Is All Sciatica The Same?

We commonly see patients in clinic presenting with sciatic pain – a deep, gnawing pain down the buttock, into the back of the leg, sometimes electric, shooting or stabbing. It can occur with or without lower back pain, and with or without…

The Slipped Disc

A lady I met a few days ago said, “I’ve got a slipped disc, and no massage is going to fix that.” When people pick up their MRI scan results, they don’t get a full explanation of what living with a disc herniation actually entails…

Spanish Chicken Tray Bake

This is one of my Dad’s creations – all in one tray, the chorizo creates the dish’s sauce as it melts and releases spicy oil into the pan. This one needs very little attention in the oven, so although the cooking time is longer, it’s…

Warming Chicken Casserole

This is a firm favourite for cold winter evenings. It has a bit of a spicy kick from the mustard, but not strong enough to offend delicate taste buds! It can be eaten alone, or piled high on the side with other vegetables like broccoli or cabbage.   Per…

Fibromyalgia - The Lady Gaga Disease

Let’s start off by saying that fibromyalgia has been around for much longer than Lady Gaga has been suffering it’s effects. But when she released her Netflix documentary earlier this year, “Gaga: Five Foot Two” launched the disease into…

Irina Billingham Yoga

Irina’s yoga classes are the best in Sutton Coldfield. Fact.   When you first arrive, there’s a bit of Irina’s regular relaxed chat to greet you – stories from the last class, comments on everyone’s progression, and a few…

Comforting Autumn Pasta

This is a bit of a throw it together meal; cooked and enjoyed on a Friday night with my best friend. Loaded with veggies, and good fats from the cheese and oil – it’s healthier than you might think.   Per person you will need; 100g…

The Sunshine Vitamin

As we come into the colder months, a hot topic in health care is Vitamin D. In the UK, the poor weather is one of our favourite talking points, but could it be impacting on our health? Everyone knows that Vitamin D is particularly important…

Osteopathy for Older People

This is a subject very close to my heart – at university I wrote my dissertation on the health of Older Adults and an Osteopath’s ability to care for them. As we get older, our bodies need a little bit more looking after; like an amazing…

The Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is the go-to exercise of many back pain sufferers; they swear by it’s power to engage, tone and reshape the core of the body, and to teach them proper spinal posture. But what actually is Pilates? And what is it about Pilates that…

Osteopathy for Golfers

Golfers are among the most fanatical patients we treat in clinic. If their game is going badly, it’s the end of days – if you take some numbers off their handicap you’re the hero of the hour. There are few sports that require the concentration…

Do I need an MRI?

This is question we get a lot in clinic – a patient may come in with a simple mechanical lower back pain, and because it is new to them, and they are worried about their diagnosis, they want an MRI to be sure. The problem is, of course, MRI…

The Benefits of Sports Tape

Most people will recognise sports taping after the most recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where many athletes performed with thick stripes of blue, pink and green down their arms and legs. To the average TV viewer, they might look more…

Paddle Boarding in Tamworth

The first time I went to Cliff Lakes to try paddle boarding, it was under duress from my Pilates teacher, Clare Watts of the Pilates Lounge in Sutton Coldfield. “You’ve got to try this; you’re going to love it!” she said. Pilates is…

Summer Butternut Salad

This is one of my favourite salad recipes – hearty enough to be a full meal on it’s own, but equally great with a BBQ. The first time I had a salad like this, I was at a (slightly damp) BBQ with my friend Leanne, who is originally from…