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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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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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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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Will your survive or enjoy the Christmas break with the kids?

Are you Christmas ready?The children have been hyped up by Christmas plays, carol services, fairs, and end of term parties, they are highly excited by the celebrations to come, what are your plans? Christmas lunch with the relatives, sleep overs 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...
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Tips on how to survive Christmas shopping.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday - so many of us now do our Christmas shopping online. It seems so much easier to sit on your sofa & scour all the deals on offer to find that top of the list desirable present for your loved ones, however the age of technology should come with a health warning. Christmas Shopping in the Past Before Christmas become a commercial event we would head out in to th...
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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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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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