The Problem with Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain seems to be one of the most prevalent health complaints of adults in the UK. In fact, it was named the leading cause of disability world-wide in 2010. It is the second most common reason that we visit our GP, and the most common…

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is the recurring plague of many of our sports-people patients. If it doesn’t prevent them from perusing their sport entirely, the often chronic nature of this condition slows their progression and blights their performance.   What…

Weights VS Cardio for Fat Loss

For years we’ve been told that cardio is the best way to lose weight. The main reason explained is because it keeps us in the “fat burning zone” heart rate. The reason for this, is because exercise such as walking or jogging uses our aerobic…

See you at the Barre

Hands down (on the floor for planking) this is my favourite work out. When I tell my patients I go to a "grown-ups ballet class" every week, they look at me like I may have just gone mad. Yes, it's not your average grown lady pursuit, but in…
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Occipital Neuralgia

Occipital neuralgia is one of the many kinds of headaches people can present with in the clinic. This one in particular is common for osteopaths to see, as it often has a musculoskeletal cause.   The occipital nerve exits the spine at the…
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Michelle's Pregnancy

I had my first baby last year and had some pelvic pain through the 2nd and 3rd trimester. Because of my work as a massage therapist and walking my dogs every day,it put a lot of pressure on my pelvis as my bump increased. I love to be active…
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Are Pre-workout Supplements Worth the Hype?

If you’re deciding to look at pre-workout supplements, it probably means that you’re being pretty serious with your gym goals and with the amount of people taking it and businesses trying to sell it, it must work; right? For the most…

Celebrity Health Books - Hits and Misses

The media has an unprecedented interest in health at the moment; from bloggers and actresses, to radio DJs, it seems a different celebrity brings out a healthy lifestyle book every other week. Here, we cut through the ghost-written nonsense…

Time for a new Sport?

In general I like to encourage people to become more active and I really do not think that there is an age limit for doing sports. The benefits of exercise are so plentiful and generally well known that I feel a little silly for even considering…
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A Bit More Fit with a Fitbit?

I have been thinking about the usefulness of smart watches recently because I can see various patients wear them. A few have reported really feeling more in charge of their activities. They mention that it encourages them to exercise more as…