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Take a deep breath

Breathing through the COVID 19We all know that the COVID 19 causes a persistent cough and shortness of breath.One of the most important thing to help minimise the impact of the virus on the lungs is to ensure that you are breathing properly.Many of us are not breathing with our primary muscles of respiration and so may find that we suffer from additional muscular aches and pai...
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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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What education and training do osteopaths do?

I'm looking forward to catching up with colleagues today when I go back to college to learn more about how the original osteopath Andrew Taylor Still practised osteopathy combining historical, philosophical, and clinical information to practice osteopathic manipulation.Patients often ask me about my training. I trained at the British School of Osteopathy - now called University College...
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Happy Halloween – Health Benefits of Pumpkins

If your kids love carving pumpkins then this year why not try something different with the flesh you remove. Pumpkins make good additions to both sweet and savoury dishes and can be  roasted, pureed or baked. There are a number of health benefits associated with pumpkins as they contain antioxidants and are rich in vitamins and minerals.Nutritional Values in Pumpkin In just 245g of mashed p...
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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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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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