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Acupuncture Physiotherapy

2nd Jan 2019


Running goals, fitness goals, life goals…whatever it is you have planned for 2019 don’t let pain hold you back.


Here at Natural Elements our AACP members can help you achieve those goals. 

Acupuncture for Knee Pain

30th Dec 2018


There is high-quality evidence that supports the use of acupuncture to reduce osteoarthritic knee pain, this is also backed by NHS evidence summaries and SIGN guidelines.


One recent study found that acupuncture with optimal doses in an intensive 2–4 week treatment regime resulted in pain relief for arthritis of the knee (Bjordal et al. 2007).


Women's Health Physiotherapy

13th Dec 2018



Are you finding you're always needing to look for a loo when out and about?

Struggling to play on the trampoline with the kids or exercise at the gym?


These can often be a sign of a weak pelvic floor and core muscles which, in turn, can also be a contributing factor to chronic low back pain.


Watch our video to see how physio can help with this often silent problem.

Festive Treat for Your Feet

11th Dec 2018


When you're suffering with ankle and foot pain mainly in the morning, which feels like you can 'walk it off' as the day goes on, only to find it comes back again the next morning. It really makes getting up and on with the day hard work!

A deep tissue massage of the foot, ankle and muscles of the lower leg can be a very effective way to get this condition under control, along with some basic exercises that are easily done at home and can free you of this persistent morning pain.

Throughout December our massage therapist, Deb Triffitt is offering a 30 minute foot and lower leg massage for just £20, appointments available on Thurseday afternoon in Natural Elements - Groby. Click here to book online or give us a call.

Acupuncture Physiotherapy

30th Nov 2018


It might surprise you how many conditions acupuncture can help manage.

From migraines to tennis elbow, there is a growing body of scientific research to support its effects.

Pins & Needles Day

27th Nov 2018


In celebration of Pins & Needles day.

Did you know that Physiotherapists are the largest group of medical professionals in the UK practising acupuncture ? 

We use acupuncture primarily for treating musculo-skeletal conditions and it forms a perfect partnership with our physiotherapy skills. 

To find out more why not click here to see how acupuncture could help you. 

How to Get a Good Night Sleep

26th Nov 2018


As any new parent will tell you sleep deprivation is a VERY effective form of torture. A sure fire way to break the spirit and the body.


Poor sleep ----> we don't heal ----> we get pain ----> poor sleep etc... and the vicious cycle continues. 


At Natural Elements we have various ways of naturally encouraging a good nights rest from Reflexology and acupuncture to massage or hypnotherapy.


Try us and see what works for you

Research Finds Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain

25th Nov 2018



Acupuncture has a clinically relevant effect compared with no acupuncture control.


These effects appeared to persist for at least 12 months after receiving acupuncture.


The effects of acupuncture are not completely explicable in terms of placebo effects.

Cold Winter & Joints

23rd Nov 2018


Joint pains, sprains and strains can often be made worse by the colder weather as the pressure changes in the atmosphere are reflected in the joint - it's not just an old wives tale.


Wrap up warm and keep moving as winter starts to hit and give us a ring to see how we can keep the winter aches and pains at bay.


Corporate Wellbeing

22nd Nov 2018


Did you know we can also offer a seated massage and Physiotherapy service for corporate clients to keep your workforce fighting fit?


Figures from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development show that in the UK businesses lose an average of 4.4 days per year to sickness costing the economy over £9 billion.


In Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland, businesses are experiencing peaks of 12 days per employee..... nearly three times the national average!


Businesses that look after employees experience: 
1. Less sickness absence
2. Improved morale
3. Builds a healthy culture and ethos in the company 
4. Improved productivity. 
5. Better staff retention.


Contact us for a no obligation free quote to see how we can help.


World Acupuncture Day

16th Nov 2018


Happy World Acupuncture Day...... it's something we use a lot of at Natural Elements whether that be to treat headaches, back or knee pain, alleviate morning sickness or treat sports injuries. 

Why not give us a ring or head over to our clinic in Groby to learn more about how we can help you. Just click HERE and get booking online !! 

Women's Health Physiotherapy

13th Nov 2018


Women’s Health Physiotherapy is the treatment of disorders affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor.


From incontinence to prolapse, pelvic pain or constipation, women's health physiotherapy can help relieve these symptoms.


Pelvic pain and stress urinary incontinence are common amongst pregnant women. These symptoms often occur due to hormonal changes and the ever increasing weight of the baby and uterus.


An assessment with our Women’s Health Physiotherapist at Natural Elements - Groby is often all you need to prevent this.


Our therapist will make sure that you are doing the right pelvic floor exercises, strengthening the appropriate muscles in order to maintaining a strong pelvic floor through your pregnancy and beyond.  


Mental Health Recovery

10th Nov 2018


Recovery from a mental health problem IS possible.


For many people, mental ill health is temporary in their lives and they find ways to improve their wellbeing or ways to live and thrive despite some of the symptoms that may remain.


This video by the Scottish Recovery Network really resonates with the philosophy I take in working with clients and links very closely to my practice as an occupational therapist and solution focused practitioner.


Take 2 minutes to watch this today, you won't regret it!

No More Waiting

8th Nov 2018


Fed up of waiting for your NHS Physio appointment? 
Fed up with being sent out with yet more painkillers?

We have a range of therapies to help get you moving and feeling better. Look through our website or give us a ring to see what we have to offer.

** Online booking available **

Counsellor & Psychotherapist

7th Nov 2018


Very pleased to announce a new addition to the Natural Elements team.


Psychotherapist Shelley Smith has a particular interest in Child and Family Health and Wellbeing with a vast experience in helping struggling families whether that be with anxiety, family break-ups, eating disorders or special educational needs.


Shelley has worked extensively in the education sector within Leicestershire and is able to offer a bespoke emotional support for those in difficulty.


As well as offering an individual service Shelley is running a series of workshops dealing with a particular theme. These will run over the New Year and broach a range of subjects from anxiety and self harming to self esteem and body image. 

For more information please do feel free to give Shelley a ring directly or check out the dates for the workshops on our website. 


Workplace Wellbeing

5th Nov 2018


Contact us to discuss how we can improve your employees' productivity and efficiency by ensuring their physical and mental health is looked after.


We have treatment packages to suit your businesses with our Workplace Wellbeing Programmes. 

Seated Massage

1st Nov 2018


Who spends long periods sitting behind a desk or a laptop ??


Sadly we humans are not really intended to be static in any position for any length of time - even if the position seems to be 'proper' as it were!?


Seated massage can be a great way of combating aches and pains at work? No clothes removed and you don't even need to lie down!


We offer a wellness at work package that can offer so much more than just seated massage. 

Give us a ring on 0116 367 6472 or check out our website to see the range of treatment options available.


Winter Blues

29th Oct 2018


Even Napoleon Bonyparts is feeling the chill today.


Why not ward off those winter blues by treating yourself to an immune boosting massage or Reflexology session.


We can snuggle you up in our electric blanket and fluffy throw so you get an hour of blissful relaxation. 

Appointments available this week at Natural Elements - Groby. 

0116 367 6472 or book online through our website 

World Arthritis Day

12th Oct 2018


Arthritis can make your joints feel stiff like a wooden mannequin but it doesn't have to be this way.


Today is World Arthritis Day 2018  and we want to try and show how we can help at Natural Elements control the symptoms of arthritis rather than letting them control you. 

Give us a call to see how we can help. 

Meet the Therapists at Natural Elements - Groby

10th Oct 2018


As a nod to World Mental Health Day on Wed 10th Oct we would like to invite you along for a FREE coffee, cake and a chance to meet some of our therapists and sample some free treatments.


We have nutritional therapists, Reiki practitioners and occupational therapist on hand so pop in and see us to see what we have to offer to help all of us stay well and healthy.

Massages Could Boost Your Immune System

5th Oct 2018


A number of scintific researches have shown benefits of massage therapies and boosting the body's immune system, explaining how massage therapies can help with so many conditions.


Recent BBC Two - Trust Me, I'm a Doctor programme on the subject here.


Also another previous research here.

Barrow Voice Article

27th Sept 2018


A lovely write up in Barrow Voice for Natural Elements - Barrow.  Not sure about the photo though !



World Reflexology Week

24th Sept 2018


** Time to give your feet a treat *

To celebrate World Reflexology Week  we thought we'd look at some of the amazing benefits of this relaxing treatment.


Did you know it has been used for thousands of years to help promote the bodies own healing response, relieving stress and anxiety by boosting the production of serotonin (the happy hormone).


This gentle soothing treatment is a great natural way to combat anxiety and depression.


If you've had problems sleeping then Reflexology could be the answer.


Stimulation of certain points on the feet have been shown to induce relaxation, reducing tension and boosting circulation. It can be a wonderfully natural way of promoting a better nights sleep.


Reflexology can be an especially useful natural treatment both during and after pregnancy helping to alleviate symptoms such as nausea, backache, constipation and fatigue.


Not to mention mum-to-be gets some much needed pampering before the big day. 

Why not try our Pregnancy & new mum package to include reflexology and massage for pre and post birth. The ultimate treat.


Balance Awareness Week

17th Sept 2018


Balance Awareness Week this week. 

It's probably something that we take for granted ....


Most of us can't remember a time when we unable to walk steadily (unless you've had a particularly good night out!).


Yet for millions of people balance problems are a real daily issue causing falls a plenty and leading to any number of fractures and frustrating restrictions.


Try driving or operating machinery or using a computer monitor when you are permanently dizzy. 

Balance problems can often be a fault in the inner ear's vestibular system and can in some cases be cleared quite easily.


If you have balance problems then it's worth getting them checked out sooner rather than later in order to get an accurate diagnosis and get on the path to recovery.


'Introduction to Relaxation Techniques' 6 week course

12th Sept 2018


When we feel stressed, anxious or worried, our body often tenses up and our muscles can feel tight.


Relaxation techniques can help us to notice the tension we feel and then to learn to relax our body and mind.


There are many different types of relaxation techniques and each person will find the ones they find most beneficial.


Introducing regular relaxation exercises into daily life can help reduce every day stress, boost your energy levels and improve your mood and general mental health.


The benefits of learning to relax your mind and body are invaluable in achieving improved wellbeing!


Call us at the Natural Elements or contact Kate Jackson HERE to find out more about the course.


Vascular Disease Awareness

1st Sept 2018


September is Vascular Disease Awareness month.


I guess we are all aware of the problems caused by blocked arteries in our heart and neck but did you know that sometimes low back pain can have a vascular cause?


Every part of our body that needs blood (so that's pretty much everywhere!) can be affected and in some (fortunately) relatively rare cases vascular problems can present as a back pain

Always worth getting your back pain checked by a professional so that more serious causes can be excluded. Book an appointment with our physiotherapist in our Groby, Barrow upon Soar or Desford clinics for more advice.


Reflexology & Reiki Healing

31st Aug 2018


Pleased to announce that the lovely Jo Smith is now offering Reflexology and Reiki at our Groby clinic.


Jo will be with us in on Weds and Thursday evenings. 


Are You Ready for a Return to Routine ??

29th Aug 2018


As wonderful as the summer has been most of us secretly, I think a lot of us are ready for a return to some normality and routine - even the kids!

Why not treat yourself to a Relaxing massage or Reflexology session to help reset yourself for the Autumn??

Some Tips About Headaches

21st Aug 2018


Do I need to see my GP before seeing you ?

19th Aug 2018


First Session - What to expect

16th Aug 2018


New Physiotherapist

9th Aug 2018


Very pleased to announce we have a new Physio starting at Natural Elements - Groby !


The lovely Becky Yates will be offering Physiotherapy and Acupuncture on Tuesdays. 


Becky comes to us with a wealth of experience in the private sector over the past 14 years with a solid foundation in general musculo-skeletal conditions and an interest in womens health too.


Looking forward to welcoming her to the team when she starts with us on 21st August. 

Welcome Becky !

Chronic Pain

8th Aug 2018


Pain is an interesting concept and the more we learn about it the more fascinating it becomes.


Chronic pain is pain that has been there for longer than anticipated - it’s difficult to specify a definite time as so often pain develops slowly over time, gradually creeping up on us and causing all sorts of problems!


One thing we do know is that the longer a pain is there the more our body adapts to it, changing the way we move and even the sensations that the nerves carry to our brain.


Whilst acute or ‘new‘ pain is very well understood, chronic pain is a far more complicated beast that requires a different approach.


This may be why so many people find traditional pain relief techniques don’t work for them - it tries to treat the pain as an acute problem without taking into account the complexity that chronic pain can bring with it.


Why Choose a Hot Stone Massage ?

1st Aug 2018


Our therapist Sian uses smooth volcanic stones warmed gently to massage the tissues, the heat from the stones helping to relax the tissues quickly allowing her more time to work on those knots and tight muscles helping to soothe those aches and pains.


A great stress buster and wonderful at improving sleep, relieving muscular aches and pains and improving skin tone.


26th July 2018


"Pain" is a word we hear an awful lot of at Natural Elements.  I guess if questioned most people would consider that we see people when they are in pain.  Wrong! 

I see many people who initially say they are coming to see us for back pain or shoulder pain or a headache. Yet when I question them they have often been in pain for months before they've picked up the phone to see me!
So what has made them pick up the phone?
  • Unable to look after grandchildren?
  • Can't bend down to do the garden.
  • Going on holiday and worried won't be able to walk far when they are there
  • maybe they've a sporting event on the horizon. 

People tolerate pain for a surprising amount of time before ever doing anything about it . Yet the longer a pain is present the trickier it becomes to treat, our bodies adapting and shaping themselves to accommodate these new sensations.

We are more than a sum of our aches and pains so let us see if we can help.

Climber's Hands

25th July 2018


I treat lot of climbers so end up seeing a lot of hands, finger and tendon injuries which can be troublesome to say the least!


Climbers tend to put a higher load through their finger tendons than most athletes and the wonderful human body is able to adapt to these changes, allowing a stronger more flexible tendon ... although not necessarily bigger. 

But these changes take time and - like the runner wanting to do their 10k - the climber must be patient before tackling that 7A route or V6 boulder.


Stretching - Myths and Realities 

24th July 2018


Watch any football team warming up and you'll see them all stretching on the pitch. Yet evidence available suggests that whilst stretching improves static flexibility - for example, the ability to bend and touch your toes - there is little evidence that this extra flexibility translates into better muscular performance during activities.


Indeed excessive flexibility can actually be more harmful if the supporting muscles are not up to the job - kind of like taking away the scaffolding before the mortar has set. 

So why do we do it?? Increasingly research is showing the importance of progressive LOADING of tendons rather than stretching them, especially when it comes to injuries such as tennis elbow or Achilles problems. 

Flexibility is important but it is nothing without control.


Load > Capacity = PAIN

23rd July 2018


It may manifest itself as shin splints or plantar fascitis or patello-femoral pain but these conditions are all caused by excessive load through tissues that are not ready to take the strain.


It's something we see a lot of in physio clinic, particularly amongst runners, who get bitten by the running bug doing a couch to 5k programme and then to think they can do a 10k in 3 months time because their brother in law has entered them for this years Wolf Run!


Your heart and lungs get fitter so much quicker so the temptation is to do a bit too much too soon.The trick is to take your time and build up slowly, ....... however frustrated the brother in law will be.


Wolf Run will still be there next year. 


Which Exercises should I do for my Back Pain?

20th July 2018


It's a question I get asked a lot and it's not easy to answer over the phone or at a party with a drink and a vol-u-vent in my hand.


If you scour the internet there are countless generic  "5 exercises to cure your sciatica"  type pages and whilst they can be helpful it's not always the RIGHT exercises for YOU.

For example the stretch shown in the photo is a commonly given stretch but for those with facet joint pain or spondylolythesis it could be very detrimental. 

I am a firm believer that any exercise is generally better than no exercise but the wrong exercises will be, at best ineffectual or at worst, dangerous. 

See a professional that can sort out a set of exercises suited to you and your body for the best results.


Does Pilates Help for Back Pain ? 

19th July 2018


You bet it does !


"My right shoulder had seized up so badly overnight that it was clamped against my chin in the manner of Lurch from the Addams Family."


"As ever more of us sit down and stare at screens for a living, back pain is becoming the great leveller of our age. Humans are evolved to move, twist, bend and roam, not sit hunched in an office chair for 12 hours a day.


In the technological era we have moved from a species that is dependent on our bodies to our brains. And the damage we are doing to ourselves in the process is profound.


The latest Health and Safety Executive figures show nearly 10 million working days are lost each year for adults aged 25-64 due to back pain costing the UK economy some £12bn a year. Around 80 per cent of us will suffer from back pain at some point in our lives. 


It is men aged between 45 and 54 who are deemed most at risk of developing problems, an age bracket that is creeping down all the time . . . . "


. . . "Pilates and its close relative yoga (the former is a western invention that focuses on strength and the latter an eastern one that places greater value on flexibility) are increasingly seen as crucial weapons in the war against back pain.


Accordingly despite being an activity traditionally perceived as restricted to women, ever more men are now taking up pilates. Not even necessarily as a hobby, fun though it is, rather a necessary tool of keeping going in their lives.

The 2016 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence  guidance on the management of back pain recognises a combination of approaches often works best - exercise, psychological therapies as well as manipulative therapy. This ties in with a new authoritative study published in the US this month, which proved regular yoga classes relieves lower back pain as effectively as physiotherapy . . . "



. . "So what differences have I noticed? Firstly, my posture. I stand far straighter than I used to and sit better, too. My body feels stronger, and I have developed small bulges of muscle around the shoulder blades where there was none before. I still can’t touch my toes - and on busy writing weeks feel occasional stabs of pain in my shoulders – but I am getting there."


. . "Pilates focuses on the deep postural muscles, under the abdominals.  The author Martin Amis, another devotee, described the strengthening effects as while not sufficient to make his gut disappear, certainly enough to enable him to suck it in when an attractive woman walks by on the beach . . "


By Joe Shute - Telegraph


Why Not Try Climbing . . . . 

17th July 2018


The ultimate cardio, strength, endurance and mental workout.... and with a great view to boot !!


How Rock Climbing Does Your Mind -- And Body -- Good

  • Rock climbing builds muscle and endurance
  • Climbing boosts brain function
  • Rock climbing reduces stress
  • It teaches valuable life skills


More Than Just Physiotherapy . . . 

16th July 2018


Did you know we do so much more than just Physio and Acupuncture ? Here's just a few of the things on offer at Natural Elements - Groby.


From Reflexology and Reiki to massage and foot health there's something for everyone to enjoy.


Vouchers available to purchase online as a gift - perfect for a leaving present, a treat for mum or a birthday present.



National Cherry Day

16th July 2018


Did you know that eating cherries may help settle the pain associated with gout and arthritis ??


That's because they are rich in powerful anti-oxidents called anthocyanins which help fight the inflammation that causes the pain and swelling of arthritis and gout.


A previous patient told me that in Germany the custom was to eat the cherries and then keep the stones for a heat bag ( like the wheat bags that we put in the microwave ).


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