Pregnancy and Osteopathy

Pregnancy can be a joyful and wonderful time for many women. However studies show that between 50 – 80% of pregnant women will suffer from low back pain. A number of postural and hormonal changes during pregnancy can put a huge demand on the body. Your joints, ligaments and muscles will all adapt as your body changes and your baby grows. Back…

Tips for Avoiding Back Pain

Two thirds of the UK’s population will experience back pain at some stage in their life.  Although it is common it is not normal. Our modern lives often put strains on our backs from prolonged periods of time sitting driving or working. As we age the body starts to lose some of its elasticity and flexibility, particularly in the discs…

Beet This – Blood Pressure Lowered By Beetroot

High levels of nitrate in beetroot have been shown to lower blood pressure in subjects with established hypertension (high blood pressure). Nitrate oxide is used by the endothelium lining the blood vessel walls to relax the smooth muscle of the circulatory system causing vasodilation and increased blood flow. A recent study published in Hypertension by Dr Amrita Ahluwalia (Barts and the London School…

Too Many Painkillers May Be Causing Your Headache

It has been revealed that more than one million people in Britain may be suffering from constant, crippling headaches because they are taking too many painkillers, experts say. The pills people take to relieve headaches and migraines may be making things much worse, according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) in guidance to the health service…

Nature Heals – Living near green spaces boosts well being

I’ve long known about the healing affect of a long walk in nature for myself  personally. In fact the dog and I take our medicine regularly down at priory park in Bedford, listening to the birds and watching the seasons change. A recent study comparing the relationship between urban green spaces, well being and mental distress found that living near a park or similar green space…

Glucosamine, Is it worth taking?

Patients often ask me if I think taking glucosamine sulphate or chondroitin sulphate will help any joint deterioration or osteoarthritis. I always give the advice of the arthritis research campaign that it is perfectly reasonable to try 1500mg of glocosamine and 1200mg of chondroitin per day for 3 months and try to assess an improvement. Glucosamine is a naturally occurring amino-monosaccharide found in high concentrations as a…

Foot Pain / Dropped Arches

Our feet are marvels of design and can take a lot of stress. They are often injured playing sports or in falls and can eventually get worn down by the load we put them under, then we encase them in less then perfect foot wear and the end result can be very painful. Many foot problems, are a sign of strain being passed to the foot…

‘Builders Back Pain’ The theme for this years Back Care Awareness Week

Suzanne at Osteopathic Vitality is giving her full support to this year’s National Back Care Awareness Week, which took place from 8th to 12th October. The theme, this year, was “Builder’s Back Pain”. The aim is to raise awareness of the causes and treatments of this debilitating condition. Back pain accounts for half of all chronic pain people suffer and is the…