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National Osteopathy Week (15-22 April)

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in News | 0 comments

This week is International Osteopathic Healthcare week  (15th – 22nd April) This campaign is big on social media and online and aims to share key lifestyle messages to help the public, and our patients,  make informed decisions around how they can better look after their health! Today’s society places ever-increasing demands on the time of our patients, from the pressures of juggling a career, household chores, and caring for loved ones, and we appreciate that it can be difficult for patients to find the time to concentrate on their own health. It is often only when a person’s health begins to suffer, and their body forces them to slow down that they seek osteopathic treatment. Elements of the campaign The importance of physical activity: Around two thirds of men and half of women in the UK meet the minimum recommended national levels of physical activity.   The campaign will focus on how much physical activity people should do, how they can get started or become more active and the positive influence that physical activity can have on their health. SLEEP: Did you know that one in 3 people in the UK are affected by insomnia? Everyone knows the feeling after a bad nights sleep, from irritability to unproductivity, but longer lasting sleep disruption can have a much more significant effect on our patient’s mental wellbeing and physical health.The campaign will provide useful information and tips to patients to help them improve their sleep and reduce their risk long term of serious health problems. Managing Long term conditions: Pain, whilst unpleasant, can be a very useful sensation to have. Short term – or ‘acute’ – pain helps us learn from our experience, to protect us from injury. In some circumstances, however, pain may persist even after healing has finished. The campaign will provide hints and tips to  patients who may be struggling with chronic or persistent pain or have a long-term condition such as Arthritis or Osteoporosis. For more information on this have a look at our facebook page....

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How much physical activity should we do?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in News | Comments Off on How much physical activity should we do?

How much physical activity should we do? We all know we should stay active, but how much is enough and what level of activity is appropriate? The guidelines differ slightly depending on your age, but everyone is advised to do some physical activity every day. This should include aerobic and strengthening exercises (see below). Adults between the age of 19 – 65: If you are in this age group it is recommended to aim for the following: At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (i.e. cycling, brisk walking or pushing a lawn mower) every week, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity (i.e. running, a game of singles tennis or using a skipping rope) and  strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (arms, legs, back, abdomen and chest). Over 65: If you are over 65 you should also include balancing exercises twice a week (such as yoga, Tai Chi or dancing) as this will reduce your risk of falls. Under 5: To find out more about physical activity in those below the age of 5 years, visit the NHS choices website   What types of activity should I do? A mixture of moderate and vigorous intensity aerobic exercises is also acceptable and a good rule to remember is that one minute of vigorous activity provides the same health benefits as two minutes of moderate activity. Moderate vs Vigorous exercises: With moderate activity, you should still be able to continue a conversation without pausing for breath where as with vigorous activity, this will not be possible. Even a little is better than none If you are starting to exercise or trying a new activity for the first time, the good news is that even increasing your activity levels in small increments of 10 minutes or more can lead to significant health benefits. Don’t be put off by unrealistic targets. Start off with something easy and increase the intensity and frequency of exercise over time as your confidence levels and ability improves.   Different types of exercise and what they do Aerobic/cardiovascular exercises: exercise that stimulates the heart and lungs to improve their function. This type of exercise helps to improve overall stamina so that you no longer get out of breath and tire so easily. e.g. cycling, vigorous housework or mowing the lawn Strengthening/resistance training: this is where you are using the muscles against resistance such as lifting weights, or using resistance bands or even activities that involve you resisting your own body’s weight such as sit-ups or press-ups. e.g. lifting weights, resistance bands or body weight exercises Stretching/flexibility: help loosen stiff muscles, joints, and scar tissue, helping you to become more flexible.  Stretches also help reduce tension and help you relax, especially if they are incorporated with deep breathing and relaxation work. e.g. Yoga or Pilates Balance: this can help with the control of movement and ensure that muscles are ready to support the body when needed. This is especially beneficial for those over the age of 65, if there is a risk of falling. e.g. dancing, tai chi or...

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Easter Opening Hours 2018

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Easter Opening Hours 2018

Easter is fast approaching, here are our opening hours for your diary!   Good Friday                        CLOSED Easter Monday                   CLOSED Tuesday 3rd April              12:00 – 7:00 (for massage appointments only) Wednesday 4th April        12:00 – 7:00 Thursday 5th April            9:00 – 7:00 Friday 6th April                  9:00 – 1:00   If you need to get in touch please leave a message on our answer machine and we will call you back. If you need to book an appointment you can book using our online booking link. Happy Easter to you...

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Don’t put up with pain…

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Don’t put up with pain…

We recently helped a patient who had come off worse in an argument with a sheep – a very yorkshire problem! This person had put up with pain in their pelvis and leg for two years on and off. They were miserable, fed up with taking painkillers and concerned that the symptoms were not going to settle or perhaps were even going to get worse. After four treatments and having done the advised exercises we were able to discharge them last week completely symptom free.   So don’t just put up with the pain as many problems can be helped with a combination of treatment and exercise. Knowing what exercises to do and when to do them can be key in recovery. Hands on treatment can be invaluable in getting you moving and symptom...

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Christmas opening hours 2017

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in News, Uncategorised | Comments Off on Christmas opening hours 2017

The festive season will soon be upon us once more! CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS Week beginning 18th December     Normal hours Monday 25th December                   Closed Tuesday 26th December                   Closed Wednesday 28th December             Closed Thursday 29th December                 10.00 – 3.30 Friday 30th December                       9.00 – 1.00 Monday 1st January                          Closed Tuesday 3rd January                          9.00 – 3.00 We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New...

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If you don’t snooze, you lose!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in News | Comments Off on If you don’t snooze, you lose!

Everyone knows the feeling after a bad night’s sleep, from irritability to unproductivity, but longer lasting sleep disruption can have a much more significant effect on both our mental wellbeing and our physical health. Regular poor sleep increases the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes, and can lead to shortened life expectancy. A number of factors can affect sleep, and not surprisingly patients experiencing musculoskeletal difficulties can find this a considerable hindrance to their ability to sleep. This sleep disruption can, in turn, make their ability to manage their pain more difficult. Here are some useful tips and information to help you improve your sleep: Create a routine Try to get up in the morning and go to bed at the same time each day, even at weekends. You may need to set an alarm. Creating a sleep routine will help your body make the chemicals that control sleep. Having a sleep routine such as listening to soothing music or doing stretching or relaxation exercises before bed can also remind the body that it is time to slow down and sleep. Taking a warm bath before bed may help you to feel relaxed and sleepy, and try to avoid using your bedroom to watch television or work so that when you do go to bed, your body knows that it is time to sleep. Avoid blue light before bed Electronic devices such as televisions, tablets and computers produce a certain type of light called “blue light”. Blue light interferes with a chemical called melatonin which helps us sleep, and it can also reduce a type of sleep called slow-wave sleep which is essential for us to feel rested. Blue light during the day, especially in the mornings and after lunch can be useful because it can make us feel more alert, but if we have too much blue light before bedtime then sleep can be disturbed, so avoid using a computer for long periods or watching too much television just before bed. Getting more natural rather than artificial light by going outdoors as much as possible during the day can also help increase daytime alertness and improve sleep quality. Do some regular exercise but not too close to bedtime Regular exercise, especially aerobic exercise which gets your heart beating faster, has been proven to improve the quality of sleep and just being more active during the day can also help improve sleep and fight fatigue. If you exercise too close to bedtime though, the exercise may make you feel more alert and this may disturb your sleep. Try to do some exercise in the early evening so that by bedtime you are ready to sleep. Try to keep your mind blank Many people who lie awake at night find that their minds are too active, for example thinking about worries, things that they need to remember or things that they have to do the following day. Some people also find that worrying about not sleeping then makes the problem worse. Clearing your mind is not easy but trying to be more relaxed about not sleeping can help. Try to concentrate on feeling calm and comfortable rather than thinking about getting to sleep. If a good idea is keeping you awake, keep a pad and pencil next to your bed and just write down the idea so that you can forget about it until the morning. Try some slow breathing and just concentrate on the action of breathing, perhaps counting your breaths as the air moves in and out or try some progressive muscle relaxation – tense and relax...

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