The Importance of Sleep

The Importance of Sleep

I went to my Osteopath this week, a lovely lady called Alison who is based in London. I came home from that treatment and slept for 11 hours. It was wonderful. I knew my body was being very busy on a physiological level, healing things and I woke up feeling like a new woman. I bounced my way through my…

Back Extension Exercises

Back Extension Exercises

This is a great little exercise if you have pain when bending forward or getting up from sitting. Lie flat on your stomach, ensuring you support your body with your forearms. Press your elbows down into the floor to raise your upper back. At the same time relax your stomach muscles and allow your back to arch. Do this without…

Happy Bonfire Weekend!

Happy Bonfire Weekend!

Happy Bonfire weekend everybody! We’re off to the Bedford Blues Rugby Club this evening and Ive been out buying scarves, gloves and hats for the family so we’re all toasty warm. One thing we can’t pick up in the shop is a pain free neck to watch the displays. I treated a lot of neck pain patients this week and…

Pregnancy and Osteopathy

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

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

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. An anti-Hypertensive Strategy A recent study published in Hypertension by Dr Amrita Ahluwalia (Barts and…

Too Many Painkillers May Be Causing Your Headache

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

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. Mental Health A recent study comparing the relationship between urban green spaces, well being and mental distress found that living near a park…

Sleep by Max Richter

Sleep by Max Richter

For the last month, everyone in our household has been getting really good sleep, even my 2 year old. I usually aim to get 8 hour in as its such an important part of health, sleep aids in the healing and repair of our bodies tissues. However, after a busy day with lots to think about I don’t always fall…