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Exercises for Christmas Shopping Aches & Pains

Last month I wrote a blog on the Evolution of Christmas Shopping and suggested some tips on how to survive the seasonal splurge. If you do have a long day pounding the pavements or the shopping centres planned, hopefully you will wear some comfortable shoes, but if you spend longer out shopping than you are used to, you may well have achy backs, arms, legs and feet. Whilst it is tempting to sit do...
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Exercises for Autumn Gardening

For many the thought of getting the garden ready for the winter or sweeping up the autumn leaf fall is hard work. However there are many benefits to this free physical activity. Follow our tips (here) and exercises below to make it a less physically challenge activity. Warm up for autumn gardening Make sure you warm up first - a 15 minute walk or jog, and the stretching exercises below will ensu...
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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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The weather is changing, can you really feel it in your bones?

Ok it isn't snowing yet, but many of my patients are telling me that as the weather changes the pain in their joints is flaring up. Is this an old wives tale?Scientists have been trying to understand how the weather can affect arthritic pain for thousands of years, Hippocrates in 400BC wrote about the effect of wind and rain on chronic disease. Whilst there is no scientific agreement as to...
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National Arthritis Week 9-16th October 2017

It is National Arthritis Week – and Arthritis Research are talking about the “Nation’s Joint Problem”. 10,000,000 adults are affected by arthritis in the UK.[1] Arthritis is often a hidden condition for which there is no cure. What is Arthritis? Arthritis means that there is inflammation in one or more joints. However not all inflammation is bad, it is the body’s way of healing itself, so if...
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Back Care Awareness Week – Tips for improving posture & reducing back pain

A quarter of all children will complain of back or neck pain regularly. This is often due to poor posture, or carrying heavy school bags. If we can encourage them to look after their backs now, then they will be less likely to experience back problems in the future.Children benefit from the fact that generally they heal faster than adults and that they are naturally more active. However it is ...
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Back Care Awareness Week – 2nd – 6th October

Back Pain in Education The annual Back Care Awareness Week, run by BackCare, the UK’s leading charity for those impacted by back or neck pain, is to take place between 2 and 6 October.The theme this year is Back Pain in Education.Back pain is one of the top common causes of absence from work throughout the country. It costs the UK economy around £15 billion every year as over four mil...
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Exercises for Hockey Players – Start of Season

Pre Season Training ??? As an ex hockey player I remember the joy at this time of year that the season was starting again. After a summer off hockey I was always more than ready to play again. However I also dreaded that first couple of games, in those days we didn't do pre-season training (apart from maybe in the bar, or at a friends for a BBQ), instead the first time we would pick up a stick in...
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First Aid tips for low back pain

You have back painDo any of these sound familiar? Are you doing the sock dance (struggling to get your clothes on because you can't bend) in the morning? Struggling to get out of the car after a 20 minutes drive? Staggering around like a 90 year old after resting for a few minutes?You have back pain. 49% of UK adults have back pain for at least 24 hours in a year. F...
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Spikey Massage Balls – Instruments of torture or an essential part of your first aid kit.

  I love SPIKEY MASSAGE BALLS I was introduced to spikey massage balls by my wonderful pilates teacher Ismini Phillips . Initially we mainly used them to help loosen off the bottom of our feet at the start of our pilates classes - agonising bliss to start with, but you soon get used to it, and your feet feel amazing afterwards. Then we started to use them to loosen off tight shoulders, low backs...
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