture 
  • Massage Therapy
  • Craniosacral therapy 
  • Psychotherapy & Counselling 
  • Hypnotherapy 
  • Reflexology 
  • Reiki 

17 Ampthill Road 
Bedford 
MK42 9JP 
01234 307565
info@amiclinic.co.uk
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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Knee Pain? Try The AMI Clinc Bedford Today!

Studies have shown that there is an increasing number of middle-aged people who are seeking total knee-replacement surgery.
Fortunately, early conservative treatment may allow patients to avoid the potential risks of joint-replacement surgery.
Research suggests that Chiropractic Adjustments can benefit patients with knee pain from osteoarthritis.

In one study, patients who received chiropractic knee adjustments reported significant drops in pain intensity and less clicking and grinding sensations. 
They were also better able to perform daily tasks with enhanced mobility. 
The chiropractic patients also reported no adverse side effects.

Chiropractors can assist osteoarthritic patients in restoring normal joint alignment and gait, reducing inflammation, and finding the appropriate activities to promote flexibility and mobility.
If you have knee pain, contact the AMI Clinic Bedford.
Learn more about non-surgical methods to slow down joint degeneration and reduce pain.

01234 307565


The AMI Clinic Bedford is a specialist chiropractic clinic and physiotherapy centre dedicated to improving your health and wellness. It also houses a sports injury clinic and other alternative therapies, enhancing, empowering and educating you so that you are healthy, happy and functioning to your best ability.

Our chiropractor and physiotherapist in Bedford specialise in neck and back pain, arthritic pain management, work related injuries, and sports, muscle and joint injuries.

We also offer:
  • Acupuncture 
  • Massage Therapy
  • Craniosacral therapy 
  • Psychotherapy & Counselling 
  • Hypnotherapy 
  • Reflexology 
  • Reiki 

17 Ampthill Road 
Bedford 
MK42 9JP 
01234 307565
info@amiclinic.co.uk
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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Find relief with our chiropractor in Bedford

Men are feeling the strain of middle age!
The modern man is certainly feeling the strain – working longer hours, tackling DIY and looking after the kids – its definitely taking its toll.
37 is revealed as the average age when men feel the strain according to consumer research from the BCA.
Findings from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) found that a huge 4 in 5 (82%) men in the UK say they currently live with neck or back pain or have suffered in the past.
Nearly a quarter (24%) feel pain every day.
Moving heavy objects is the top trigger for almost half (47%) of men, however 41 per cent admit they don’t do anything to proactively look after their backs.

Like with most things, prevention is better than cure.
But if you are experiencing back and or neck pain for more than a couple of days, or are just feeling the strain of middle age - seek help!

Find relief with our chiropractor - Resolve it with the AMI Clinic Bedford
Call 01234 307565 to book in your consultation.
info@amiclinic.co.uk



The AMI Clinic Bedford is a specialist chiropractic clinic and physiotherapy centre dedicated to improving your health and wellness. It also houses a sports injury clinic and other alternative therapies, enhancing, empowering and educating you so that you are healthy, happy and functioning to your best ability.

Our chiropractor and physiotherapist in Bedford specialise in neck and back pain, arthritic pain management, work related injuries, and sports, muscle and joint injuries.

We also offer:
  • Acupuncture 
  • Massage Therapy
  • Craniosacral therapy 
  • Psychotherapy & Counselling 
  • Hypnotherapy 
  • Reflexology 
  • Reiki 

17 Ampthill Road 
Bedford 
MK42 9JP 
01234 307565
info@amiclinic.co.uk
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