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Fascia – What is it, and how does it affect me?

The reason for this article, is simply, that we refer to fascia fairly frequently when discussing things with patients, and yet the majority of the population aren’t really aware of it or it’s significance in health, injury and treatment. There … Continue reading

Headaches can be a real pain!

What is It? Sounds obvious, but… “a headache is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck.”  (Healthline.). Fortunately, serious causes of headaches are extremely rare—most are what are called “Tension Headaches.” The most common causes are tight, contracted … Continue reading

What Do Osteopaths Do?

I should probably begin this by stating that this article is more about what I personally do, as an osteopath!  There are a number of basic osteopathic principles, but each osteopath will put those into practice in subtly different ways, … Continue reading

Slipped Discs

Many of you reading this will have a colleague, friend or relative who’s reported having a “slipped” disc, or knows someone else who’s had this condition. So, what exactly is a slipped disc? If you noticed the speech marks round … Continue reading

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

This sounds very medical and complicated but in fact the principle is fairly simple, and it’s worth exploring because many people suffer from it to some extent or other. The symptoms are often either pain, or numbness/tingling in either one … Continue reading

Neck and Back Pain!

There are so many potential things which afflict the back and neck, I can’t possibly tackle them all here, but I’d like to spend a few lines talking about facet joints! OK, I hear you ask, what are facet joints, … Continue reading

Maintenance Treatment – Is it really necessary?

This is a common question, and the thinking behind it is easily understandable – it goes something like this; “I feel fine, I have no aches or pains at the moment, so what’s the point of treatment?  It’s like taking … Continue reading

Exercise – 3 minutes a week??

So…… That Horizon Programme, the one all our clients have been talking to us about and asking us about all week. We finally managed to watch it on iPlayer, and thought it might be helpful to write about it (for … Continue reading

Sciatica

Sciatica This is not a disease or condition of itself – Sciatica describes the symptoms (what YOU feel!) that a patient can experience if something affects the Sciatic Nerve in some way. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve … Continue reading

What is Fibromyalgia?

Is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause is still unknown. Fibromyalgia means pain in the fibrous tissues in the body. (Fibro = fibrous tissues, Myalgia = muscle pain – the name arises from the fact … Continue reading

Osteo – Arthritis

Osteo-Arthritis  is a condition which, eventually, is likely to affect everyone because it involves the gradual “wearing out” of the cartilage which helps our joints move smoothly.  As part of this process, the surrounding tissues become inflamed and the joints … Continue reading

Osteopath or Sports Therapist?

Most sports injuries are incurred as a result of accident, over use of specific muscles, tendons or ligaments or sudden, unexpected loading during sporting activity.