Eamonn Holmes says he’s ‘still crutch dependent’ in update on his painful health battle

Eamonn Holmes begins his recovery from slipped discs

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This Morning favourite Eamonn Holmes, 61, has given fans an update on his health after his debilitating battle with chronic pain. The star, who is married to co-host Ruth Langsford, took to Twitter in view of his one million followers and shared a video documenting his rehabilitation.

He penned alongside the informative clip: “Slipped Discs. Road to recovery. #ChronicPain #FitnessFriday.”

Eamonn began the video on crutches, saying: “Okay, so I’m still crutch dependent and the idea is to get rid of this and the man that’s going to get rid of this for me is this man! James Davis!”

The camera then turned to James, who explained his treatment plan for the ITV star.

He said: “So I’ve been treating Eamonn for a couple of weeks now.

“So we’ve gone past the recoup stage, so this is the rehab stage, so we’re trying to aim to strengthen his pelvic stability.

“So working on the muscles surrounding the pelvis and the lumbar spine because he’s a bit jagged when he’s walking now.

“But it’s improved over the weeks, so I’m just getting him to do loads of leg movements to help to train the brain that he can move in that way.”

Eamonn and physiotherapist James could then be seen working on a series of exercises together. 


However, Eamonn was quick to point out that they were not as easy as they looked for him.

He told the camera: “This all looks very simple, and it is very simple, except it’s like learning to walk again.

“I’ve lost nerves in my right leg and there’s certain actions I can’t do, so even the most simple thing is hard, but it’s getting better.”

Eamonn could then be seen getting a massage from James to ease the pain he is suffering from.

He said during the treatment: “The whole recuperation path, there’s so many aspects to it.

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“James is the boss man and, you know, he has me here on the treatment table.

“Some of it is quite pleasant, not a lot of it, but I know he’s doing a good job and, do you think we’re making progress?”

James, who was wearing a face mask in the clip, replied: “Lots! I swear I’m smiling, I’m not sure if you can see me smile, but I’m smiling!”

Eamonn added: “That shows you how bad I was in the first place, but the treatment table and his magic hands are very important.”

The This Morning presenter then filmed himself relaxing while wearing pressure socks.

He told fans: “Then, to round the day or the session off, I put on my socks.

“These are pressure socks, don’t worry I’m perfectly safe in them, these are used by a lot of elite athletes to help the healing process.

“What they do is pump air into each sock over your leg.

“That increases the circulation that feeds the nerve endings, hopefully help them to grow, and making me a better boy pretty soon.

“In the meantime, it’s so comfortable, I think I’ll just do 45 minutes and maybe doze off. Thanks for watching,” Eamonn concluded.


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