Self-Care at Christmas

December is a notorious time for poor health – with the festive parties, more eating and drinking, next-to-no daylight and flu season in full swing, it’s no wonder most of us feel pretty grotty by the time it’s over. Here are my top…

Psycle London

While I was in London on a course recently, I decided to make sure I got some exercise by booking into some classes. There is an abundance of boutique style fitness studios in London to choose from, so I took to social media to investigate my…

Emily at the King’s College Dissecting Lab

All Osteopaths must complete additional studies each year in order to maintain their legal registration in the UK. This is great, because it means that all registered osteopaths are responsible for keeping their knowledge up to date. As part…

Steroid Injections for Joint Pain

“If I get a steroid injection will it be beneficial?” This is a common question I get asked in clinic. So here are my thoughts regarding steroid injections and I mean corticosteroid injections - although as an Osteopath I do not administer…

Pain-free Christmas Wrapping

The Ergonomics of Christmas Wrapping   With Christmas just around the corner, it’s that time to start helping Santa and wrapping the presents.  Which can be a big job and require a lot of time being in one position to get them all…

 Lower Back Pain and Christmas

Christmas is an unlikely nightmare for people suffering with lower back pain. Traipsing around the shopping centre, high heel wearing, and standing for long hours at parties or after work drinks can all be problematic. There are some pro…

Erdington Food Bank Festive Appeal

Every year, our practitioners are lucky enough to receive some extra little goodies from their patients – chocolates, biscuits… maybe even a cheeky bottle of wine? Last year, we felt so spoiled, that we just couldn’t accept any more…

Arthritis and the Cold

Damp, cold weather has been known to exacerbate the painful symptoms of arthritis. We’re not sure why this happens; science’s best theories relate to barometric pressure causing soft tissues like ligaments and tendons to expand… It might…

Looking after your back in Ski Season

Ski season is upon us, and it won’t be long till our patients will be trudging back home to Sutton Coldfield with all sorts of glorious injuries for our team of osteopaths and sports therapists to get stuck into! In the meantime, if you’re…

Stretches, Exercises and Rehabilitation

We’re all guilty of being more sedentary these days, especially when we’re in pain. Patients often forget to do their rehabilitation exercises, or find the discomfort of moving off-putting. Here’s why a little movement will serve your…

The Inside Guide to Ankle Injuries

We’ve all gone over on our ankles once or twice, on slippery ice, or on the sports pitch… My favourite stories are the patients who have a “merry” tumble (one lady in clinic recently went over and saved every drop of a glass of summer…

Winter Workout Motivation

Although this winter has been particularly mild, the dark, cold, wet weather is upon us and starting to interfere with our workouts!  The clocks have gone back, so any outdoor fitness is difficult, and even if you muster the courage against…

Muscle Recovery Made Easy

If you’re working out regularly, you may come to a point where your muscles let you down. Your breathing is strong, you ate well, and nothing hurts… but you feel like there’s no energy in your muscles to power your work out. This is…

Overcoming Stress

In the beginning, stress was a great invention concocted by evolution to keep us alive. Stress can stop us from making silly decisions that lead to death, get us to run faster away from a predator, or keep us alive after a traumatic injury.…

2018 Patient Survey Results

We’ve been undertaking a survey in clinic over the last few weeks to find out more about our patient’s experience of treatment. How do our patients hear about us? How do they relate to their practitioners, and do they get the results from…