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Be moved; get moving, or how to get active at work

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The health deficits of sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day has recently been compared to that of smoking and despite the obvious headline grabbing appeal of that statement, many studies now show that being sedentary increases the risk of many common health problems, not only obvious ones like obesity, heart disease and joint pain but also some less obvious like type 2 diabetes, cancer or depression. Astonishingly these health deficits have also been shown in adults who exercise a great deal (over 5 hours a week). It’s important to remember, like all these types of health issues, that...

Stress and a two pronged way to beat it.

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Stress and a two pronged way to beat it. ‘Stress’ is a word I hear often as an osteopath and its effects manifest in a variety of ways in patients. We may all be aware of ‘classic’ stress related diseases; ulcers, high blood pressure, skin disorders or sexual dysfunction, but it is also implicated with the manifestation of seemingly ‘ordinary’ illness – the common cold or back ache. Stress can make the body both more susceptible to ill-ness, and it also makes it more sensitive to it too; not only are we more likely to hurt our back or catch a cold, it is likely to be...

Stretching; the truth

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

As an osteopath, one of the most common things I get asked about when the subject of exercise comes up is about stretching. Everyone seems to know they should stretch yet there is a surprising amount of confusion about some of the foundations and goals of what stretching should achieve.  However one thing which people seemingly all know is they need to stretch either before or after exercise or both. The confusion is understandable given the seemingly contradictory advice given and indeed this is underlined by the fact that the clinical evidence also seems to say either stretching is either...

Spinal injuries at zero mph

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

  Sitting in a chair seems to be much less dangerous than playing rugby or sky-diving and yet this is where many people cause themselves pain and injury. Office workers can spend up to a 3rd of their lives sitting at a desk hunched up, hands hovering over a keyboard, neck craning at a screen. The body – which is designed for flowing, graceful movement and in fact thrives and is kept healthy by that movement – struggles to cope.  Uncomfortable postures get repeated day after day and slowly lead to discomfort and pain. As osteopaths we see a lot of office workers complaining of...

The soleless art of running

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

A combination of New Year fitness resolve and the upcoming London Marathon is starting to bring the usual Feb / March increase in running injuries and performance boost queries.   One piece of advice I seem to get asked about more year on year is on barefoot running – what is it? What are the advantages? How do I start doing it without injury?     There are two main considerations when thinking about barefoot running versus ‘conventional’ running;   How much support does the runner’s footwear give to the foot, especially during impact with the...

Why does my back hurt?

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

As an osteopath around 50% of the patients I see are seeking treatment for spinal pain.  One of the most difficult things not only to understand but to explain is why spinal pain is so severe when there seems to be no ‘damage’; that is damage which can be seen when the affected spine has an MRI scan or an X-Ray. There are many types of back pain and they fall into two rough categories – ‘specific’ and ‘non-specific’.  The specific types include; Trauma, such as fracture or whiplash Serious disk injuries, such as a herniation Inflammatory diseases...