National Fitness Day – 27th of September

With every year that passes, we learn more about why it’s important to stay fit in the years ahead. If we’re to stay in good shape as we age and stave off common medical conditions, the best way to do this is to keep moving. In turn, the best way to keep moving is to...

The Astonishingly Simple Battle: Choosing Heat or Ice

There is an enormous amount of confusion about the use of heat or ice in different kinds of pain.  The confusion is made worse by all of the marketing guff on the brightly coloured packets at the local pharmacy.  It is a shame it has been made so complicated.  It's...

Pillow Talk

Your old manky pillow needs replacing.  How do you choose a new one? Testing pillows in a shop So you know what kind of sleeper you are, and you've gone to the shop. You are sorting through pillows that fit your budget.  You've got a few in front of you. Which one do...

Arthritis from Food Poisoning or Unprotected Sex?

Of course, we’ve all heard the term ‘arthritis’ but do you know about reactive arthritis and how it can affect the body? Did you know you can get arthritis from food poisoning or unprotected sex? The term ‘reactive’ implies a response to something - in this case it is...

Crushing Monster Headaches: Migraines and Osteopathy

What is a Migraine? According to a recent study, around 20% of all headaches are migraines and for those who experience them often you’ll know they are more than ‘just a headache’.   Migraine is not 'just a headache' but a debilitating and complex neurovascular...

Get to the Point – Injection Therapies

Tendinopathies are not uncommon and are often a consequence of overuse or degeneration/wear and tear.  Tendinopathy pain can interfere with everyday life depending on what tendon is involved, and so a lot of research has been done to look at what is special about...

Come here, lay down, and get excited

Osteopaths aren't nosy - it might seem so because it's often important for us to know how happy you are in your bed.  Not getting good sleep is bad for your body, bad for your mind, and bad for your emotional health. Sleeping habits and sleep quality can significantly...

5 Real Reasons to NOT see me as your osteopath

Will it be a good match? What are they like? Will it really help? There are a lot of legitimate reasons people don't book in to see me.  I understand that making a first appointment with someone new can be difficult.  I'm here to help! The first one is a biggie! You...

High Hamstring Tendinopathy

This is an update on an article originally written in May 2014 Running downhill?  Sprints?  New to interval training?  Got a pain in your backside? Is it pretty much 'on the spot', and in one place? Does it hurt when you get out of bed?  Does it hurt when you stretch?...

NICE guidelines revision for low back pain and sciatica

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence sets standards for medical assessment and treatment excellence in the UK.  NICE regularly reviews treatments for a wide variety of conditions and provides guidance for all healthcare professionals which should be followed...