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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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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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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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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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World Spine Day 2017 – “Your Back In Action”

Millions of people in all continents of the world suffer with spinal disorders. These can include low back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease, to name but a few. Spinal pain and disability can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, sometimes preventing them from working or even doing simple daily activities.Research has demonstrated that poor posture and inactivity are m...
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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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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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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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