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5 Things About Our Osteopath Simon Keeble

Used to be a contemporary dancer from 16-18 years of age performing in the arts programme in military schools; a jeweller – specialising in sales and repairs of diamonds and watches. As a result of working in the jewellery trade, he has developed an eye like a magpie; Builder – Simon used to work renovating […]

Mens Health Tips

Mens Health Week starts on the 11th June, we thought we’d compile a short list of things you can do to look after your health. Try to drink 8 x 8oz glasses of water per day (roughly 1.8 litres) and if you are exercising, increase this. HYDRATION IS KEY! Try to do at least 75 […]

Asthma Awareness Day

It’s Asthma Awareness Day – Breathe Easily with a Capnograph appointment What is asthma ? A respiratory condition marked by attacks of spasm in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It is usually connected to allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity. This has become more and more common and also is […]

Staff Picks – Favourite Books

With a variety of literature festivals coming up, we’ve asked our staff about their favourite books … Receptionist Linda H – ‘Famous Five’ by Enid Blyton. “As a child I had many adventures and always wanted to be part of the famous five.” Receptionist Linda P – ‘Blackberry Wine’ by Joanne Harris. “Because it’s magical.” […]

Stress Awareness Month

‘Stress is an important dragon to slay – or at least tame – in your life.’ (Marilu Henner) People have different ideas of what stress is or feels like, but the majority of us would say we have experienced stress at some point in our lives. We consider stress to be something that causes distress, […]

Running Injuries

A marathon … a race which London Marathon co-founder Chris Brasher called ‘The World’s Most Human Race’. Thousands of people enter the London Marathon each year, and we can see why. There’s a buzzing atmosphere, and spectators showcase the best of the human spirit, as they tirelessly cheer people on urging them not to give […]

Muscle and Condition of the Quarter

This quarter we are looking at the Piriformis muscle, and how it can affect the sciatic nerve. Piriformis Piriformis (meaning pear-shaped) is a muscle in the gluteal region of the lower limb. It is one of the six muscles that laterally (to the side) rotate the hip. Its function is to rotate the femur when […]

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

This quarter brings both MS Awareness week, running from 23rd – 29th April, and World MS Day on 30th May. MS – the basics A neurological condition that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. The word ‘sclerosis’ means scarring or hardening of small patches of tissue. ‘Multiple’ refers to the fact that […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

This April, the Institute of Osteopathy is running an event on managing IBS. At Good Health Centre, we regularly meet patients who are suffering from this condition, and we find that each case we come across differs greatly. Our practitioners always look at the whole picture, and in the case of IBS this is particularly […]

Testimonial of the Month

I first came to see Emily following a car accident with a fractured rib and whiplash. Emily has been incredible. Initially, I wasn’t sure what osteopathy would achieve, however the results speak for themselves. She has explained everything to me and been very understanding at my frustration of not being able to exercise. She has […]

Chronic Pain

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), defines pain as ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.’   So, what exactly is chronic pain? In general, it’s described as pain that lasts longer than twelve weeks. Normal, acute pain alerts […]

New Year’s Resolutions

A New Year’s Resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? We’ve asked our staff…   Ami – Director I will be more mindful.   Mireille – Practice Manager I will eat more dark chocolate.   June – Practice Manager I will laugh more. […]

Are you this year’s Eddie the Eagle?

The mountains are calling… And we can see the appeal; a day on the slopes can contribute to a healthy mind and body. Many of our patients and practitioners regularly ski, so we thought now was a good time to give you some information about common injuries and how to avoid them.   Some common […]

Muscle of the Quarter chosen by Ami – Temporalis

What is it? Also known as the Temporal Muscle, Temporalis is one of the muscles of mastication (chewing). It is broad and fan-shaped, occupying a depression in the skull called the temporal fossa on each side of the head. If you place your fingers above your ear while clenching and unclenching your jaw, you will […]

Frozen Shoulder

It’s not just snowmen … Their clinic is only open in December. Humans however, we treat all year round. Those of you that have experienced frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder, will know that it can be painful and persistently stiff for months, sometimes years. This means it can be difficult […]

The Good Health Academy’s CPD Event On Chronic Pain

This month the Good Health Academy ran a CPD event on the subject of Chronic Pain. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), defines pain as ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.’ Here at the Good Health Centre our […]

Healthy barbecue recipes

  Citrus-spiked sea bass 2-3 large oranges Zest 1 lemon (use juice) 1tbsp olive oil 4 300g whole small sea bass, scaled, gutted and slashed a few times down each side   For the salad 2 oranges, segmented Juice 1 lemon 4tbsp olive oil 2 bags watercress Handful small capers Handful pitted green olives, chopped […]

Symprove

We would like to introduce Symprove – a product supporting balance in the digestive system. Good health can be directly influenced by the balance of bacteria in the gut. Our busy lifestyles can lead to a poor diet and stress; both factors can alter the ecology or balance of bacteria in the gut. Published research […]

Sleep

‘‘I know 2am, I know it backwards, inside out. I know the tread of tired tip-toes That against the silence shouts …’’ (Erin Hanson, 2015) Sound familiar? If your answer is yes, then you’ll know that a night without sleep can seem like an eternity when you’re tossing and turning; the following day a challenge […]

Muscle and Condition of the Quarter

  Erector Spinae What is it? Often referred to as the ‘long muscles’ of the back, Erector Spinae are a group of muscles that stabilise the spine and also produce motion. They run vertically in a groove on each side of the spine. What do they do? They are the chief extensor muscles (leaning back) […]

Aeroplane advice

Many people visit osteopaths due to the discomfort caused by long-haul flights. As many of you may know, this can quite literally ruin your holiday. If you are lucky enough to be travelling somewhere nice this summer, the following advice may help you stay stretched out so that you are not too uncomfortable when you […]

Asthma

Some basic facts about breathing The average adult breaths between 17,000-23,000 times per day whilst at rest, this increases with any activity exertion. Per minute it is expected that we breath 12-16 times, however the optimal breathing rate is less than this. Optimal breathing rates are closer to 6-8 breaths per minute which would result […]

Coping with Depression

“Everybody’s experience with depression will be different and each episode can vary in severity.” This month the World Health Organisation (WHO) dedicated World Health Day to depression. Depression is a common illness, with more than 300 million people living with the condition worldwide. The WHO states it’s the leading cause of ill health and disability […]

Pedal on over to the Good Health Centre and get some ‘wheelie’ good tips from our experienced osteopaths …

“The 2017 Tour de Yorkshire” Here at the Good Health Centre, all of our osteopaths are pro cyclists, it’s a prerequisite before applying for a job. Not really … but it is true that a few of us are keen cyclists, and we would like to share a few tips with you, to help prevent […]

Gardening

Common Injuries With Gardening & How Osteopathy May Help. Gardening injuries are much more common than people believe. Like any form of exercise (and yes, gardening does class as exercise) it has its injury risks. This blog will be talking you through the most common of these, how to prevent them, and other things you […]

Tinnitus and the Temporomandibular Joint

Tinnitus affects roughly 30% of people, with an estimated 10% of people suffering from persistent tinnitus. Tinnitus can be a multitude of different sounds; those reported include buzzing, whooshing, humming or even a more musical quality. Although many of us know about tinnitus, very few are aware of how many different causes there are to […]

Snowboarding injuries and their exercise rehabilitation

Snowboarding has been an up-and-coming sport over the last two decades. The risk of injury within the lower extremities (below the pelvis) has decreased due to improvements in binding, boots and general ergonomics; however, the risk of injury to the upper extremity is more so (one-half to two-thirds of all injuries). When common snowboarding injuries […]

Muscle of the Month

Supraspinatus What is it and what does it do? Supraspinatus is a member of the rotator cuff muscles which surround the shoulder joint. It initiates and assists in lifting the arm up and out. Why have we chosen this muscle? Well, it plays a big part in shoulder pain, a problem we often see, and […]

Spiced Chicken, Spinach and Sweet Potato Stew

Ingredients 8 Chicken thighs, skinless and boneless 1 Red chilli, chopped 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated 2 Onions, chopped 4 Preserved lemons, deseeded, chopped 1 190g bag spinach 3 Sweet potatoes, chopped 1 400g can Tomatoes 500ml Chicken stock 1tsp Paprika 1tbsp Sunflower oil Pumpkin seeds, toasted 4 Naan bread, warmed This meal serves […]

Slips & Falls

“All the leaves are brown…. and the sky is grey. I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day…” California Dreaming Lyrics – The Mamas & The Papas We probably would be safe and warm if we were in L.A. But as we have chosen the Yorkshire Dales over the Hollywood Hills, we thought it […]

Rugby Injures: The Hamstring strain and the Medial Collateral Ligament sprain

Rugby injuries are vast in occurrence, diverse in diagnosis and common in both training and match scenarios. The role of an osteopath is not just bad backs, but we commonly treat athletes from the recreational to the elite, including dancers, weightlifters, rugby players and swimmers. Through 2011-2015 the most common injury seen during rugby training […]

Back To School

As the children go back to school this September, we thought it would be a good time to talk about the importance of maintaining a good posture. On the way to and from school, children carry heavy backpacks; during the day they are slouched in their seats; and now that technology has advanced, they are […]

10 facts about your amazing spine!

Chances are you’ve never stopped to think about how amazing your spine is. It’s easy to take it for granted, until something goes wrong and you suffer back pain. The spine has three important functions: To support the weight of your body To provide flexibility for movement, And to protect nerve roots and fibres and […]

How osteopathy can help manage arthritic joints

This week is Arthritis Care Week in the UK. It aims to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with arthritis and is encouraging the 10 million people in the UK who have this degenerative condition to share their stories. Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain, swelling, inflammation and often stiffness in […]

Five ways to boost your brain health

You try to eat well, keep your weight down and take some exercise. But have you ever paid close attention to the health of your brain specifically? Just as important as our physical health is that of our brains. Taking care of our grey matter can help us to live longer and with a greater […]

How to get a good night’s sleep

Getting plenty of sleep is essential for our general health and wellbeing. It plays an important role in our immune function and our metabolism. When we’re well rested, we’re more focussed and can generally perform better. Sleeping well can also help to lower stress and boost mood. It’s thought that people who get more sleep […]

Why we’re supporting On Your Feet Britain

One of the top four preventable causes of death in the UK today isn’t alcohol or drug abuse, or high cholesterol – it’s lack of physical activity, according to the World Health Organisation. It’s thought that the average British adult spends 50 to 70% of their day sitting, whether at a desk, while driving or […]

How Josh helped his marathon running patient

With the 36th London Marathon taking place on Sunday 24 April, this week’s blog post takes a look at the help our osteopath Josh McCollum recently gave to one of his marathon running patients. Mrs G is a 44 year old, long distance runner and Pilates instructor. She first started running around 10 years ago […]

Ways to cope with hay fever symptoms

Spring is most definitely in the air. Sadly for some of us that means the unwelcome return of a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes and throat. If you’re a hay fever sufferer, our homeopath Catherine Barker has advice on coping with your symptoms through your diet and food supplements. The clocks have only recently […]

Osteopathy for pain management

If you’re experiencing pain on a regular basis, painkillers are not your only option. Osteopathy can address the underlying causes of pain to set you on the road to recovery, without the need for drugs or surgery. Our osteopaths recognise that when someone experiences pain, it often stems from abnormalities in our body’s structure and […]

Best foot forward – our advice for taking up walking

We’ve been inspired by many of the celebrities who have completed amazing Sport Relief feats: Radio 1 DJ Greg James completing five triathlons in five days; Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage’s 57 hour five-a-side tournament; and actor and comedian Eddie Izzard completing 27 marathons in the South African heat! But we reckon it’s comedian Jo […]

Solgar 7 capsules for sensitive joints

This month in the practice we’re promoting the Solgar 7 joint complex supplement. Don’t let stiff or sensitive joints limit your activity when there’s a daily dietary supplement available that can help to increase your mobility, flexibility and range of motion. Solgar 7 is an award-winning dietary supplement that helps to manage the wear and […]

Acupuncture for pain relief

Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of ailments, from digestive conditions to problems linked to the menopause, from anxiety to chronic fatigue. This ancient system of healing can also be used to relieve and manage pain. At Good Health Centre we use acupuncture to treat patients with all types of pain. Here […]

The importance and impact of gut health

Recently in the practice we’ve been offering patients advice on digestion and promoting probiotic products that can help to encourage healthy gut bacteria. In this week’s blog post, our nutritional therapist Catherine Barker explains how our gut health can affect all aspects of our physical wellbeing, and offers tips on improving our digestion. As a […]

What exactly is Reiki?

Heard of reiki but not too sure what it is? Read on to discover how this traditional Japanese method of healing works and who it can help. The word ‘reiki’ translates as ‘universal life energy’. The therapy uses this invisible energy to stimulate the body’s own natural healing processes by facilitating its flow throughout the […]

Show your heart some love this Valentine’s Day

Planning to treat the one you love to some flowers or a romantic surprise on Valentine’s Day? Why not show your heart some love too? Keep it strong and you’ll be around for your loved ones a lot longer! Here are our St Valentine’s inspired tips for taking care of your ticker: Keep active It’s […]

Preparing your body for skiing

So you’ve bought, or arranged to hire, the latest skiing equipment and clothing ready for your ski holiday, but have you put as much effort into preparing your body for the exertion? Learning about correct posture, doing core strengthening exercises and practising your balance are all ways to improve your stability and prevent injuries on […]

Osteopathy as an alternative to steroid injections

We recently received some wonderful feedback from patients of our practice founder and osteopath Ami Sevi. His treatments had eased the pain these two women had been feeling so much that they had decided against the cortisone injections other health professionals had recommended to them. In this blog post we take a look at cortisone […]

Vitamin D: a vital boost for bone health

It’s January, there’s not a lot of sunshine about and the cold and wet weather is driving us to spend more time indoors. This lack of exposure to sunlight can lead to unhealthy vitamin D deficiencies in people of all ages. Our bodies need sunlight to help them produce vitamin D. This exposure to sunlight […]

Make a resolution to correct your posture in 2016!

Cutting down on fatty foods, quitting smoking, taking more exercise – all common New Year’s resolutions to improve our health. But have you considered how correcting your posture could give your wellbeing an almighty boost? Poor posture places the body under unnecessary strain: our muscles have to work harder, our joints and ligaments suffer more […]

Avoiding slips on icy ground

‘Tis the season of icy pavements. A fresh frost may look pretty as we gaze out from within our warm homes, but slips when out walking on snow and ice can lead to fractures and other injuries. The consequences can be serious for many of us, and can even lead to long-term mobility problems for […]

The complementary therapies that can bring arthritic pain relief

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain, swelling, inflammation and often stiffness in joints of the body. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; other types include ankylosing spondylitis, gout, psoriatic arthritis and reactive arthritis. The most common form or arthritis in the UK is osteoarthritis. Often referred to […]

Don’t neglect yourself in the frantic festive season!

We’re well into the busy pre-Christmas period – how are you feeling? With so much to get done and lots of events and occasions to remember, it’s perfectly normal to feel a little stressed. Take time to look after yourself in the frantic festive run-up to avoid burning out before the big day arrives. Here’s […]

Get on that treadmill!

Don’t let the cold, wet weather and dark evenings put paid to your running routine or training schedule! Get on that treadmill – your joints will even thank you for it. Although many runners often complain that treadmill running soon gets boring, the evidence shows it can be kinder on your joints. Running on the […]

Looking after your bone health

We know to encourage children to eat plenty of calcium rich foods to help build strong bones and teeth as they grow. But did you know there are things we should all be doing to protect our bone health at every stage of life? Our bones change continually during our lives. Bones are living tissues […]

Strengthen your core to reduce back pain

Suffering with lower back pain? There are ways to tackle it without resorting to drugs or surgery and strengthening your core muscles is one of them. When our core muscles are weak, we’re more likely to have poor posture and this can make us more susceptible to lower back pain. The core of the body […]

Do your health a favour – get on your bike!

Our practice founder Ami Sevi is a keen cyclist who regularly gets out on his bike around our part of Yorkshire at the weekend. This week’s blog post looks at the health benefits of cycling and how it can help people with certain back conditions. Cycling is in the top three recreational activities in the […]

How shorter days affect our health

Most of the UK has been enjoying some mild autumn days lately, filled with colour and sunshine. But with the clocks having gone back at the weekend, there’s no denying we’re heading headlong into winter. Yes, an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning was a nice little treat but it heralded the season of […]

Can chocolate really be good for our health?

Since it’s Chocolate Week in the UK this week, we’re bound to indulge in a bar (or two) of the brown stuff. And we needn’t feel guilty: cocoa, chocolate’s main ingredient, is an excellent source of iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and zinc, and brings numerous health benefits. Here are our top seven: Blood pressure lowering: […]

Tackling back pain in children

Do you know a child or young person who regularly complains of an aching back? The focus of this year’s Back Care Awareness Week – which runs from 5 to 11 October – is back pain in children. The national back pain association BackCare is keen to highlight the causes of poor posture and associated […]

Spotlight on reflexology: using pressure points to maintain good health & wellbeing

As it’s Reflexology Week (21-27 September 2015), we thought we’d use this week’s blog post to highlight the benefits of this fascinating method of healing and the health conditions it can be used to treat. Reflexology is a holistic therapy based on the principle that certain points on the feet and hands correspond to specific […]

Complementary therapies for migraine

Migraine affects 1 in every 7 people in the UK. In this post we take a look at the therapies we offer that can help with migraine symptoms and migraine prevention which offer an alternative to prescribed and over-the-counter medication. What is migraine? A migraine is so much more than a bad headache. It’s a […]

Osteopathy for new mums

In our practice we help many women who are suffering aches and pains as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. Caring for a new baby can be physically demanding, at a time when the mother’s body is still recovering from the hormonal and postural changes of pregnancy. Mothers need to look after their own health […]

Back to school doesn’t mean a return to pain caused by poor posture

For many children and young people sitting in a classroom or at a desk at home brings about back and neck pain. As schools and colleges across the UK get ready for the start of another year, here are six ways you can help your child avoid poor posture every day of their school life. […]

Fitting exercise into your holiday routine

So you’re heading off on holiday. A chance to relax, unwind and take a break from the old routine. Exercise probably isn’t top of your holiday agenda. But if you’re taking a course of physiotherapy or osteopathy, it’s important not to let your good efforts slide, particularly in the case of strengthening or rehabilitation exercises. […]

Exercise while catching up on the housework!

Feeling bad because you didn’t get much exercise today? OK, so tell us what you did do. Chances are, if you had a day at home catching up on the housework, you’ll have been much more active than you think. Chores such as vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom, doing the laundry and mowing the lawn all […]

Two left feet? The health benefits of dance

We often tell our patients that a little bit of physical activity is better than none. For some of them, finding ways to introduce exercise into their lifestyle is tricky. Not everyone feels comfortable in a gym setting and many shy away from activities that they feel are too sporty for them. Dancing offers the […]

Fancy a cuppa? The health benefits of tea and coffee

There’s not a day goes by that we don’t see an article or tweet in our newsfeed extolling the virtues of some variety of tea or a good old fashioned cup of coffee. Here we round up the health benefits of putting the kettle on. Turning to tea Tea is the UK’s favourite drink, with […]

Tennis elbow – what actually is it?

With Wimbledon in full flow, millions of people across the world are feeling inspired to pick up a racket and head outside. We’ve been inspired to write a blog post about the injury to which tennis gives its name: tennis elbow. While a common tennis injury, tennis elbow – or Lateral Epicondylitis to give it […]

Osteopathy – it’s about more than just bad backs, you know

While many people think of osteopaths as back specialists, osteopathy treatments can be used to address a wide variety of conditions and health problems without the need for drugs or surgery. From sports injuries to digestive problems and much more in between, many people of all ages report finding osteopathy beneficial. Osteopaths ensure that the […]

A more natural treatment for hay fever

Hay fever affects one in five people in the UK. Of these hay fever sufferers 95% are allergic to grass pollen. As we enter the peak grass pollen season from June to August, that means weeks of misery for a lot of people. Hay fever, otherwise known as allergic rhinitis, is the body’s reaction to […]

Exam stress and complementary alternative medicine

It’s exam season, that time of year when plenty of young people are feeling the pressure of performing well. Some take it in their stride, but for others exams and revision weigh heavy on their young shoulders and can be a trigger for anxiety and stress. Exam stress manifests itself in various ways. Young people […]

Osteopathy in pregnancy

You’re having a baby? Congratulations! Let us help you enjoy the next nine months in comfort. Our team of osteopaths has a special interest in helping mums and babies and a wealth of experience in treating pregnant women. Our osteopaths see many expectant mothers who need help with aches and pains. Osteopathy is a safe treatment […]

Exercise: a little bit is definitely enough

Government guidelines tell us we must take at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. To someone whose busy work life and family commitments prevent them from coming close to that, it’s nothing short of demotivating. Often people feel like giving up before they’ve even started. Whenever we speak to people who feel […]

In a sedentary job? Our tips for building more activity into your day

We know too much sitting is bad for us. No newsflash there. But did you know that inactivity is the fourth biggest killer of adults in the UK? Sitting for several hours a day isn’t just bad for our spinal health. Low levels of activity affect our blood pressure and our metabolism, changing how the […]

Could ‘text neck’ be the cause of your pain?

Using a mobile phone or tablet is an everyday activity for most people – with over 35 million smartphone users in the UK and a prediction that half of us will regularly use tablets by the end of 2015. But for many it’s a pain in the neck – literally. ‘Text Neck’ is the name […]

Go easy on your back in the garden this spring

As the mercury begins to rise and we cast off our winter woollies, many of us will be getting busy in the garden to get it ready for the growing season ahead. It’s a time of year when there is so much to tidy and remove from the garden, which means lots of lifting, carrying […]

Spotlight on nutritional therapy

There is an ever growing appreciation of the role of diet in determining our level of health. If the body is not fed the high quality fuel it needs for energy, maintenance and repair, then it’s only a matter of time before it fails to run in an efficient manner. However as people learn more […]

IDD therapy: a new way to tackle your persistent back & neck pain and sciatica

We’re thrilled to have taken delivery of new computerised IDD equipment. It will help us offer patients with persistent back and neck pain a modern therapy that has proven results. What is IDD? It’s an advanced non-surgical spinal decompression programme known as Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD). It’s used to relieve lower back pain, neck pain […]

Spice up your health!

Take a look in your kitchen spice cupboard or drawer. We’ll bet you never knew the medicinal properties of those colourful drums of powder in there. It’s believed that common spices may help to protect against certain chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. These magic ingredients used in many everyday foods contain thousands of healthy […]

Why Ami says Vest is Best!

If you’ve ever been a patient of our leading osteopath Amittai Sevi, you’ll no doubt have heard him proclaim, “Vest is Best”! Here he tells us why. When it’s cold outside, it becomes much more difficult for our muscles to contract because of oxygen levels in our blood. This can lead to feelings of muscle […]

One simple step to prevent back & neck injuries in the car

It’s National Car Safety Week so we thought we’d offer our advice on preventing back and neck injuries in the car should you be involved in a car accident where another driver runs into the back of you. There’s one very simple thing you can do: adjust your headrest. That’s it. And here’s why. The […]

Start your running right

So your new year’s resolution was to take up running. You’ve started your programme and things are going fairly well, but how can you be sure you’re running right to maintain good posture and avoid injury? A poor running posture can lead to injuries anywhere from your hips to your feet. Ultimately it can cause […]

Could acupuncture hold the key to you giving up smoking for good?

For many people making New Year’s resolutions involves giving up smoking… again. Could acupuncture help you throw out the cigarettes for good this year? Studies show that most smokers attempt to quit two or three times – or sometimes more – before finally kicking the habit. When conventional methods to quit smoking have failed, smokers […]

Avoiding injury on the slopes

We’re hitting that time of year when winter sports enthusiasts hit the slopes. Since the majority of people who jet off on skiing holidays are not trained skiers, injuries are common. While skiing and snowboarding are more likely to result in injuries to the knee or the upper body, stress on the lower back can […]

Choosing a new mattress that will be kind to your back

With the average person spending around seven hours each night in bed, it’s worth making sure you’ve got the best type of mattress for your back. Sleeping on a bad mattress – those that are saggy and offer little support – can contribute to muscle stiffness and cause back pain as they usually lack support […]

Keeping colds at bay

December: such a busy time of year. And unfortunately it clashes with cold & flu season. With over 200 known viruses that cause colds, it’s pretty much impossible to prevent catching colds altogether. But there are lots of ways to reduce your chances of falling ill and to recover faster. Here’s our advice on boosting […]

Don’t let your party shoes lead to foot or back problems

Just one in 10 women wear high heeled shoes regularly. But with party season almost upon us, we reckon more ladies will be dusting off their stilettos to hit the dance floor at their festive knees-ups. Did you know that high heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women? When […]

Evidence to support osteopathic treatment of musculoskeletal pain

Research relevant to osteopathic treatment of musculoskeletal pain comes from a number of manual therapy professions, namely chiropractic and physiotherapy in addition to osteopathy. Much of the research has focused on spinal manipulation and mobilisation. You can read more about this here Visit www.ncor.org.uk for further reading

How to sit at a computer

[Accordion] STEP 1: Your Chair [Content] Push your hips as far back as they can go in the chair. Adjust the seat height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees equal to, or slightly lower than, your hips. Adjust the back of the chair to a 100°-110° reclined angle. Make sure […]

Tick tock, the exercise stops

Have you ever considered the effect of winter daylight saving time on your activity or that of your children? Experts at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Bristol have found that children’s activity levels in particular drop by 15-20% in the winter. We found this BBC News article interesting […]

We keep the dancers dancing, Strictly speaking

As the nation spends its Saturday nights watching sequin-encrusted celebrities take to the BBC dancefloor, have you ever thought about the people behind the scenes who keep the dancers dancing? As any dancer will tell you, it’s incredibly common to pick up injuries or have recurrent pains. Dancing can be an extremely strenuous activity – […]

Back to school – helping your child avoid back and neck problems

A raft of text books, a sports kit, perhaps a musical instrument too, then lunch, drinks and snacks – our children often have a lot of weight to carry around each day of their school lives. It’s no wonder some complain of back pain or suffer poor posture. If your child carries a backpack, make […]

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