Myth Busters- A scan

Do MRI /CT scans always tell you what is wrong?

Sometimes they do but often they don’t. There are false positives and sometimes the problem is associated with movement or lack of it or the scan doesn’t show exactly where the pain is coming from.

In other cases the scan can be a perspective giver and a great relief. However, even people without backpain have changes in their spine so scans can cause fear that influences behaviour, making the problem worse.

Please bear in mind with an scan it can build up false hope of a cure when a great deal of time, money and effort is expended into getting the scan. It’s not a cure and when the result comes in, often the answer can be “some backs just behave like this.”

This was a very expensive answer I heard once when I was younger. Since then I have regained full health and only rarely declare to have a back history.

If you’d like help deciding whether your problem needs a scan.


If you’d like help to restore to your full health and discover whether your spinal problem can benefit from Physiotherapy, it’s many style of manual interventions, activity, and exercise. Call Brightwell Physiotherapy 01491 834622. Or email:

A success story. From pain relieving meds to activity and clearer health.

As a physio I have many cases I can recall. Here’s one:

This patient’s history began suddenly in the autumn 2016 with increasing frequency and increased debilitation of sickness and headaches. Losing school days and social life.

The teenage school girl, who I’ll call Zoe, was admitted to hospital for 10 days, under went many investigations and was treated for acute kidney dehydration due to cyclic vomiting.

Once the Consultant team had gained a small element of control of the cyclic vomiting, Zoe was discharged to explore alternative therapies with 3 meds to control sickness and manage pain.

PHYSIOTHERAPY was one of her first choices with the greatest story. Of course, many things have helped her regain control but there is no doubt that a course of myofascial release restored her equilibrium and gradually she increased her activity and learnt to self-treat her condition.

A further break-through was achieved when she forgot her medication one weekend away and thus began using the Gravity system. Medications can often confuse symptoms so this mistake turned out to be beneficial.

Gravity is a useful tool for people who need help regaining their posture and help reducing their pain. and in stock at

Now as we approach 2019 I can safely say the schoolgirl is managing her now clearly migrainous condition independently, following her refound hobby of dance with school and fully joining in with all other activities.

A big thank you goes to Michelle Watson.


If you’d like to know more about how this style of manual therapy and myofascial release can help your pain condition please call Felicity Peach 01491 834622

The Year of Change, grasping the digital platform.

In the penultimate month of the year I am making another step to enhance my digital presence, to enable a more efficient communication to patients and onto social media to guide them along the path to a fuller active health.

Luckily I have a seat on this packed train from Birmingham International to Oxfordshire. It’s been a great day at Therapy Expo 18, listening to leading lecturers, watching demonstrations of new innovations and networking with colleagues in the therapy world.

There is so much knowledge bursting inside me, the grey matter is truly expanding, ready to enhance my practice.

Did you know about the REPEATED BOUT EFFECT whereby, for example,

A game of squash leaves you sore the next day and even more sore the day after.

But the good bit is that if you wait a week and play again, the soreness after the second game of squash WILL BE LESS. 👍

What a bargain, get out there and be active. Or call Brightwell Physiotherapy for further guidance 01491 834622.

Written by Felicity Peach