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 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…
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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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60 Hour Keto Fast - Live Updates

Sunday 9pm - The Fast Begins! My last morsel of food was eaten half an hour ago. It’s a strange feeling knowing that I’m not going to eat again for (hopefully) 60 hours. I’m super aware of all the feelings in my body, wondering if…

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