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Do you want to continue doing the sport you enjoy, into middle age and beyond?

Do you want to continue doing the sport you enjoy, into middle age and beyond?

Are you finding your performance is being hampered by twinges of pain and a lack of flexibility?

Don’t assume that it is just “old age” setting in and that nothing can be done.  We can help you to continue to enjoy your sport and exercise for years to come.

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Do You Want To Keep Enjoying Sport into your Middle Ages?

Do you want to continue doing the sport you enjoy, into middle age and beyond?

Are you finding your performance is being hampered by twinges of pain and a lack of flexibility?

Don’t assume that it is just “old age” setting in and that nothing can be done.  We can help you to continue to enjoy your sport and exercise for years to come.

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Footstrike When Running

There is ongoing debate about the merits of exactly which part of your foot should land on the ground first when running. This not only throws up some interesting questions about running technique itself, but from a therapist’s point of view has wider implications about the role of artificial means of support in all forms of exercise and activities of daily life.

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Perfect Posture

Are you spending long periods at a desk, laptop or in the car?  Or maybe curled up on the sofa with feet up, knees raised and a phone or tablet resting on your legs?  Sounds familiar?  Osteopath Andy McGowan explains how improving your posture doesn't need to be strenuous or difficult.

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Ice Pack or Heat Pack... or Both?

We’ve all heard about putting heat or ice on an injury, but which? 

Given that cold & heat are opposites how can both be helpful, surely it’s one or the other?  Here’s our guide on what to use, when to use it and how to use it most effectively.

 

What to use, and when.

In general if something is a recent injury or very acute/painful a Cold Pack can be the most helpful, but when if something is less angry and more of a chronic (long term) ache or pain, alternating Hot and Cold packs can be much more beneficial than Cold Packs alone.  

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What to expect at a Sports or Deep Tissue Massage

What to expect at a sports massage

One question I am often asked is “what should I expect from a Sports Massage”?  It’s a great question, as talking to one of my clients on our second or third massage I actually found out that she didn’t know what to expect, that she was actually quite nervous and had in fact put it off for quite a while.  So to put your mind at rest, this is what will normally happen…

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Cranial Osteopathy and Babies

We often get asked how osteopathy particularly cranial osteopathy can help newborn babies.   The best way I have found to explain it is to say the three things that a baby has to do a lot of is eat, sleep and poo! - oh and grow!!     

Osteopaths believe that the healthy balance and function of the musculoskeletal framework of the body is essential for whole body health. 

Osteopathy is based on the principle that the structure and function of the body are intimately related.  If the structure is not in balance then the function is affected, and vice versa.  In turn osteopaths can help the body find the changes it needs to make to develop to optimal efficiency.

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Posture and Injury

Posture is about how we hold and use our bodies.  In all animals including humans, posture can provides significant clues about our mental and physical health.  A good posture should mean that the body is aligned and working at maximal efficiency which in turn should imply to good health and relaxation.  A healthy body has an ability to heal itself and to revert to its normal structure and function when outside influences have been removed. Sometimes when an injury is either of major trauma, such as a car accident, or following repetitive minor trauma such as bad habits when in time it gets confused as to what ‘normal’ really is, the body needs physical (manual treatment) and sometimes chemical (painkillers) to help rebalance itself.   

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What does an Associate Nutritionist do?

I'm often asked what I do as a registered Associate Nutritionist, and although I don't have a 'typical' client I thought I'd write a short Case Study about one client at Bishop's Stortford Osteopathy & Physiotherapy I recently helped to fit ‘healthy living’ into their busy lifestyle, and hopefully give you an idea of what I do. 

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Natures Cure

“Nature itself is the best physician” Hippocrates

In modern life we now often reach for a tablet to ‘cure’ an illness or complaint.  Don’t get me wrong, modern medicine is amazing – just look at how long we are all living now.  But in many ways we seem to have forgotten that the body has to heal itself – medicine just helps!  

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Natural Anti-inflamatories

After an injury one of the first things to happen is that tissues swell and become inflamed, and it is this inflammatory process that causes us pain, as the damaged tissues become more swollen and pressured.   Ironically inflammation is part of the healing process and therefore important.  However excessive inflammation can increase pressure and therefore cause long term tissue damage, so it can be helpful to moderate inflammation when symptoms are abnormal.  However many people cannot tolerate some anti inflammatory medication, but luckily nature has an answer.  

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