People are spending more and more time in front of a screen, both for work and leisure. As an osteopath I always ask patients about their desk set up and computer use. A desk top computer, when properly set up is the best option ergonomically. However, many people prefer the convenience and size of laptops due to work patterns or lifestyle. Continue reading
People often come to see me for back pain or neck pain pain caused by ‘sleeping a bit funny’ or sleeping on a different mattress. Others with pre-existing problems feel they can’t get comfortable in bed, or their pain is worse on waking in the morning. If this is you, or if you are generally prone to to episodes of neck, shoulder or back pain, it may be worth re-evaluating your sleep set-up. Continue reading
Many of my osteopathy patients bring in x-rays or MRIs showing ‘wear and tear’ or ‘degenerative changes’ in one or more of their joints. Usually this means they have osteoarthritis. It shouldn’t be a scary word though, because arthritis is actually a normal part of the ageing process, affecting all of us to some degree as we get older. Continue reading
The recent Spring weather is great news for cyclists. Whether you’re in the saddle to commute, compete or just for fun, cycling is a fantastic way to get around and also excellent exercise. Continue reading
Spring is in the air, and if you have a garden – its time to get busy! Its also a busy time for osteopaths. At this time of year, many people come in with gardening-induced back pain, shoulder pain and wrist injuries resulting from a sudden bout of physical activity in the garden. Make sure you keep a spring in your step by following these simple tips whilst gardening. Continue reading
So many of my osteopathy patients come to see me for back and joint pain that started or flared up after they had babies. There are lots of reasons for this including: more bending and lifting, less time to exercise and lack of restorative sleep. Becoming a new parent introduces huge changes not only to your lifestyle and the way you view the world, but also how you function physically. Continue reading
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I will begin….
On average, UK adults spend more than 7 hours a day sitting. For many of us, the majority of this time is at a desk. Not only is this detrimental to your general health*, but long periods of sitting with poor desk posture, are a common cause of back, neck and shoulder pain. These tips will give you your best chance of staying pain-free.
Many of my osteopathy patients ask me whether it is best to use heat or ice to relieve their pain and speed recovery. The answer is, it depends on the type of injury, how long you have had the pain and to some extent what feels better. Continue reading