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
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
The first thing an osteopath usually does after taking a health history from a patient, is look at them standing. At this point, patients often stand there stiffly. Sometimes this is due to pain or self-consciousness, but often I think it is because they feel they must have ‘good posture’ because I am an osteopath. In fact, I am often asked, “Do I have bad posture?” 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.