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OSTEOPOROSIS

Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density and strength. ‘Thinning of the bones’. It usually occurs in older age, especially in women. After menopause they are at much greater risk. The older you get, the more likely it is to occur. Bones that are thinner and weaker are more likely to break. Osteoporosis shows up on X rays […]

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OSTEOPATHY

Osteopathy is a system of manual medicine developed in the late 1800s in the United States by Dr Andrew Taylor Still. Musculo-skeletal System Osteopaths are most interested in the musculo-skeletal system and how it effects our health, our mobility our pain and therefore our quality of life. When it comes to the actual treatment, no two osteopaths treat exactly the same […]

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PAIN KILLERS

ANTIINFLAMMATORIES Antiinflammatories and other pain killers may be needed to effectively manage your pain. By all means use them but be mindful that they can have ‘side effects’. Inflammation  is a response by your body to trauma, impact or strain, infection, or a foreign body – that is something in you that is not you.   It […]

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SITTING PROPERLY

Not sitting properly in chairs is truly one of the hazards of the modern age. Especially if you have back pain. Bad design Most of the chairs we sit in are badly designed. Really badly. They’re designed for how they look, not how they work. The only consistent exception to this rule is the modern […]

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POSTURAL DECLINE

Postural decline occurs as we get older. As we get age our muscles get weaker and find it harder to resist the inexorable pull of gravity. Tight abdominal muscles, years of sitting and a stiffening spine amplify the effect. Most of what we do is just in front of us, from shoulder height to waist line. The spine […]

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SPINAL DISCS

Stiff and Sore If you’ve been sitting for a while getting up from your chair can be an exercise in pain and stiffness. Cool trick There’s a really cool trick to getting out of chairs when your back is sore. Getting up badly Normally we get out of chairs by leaning our torso forward to […]

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TYPICAL STRAIN PATTERN

Our similarities far, far outweigh our differences. We function according to the same set of rules that have always been there for us. Friction, gravity, joint mobility, muscle action, apply to all of us and exert their influence on us in equal measure. All of us. All the time. We react to most of what […]

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