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National Gardening Week 30th April – 6th May – Tips To Stay Fit Whilst Gardening

Unseasonal weather over the last few weeks, an early short summer burst, followed by a significant drop in temperature, torrential rain, and a forecasted upturn in the weather over the Bank Holiday weekend, has led to truly British conversations this week in clinic - all about the weather and the speed the weeds are growing. So many of my patients are off to garden centres over the next few days, ...
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Low Back Pain – Are you getting the right treatment?

I am sure you have seen over the last few days that many of the papers and news programmes are picking up on the recent papers published by the Lancet regarding the management of low back pain.Low back pain has now been listed as the leading cause of disability world wide, with evidence suggesting 1 in 4 of us are affected at any one time. In most cases low back pain lasts a relatively short a...
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Just Play. Have Fun. Enjoy the Game.

The above quote is one from Michael Jordan. Over the years I have played hundreds of games of hockey, most of which I can say I enjoyed, many of which were fun. But there were few I "just played". There was always a competitive edge. Robin Gollan Memorial Trophy Fun This weekend the kids and I wrapped up warm and cycled over to the Burnt Ash Hockey Club to support my partner and his old Wellcome...
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Susan’s Story – How Osteopathy Helped Her

A busy life caring for others  Susan was working 3 days a week in a dentistry clinic as a receptionist, often sitting at her desk all day long, on her day's off she would visit her mum a couple of times a week. Her mum was wheelchair bound and slowly deteriorating as a result of her dementia and immobility. Susan would do the housework, take mum shopping and to appointments. In addition ...
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Tips to ensure your Desk works for you

Does your desk work for you? By identifying the key ways in which you use your desk space you, can ensure that the tools you need are closest to you, and are right for the job you do. Many graphic designers, architects, games designers will work with 2 or more large screens to ensure that they can see the small details that they are working on. For a call centre worker they should wear a head set...
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Tips to ensure your office chair is set up correctly

A very generous patient delighted me - they presented me with a proper ergonomic desk chair. Until now I have been using a saddle stool, which helps my posture when I am working with a patient, but  I don't find it comfortable if I have to sit at my desk for any length of time.I regularly see patients who are suffering from pain due to their work environment, and will advise them on how best t...
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Posture tips for Christmas chefs

Are you cooking the Christmas lunch this year? Or baking lots of mince pies? Then think about your posture. Standing in the kitchen for long periods can cause lots of discomfort. Your feet, legs, back and neck are all vulnerable if you don't ensure you are properly prepared for action Wear the right shoes.  Standing for long periods means your feet need to have the right support. Comfor...
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Will your survive or enjoy the Christmas break with the kids?

Are you Christmas ready?The children have been hyped up by Christmas plays, carol services, fairs, and end of term parties, they are highly excited by the celebrations to come, what are your plans? Christmas lunch with the relatives, sleep overs or days at home are so much easier with a few simple preparations. Here are some tips to help survive the excitement Plan some down...
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Healthy Mince Pies and other Christmas Treats

I love to make Christmas treats with my children, however it is very easy to succumb to the delicious smells that drift from the kitchen. So I have found a couple of healthy alternatives to share which will help to reduce the calorie intake this year. Healthy Mince pies - serves approx 20 If you are keen to make your mince pies healthier there are 2 ways to achieve this  - make your own mincemea...
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Smoothies to help your recover from your Christmas fun

Smoothies can help to give you the extra boost to help you recover from your Christmas excesses or to give you the start to a busy day, shopping, cooking or partying. Below are some tips to ensure you make the most of your smoothies, and a couple of recipes to try. Tips for making smoothies However the key is to try not to add too many extras to sweeten the fruit and veg you add in. Use nu...
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