Breast Feeding Week

How can an Osteopath help with breast feeding? When I speak about how an Osteopath can help a baby, it often sounds unusual as why would a baby need an osteopathic treatment, why would they be in pain when they are so young. Sometimes…

Painful Runner's Knee

Running is a great way of increasing your fitness, by helping to improve your cardio-vascular fitness, enhancing muscle tone and even making us feel good and reduce stress by releasing hormones called endorphins. However, running can be…

Why does my child tip-toe?

I often see children in clinic who struggle to walk with the feet flat and find it easier to walk on their tip toes without any contact with the floor with their heels. This is very common and will usually resolve once a child starts walking…

Ice or Heat?

A common question I get asked is what should I use ice or heat after an injury? But what happens when you use ice and heat? Ice and heat effects are bodies differently by affecting the blood vessels. When we use ice our blood vessels constrict…

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are a common occurrence in our day to lives usually which are accompanied with neck pain. Tension headaches can also be known as cervicogenic headaches occurring from tension from your neck leading to a headache.   Symptoms…

Samatha's Sports Taping Course

On 12th February I attended a kinesiology taping master class course by John Gibbons at University Sport, Oxford, this course was designed to teach qualified physical therapists a new skill when assessing, treating and rehabilitating injuries. This…

Paediatric Osteopathy; Honing My Skills

On 10th February I attended a paediatric course titled the miserable Baby at the London School of Osteopathy by Miranda Clayton. As the title of this course suggests we discussed subjects around the topic of why a new born baby may be unhappy…

Healthy Dog Walking

It’s January the start of a new year and the thoughts of Improving health and fitness. Improving fitness doesn’t always mean going to the gym or preparing for a marathon… it can mean starting to move more and incorporating small exercise…

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 done for…

Avoiding Back Pain on Long Flights

Over the summer a common question I’ve been asked in clinic is how I can avoid being uncomfortable whilst sitting on a plane.   After recently coming back from a long-haul flight myself, it was time to take some of my own advice…

Osteopathy for Babies

Our fantastic receptionist Kathryn has been on maternity leave following the birth of her second baby this summer. We haven’t been given much chance to miss our Kathryn yet though, because she whipped Baby Joey straight into clinic to see…

Plantar Fasciitis 101

Plantar fasciitis also known as ‘Policeman’s Heel’ is one of the most common causes of heel pain.   What symptoms can plantar fasciitis cause? Sharp pain or a dull ache and stiffness in your heel or the base of your foot. …

#thisgirlcan - Back to Watersports

After having a canoeing injury and starting university both at similar times, I moved away from sport and threw myself into my studies. After finishing University last summer, I decided it was time and the perfect opportunity to get back…

What is Gout?

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis, which is extremely painful giving intense, acute pain making joints become swollen, hot, red and shiny.   The pain can be so painful that even light touch or the touch of a bed sheet can cause…