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National Gardening Week 30th April – 6th May – Health Benefits of Gardening

For some people gardening is a passion, for others it is a chore that gets put off until it really has to be done. However the satisfaction and sense of well being at the end of a hard day doesn't just come from looking at a tidy garden, but also from having spent time outside engaging in physical activity. There are many benefits that come from gardening, however the benefits for health are not a...
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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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Party season – Stretch out Exercises

Tis the season to be merry and with it comes the Christmas parties. For many it is the only occasion that they are likely to be dragged on to the dance floor by a well meaning colleague, and for others it is an opportunity to show off some serious skills. However often with the party comes alcohol and a freedom of inhibitions. As a result many will wake up wondering what on earth they were doing o...
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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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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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Cycling – advice to help you prepare for your rides

Both Danny and I are supporting long distance cycle rides this weekend, providing osteopathic treatment as the cyclists proceed along their route, to ensure that they can keep those wheels turning.Most of these cyclists are not members of cycling clubs, and don't cycle these sorts of distance regularly, so we have prepared a guide on the sorts of exercises and stretches that they should be doi...
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