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…

Why People Fail at the Gym

Setting yourself a fitness goal is one thing, but achieving it is quite the other. So many people join the gym with the best intentions, and six months later they’ve made no progress. They weigh the same, they look the same, they feel the…

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…

Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a general term used to describe pain in muscles and tendons from a repetitive action, commonly in the forearms and hands. In a nutshell, repetitive strain injury is a diagnosis by exclusion. The problem is that…

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…

The Truth About Paleo

What is the Paleo Diet? Paleo is short for Paleolithic Era, which was approximately 2.5 million years ago, long before farming and agriculture. At this time people would only be able to obtain nutrition from their surroundings. It's thought…

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…

Avoiding Football Injuries

It’s preseason and we’re starting to see some common football injuries coming into clinic. These patients are at risk of binning the season before it’s even started – so here are some common football pitfalls and how to avoid them.   Hamstring…

Three Years

On Friday 4th August 2017, our clinic celebrates the third anniversary of it’s very first patient appointment. What started out as a single room above a vacant shop on Boldmere High Street, has quickly turned into a centre of activity and…

3 things you didn't know about Arthritis

It's incredibly common, but here are 3 things you perhaps didn’t know about Arthritis... 1.) Not all Arthritis is the same There are actually over 100 different kinds of arthritic conditions, so not everyone with arthritis experiences…

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…