Articles by our osteopaths and other experts

We have written lots of articles on osteopathy and other services we offer, as well as generally keeping fit and healthy and avoiding injury. We hope you find them helpful. If there is anything you need further information or advice on, or you have ideas for an article you would like to see us write, please get in touch.

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3 Mental Models That Keep Me Sane

Although I normally fill this page with advice about how to look after your physical wellbeing and reduce pain, in recent weeks my most notable struggles with health have been in the mind.   I like to think of health like a circle.…

What pillow should you use? And other questions to an osteopath...

With so much information at our fingertips these days, looking after our health can be confusing.   As an osteopath, part of my job is to help people navigate this landscape (or 'minefield', depending on your level of confusion!)…
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Runner's Knee Rehab Tips

Runner's Knee can affect runners of all abilities and can be one of the more frustrating injuries. Confusingly, Runner's Knee is a term that refers to one of two problems; iliotibial band friction syndrome (ITBFS), or patellofemoral syndrome. ITBFS…
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Why Forté Physical Health is the best answer for you

Find out why we are probably the best answer for you if you are in pain, have restricted movement or just want to take control of your health and wellness. Plus - get our free Guide to Osteopathy. https://fortephysicalhealth.co.uk/service-categories/ Here…
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Pigeon Pose Tips and Tricks

Benefits of the pigeon pose The pigeon pose is one of my favourite stretches! I call it a 'keystone stretch' because the pigeon pose helps to unlock so many things. The stretch primarily targets the glutes and the piriformis, but it will…
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Groin Strain – How to manage it

What is a groin strain? We know that having a groin strain is incredibly frustrating. It is an injury to the adductor muscles and tendons, which are along the inside of your thigh. Groin strains are common in sports that require a sudden…
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Pain in the Lower Back - My Top 5 Tips

The statistics say that 80% of us will experience lower back pain in our lifetime, which is a lot, but I'm sure it must be more! Maybe I have a skewed perspective of reality because I'm an osteopath - everyone I see has (or had) a problem,…

To Change Your Health, Change Your Environment

Last week, I hit rock bottom. I'm writing this on the Easter weekend, which is normally a time I like to indulge a little (okay, a lot!) with chocolate, but this year I couldn't. When Pancake Day came around and Lent was about to begin,…
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Myths of Painful Backs (Revisited)

Just over a year ago I wrote an article for this magazine titled 'The Myths of Back Pain'. In it, I discussed how it is okay to twist and bend despite all the health and safety advice, why you should be lifting heavy weights as part of your…
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3 Tips For A Healthy Christmas

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!!! We are nearly there! I hope you have not been too frantic in the lead-up to Christmas and have managed to enjoy some quality time with your friends and family. Christmas is a time for family, rest and a few…

Christmas and Health

Hmmm Christmas and health, Christmas and health, Christmas and health ... nope, I can't link the two.   There's something about being human that makes us want to let loose a couple of times a year and gorge on all the naughty things. I'm…

Why Don't We Do the Things We Know to Be Good for Us?

I'm currently reaping the benefits of a low sugar month which I am doing in conjunction with my '30 Day Habits' group which I run in Facebook. I have a clearer head, better sleep, I've leaned up a little and my running feels better.   I…
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Using Habits to Avoid Pain

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Will Durant   In my job as an osteopath, in the last ten years I have had the pleasure of treating people from all walks of life. I have treated professional…
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How to Treat Plantar Facsiitis

Plantar fasciitis is a relatively common condition which causes pain underneath the heel and foot. The plantar fascia is a thick connective tissue which passes from the heel to the tips of the toes and it provides attachment points for the…
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'Wear and Tear'? Don't worry about it!

We all love a rhyme. Rhymes and alliteration, in fact. Evolutionary psychologists put it down to the fact that humans passed knowledge through the generations by telling stories. Our lives literally depended on remembering knowledge passed…
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What Is the Best Way to Stretch?

Fitness can be broadly split into three categories: cardio, strength and flexibility. It's not quite as simple as that, but that covers the bases.   Cardio As a teen, I had the cardio one covered. I did not stop. Early morning swimming…
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Back Problems On Holiday

Imagine the panic. You're taking a well-deserved rest away on holiday. The sun is beating down and that makes your crisp, cold drink taste all the better. Then, seemingly out the blue, your back goes. No! You're in a foreign country, not…
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11 Lessons From One-Year No Booze

  I am currently 11 months into a one-year challenge I set myself to go alcohol-free. I had considered giving up after the birth of our second child. The broken sleep and the early starts were getting the better of me! I was also getting…
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Frozen Shoulder: The How's and Why's

Our shoulder is the most mobile joint in our body. A remnant from our tree-swinging ancestors, now it's a joint that enables us to use our dextrous hands as the brilliant tools that they are. If our shoulder is out of action, life suddenly…

3 Tips To Make The Habit Stick

Regular readers may have noticed recently that I have become fascinated by habits. So much so that when looking back, I have labelled my 2017 "The Year of the Habit" because I started and stuck to so many new habits of health. Starting…
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It's Not Your Lower Back's Fault!

It's Not Your Lower Back's Fault!   When I was at school, I had a lovely maths teacher called Mrs Boyce. Unlike many of my classes, Mrs Boyce allowed us to sit where we like. I’m sure the intention was that by giving us some autonomy…

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