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 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…
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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 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…

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