Entries by Chris Branch

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, I had already been eating more chocolate than normal. It […]

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Myths of Back Pain (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 general health and exercise model, and why […]

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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 indulgences, and I am not one to stop you! But there […]

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 one of the worst for turning into a choccie monster, so […]

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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 athletes and some of the fittest people in […]

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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 many muscles of the foot and it creates elastic energy in every step we […]

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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 down by our elders, so the easier it is to remember, the better. Studies have even shown that different […]

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Back Pain 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 sure how to get the care you need, but most importantly, the pain […]