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Bolton Osteopathic Clinic

Bolton Osteopath Alex Green practicing osteopathy in Bolton for more than sixteen years

Phone 01204 361 463 now for your appointment.


To find health should be the object of the physician. Anyone can find disease. A.T. Still

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Whatever your problem, you will have Bolton Osteopaths Alex, Zaheer or Henna’s undivided attention for your appointment. Alex, Zaheer or Henna will listen to your problem, explore your symptoms and do their best to give you the most appropriate and effective treatment, tailored specifically to the most important person in the room: you.

Osteopathic treatment is available for you in Manchester (Old Trafford), Cheshire (Sale Moor) and Bolton (town centre) from fully CRB checked, registered Bolton Osteopaths Alex Green, Zaheer Abbas and Henna Javed. No problem too big, no problem too small.

Alex, Zaheerand Henna love making people feel physically fantastic and care for sportsmen and women of all abilities. Regular patients include professional footballers from the local FA Premier League & Championship clubs, England team and other international teams including Norway, Nigeria & Australia.

The clinic also rehabilitates professional golfers, weight lifters and other elite athletes and artists. Cast members of popular international touring dance shows like ‘Lord of the Dance’ receive expert care at the clinic, so you know you are in the best possible hands.

Bolton Osteopath Alex Green has been practicing Osteopathy for over seventeen years and is an expert in dealing with all types of injuries. Alex, Zaheer and Henna are experienced in treating people who suffer from joint problems, muscle injuries, nerve pain, spinal pain including neck pain, upper back pain and lower back pain.
Alex is a certified practitioner in the treatment of “frozen shoulder”, and Zaheer has great experience in the care of professional weightlifters and champion power lifters. Henna is an excellent, enthusiastic all-round practitioner and all three of them can can also assist you in relieving headaches, sciatica, work and sports related injuries and repetitive strain injuries with excellent results

Alex has many years experience in working with babies and children. Please make an appointment to discuss how you may benefit.

Now Offering ‘Suspended Treatments’
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GOsC Registration Number: 3/4466/F  

BUPA provider number: 30031510 Alex withdrew from BUPA provider status in response to BUPA’s shameful treatment of its providers. Zaheer is still able to see clients with BUPA cover.

AXA PPP provider number: AG02796

AVIVA (Norwich Union) provider number: 600033491

Approved supplier to the FA Premier League Medical Care Scheme

PRUHEALTH Partner Number: PRU3609840

WPA Provider Number: 920087609

Associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine: 00691279

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The Law of Dual Effect

Posted by on 09:52 in Health, Information, Science | 0 comments

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In February, Henna outlined the basics of applying hot and cold to the body as treatment.

Today, I want to introduce you to the next level.

Primary Effect

Initially, when you apply heat to the body, all the small blood vessels open to increase circulation. This is part of the mechanism the body uses to regulate temperature. Conversely, putting cold on the body makes the capillaries constrict, reducing blood flow.

These are primary effects and last up to one or two minutes, before the secondary effect is triggered.

The secondary or ‘dual’ effect is the opposite to the first.

Secondary Effect

After removing a heat pack or getting out of a hot shower / bath, within a few minutes, the circulation starts to reduce. Blood vessels start to narrow again and the affected area can be subject to reduced blood flow for up to half an hour before the body returns to normal.

After exposing the body to cold, the circulation floods back into rapidly dilating capillaries. The body maintains higher blood flow in the area for up to 30 minutes after removing the cold.

Best Practice

When treating any injury, I always recommend using ice to begin with. Applying ice or cold packs to the area in one minute periods, repeated five times with one minute gaps (see here) is the best initial treatment.
This helps to reduce pain, improve circulation and clear inflammation.

Once the pain is under control and movement is much easier, using alternate hot and cold helps to pump the blood through the area. This helps to take the body to the next stage of healing.


Ice packs / cold packs are an invaluable tool for rehabilitating after injury and the first anyone should turn to. When significant progress is being made, switch to alternate hot and cold compresses / contrast bathing.

Heat always feels nice but will hurt in the end once you take it away. Cold may be a bit of a shock to begin with but you will feel the benefit much more afterwards.

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