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Exercises for people working from home

Here a few of my favourite exercises for you whilst you are working from home. These are from Rehab My Patient which I use to give my patients access to videos and advice on how to do the exercises I prescribe.Stretching your neckBend your neck forwards, and then side-bend your neck by taking your left ear towards your left shoulder. Hold on to a chair to make the stretch stronger. ...
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Self Isolating or Social Distancing & Working from Home

For some working from home has been an option for many years and they have an appropriate work space and a good desk set up. For others this is the first time that they have had to work from home. Hopefully the following tips and advice will minimise the impact on your home life and make work slightly more comfortableWhere to work?If at all possible a separate room that you can use t...
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Coping with sudden pain on my wedding day

I finally was getting married (end of December last year - almost a month ago - wow). I went to bed beginning to feel excited about the next day, 3 months of planning had come together, family had arrived from Australia and we had celebrated Christmas together for the first time in 6 years. More family and friends had tackled the M25, M3 & A303 and were safely ensconced in their beds. Tomorro...
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Avoid the pain of Christmas Wrapping – Postural tips

We have all done it, piled the presents around us, popped on our favourite Christmas film or music, grabbed mince pie and a mulled wine or hot chocolate and settled down for a present wrapping session. More often than not all the preparation is about the tools we need to do the job at hand (as well as treats to keep going). However we often forget the main tool we need - our body, & instead ju...
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Tips on how to survive Christmas shopping.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday - so many of us now do our Christmas shopping online. It seems so much easier to sit on your sofa & scour all the deals on offer to find that top of the list desirable present for your loved ones, however the age of technology should come with a health warning. Christmas Shopping in the Past Before Christmas become a commercial event we would head out in to the sh...
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The health benefits of a dog

 Halo - my exercise buddyThis gorgeous young pup joined us in December from a Greek rescue charity. I apologise to all my patients who have heard all about him, and have had regular updates. We adore him, and have benefited so much since he has joined our family.Getting active with a dogApart from the obvious need to regularly exercise a dog, (most need at least ha...
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Mum knows best – Mother’s Day 31st March – Don’t forget

I am sure that there will have been many occasions when you ran to your Mum (Gran, Nan, Aunt, big sister) crying because you had hurt yourself. Their automatic response will have been to ask what happened, check it over, rub it better and give you a hug. Perhaps if it was a bigger bump they may have applied a cold compress, or if it was a strain wrapped a bandage around it. In most cases that wo...
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Tips for Older Adults with Back Pain

Back Care Awareness Week - Tips for Older Adults For those of you who read my previous blog you will know that there is a lack of awareness of the impact back pain on older adults, its causes and the best management approaches. I promised I would write more about this, this week, so here we go. I am focusing on tips to help you manage your back pain as that is why I am sure most of you have found...
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World Mental Health Day 11th Oct 2018

Mental Health & Loneliness Whilst I have been writing my blog for BackCare Week about back pain in older adults and tips to help, I have also been listening to a Radio 4 programme on loneliness. One of the simple messages was BE KIND. A small act of kindness can make a difference to someone who is lonely - a smile, holding the door open, saying "Hello". All of these actions remind people th...
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Back Care Awareness Week 2018

Back Pain in Older Adults.The charity Back Care has chosen the theme Back Pain in Older Adults to highlight the lack of awareness regarding back pain causes and effects particularly in older adults. Lower back pain is often due to physical and psychosocial changes that are age related, and can result in a health condition which is particularly disabling in older adults."Existing evidence...
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