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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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Tips for choosing the right party shoes

Party Time Shoes So you have chosen the right outfit for your work Christmas party, or for Christmas Day, but you still have to find that perfect pair of shoes. If like me it is a rare occurrence that you wear anything other than your comfortable trainers or flats, then the thought of wearing anything more formal can fill you with dread. After all several hours in a pair of uncomfortabl...
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An Osteopathic Advent Calendar of Tips, Advice, Exercises & Recipes

We all love a good Advent Calendar & this year there are so many on offer, from the traditional picture calendars to those that offer all sorts of goodies.So to take a healthier approach I thought I could share a calendar of advice, tips, exercises and recipes, all aimed at a healthy festive period.Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out what is hidden behind each door ...
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Tips for autumn gardening

As the frosts settle in, and the wind blows there is plenty of leaf clearing to be done.  At this time of year we become less inclined to get out into the fresh air, the cold, wind and rain quickly encourage us to stay inside, as a result it wont take long to lose physical strength & tone if we don't use our bodies. Those leaves present an excellent opportunity for some physical activity and f...
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Do you know why I love Osteopathy?

I have been challenged to reveal something unusual about myself that can help explain my love of osteopathy. Scouting & CycloCross. As a keen Venture Scout many years ago, I used to race CycloCross. Not on a purpose-built mountain bike, with specialist safety equipment, but on an old police bike, with a skate board helmet and if I was lucky some knee pads. In those days I hurled myself down ...
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Back to School Tips to Avoid Homework Stress.

Excess energy after school Having had a summer of freedom and activity, now it’s back to routine, rules, and restrictions. This can cause problems in the first few weeks back at school. For those children who need to burn energy the requirement to sit still, listen and concentrate is very difficult, and unfortunately there are limited opportunities to move to burn off excess energy. However the k...
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Tips for Surviving the Summer Holidays

Are you prepared to enjoy the summer? The schools are kicking out for the summer, the children are highly excited at the prospect of 6 weeks (or more off), what are your plans? Days out at the beach, visiting local attractions 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 time initially The kids are exha...
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Splashing around the cool way to exercise – by Jackie Gowland

This weather is amazing, and the evenings are longer which makes it so much easier to get out and exercise. A walk in the evening after work can help clear your head and download the stresses of the day. Cool Exercise But I definitely need to cool off, and what better way to do so than to have a water fight with the kids or to splash around in the paddling pool. We have been so lucky this summer...
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Sports Day – the Parent’s Race – by Jackie Gowland

It is that time of year when those keen parents decide to show their kids how it’s done at sports day. As an osteopath, this is one event I am happy to sit back and watch, (and think about those hamstring or ankle strains). Well here are a few of those parents that you may recognise from the parents race, and a few tips on how to survive it. The Parents Race Competitors The pro runner – thes...
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Camping – a secret way to exercise whilst having fun – by Jackie Gowland

Camping is one of my favourite ways to be physically active at this time of year. The kids love it and are outside, even in the pouring rain not realising that everything they do is improving their health. Technology is kept to a minimum, for those meltdown moments when they are exhausted after hours in the fresh air or for the early mornings when the sun has woken them up (after all grumpy mu...
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